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Pipes of Peace [Import]

Paul Mccartney Audio CD
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1. Pipes Of Peace
2. Say Say Say
3. The Other Me
4. Keep Under Cover
5. So Bad
6. The Man
7. Sweetest Little Show
8. Average Person
9. Hey Hey
10. Tug Of Peace
11. Through Our Love

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Released in late 1983, Pipes of Peace peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard album charts, thereby becoming the first Paul McCartney LP to run out of gas before reaching the U.S. top 10. Which is not to say that it deserved better--despite the well-meaning title track and the duet with Michael Jackson on "Say Say Say," Pipes of Peace marked a definite artistic low for Sir Paul. Coming on the heels of 1982's effervescent Tug of War, Pipes of Peace sounded surprisingly sleepy and uninspired, and the few half-decent songs ("Keep Under Cover," the unfortunately titled "So Bad") didn't stand a chance against the album's bland, state-of-the-'80s production values. "Say Say Say," a big improvement over "The Girl Is Mine," Macca and Michael's previous collaboration, easily outclasses the album's other tracks. Happily, you can also find it on All the Best, where it gets the company it deserves. --Dan Epstein

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3.0 out of 5 stars A continuation of "Tug of war" Nov. 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
"Tug of war" was the second album in eigties signed by Paul McCartney - not Paul McCartney and Wings.this solo album became a great hit because of mixing modern-styled soul,rock and pop wit his typical post-beatles melodies.
shorty after releasing he album "pipes of peace" appeared...
What's the problem with this album?
it is well produced (george martin).it continues his way of pop-soul-rock era.Michael Jackson saved this album from forgetting with hit "Say say say" sung with Macca.
but sadly Even if the naive pop songs on "tug of war" sounded nice and interesting here they shine half less than of his previous album.
"So bad","Keep under cover","Through our love" are good songs but they all are lacking something...maybe some madness or freshness? (haha -"Average person" sound exactly like many songs from band called Madness...)
i don't really know what's wrong with it - i like this album and i love the title track but it is not enough - compared to "Back to the Egg","Flowers in the dirt" or "Press to play" it is a bit boring and pretentious.
in the end - a good album but it has much more weaker melodies than on any of his other albums.anyway you can check it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Your troubles cease when you play Pipes of Peace Oct. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
With McCartney in his 40's, his world conscience shows up in the title track, a sweet mid-paced affair which displays a universal message: "Help me learn the songs of joy instead of/burn baby burn/won't you show me how to play/the pipes of peace, play the pipes of peace." The marching rhythm complete with drum machine and choir adds a nice touch.
Like Stevie Wonder did on Tug Of War, Michael Jackson shows up for two songs here, and one of them became a big hit. "Say Say Say" is a more effective number than "The Girl Is Mine," featuring harmonica and a brass section and computerized voices. Things would not be so cozy between McCartney and Jackson, as the latter outbid McCartney for the rights to the Beatles songs. But that line, "baptised in all my tears" really caught my eye.
"The Other Me" is a mid-paced apology to a sig. other for really bad behaviour--"I acted like a dustbin" and asks for a second chance--"I wish I could take it back/I'd like to make a different mood/and if you let me try again/I'll have a better attitude." That's the other me he sings of.
Quick Vivaldi-type strings and quick guitar pop distinguish the chorus of "Keep Under Cover." There's some nice electric Wings-type guitar reminiscent of his early days. It's a promise to share life with someone despite the uncertain journey ahead, but without that special one, one might as well "keep under cover." Or play ostrich, in other words. And as DLR said, you know what happen to ostrich's hind ends.
OK, my favourite track here. "So Bad", later to be done live in Give My Regards To Broadstreet is a nice slow ballad with Paul and Linda singing together in the chorus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Pipes of Peace Sept. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
I don't know why everyone comes down so strong on Pipes of Peace. True, it can't be compared to some of McCartney's great albums like Band on the Run or Wings Over America, or Abbey Road for that matter. But Pipes of Peace isn't chop liver either. True, McCartney does get a bit mellow on this album but everyone get's in a mellow mood from time to time. But good songs are good songs no matter if they're sung by an old rocker or not. Pipes of peace has good songs.
The opener, Pipes of Peace, is a warm song talking about peace and love. Didn't the Beatles sing about peace and love too? But you don't hear many people downing the Beatles because they did sweet songs. I think Pipes of Peace is a wonderful song and a joy to listen too (and I love rockers as well as anyone).
Say Say Say isn't such a bad song either. And just because Michael Jackson is on it doesn't ruin it either. It's a nice dancable little tune which McCartney performs with much excitement.
The Other Me is also a cute song. It sounds like the material he was doing on his first solo album. Average Person is a catchy tune that, if you're not careful, you'll end up singing along with. It's the most Beatlistic song on the album too. The Man, another Michael Jackson co-written song, sonds very much like Ventura Highway by America. I have no idea who the man is, but is a pleasantly, relaxing song.
Yes, Pipes of Peace is mellow, yes, it has Michael Jackson on it, no, it isn't McCartney's best work. But it is a nice, fun little album to listen to and if you just sit back and relax and forget comparing it to other McCartney albums, you will enjoy it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mr. McCartney, at least you Tried! Sept. 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
Mr. McCartney... What were you thinking???
Pipes of Peace is an album that was so mainstream in it's time, that it's become very hard to listen to in the present day. Though it has it's moments, it's so full of songs to fill a quota to get the album finished that you get bored so quickly and are waiting for just a hint of something new to jump at you!
I'm really not trying to bash it, I hope you all know... This album does have it's highlights. Each song (with the exception of the worst one on here 'The Other Me') has great potential hooks and melody at that, But what hurt these potentially good songs was the PRODUCTION. The overall recording of this album is absolutely dreadful. It has nothing to do with the 80's feel and sound, because those synth sounds are still being used today. It is basically the 'flattness' in the instruments used that makes the album sound horirid. Pauls vocals sound great in the mix, but the bass and drums are almost unaudible.
If your a true McCartney fan, you'll like some of the songs for what they are, but you'll agree with me on the overall 'Sound' of the album being it's biggest downfall.
As a musician to the average listener.. or if your simply trying to collect obscure McCartney material... I definately suggest 'Back To The Egg', and even 'Tug Of War' which is somewhat obscure these days even though it is one of the only albums to be given a '5' star rating by Rolling Stone.
All the best, The AndyMan!
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