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Press To Play Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (June 11 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI/Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000005RPV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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Format: Audio CD
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 releases for CBS, finds the former Beatle in an experimental mood, which makes this overlooked gem of an album one of the most adventurous and interesting detours in his catalog. The snare-cracking rocker "Stranglehold" opens the proceedings in fine style, with McCartney's nimble bass adding an infectious bounce to one of his best post-Beatle kickers. Macca also hits hard on the album's other choice rocker, "Move Over Busker," one of those Fats Domino-style homages McCartney has done so well over the course of his career. In between these engaging numbers, we're treated to the whimsical nonsense of "Talk More Talk," and the playful single, "Press," but it's the gorgeous ballad "Footprints" that leaves the most lasting impression on the listener. A moody, atmospheric tale of longing and regret, "Footprints" may be the most unjustly overlooked song in the entire McCartney songbook.

Rounded out by the aggressive, stripped-down garage rock of "Angry" and the classy balladeering of "Only Love Remains," PRESS TO PLAY never stumbles and is destined to be rediscovered as a lost McCartney classic.
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Format: Audio CD
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!), but there you are HIS AUDIENCE TASTES ARE SO WIDE AS HIS AUDIENCE...
But mind, for us diehard fans IT STILL HAS IT'S MOMENTS THOUGHT...
ONLY FOR COLLECTIONISTS OF THE COMPLETE WORKS.
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"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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By Keith J Downey on Feb. 29 2004
Format: Audio CD
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. A cd with some good tracks, a couple outstanding like, (Good Times), and (Stranglehold), and the usual Macca b-sides that should've been left off! Great Album package, should be enjoyed by most Macca fans. Keith Downey
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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. "Stranglehold" and "Good Times/Sunshine In" sound like they belong on commercials. "Tough on a Tightrope" is a really good song with a great guitar solo, and I love the bonus track "Once Upon a Long Ago." I still don't like "Spies Like Us" after all these years because it's--well, just plain annoying. Worst songs: "It's Not True" because that's basically all to the lyrics are those three words, and "Pretty Little Head," because I can never get through the entire song without turning it off. He's done worse albums like London Town, but he's also been burgeoning on genius with Tug of War. Press to Play falls somewhere in between, but it's worth hearing.
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By Brian Devereaux on Feb. 1 2004
Format: Audio CD
Don't buy this album if you want Beatle music. If you like McCartney's creative side, which may be abstract, then get it. Listen to it 10 times and you'll find beauty in very un-obvious places. After all, he did work with a man named Lennon and a Mr. Harrison who could be VERY experimental in nature. The diagrams of the way he set up the tracks is priceless. And hey, Pete Townsend is on the album. Look outside the box!
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