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Tug of War [Import]

Paul Mccartney Audio CD
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1. Tug Of War
2. Take It Away
3. Somebody Who Cares
4. What's That You're Doing
5. Here Today
6. Ballroom Dancing
7. The Pound Is Sinking
8. Wanderlust
9. Get It
10. Be What You See (Link)
11. Dress Me Up As A Robber
12. Ebony And Ivory

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Jolted by John Lennon's murder in 1980, McCartney mostly kept mum on the subject until 1982's Tug of War, which contained "Here Today," a belated admission of love for his old chum, who McCartney says would have probably laughed it off were he still alive. George Martin's production makes this McCartney's most unabashedly Beatlesque effort. Rockabilly legend Carl Perkins stops by for a cameo, while Stevie Wonder appears on two songs, the funky "What's That You're Doing" and the simplistic (but massively successful) hit single "Ebony and Ivory." --Daniel Durchholz

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5.0 out of 5 stars Here's.....Paul at the top (of) pop. Jan. 7 2004
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Format:Audio CD
This is the best Macca-CD after Band on the Run.
(1) Tug of War: A nice song, reminds me of Pipes of Peace. (**********)
(2) Take it away: The best song on the album. (**********)
(3) Somebody Who cares: A pretty song. One of the best.(**********)
(4)What's that you're doing: A bad song. Too long and too boring. (******)
(5) Here today: A very beautiful song. The best togheter with take it away. (**********)
(6) Ballroom Dancing: Aaaaaaaaaawful!!! (*****)
(7) A crazy but good song. (**********)
(8) Wanderlust: Too many violins, trumpets but good, very good. (**********)
(9) Get it: Nice duetsong. (**********)
(10) Be What you see: Wired song... (***)
(11) Dress me up as a rubber: Another bad song. (*****)
(12) Ebony And Ivory: A perfect end on the best CD in the eighties. (**********)
Result: ***************************************************************************************************/**********************************************************************************************************************(99/120)
Rubber Soul: (125/140)
Revolver: (123/140)
SGT Pepper: (118/130)
Band On the Run: (95/110
A Hard Day's Night: (117/130)
Tug of War: (99/120)
With the Beatles: (66/80)
Magical mistery Tour: (81/110)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Macca's Brightest Moment as a Solo Artist Dec 20 2003
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This has always and still stands as one of my favorite albums. Paul has proven on this outing why I have long considered him a musical genius. Unlike some of his other works, it has a strong sense of continuity and style that flows from track to track. With the exception of "What's That You're Doing," I love every single thing about Tug of War. This is definitely one of his most emotional efforts, probably because it was released after John's unfortunate cessation. Very nice, short, simple tribute to Lennon that doesn't have him going over the top like all the critics wanted him too. Lovely anti-war anthem in the title track. My favorite of all his songs is on here: "Take It Away" is a beautiful jazz masterpiece with some of Paul's best lyrics. "Somebody Who Cares" is a song that always makes me feel better when I'm down. That soft "I know how you feel" always gets to me. "Ballroom Dancing," "The Pound is Sinking" and "Get It" are all diverse excercises in Paul's impressive talent and lots of fun too. "Dress Me Up as a Robber" is another cool jazzy ditty a la "Take it Away" with an excellent, brief guitar solo. It closes out with the other Wonder duet, "Ebony and Ivory," which seems to be a continuation of the opening album's title track and seals the deal as an entire tidy package. I recommend this disk highly, even if you already have collections like Wingspan, because TOW is in a class by itself. You may also find yourself singing along with most of the songs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Paul's ambition + good taste = Tug of War Dec 7 2003
Format:Audio CD
It might not be Paul's best album, nor necessarily Paul's most enjoyable, but it is one of his bests. First and foremost, it is incredibly well crafted. The reason for this is evident: Paul is now almost forty, with plenty of experience under his belt and because it's his first true album after Wings, he still wants to show he is the best pound per pound Rock musician. Tug of War, Take It Away, Wanderlust, Ballroom Dancing and the Pound is Sinking not only feature Paul playing many different instruments very well, but most important, show a mature, diverse and professional musicianship that surpasses most of his earlier work as a soloist. Tug of War sets the tone for the album. As is any good McCartney song, it constantly changes tempo, is well played, and McCartney's singing is super (especially in the bridge "in years to come..."). The same can be said for the moody Pound is Sinking and piano rock'n roller Ballroom Dancing. In Sinking, the electric guitars and bridge are the most catching parts. In Dancing, the extended solo is very enjoyable. Similarly, Take it Way is superbly well crafted throughout, especially the horns, which add to what is otherwise a very catchy and enjoyable rockabilly. Wanderlust is a wonderful piano ballad with a great melody and lovely intertwining choruses at the end. In all of these songs, McCartney is reaching for perfection in complex sound arrangements and achieves it to a great extent. This is something he tried to do earlier in Red Rose Speedway and later in Flowers in the Dirt with less success and taste. Other songs are also very good, namely, Get It (Carl Perkings is great in this one), Here Today (beautiful tribute to John Lennon that other reviewers focus a lot on) and to a lesser extent, Somebody Who Cares. Read more ›
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