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  • Audio CD (Dec 13 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,049 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Angel
2. Glisten
3. My Friend
4. Denial
5. Old Man
6. New York Times (Bonus Track)
7. I Love You Dad (Bonus Track)
8. Moonstar (Bonus Track)
Disc: 2
1. I Only Want To Be Alone
2. Wings Of A Lightest Weight
3. The Sound Of My Voice
4. Else And Else But Dead
5. Jesus Be My Friend
6. Fallen Angel
7. Spirit Guides (Bonus Track)
8. Your True Love (Bonus Track)

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By Todd on Sept. 18 2013
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This is definitely NOT Paul McCartney....James has his own style entirely, one of the things that makes it his own is his voice, doesn't really have a hint of Dad's vocal chords...and that's not a bad thing, just different.

The songs are varied in style and instrumentation, so we can definitely say James got his sense of musical adventure from Dad, he's not afraid to experiment and take chances.

If you like pop/rock with some feel and a little dramatics...then I would grab this cd, I know I'm glad I did.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A good start for Macca's son Jan. 9 2012
By steve_manassas - Published on
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James McCartney made his recording debut at age 9, on his dad Paul's 1986 album Press to Play, with a brief spoken-word comment (" didn't say OK!") on the track "Talk More Talk." He also played guitar on Paul's 1997 Flaming Pie LP. as well as his mother Linda's posthumous 1998 release, Wide Prairie. In addition, James and Paul co-wrote a couple of tracks on 2001's Driving Rain album.

Over the last couple of years, James issued two solo EPs (Available Light and Close at Hand) as digital downloads. They have now been issued as a standard two-CD set, with additional bonus tracks. Although the contents could have fit on a single disc, apparently James chose to maintain the integrity of the EPs by issuing them as separate discs.

The results are quite good; James has the melodic gifts and the lyric-writing capability of his dad. While his voice is not quite as strong as his father's, that may improve with time. As good as James' originals are, my favorite track is the rockabilly cover of Carl Perkins' "Your True Love" (Dad suggested that one, I'm sure).

With Julian and Sean Lennon well-established in their solo careers, plus Dhani Harrison's work with thenewno2 and Fistful of Mercy, not to mention Zak Starkey's timekeeping duties for The Who (his brother Jason is also a drummer), the sons of The Beatles are carving out a fine musical legacy of their own.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
son of a Beatle. Feb. 15 2012
By Tyrone Rex - Published on
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They say the apple does not fall far from the tree. In this case, it is true. James McCartney's debut disc is a great first effort, and hopefully the tip of the iceburg of what he has yet to record and deliver. Most of these have a more modern sound that fits today's rock sound. There is one track called "True Love" that would not sound out of place on a Buddy Holly or Gene Vincent LP. James must have listened to his Dad's record collection. I saw James make his live US TV debut on the same stage as his Dad did. (January 30,2012 on David Letterman). They seemed to downplay his lineage. This is probably better, because while he is a melodic singer, his vocal style is quite different. On some of the songs, his voice reminded me a little of Guitarist Dave Davies of the Kinks.His intense wails on the more intense portions of the songs were reminisent of the vocals of Mr. Davies.
Overall, James is his own man. Some fans of the elder McCartney may like and approve it, but I believe he will win an audience of his generation and younger. The piano and use of violins expanded some songs beyond the rock palette. James will hopefully branch out into a diverse composer /arranger. The future may hold a place for another McCartney.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
macca's son does good Dec 27 2011
By Ken - Published on
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ok, i'm a sucker for the beatle brats, but this is really good power pop/ballad type rock n roll. not quite as melodic as his pops, this is really enjoyable, and just gets better with repeated listens.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Dec 30 2011
By Hurikane - Published on
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In this day and age of a fractured music industry and declining sales there us still great albums being made and this is a great example! Hard rock to jazzy pop this cd has it all. Three cheers to Son of Macca for having the guts to put himeself out there for all the critic vultures and Paul McCartney haters who would love nothing more than to rip his music up but guess what, they can't because this is a great cd. To bad the lame stream radio guys can not play their own song list anymore otherwise this would be a huge hit! Thanks and I can't wait for James' next one!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
AWESOME DEBUT! June 11 2012
By Mary C. Holmes - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Have to tell you, I was not expecting great things here, as I have been disappointed by both Sean and Julian. James, on the other hand, proves to be a strong lyricist, awesome musician, and impressive singer. I find his song construction to be quite sophisticated for his first efforts. He has a strong singing voice, with a good range, and he isn't afraid to use it in his own distinctive way. I am impressed he is his own man, and his own musician. I saw him perform live for the first time at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA, and he sounds just as good live!
Bravo, James; your mum would be so proud of you, as I am sure your Dad is.
My favorite track is "I Love You Dad," because he displays both awesome musicianship but a beautiful voice. My second favorite is "Denial," because that man can ROCK OUT with his voice! Worth every penny, and then some.

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