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McCartney Import

4.1 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 25 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002UC5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews
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1. Lovely Linda
2. That Would Be Something
3. Valentine Day
4. Every Night
5. Hot As Sun/Glasses
6. Junk
7. Man We Was Lonely
8. Oo You
9. Momma Miss America
10. Teddy Boy
11. Singalong Junk
12. Maybe I'm Amazed
13. Kreen - Akrore

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Japanese only 2 x SHM-CD pressing. Universal.

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Paul's first solo outing is very much a homegrown affair with him singing and playing everything (apart from a few harmonies by Linda). The expectations were high, and while not everything clicked, there was enough good stuff for the legend to continue. "That Would Be Something," "Man We Was Lonely," "The Lovely Linda," and "Teddy Boy" all make the grade, but everything is eclipsed by "Maybe I'm Amazed," which remains one of his most enduring songs, up there with anything the Beatles released (and which would have sounded quite at home on Let It Be). --Chris Nickson


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Format: Audio CD
Sir Paul launched his solo career in the spring of 1970 just as the Beatles were announcing their split. We now know that McCartney was in poor shape and used this album almost in a theraputic way to console his damaged heart and ego in losing his beloved group and the creative love of his life, John Lennon. This album was savaged by almost everyone upon its initial release, but in the end time has indeed been very kind to it, the things most critised at the time (homemade, demo like feel) are now its strong points. This new remastered version sounds great but still falls a little short of the wonderful job done by Steve Hoffmann for the DCC release over ten years back.
Paul recorded most of the album at his home, but added some polish on a few tracks in London prior to release, and these tracks ('every night' 'maybe I'm amazed' and 'Junk') really stand out. Its not a great LP but certainly a good one. The second 'extra' disc is completely supefluous - some live cuts and two demos that should have stayed in the tape machine, especially the track 'suicide' which is the extended version of a snippet heard on the original LP and believe me the snippet is far better! So its 4 stars for the McCartney album but minus 1 for the silly second disc. Lets hope they get it right when they re-release "Ram" and include b sides and the Mono mix of the record which was only sent out to US disc jockeys in 1971 but mixed by Paul himself.
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Though his three mates had all issued solo albums, both John and George's were experimental whilst Ringo's was one of old time standards so McCartney's offering could be considered the first 'real' solo release by a Beatle. The problem is, many thought it was a bit of a cop-out . The opinion at the time was that the instrumentals were included because he struggled to fill it with anything worthwhile. The Beatles rarely went near such things for public consumption and the five here was considered far too many. (One, 'Singalong Junk', was just take one of the song before a second attempt added vocals.)

Of the rest, 'The Lovely Linda' is less than a minute long, 'Junk' was demoed in India in 1968 and another, 'Teddy Boy', half heartedly recorded by the group but probably stymied by Lennon who didn't seem to care for it. The standout track is 'Maybe I'm Amazed' and why it was never issued as a single is still a mystery 46 years later. Yes, he plays all the instruments but there's something lacking in the whole thing. I can only think it's the absence of his three mates to give it that added sparkle. It also caused a not insignificant amount of consternation, as he deliberately scheduled it for release at the same time as the Beatles' next LP.

Now remastered as part of his 'Archive' series, there's an added CD comprising live tracks, demos and alternate versions. Now, there's a reason why any 'bonus' songs included on a CD never found a contemporary release; it's because, for the most part, they aren't as good as those that did get issued. The second CD here contains seven tracks.

SUICIDE: There's a snippet of this after 'Glasses' on the first CD and when Frank Sinatra asked if McCartney had a song for him, he offered up this.
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This album was created at a time when, according to McCartney he could hardly force himself out of bed in the morning ( due to the split up of the Beatles ).
When he did get up it was to get a drink.
Even if that wasn't the case this album still stacks up as one of the great Beatle albums. Yes I'll include this under the Beatles canon as many of the songs, and the general mood of the album is still that of The Beatles.
I could never understand why this album was so savaged by the critics. McCartneys voice is great, the album is inventive and the songs, as always, shine through. Maybe it was because at the time everyone was blaming Paul for the breakup.
My personal favorite on the album is Every Night. It took a while for the lyrics to sink in but:
Ev'ry night i just wanna go out,
Get out of my head.
Ev'ry day i don't wanna get up,
Get out of my bed.
Ev'ry night i want to play out
And ev'ry day i wanna do-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh.
Perfectly describes how he was feeling and typically ends on an upbeat note telling us that he wants to do-do things. Simple and beautiful.
My second favorite is the song snippet "The Lovely Linda". Say what you will about her, this songs clearly shows Pauls love in a playful sixties word picture.
Maybe I'm Amazed is great. The hit of the album although not as infectious or funloving as the above two.
Any of these three could easily have appeared on a Beatles album. Superior music.
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Here is my review of what I think of Paul's first solo album. It just gets three stars because it's not great, but it's not bad...
1. Lovely Linda
The album starts of with this half-minute warm-up. "The Lovely Linda" lets you know right away the direction this album will take. If you're not grabbed in by this one, you'll probably not warm up to the album as a whole. McCartney strums an acoustic guitar and recites lyrics that seem to come out of the spirit of the summer of love (three years earlier!). He sings "la...la...la...lovely Linda, with the lovely flowers in her hair" and abruptly ends the song with the last guitar chord and a silly giggle. The fun is just beginning!!
2. That Would Be Something
The second song, "That would be something" reminds me almost of the off-the-cuff numbers from the White Album. Paul moves over to electric guitar for this song, and again, sings minimal lyrics over his little riff. The drums are simple but creative, with hits to the cymbals and patting and thumping on guitar cases.
3. Valentine Day
The first of several instrumental. This one is very short indeed, and could easily have been the type of song he would put somewhere in the White Album. The first three songs on McCartney are the simplest, weakest and most "made-up" sounding on the whole album. He could have put "Maybe I'm Amazed" FIRST, but he chose to put it in much later.
4. Every Night
The first "real" song on McCartney. He has performed this song serveral times in concert over the years. This is the simplest and most original version. Definitely has the "home" sound to it. How it COULD have sounded done in Abbey Road with a few session musicians?!?
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