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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 (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,548 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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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).

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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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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"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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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 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 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 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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"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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