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Press To Play [Original recording remastered]

Paul Mccartney Audio CD
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1. Stranglehold
2. Good Times Coming - Feel The Sun
3. Talk More Talk
4. Footprints
5. Only Love Remains
6. Press
7. Pretty Little Head
8. Move Over Busker
9. Angry
10. However Absurd
11. Write Away
12. It's Not True
13. Tough On A Tightrope
14. Spies Like Us
15. Once Upon A Long Ago

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Paru en 1986, Press To Play bénéficie de la contribution non négligeable de Chris Stewart, guitariste de 10cc. Ce remarquable instrumentiste épaule de tout son talent un Paul McCartney qui effectue sa traversée du désert du milieu des années 80. L'album allie de la pop symphonique, sur "Only Love Remains", à des morceaux plus rock comme "Pretty Little Head", qui donnent une certaine fraîcheur à l'ensemble. On en retiendra qu'il s'agit d'un des meilleurs disques solos des années 80. --Florent Mazzoleni

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Digitally Remastered Reissue Of The Original Album With Press And Footprints, Plus 2 Bonus Tracks Added: Spies Like Us And Once Upon A Long Ago (Long Version).

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Musicians review of this album... April 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Press To Play" is a unique album. It is definately not his most 'non-commercial' release (thats McCartney II) nor is it his worst (fill in your own answer here). It is an album that has the feel of being 'experimental' but is actually product from an artist trying to fit into the 80's synth craze. In fact, it's not that the album is very good or very bad, it's simply an album that is just exists and thats about it.
On this album, we find Paul in the frame of mind where he is trying new things with old ideas. This album is VERY much the product of the producer (Hugh Padgham), and that is the reason why I feel it is so different from all of his other releases.
The production on the album is quite fantastic. In fact, I believe it's one of the best 'produced/mixed' albums that McCartney has released. Every instrument/vocal was carefully recorded and mixed, and therefore becomes the albums main saving grace. Though the synths are heavy throughout, they don't seem to be out of place on any of the tracks. They perfectly compliment the songs and album flow. But, if McCartney would have had a different producer, the finished product definately would have been (in my opinion) 10 times more 'commercial' than the finished product.
One thing I did notice is with Hugh Padgham producing this album, it gave the overall sound a very 'Genesis' feel. Obviously the inclusion of the distinct drumming of Phil Collins didn't help much there. But if you listen to "Invisible Touch" released the year after, these albums are VERY similar. Hugh Padgham may have had 'too much' influence on this recording.
What makes this album hard to swallow for most casual listeners is that there is definately a lack of 'melody' on this album that we have come to expect from Paul.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Critics said it is bad - i say it is good Oct. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
Some of critics and reviewers claim that this is one of his worster albums.propably because it is so much different that Paul's Standard albums like "Tug of war" or "Flaming pie".
"Press to play" is definitly quite dark and sometimes strange altough it still remains his most original and eclectic albums...it cannot be compared to "McCartney II" which also is quite "wierd" album because Paul didn't wanted it to sound like one-time joke or step in other side.and it was a good decision - hte production is very clear and modern.what about the whole music?
1.STRANGEHOLD - a great beginning.solid Rocker with ultra catchy melody and some fantastic horns.Paul's vocals are powerfull and so the whole tune.an example of McCartney rock style. 10/10
2.GOOD TIMES COMING/FEEL THE SUN - two songs that became one.
"Good times coming" features some nice reagge/funk bass groove and hot sumer melody.perfect for listening on the beach.altough it has something dark in it it is very positive track
"Feel the sun" is cheerfull pop-rock tune that we expect from Paul...10/10
3.TALK MORE TALK - another extraordinary track.much more electronic sounds like PEter Gabriel song because of heavy drums from his long-time partner Jerry Marotta.it is about people's need to Talk and comunicate with others.some funny samples during whooe track.definitly a gem 10/10
4.FOOTPRINTS - very dark but melodic acoustic ballad.this time it remains of The Cure songs...mellow but very good 10/10
5.ONLY LOVE REMAINS - one of weaker songs...a standard 80-ties love ballad with piano and some symphonic orchestra.nice tune but you can skip it as well.Typical Pop side of Paul 7/10
6.PRESS - catchy and melodic synth pop with pretty good guitar work (Carlos Alomar from David bowie group) and good melody.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most ambitous McCartney works Oct. 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
"Press to play" is definitly less comercial than his earlier and later albums and definitly holds much more gems and interesting music than "Pipes of peace" (his earlier studio album)
the concept is based on romance with modern synths and samplers and many experiments (But not as controvercial as on "McCArtney II") - for example "Good times coming" is very "Trippy" reaggee styled song with amazing bas line,"Press" and "Talk more talk" are interesting keyboard based pop-rock songs and "Pretty little head" is very dark and moody ambient track with creepy chior-like vocals.
Paul mixes this dark tracks with more standard ballads ("Only love remains","on a upon long ago","Write away" with great begginig sample) and Rockers ("Angry,"Move over busker","Strangehold")...eventhough they are like from other galaxy they are pleasent to listen - Paul always make great pop songs.
If you are starting your experience with this great ex-beatle you should rather check his more decent albums such as "Driving rain" or "Off the ground" - "press to play" shows more wierd face of McCartney and may put off even his harcore fans as someone before mentioned.anyway - still these strange keyboard ridden songs are nothing else like he did in his career and are really really interesting!
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After Give Me Regards To Broadstreet, Paul McCartney went back to the studio and produced Press To Play. He has a plethora of studio musicians on this album. Guests include Pete Townshend Phil Collins, Anne Dudley and Tony Visconti, the latter doing orchestral arrangements. The sound isn't as poppy or radio friendly as Tug Of War or Pipes Of Peace, but sees Paul doing something experimental, with some bizarre, whimsical, and cryptic lyrics that might make one go, "Say what?"
The second single, "Stranglehold" leans towards a blues sound, with a horn accompaniment before he sings the chorus.
"Goodtimes Coming/Feel The Sun", which would have a New Wave feel if it had skippy synths, starts with backing vocalists singing the first title before Paul reminisces about a summer holiday. The second part of the song merely goes "Feel The Sun Shine In shine in feel the sun shine in on you." repeated. Carlos Alomar has a sizzling guitar solo here.
"Footprints" is a sad acoustic song about a lonely man whose tears are hidden by the falling snow. "Only Love Remains" is a typical McCartney "My Love" ballad with a piano and guitar, and orchestra figuring prominently.
The title track and first single, "Press" only got to #21 on the singles chart. It's catchy enough, with Collins' drums, snazzy keyboards and Carlos Alomar's trademark guitar gets a worthy solo here. The title verse says, "When you want me to love you/Just tell me to press." But "Oklahoma was never like this" gets a puzzled scratch on the head.
"Pretty Little Head" was a weird choice for the third single. Paul's vocals are mixed in an echoing weird fashion here, which made me wonder if it was him or Roland Orzabal singing "Hillmen hillmen hillmen...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "LOST" McCARTNEY CLASSIC
Here's a McCartney album so underrated that even Macca himself has seemingly forgotten about it. PRESS TO PLAY, McCartney's return to Capitol after several indifferently received... Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2009 by LP Quagmire
3.0 out of 5 stars Only for diehard fans... (wich I am of course!)
Not at his cleverest. As disoriented as "Back to the egg" and "McCartney II".
Not as good and not as bad as others reviewers say (mainly in the UK! Read more
Published on June 11 2004 by ADB
3.0 out of 5 stars Press To Play
This cd released in 1986 brought Mccartney out of the gutter he'd been in since 1983. Give My Regards To Broadstreet being is lowest point to date. Read more
Published on Feb. 29 2004 by Keith J Downey
3.0 out of 5 stars Macca Could Do Worse, But He Could Do Better
I've played this disc over and over since I got it. Verdict? "Only Love Remains" is a gorgeous pop song, "Write Away" is fun and I love the piano solo. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004 by Non-Entity
5.0 out of 5 stars C'Mon People!
Don't buy this album if you want Beatle music. If you like McCartney's creative side, which may be abstract, then get it. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2004 by Brian Devereaux
2.0 out of 5 stars One of McCartneys worst albums
Paul McCartney has released more than a few lacklustre albums in his long career and this has to be one of the worst. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2003 by Sean Brady
5.0 out of 5 stars ...Good times coming
"Press to play" features one of paul best songs ever - these are
"Strangehold" - amazing rocker
"Talk more talk" - tribute to peter gabriel... Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2003 by staf
3.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF PAUL'S WEAKER EFFORTS
Songs such as "Stranglehold," "Good Times Coming/Feel the Sun," "Footprints," "Move Over Busker," and "Write Away" are very enjoyable. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2002 by The philosopher
5.0 out of 5 stars One of McCartney's best
I recommend this McCartney CD to everyone. I think it didn't get half the recognition it deserved when it was originally issued. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2001 by Laura G. Carter
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