For "Run Devil Run" (1999), Paul McCartney reached back to his early rock and roll roots. His early influences, Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Larry Williams and Chuck Berry can bet found on this disk, along with a couple McCartney originals.
Paul put together a band that included David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) on guitar, Mick Green (guitar), Ian Paice (drums) and Pete Wingfield (piano/keys) to produce some great covers of early rockers in styles ranging from straight ahead rock, blues, rockabilly and cajun. It's like updated versions of "Long Tall Sally" and "I'm Down" but with better recording equipment.
The disk opens with "Blue Jean Bop" and Paul's solo vocal, before moving to a drums/bass shuffle and then some fiery guitar work. "She Said Yeah" has a driving rhythm and lyrics typical of the period, "Little girl where did you come from? You fine little thing, you make my heart sing, come on baby let me buy the wedding ring."
The next cut is "All Shook Up", cowritten by the king himself, Elvis, but reworked to feature some fuzzy guitar. "Run Devil Run" was penned by Paul, a tune about a holy roller in a Chuck Berry style with some blazing piano work, hot chorus "run devil run, the angel's having fun, making winners out of sinners..." and check out that guitar solo. Gilmour is having great fun here, released from the confines of the Floyd.
"No Other Baby" shows Paul doing crooning in the vein of Chris Isaak. "Movie Magg" by Carl Perkins has a nice rockabilly shuffle while "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" has an accordion touch to provide a touch of cajun with the cool rhythm guitar. The disk closes with "Party", a pure rocker with some silly lyrics but a fitting finale.
This is a fun, danceable disk.