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Tug of War Import

4.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 25 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000DQSE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
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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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After the sound effects of a tug of war, the title song comes on, where McCartney contrasts "another world", where one could dance to the beat of a different drum, with the other corporate one, where one tries to outdo another in conjunction with a team. "In years to come they may discover/what the air we breathe and the life we lead/are all about" he sings, and like him, I agree that it won't be soon enough. Yes, dancing to that different drum...I like that.
I bought this because of the poppy "Take It Away", whose video I saw on MTV long ago. The backing harmonies, piano, and especially that brass ensemble make for an upbeat pop number that made it to the Top Ten. His producer George Martin does electric piano and old bandmate Ringo does drums. My third favourite song here.
"Somebody Who Cares" is a sweet ballad sympathizing with someone who's lonely. He likens it to "somebody who has taken the wheels of your car/when you had somewhere to go" but he injects a note of hope, that "there's always someone, somewhere/you should know by now/always somebody who cares."
Stevie Wonder's familiar funky synthesizer sets the backbeat for the first Wonder/McCartney duet, "What's That You're Doing." While it's a catchy engaging number I like, it's more at home on a Stevie Wonder album.
"Here Today" is a "I Will"-type ballad, enhanced with a string quartet as in "Yesterday."
However, two songs from here were reprised in the Give My Regards To Broadstreet movie two years later.
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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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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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