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Title: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on March 07, 2007, 06:03:41 AM
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MCCARTNEY

Lovely Linda 
That Would Be Something 
Valentine Day 
Every Night 
Hot As Sun/Glasses 
Junk 
Man We Was Lonely 
Oo You 
Momma Miss America 
Teddy Boy 
Singalong Junk 
Maybe I'm Amazed 
Kreen - Akrore 

I was going to post this in either of two threads, "What you are listening to right now" or "The Beatles Song Survivor Game".  Instead, I decided to start my own.  I just started listening to McCartney's body of work and enjoyed his first album so much that I wanted to share it here.  I know there's a lot of Beatles fans here that may want to weigh in, so this could turn out to be some fun.  So share your comments and opinions, good or bad.  O0

I haven't heard his first solo album in years.    I was pleasantly surprised to hear That Would Be Something and Every Night again, instantly recognizing them from his Unplugged album.     

Lovely Linda is a nice ditty; woulda been nice to hear a longer, fuller version.  I like That Would Be Something so much that I've been humming it to myself all day!  Every Night, like That Would Be Something, is a catchy tune and I like listening to it repeatedly.    Junk reminds me a little of Winter Rose/Love Awake from Wings' Back To The Egg album.  The opening to Man We Was Lonely has a cool sound to it and even though the chorus is near-annoying it's still a good song.  I like the instrumentation more than anything on Oo You.     Teddy Boy is another nice ditty.   Upon first listening to it, I didn't much care for it save for Maybe I'm Amazed and thought the sound quality wasn't very good.  Still, it's the best track on the album.  Wow, 5 instrumentals! Valentine Day, Hot As Sun/Glasses, Momma Miss America, Singalong Junk, Kreen Akrore.  Out of these, I enjoyed Hot As Sun/Glasses the most.  Does anyone know what a "Kreen-Akrore" is?  :-\
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 07, 2007, 05:10:07 PM
This album is very ordinary.Apart from Maybe I'm Amazed,there isn't much else I like.That would be something,Every night and Teddy Boy are alright,but this album was home made in the basement with McCartney playing all the instruments and it shows in the final product.Way too many instrumentals for me as well.

Could have been much better in a proper studio with a seasoned producer.

A yahoo search on "Kreen Akrore"

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The Kreen-Akrore tribe is probably the most negatively influenced by the West of all of the tribes discussed here. They live near the Tapajós River, and are known as the “tribe that hides from man.” This is because they were once attacked by explorers and were so scared of their guns that they hid from other humans until they finally made contact with the West in 1973. However, foreign diseases killed off half of their tribe, making them weary of the outside world once again. Now, though, they have built new villages and are once again thriving in Amazonia.

mcps.k12.md.us (http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/takomaparkms/academics/cs/grade8projects/rainforest/Tribes/kreenakrore.html)
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on March 08, 2007, 10:53:10 AM
Ordinary is a very good description and I agree, it would've been served better with studio production.  There is some good instumentation here, but you have to really listen for it.  Simple is another adjective that comes to mind when describing this album, but that doesn't mean it's bad.  A simple as That Would Be Something is, I'm still humming it to myself!  Really catchy!  Thanks for posting the info. on the Kreen-Akrore tribe, Schofield.  I wonder what influenced McCartney to write that piece of music...guess I should have another listen.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Matt on March 08, 2007, 08:03:29 PM
I've always liked McCartney. Liked... and nothing more with the exception of "Maybe I'm Amazed" which is my favorite solo McCartney song. It's also my favorite of all of Paul's love songs, including all the ones he made with the Beatles. Here's a video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEdiGC-ZNiU

We did discuss McCartney a bit in the Beatles Song Survivor thread because we were talking about a fantasy final Beatles album that would follow Abbey Road, taking songs from all the first solo albums of the four Beatles. These are my favorites from McCartney that made it to my fantasy album:

Maybe I'm Amazed
Oo You
Every Night
That Would Be Something
Junk
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on March 15, 2007, 09:29:09 AM
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RAM

Too Many People 
3 Legs 
Ram On 
Dear Boy 
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey 
Smile Away 
Heart Of The Country 
Monkberry Moon Delight 
Eat At Home 
Long Haired Lady 
Ram On 
The Back Seat Of My Car 

I can see returning to McCartney time and again.  Not so sure about the follow up, Ram.

It took me a good half-dozen plays to warm up to this album.  At first, I thought it was a cacophony save for Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey.  I very much like Too Many People and  Eat At Home is becoming a favorite.  I like his use of the uekelele on the title track but it's not a great tune.  Not sure as yet which is more annoying, Monkberry Moon Delight or Long Haired Lady....  Smile Away is fun to listen to, as is Back Seat Of My Car.  Of his first 2 solo albums, each has a great track and so far I prefer the former to the latter.

Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 15, 2007, 02:41:21 PM
I played Ram a few times last week after this thread got the bug in me to revisit McCartney's early solo work.

With this album being made in a studio this time it does sound a lot better than McCartney,but again there's nothing memorable on it.

After a good start with the opening track,it doesn't build on that and the rest of the album is pure fluff.

I don't mind Smile Away and Back Seat Of My Car,but I find Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey just plain irritating now,although maybe that has something to do with hearing it just about everyday on the radio.

So I rate this on a par with McCartney.Very disappointing.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on May 16, 2007, 03:50:49 PM
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WILD LIFE
 
Mumbo 
Bip Bop 
Love Is Strange 
Wild Life 
Some People Never Know 
I Am Your Singer 
Bip Bop Link 
Tomorrow 
Dear Friend 
Mumbo Link 
Give Ireland Back To The Irish 
Mary Had A Little Lamb 
Little Woman Love 
Mama's Little Girl 

A peculiar album indeed.  The last 4 tracks are bonus songs and seems the overall production on them is better than the rest of the album.  Mumbo is a good opening and I enjoy Love Is Strange, simple as it is.  I don't care for I Am Your Singer and Tomorrow because they sound annoying.  I'm a fan of instrumentals and liked Bip Bop Link and Mumbo Link.  My favorite bonus track is Give Ireland Back To The Irish; I've always liked that song.

Well, this'll probably be my last "Macca" review until Mini-Cooper is born.  It could be any day now!  O0
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: KC on May 16, 2007, 08:08:02 PM
"Mini-Cooper"!  (http://users.erols.com/kcoblenz/Lol.GIF)

I'm looking forward to the baby pix! :)





Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 31, 2007, 03:40:24 PM
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RED ROSE SPEEDWAY

Big Barn Red   
My Love   
Get On The Right Thing   
One More Kiss   
Little Lamb Dragonfly   
Single Pigeon     
When The Night
Loup (1st Indian On The Moon)     
Medley: Hold Me Tight/Lazy Dynamite/Hands of Love/Power Cut   
I Lie Around [bonus]
Country Dreamer [bonus]
The Mess (Recorded Live At The Hague) [bonus]

I finally got around to listening to this album.  When I first heard it, I hated it.  The more I listened to it, the more my dislike for it grew.  I listened to this album a handful of times and then decided to put it away for awhile.  To be honest, I found McCartney’s vocals on a couple of tunes downright annoying.  I wasn't looking forward to listening to it again to write my review for this thread, but
when I did I was pleasantly surprised…I liked what I heard this time!  I don't know what happened, but the hatred for the majority of these songs disappeared and I come away now considering this a good album.  Overall I'd say it's fair because it's not an album I'll return to repeatedly and there's only one great song on here.  Of course, that's the classic "My Love".  It's one of McCartney's best love songs.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 31, 2007, 08:46:11 PM
I dusted off my old vinyl copy of this album this morning after your post Brian. Thanks again for reviving this thread. I forgotten all about it.

I'm the opposite to you regarding this album, years ago I didn't mind it, but listening to it again today, apart from the second track My Love, the album sucks. Sorry maybe that's a bit harsh but seriously there is nothing there that I can recommend to anyone who hasn't heard it and if they were thinking of buying it, unless like myself you must have every album I wouldn't waste my money.

What I find amazing is that just a few months after this was released, McCartney and Wings released probably one of the best albums of the 1970's. Band On The Run. I don't know what happened in those few months, but more on that later.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on January 01, 2008, 02:58:14 PM
I dusted off my old vinyl copy of this album this morning after your post Brian. Thanks again for reviving this thread. I forgotten all about it.

I'm the opposite to you regarding this album, years ago I didn't mind it, but listening to it again today, apart from the second track My Love, the album sucks. Sorry maybe that's a bit harsh but seriously there is nothing there that I can recommend to anyone who hasn't heard it and if they were thinking of buying it, unless like myself you must have every album I wouldn't waste my money.

What I find amazing is that just a few months after this was released, McCartney and Wings released probably one of the best albums of the 1970's. Band On The Run. I don't know what happened in those few months, but more on that later.

I definitely do NOT recommend this album to anyone.  My Love, the best track on the album, can be found on a few greatest hits compilations.  I agree, it would be a waste of money.  It's for die-hards only.  My brother's a huge Beatles and McCartney fan, which is how I came to own a copy.  What's funny is had I chosen to write my own personal review after those first few listens, it would not have been pretty.  So, I can relate to how you feel about Red Rose Speedway.  It's not exactly a shining moment in McCartney's vast catalog of music. 

Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on January 03, 2008, 08:19:41 PM
I was reviewing my reviews and you know what?  There's a recurring adjective... annoying.  :D Gotta laugh at that one.   ;D  Seriously, annoying came to mind upon first hearing most of Red Rose Speedway.  I was dumfounded at how bad I thought the album was.  I dunno, maybe my expectations are always too high that I feel let down.  That's how I felt about Flowers In The Dirt.  I had it on tape and threw it away!  I retrieved it and gave it a second chance and now it's one of my all-time favorites, but that's for another day...ahem, pun intended.  ;)

Let's see how long it is before I use 'annoying' to describe another Macca song and/or album.  I hope it's not too soon.  Maybe I'm harsh because of all those years of hearing Elvis I got used to such a great voice that could sing the worst tunes and still sound good!   Well, when I hear McCartney wailing away, I cringe.  Otherwise, he can sound good and even great sometimes.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Doug on January 04, 2008, 05:54:27 AM
Don't feel bad: Paul has put out a lot of annoying stuff over the years. ;)  Even his last album has some annoying stuff on it but not too bad.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on January 05, 2008, 05:19:05 AM
True.  Well, nobody's perfect.  Elvis put out his share of junk over the years, most of it being from his movies.  The Beatles even had some stuff that wasn't great. 

I haven't gotten around to listening to Paul's last 2 albums yet, "Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard" and "Memory Almost Full".  The last of his 'new' albums I listened to were "Run Devil Run" and "Flaming Pie".  I liked Devil; loved What It Is from that album but haven't heard Pie in a long while so I can't remember much more than The World Tonight, which was ok.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 04, 2008, 09:59:37 PM
What I find amazing is that just a few months after this was released, McCartney and Wings released probably one of the best albums of the 1970's. Band On The Run. I don't know what happened in those few months, but more on that later.

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1. Band On The Run 
2. Jet 
3. Bluebird 
4. Mrs. Vandebilt 
5. Let Me Roll It 
6. Mamunia 
7. No Words 
8. Helen Wheels 
9. Picasso's Last Words (Drink To Me) 
10. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five 


With Brian's permission we are moving on to the next release from McCartney.

If you only buy one Wings album out of the seven that they released, this is the one to get. I put this up there with Dylan's Blood On The Tracks, Springsteen's Born To Run John Lennon's Imagine and Neil Young's Harvest as one of the best albums released in the 1970's.

I still can't work out how they turned it around from the very ordinary Red Rose Speedway to this masterpiece.

Band On The Run and Jet are two great rockers to open the album, Bluebird is a nice little ballad, followed by Mrs. Vandebilt, nothing special about that one, just a nice beat and the Ho, Ha, Ho chorus. Side 1 finishes with Let Me Roll It, which I've read is McCartney trying to imitate the sound of a John Lennon song and listening to it, you can hear the similarities.

Side 2 begins with Mamunia and No Words which McCartney co-wrote with Denny Laine. Helen Wheels which was released as the non album single originally, but when the album was released in the States, Helen Wheels was slotted in. Picasso's Last Words(Drink To Me) is the song that McCartney put together on the spot while having dinner with Dustin Hoffman, after Hoffman spoke of Picasso's recent death. The album finishes with Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five, a mix of a ballad and a rocker and fades off with a reprise of Band On The Run.

Overall a great album and one of my favorites.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on May 08, 2008, 05:43:17 AM
Overall a great album and one of my favorites.

Thanks for your review, SK.  Like the album, I enjoyed it very much.

Definitely NOT annoying....my review to come very soon.  8)
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on May 08, 2008, 06:09:46 AM
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BAND ON THE RUN

Band on the Run 
Jet 
Bluebird 
Mrs. Vandebilt 
Let Me Roll It 
Mamunia 
No Words 
Helen Wheels 
Picasso's Last Words (Drink To Me) 
Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five

I've finally gotten around to listening to this album.  Funny, I said that about Red Rose Speedway, too....

A very strong beginning, with Band On The Run, Jet and Bluebird.  I may have first heard these on my brother's copy of Wings Over America.  I've always loved Bluebird and have recently begun humming Nicholas to sleep with it.  I know that's where I first heard and enjoyed Let Me Roll It and Picasso's Last Words; the latter of those two of I would've enjoyed more without the additional segments of Jet and Mrs. Vandebilt

I like the rest of the songs here and this is the first album I've reviewed that I enjoy listening to from beginning to end repeatedly. 
 
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on May 09, 2008, 06:49:10 AM
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VENUS AND MARS

Venus and Mars 
Rock Show 
Love in Song 
You Gave Me the Answer 
Magneto and Titanium Man 
Letting Go 
Venus and Mars (Reprise) 
Spirits of Ancient Egypt 
Medicine Jar 
Call Me Back Again 
Listen to What the Man Said 
Treat Her Gently/Lonely Old People 
Crossroads 

Two Macca reviews in as many days?!  Well, that's what being laid up with a bad back has done. 

Some great music here.  A very decent follow-up to Band On The Run.  Unless I'm mistaken, this album features the most songs on Wings Over America, where I heard most of them for the first time.  Venus and Mars & Rock Show fit together very well in a medley with the previous album's Jet.  You Gave Me The Answer, Magneto And Titanium Man, Letting Go, Spirits Of Ancient Egypt, Medicine Jar and Call Me Back Again are all very enjoyable songs to listen to and I've always loved Listen To What The Man Said (that is, except for the very beginning).

The remainder of the album is likeable enough to consider this, like Band On The Run, a favorite.  The overall sound and production on both albums comes through very well.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 10, 2008, 06:00:40 PM
I was only thinking of this album last week when one of the radio stations down here played Venus And Mars/Rock Show as part of a battle of the bands promotion that they are currently running, and I thought I don't remember ever hearing that on the radio before.

This was a good follow up to Band On The Run, nothing ground breaking, but a good mix of songs. Rockers, Ballads and even You Gave Me The Answers sounds like a 1920's or 30's type song.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on May 12, 2008, 06:28:13 AM
You Gave Me The Answers sounds like a 1920's or 30's type song.

I noticed that about Baby's Request, too, from Back To The Egg.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on May 21, 2008, 05:37:00 AM
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WINGS AT THE SPEED OF SOUND

Let 'Em In 
The Note You Never Wrote 
She's My Baby 
Beware My Love 
Wino Junko 
Silly Love Songs 
Cook of the House 
Time to Hide 
Must Do Something About It 
San Ferry Anne 
Warm and Beautiful 
Walking in the Park with Eloise [bonus track] 
Bridge on the River Suite [bonus track] 
Sally G [bonus track] 

This album runs the gamut from great to horrible.  It starts out well enough with the first 6 songs but quickly goes south from there. 

The best songs here are Let 'Em In and Silly Love Songs.  A close runner-up is one of the bonus tracks, Sally G.  A very nice country flavor to that song.  I enjoyed Beware My Love, Wino Junko and San Ferry Anne very much and do like She's My Baby, Time To Hide and Warm And Beautiful. 

What this album could do without is The Note You Never Wrote, Cook Of The House (WHAT was THAT???!!!!) and Must Do Something About It.  Well, "Must" is the best of these in that I enjoy the rhythm guitar but still don't like the song.  It seems like it had potential, then fell short.

I'm always a fan of instrumentals and enjoyed them here, added as bonus tracks.  Walking In The Park With Eloise has a nice vaudeville sound to it and I like Bridge On The River Suite more; it has a cool, jazzy sound.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on May 27, 2008, 06:57:11 PM
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WINGS OVER AMERICA

Venus And Mars/Rock Show/Jet                        This is the first rock concert album I ever heard and it's                             
Let Me Roll It                                                     still one of my all-time favorites.  A great selection of
Spirits Of Ancient Egypt                                     songs, many of them hits.  Not a lot of Beatles music
Medicine Jar                                                       here but after all, it is a Wings album.  A great album!
Maybe I'm Amazed                                            Great! Great! Great!     
Call Me Back Again                                 
Lady Madonna
The Long And Winding Road
Live And Let Die
Picasso's Last Words (Drink To Me)
Richard Cory
Bluebird
I've Just Seen A Face
Blackbird
Yesterday
You Gave Me The Answer
Magneto And Titanium Man
Go Now
My Love
Listen To What The Man Said
Let 'Em In
Time To Hide
Silly Love Songs
Beware My Love
Letting Go
Band On The Run
Hi Hi Hi
Soily
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on May 27, 2008, 06:58:20 PM
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LONDON TOWN

London Town 
Cafe on the Left Bank 
I'm Carrying 
Backwards Traveller 
Cuff Link 
Children Children 
Girlfriend 
I've Had Enough 
With a Little Luck 
Famous Groupies 
Deliver Your Children 
Name and Address 
Don't Let It Bring You Down 
Morse Moose and the Grey Goose 
Girls' School [bonus track]
Mull of Kintyre [bonus track] 

I love this album.  I've heard it so many times over the years that I don't need to listen to it again now to write this review.  There is not one song on here that I dislike.  To me, that's what makes a great album.  What's great about cd technology is that I can listen to this album in it's original format or shuffle mode if I want to mix them up.  Again, I have my brother to thank for introducing me to this album.  I only recently acquired the version with the bonus tracks.  They neither add nor take anything away from the original album, but are very good songs.

The story goes Name And Address was written for Elvis* and I can hear he would've sounded since I'm such a big fan of Presley.  I've not heard of the story in the Elvis world but my guess would be that either Elvis' manager nixed the idea (big dummy) or Elvis had passed away before it could be presented to him.  Too bad, I think he would've done the song justice.  Who knows what might've come from McCartney producing Elvis on this tune?  Michael Jackson recorded a version of Girlfriend and did it well. 

*Someone please correct me if I'm wrong about this fact.

So, I'm having a good run of McCartney/Wings albums to listen to.  I know the next couple will be just as good, with a bump before getting to another favorite, Tug Of War.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on May 27, 2008, 06:59:06 PM
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WINGS GREATEST

Another Day 
Silly Love Songs 
Live and Let Die 
Junior's Farm 
With a Little Luck 
Band on the Run   
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey   
Hi, Hi, Hi 
Let 'Em In 
My Love
Jet 
Mull of Kintyre

This is one of my favorite greatest hits compilations.  This was released when greatest hits meant greatest hits, not some hits and a few bonus tracks that are of no value whatsoever.  What can I say about this album?  I must've heard it hundreds of times by now.  It's always a pleasure to hear.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on May 27, 2008, 06:59:56 PM
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BACK TO THE EGG

Reception     
Getting Closer     
We're Open Tonight     
Spin It On     
Again And Again And Again     
Old Siam, Sir     
Arrow Through Me     
Rockestra Theme   
To You   
After The Ball/Million Miles   
Winter Rose/Love Awake   
The Broadcast   
So Glad To See You Here   
Baby's Request   
Daytime Nightime Suffering [bonus track]   
Wonderful Christmastime  [bonus track] 
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reggae [bonus track]

This is another favorite of mine.  Not a bad follow-up to London Town.  These days, I usually listen to them back to back.  They may not be as good as Band On The Run and Venus And Mars but I grew up listening to London Town and Back To The Egg and they remain my favorite Wings albums. 

Back To The Egg may not have any major hits, but there's some enjoyable music here nonetheless.  Again And Again And Again and To You sound like they could've been included on London Town.  I can't quite explain it, but I've always loved The Broadcast.  It's different and unusual to hear something like that on a rock album.  Getting Closer and Baby's Request are my favorites on this album and Rockestra Theme is a close second.  Daytime Nighttime Suffering is a very good track added as a bonus.  Why Goodnight Tonight was included as a bonus track on McCartney II instead of Back To The Egg is beyond comprehension.  After all, it was released as the A-side to Daytime Nighttime Suffering.  I'll just have to make my own version.  The holiday tunes are nice additions (even though the "Rudolph" instrumental sounds, well, a little....annoying).  Why McCartney, to this date, has not recorded a holiday album is also beyond logic. 

I wonder what it would've been like had Wings stayed together.  I would love to see Wings inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame.  They damn well should be.  They had many hit singles and albums and toured worldwide successfully.

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Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on May 27, 2008, 07:01:03 PM
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McCARTNEY II

Coming Up
Temporary Secretary
On The Way
Waterfalls
Nobody Knows
Front Parlour
Summer's Day Song
Frozen Jap
Bogey Music
Darkroom
One Of These Days
Check My Machine [bonus track]
Secret Friend [bonus track]

When I first listened to this album, years ago, I could not stand it save for one song.  As simple as Coming Up sounds, it's still very enjoyable.  I remember the live version being a big hit.  The studio version is a McCartney solo recording, but the live version recorded with Wings and went to #1 in America. 

What's changed from the last time I listened to this album is that I came away liking a handful this time around.  On The Way, Nobody Knows, Bogey Music and One Of These Days are songs I enjoy now.  Front Parlour and Frozen Jap are ok as far as instrumentals go but McCartney did better ones in the 70s.

I can't say anything good about the remainder of the album so I'll leave it at that.

It's unfortunate that the live version of Coming Up wasn't included as a bonus instead of Goodnight Tonight, a very good Wings song from the Back To The Egg sessions.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on May 27, 2008, 07:01:50 PM
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TUG OF WAR

Tug Of War
Take It Away
Somebody Who Cares
What's That You're Doing
Here Today
Ballroom Dancing
The Pound Is Sinking
Wanderlust
Get It
Be What You See (Link)
Dress Me Up As A Robber
Ebony And Ivory

This is my favorite McCartney album.  I loved it when it first came out and I still love it.  There's a nice variety of music represented here and it's one of my all-time favorites.  When I recently drove to my dad's house in Maine I must've replayed Take It Away a dozen times.  What a great song!  This album never disappoints me.  I seem to get a little choked up when I hear it these days because it always takes me back to when I was 15 years old, when I first heard my brother's copy.  Eventually, because I loved hearing it so much I had to get my own.  For a while, Wanderlust became a favorite and I had to hear it again and again (and again, to quote a Wings song title  8) )

Ebony And Ivory was a huge hit and sounds just as good today as it did in 1982.  I remember the hype about the videos first being shown on MTV and rumours about McCartney touring again.  Fans would have to wait until the end of the decade to see McCartney in concert again. 

I'm not sure how to end this review.  I could go on about how much I love each and every song but I believe I've made my point.  It's nice having a favorite album you can return to from time to time and this one is near the top of my list.     
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on June 12, 2008, 04:49:46 PM
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PIPES OF PEACE

Pipes Of Peace
Say Say Say
The Other Me
Keep Under Cover
So Bad
The Man
Sweetest Little Show
Average Person
Hey Hey
Tug Of Peace
Through Our Love

I was not a fan of this album when I first heard it.  Aside from Say Say Say and So Bad, I disregarded it until recently.  Upon hearing it now, I come away very satisfied in that I enjoy 99% of the music here.  I like this album so much now that I listen to it almost every day.  The more I hear it, the more I like it.  A very decent follow-up to Tug Of War.

I've always enjoyed Say Say Say and So Bad.  I remember people joking that McCartney was becoming influenced by Jackson in the way that he sang So Bad.  They probably weren't aware that he used the same vocal style on Girlfriend from London Town and that Jackson even covered that song on his Off The Wall album. 

I'd say Tug Of Peace is probably the only song I'm not thrilled with on this album, which is where the 99% comes from.  Still, it's not so bad that I have to skip it when listening to the album.  The lead guitar on The Man makes it seem like this song could've been included on London Town.

I never thought I'd come away liking this album this much so it's a nice addition to my list of favorite Macca albums.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on June 12, 2008, 04:50:32 PM
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GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROAD STREET

No More Lonely Nights
Good Day Sunshine/Corridor Music
Yesterday
Here, There And Everywhere
Wanderlust
Ballroom Dancing
Silly Love Songs/Silly Love Songs (reprise)
Not Such A Bad Boy
So Bad
No Values
No More Lonely Nights (ballad reprise)/For No One
Eleanor Rigby/Eleanor's Dream
The Long And Winding Road
No More Lonely Nights (playout version)
Goodnight Princess

I remember when No More Lonley Nights was released.  I made fun of it because it sounded like McCartney's voice was straining.  It doesn't seem like that so much when I hear it these days and it's become one of my favorite McCartney songs, although, I don't care for the "playout version".  I like the other new offerings on this soundtrack album, Not Such A Bad Boy and No Values; both are very likeable.

All of the songs McCartney re-recorded for this album are okay, but I prefer the originals by far.  Good Night Princess is enjoyable and I'm surprised to learn it's a solo recording.  I used to hear it to close out a Boston radio show's Beatles program so I automatically assumed it was an outtake from one of their sessions.

I haven't seen the movie and am not in a big hurry.  What little I've come across on television didn't impress me much.  Out of curiosity, I would like to see it someday. 

Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on June 12, 2008, 04:51:26 PM
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PRESS TO PLAY

Stranglehold
Good Times Coming/Feel Like The Sun
Talk More Talk
Footprints
Only Love Remains
Press
Pretty Little Head
Move Over Busker
Angry
However Absurd
Write Away
It's Not True
Tough On A Tightrope
Spies Like Us [bonus track]
Once Upon A Long Ago (Long Version) [bonus track]

I never liked this album and until recently didn't give it another chance that I may like at least some of the music here other than Press.  Like Pipes Of Peace, I disregarded this album as mostly junk but am pleasantly surprised to find I now enjoy most of this album as well.  Had I given Pipes Of Peace and Press To Play the second chance I gave Flowers In The Dirt, I would have enjoyed them more over the years.  However, they're now like hidden treasures that I can enjoy as if they were fresh, new music.

I remember the music video for Press and thinking Macca was aging very well and looking good with his long, salt & pepper hair.  Although Spies Like Us was not originally part of this album, it's another song I've always liked.  I like the rest of the music on this album and Angry sounds like something Green Day could cover rather well.

So, like Pipes Of Peace I come away pleasantly surprised that I do enjoy this music that I otherwise had discarded. 
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on June 12, 2008, 04:53:32 PM
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CHOBA B CCCP

Kansas City 
Twenty Flight Rock 
Lawdy Miss Clawdy 
I'm In Love Again 
Bring It On Home To Me 
Lucille 
Don't Get Around Much Anymore 
I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday 
That's All Right Mama 
Summertime 
Ain't That A Shame 
Crackin' Up 
Just Because   
Mignight Special 

I love oldies.  Rock 'n' roll music from the 50s and 60s are my favorite, especially the pioneers; Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bill Haley, Elvis, Fats Domino and Buddy Holly are the greatest.  Sure, most of their recordings are simple but each of these artists helped pave the way for major artists to revolutionize rock 'n' roll, such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Led Zeppelin and The Eagles. 

McCartney covers these classics very well and that makes it a pleasure to listen to repeatedly. 
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on June 12, 2008, 04:54:26 PM
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ALL THE BEST!

 Band On The Run
 Jet
 Ebony And Ivory   
 Listen To What The Man Said
 No More Lonely Nights
 Silly Love Songs
 Let 'Em In
 Say Say Say
 Live And Let Die
 Another Day
 C Moon
 Junior's Farm
 Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
 Coming Up (Live In Glasgow)
 Goodnight Tonight
 With A Little Luck
 My Love

A very nice collection, with the exception of one song.  Come on now, "C Moon" is considered one of his best?!  Since there was already a Wings greatest hits album, perhaps this would've been better had it been a compilation of McCartney solo hits instead.  I would've preferred that but this is still a very nice set to listen to.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on June 12, 2008, 04:55:23 PM
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FLOWERS IN THE DIRT

My Brave Face 
Rough Ride 
You Want Her Too 
Distractions
We Got Married 
Put It There 
Figure Of Eight 
This One 
Don't Be Careless Love 
That Day Is Done 
How Many People 
Motor Of Love 
Ou Est Le Soleil

Aside from Tug Of War, this is my favorite McCartney album.  When I first heard it, I hated it so much I threw it away.  Looking back, my expectations were very high after hearing My Brave Face which I thought was fantastic.  My friend then took it and after hearing it told me it was actually good.  So, I gave it a second chance, then a third, fourth and so on.  Not only did I grow to like it, I loved it and still do.  Like Wanderlust is to Tug Of War, This One is a standout favorite of mine.  This is the only other album of McCartney's, solo or with Wings, that I enjoy every song immensely.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on June 12, 2008, 04:56:04 PM
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TRIPPING THE LIVE FANTASTIC

Showtime                                                  Very nice hearing a live album after so many
Figure Of Eight                                          years.  Sounds like McCartney was struggling,
Jet                                                             perhaps from such a long absence from live
Rough Ride                                                performances.  Lots of good solo, Wings and
Got To Get You Into My Life                       Beatles songs here but I still prefer Wings Over
Band On The Run                                       America.  I've only just begun listening to this
Birthday                                                     album recently, so maybe in time I'll enjoy it
Ebony And Ivory                                        more.
We Got Married
Inner City Madness                                   Unfortunately,  I had the opportunity to see
Maybe I'm Amazed                                    McCartney during this tour but sold my tickets!
The Long And Winding Road                     Years later, around 1999 or 2000, my wife and I
Crackin' Up                                                attempted to get tickets but the price was just
The Fool On The Hill                                  way too high.  C'est la vie.
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band     
Can't Buy Me Love
Matchbox
Put It There
Together
 
Things We Said Today   
Eleanor Rigby
This One
My Brave Face
Back In The U.S.S.R
I Saw Her Standing There
Twenty Flight Rock
Coming Up
Sally
Let It Be
Ain't That A Shame
Live And Let Die
If I Were Not Upon The Stage
Hey Jude
Yesterday
Get Back
Golden Slumbers (Medley)
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on June 12, 2008, 05:04:56 PM
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UNPLUGGED: THE OFFICIAL BOOTLEG

Be-Bop-A-Lula   
I Lost My Little Girl 
Here There And Everywhere 
Blue Moon Of Kentucky     
We Can Work It Out     
San Francisco Bay Blues 
I've Just Seen A Face   
Every Night     
She's A Woman   
Hi-Heel Sneakers   
And I Love Her     
That Would Be Something 
Blackbird     
Ain't No Sunshine   
Good Rockin' Tonight     
Singing The Blues   
Junk 

This is a nice collection 1950s oldies, Beatles and McCartney solo music.  Unless I'm mistaken, I don't see any Wings titles.  Too bad, it would've been nice to hear unplugged versions of any Wings music here.  I saw this performance on MTV and liked it a lot.  This is where I first here Every Night and That Would Be Something and was surprised to hear them later when I got around to McCartney's first solo album.  They're 2 of my favorites.  I don't know why.  They're very simple but I fell in love with the melodies to the both of them and still sing them to Nicholas when he's tired and ready for sleep.

McCartney is obviously an "oldies" fan and it'd be great to see him return to this format in live performance again. 

Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 03, 2008, 03:43:36 AM
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OFF THE GROUND

Off The Ground   
Looking For Changes 
Hope Of Deliverance 
Mistress And Maid     
I Owe It All To You     
Biker Like An Icon   
Peace In The Neighbourhood   
Golden Earth Girl   
The Lovers That Never Were 
Get Out Of My Way   
Winedark Open Sea   
C'mon People

Like many a McCartney album, I disregarded Off The Ground after hearing it only a couple of times.  I do like it more now, but it hasn't grown on my by leaps and bounds the way Pipes Of Peace and Press To Play have.

I've always enjoyed the title track, Hope Of Deliverance and Biker Like An Icon, with "Hope" being my favorite of the three.  The songs I do like better these days are Looking For Changes, Get Out Of My Way and C'Mon People making this album a solid 50% worth of music.  The rest are ok, but I wouldn't miss not hearing them again.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 03, 2008, 03:44:46 AM
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PAUL IS LIVE

Drive My Car 
Let Me Roll It 
Looking For Changes 
Peace In The Neighbourhood 
All My Loving 
Robbie's Bit (Thanks Chet) 
Good Rockin' Tonight 
We Can Work It Out 
Hope Of Deliverance 
Michelle 
Biker Like An Icon 
Here, There And Everywhere 
My Love 
Magical Mystery Tour 
C'mon People 
Lady Madonna 
Paperback Writer 
Penny Lane 
Live And Let Die 
Kansas City 
Welcome To Soundcheck 
Hotel In Benidorm 
I Wanna Be Your Man 
Fine Day

I enjoy this more than Tripping The Live Fantastic.  McCartney sounds better here; it looks like by these recordings he's found his concert voice again.  Much less Wings represented here and although it's nice hearing live versions of Beatles tunes, it's kind of weird after having gotten used to the studio versions after years of hearing them.  Nice hearing selections from Unplugged: The Official Bootleg (Good Rockin' Tonight) and Chopa B CCCP (Kansas City).
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 03, 2008, 03:46:47 AM
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FLAMING PIE

Song We Were Singing 
World Tonight 
If You Wanna
Somedays 
Young Boy
Calico Skies 
Flaming Pie 
Heaven On A Sunday 
Used To Be Bad
Souvenir 
Little Willow 
Really Love You 
Beautiful Night 
Great Day

This is the last "new" McCartney album I purhcased when first released.  I'm not counting Run Devil Run because that album only has a few new songs penned by Macca.

Flaming Pie would make a very strong ep for me because there's just 4 songs on this album that I like.  They are The Song We Were Singing, The World Tonight, Young Boy and Flaming Pie.  I listened to this album numerous times recently but my opinion hasn't changed and it's time to move onto the next album. 

There's something about McCartney's voice on this album.  It sounds different and on a couple of tracks he even sounds off key, but maybe that's just me.  There are pieces of songs that are enjoyable but the 4 songs I like are the standouts for me and the ones I look forward to hearing again.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 03, 2008, 03:53:37 AM
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RUN DEVIL RUN

Blue Jean Bop 
She Said Yeah 
All Shook Up 
Run Devil Run 
No Other Baby 
Lonesome Town 
Try Not To Cry 
Movie Magg 
Brown Eyed Handsome Man 
What It Is 
Coquette 
I Got Stung 
Honey Hush 
Shake a Hand 
Party

Quote
When I heard Elvis' voice for the first time was like busting out of jail.
                                                                                                           Bob Dylan

I'm reprinting Dylan's quote about Elvis here because I feel the same way about this album.  Not that I've ever been in jail....well, detained in a holding area at an airport in England because of a misunderstanding that was cleared up after 36 hours, but I digress...

I love this album because I this is my favorite kind of rock 'n' roll.  It's a great companion to Choba B CCCP and Unplugged: The Official Bootleg.  My favorites are McCartney's own "No Other Baby" and "What It Is".  Great stuff.  Great album.

"Cheers, cheersverymuchmate!"

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If you look closely, the caption in the upper-right hand corner reads 'Elvis McCartney'.

"Uh-huh-huh!" 
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 24, 2008, 02:25:45 PM
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WINGSPAN: HITS AND HISTORY

Listen To What The Man Said                            This is a decent collection of Wings and McCartney hits.   
Band On The Run                                               I'm not a fan of the more obscure titles like The Lovely 
Another Day                                                       Linda, Helen Wheels, Man We Was Lonely, Back Seat   
Live And Let Die                                                 Of My Car, Waterfalls, Too Many People and Bip Bop/ 
Jet                                                                      Hey Diddle/I Am Your Singer.  Those I can do without
My Love                                                              and the playout version of No More Lonely Nights,
Silly Love Songs                                                  although I love the main version of that song-it's
Pipes Of Peace                                                    one of my favorite McCartney songs.  But hey, this
C Moon                                                                is Sir Paul's compilation, not mine.  With the excep-
Hi Hi Hi                                                                 tion of the aforementioned titles, this is some great
Let 'Em In                                                            music.
Goodnight Tonight 
Junior's Farm 
Mull of Kintyre 
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey 
With A Little Luck 
Coming Up 
No More Lonely Nights 
 
Let Me Roll It 
The Lovely Linda 
Daytime Nightime Suffering 
Maybe I'm Amazed 
Helen Wheels 
Bluebird 
Heart Of The Country 
Every Night 
Take It Away 
Junk 
Man We Was Lonely 
Venus And Mars/Rockshow 
Back Seat Of My Car 
Rockestra Theme 
Girlfriend 
Waterfalls 
Tomorrow 
Too Many People 
Call Me Back Again 
Tug Of War 
Bip Bop/Hey Diddle/I Am Your Singer 
No More Lonely Nights [playout version]

Those I could do without and the playout version of No More Lonely Nights, of which I am a huge fan of the main version.  This is McCartney's compilation, though, not mine.  With the exception of the aforementioned titles, this is some great music.

 
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 24, 2008, 02:27:26 PM
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DRIVING RAIN

Lonely Road 
From A Lover To A Friend 
She's Given Up Talking 
Driving Rain 
I Do 
Tiny Bubble 
Magic 
Your Way 
Spinning On An Axis 
About You 
Heather 
Back In The Sunshine Again 
Your Loving Flame 
Riding Into Jaipur 
Rinse The Raindrops 
Freedom

I prefer the first half of this album to the second, with Lonely Road, I Do and especially the title track being the standouts.  The rest of the first half I thought was good.  Of the second half, I only liked Heather and Freedom.  The remainder of the second half I didn't like at all.  Driving Rain and Freedom are my favorites.  I remember McCartney's video for Freedom when it first aired and loved it.  It was great seeing him perform it on t.v. for The Concert For New York City, too.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 24, 2008, 02:38:45 PM
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BACK IN THE U.S.

Hello Goodbye                                     A very enjoyable live album, I must say.  There's just one song I don't care for and
Jet                                                       that's Vanilla Sky.  Nevertheless, this is now among my favorite live albums.   
All My Loving                                        McCartney sounds very good here and leaves me wanting more.   
Getting Better                                     
Coming Up 
Let Me Roll It 
Lonely Road 
Driving Rain 
Your Loving Flame 
Blackbird 
Every Night 
We Can Work It Out 
Mother Nature's Son 
Vanilla Sky 
Carry That Weight 
The Fool On The Hill 
Here Today 
Something 

Eleanor Rigby 
Here, There And Everywhere 
Band On The Run 
Back In The USSR 
Maybe I'm Amazed 
C Moon 
My Love 
Can't Buy Me Love 
Freedom 
Live And Let Die 
Let It Be 
Hey Jude 
The Long And Winding Road 
Lady Madonna 
I Saw Her Standing There 
Yesterday 
Sgt. Pepper/The End 

Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 24, 2008, 02:59:57 PM
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CHAOS AND CREATION IN THE BACK YARD

Fine Line   
How Kind Of You   
Jenny Wren   
At The Mercy   
Friends To Go   
English Tea   
Too Much Rain   
A Certain Softness   
Riding To Vanity Fair   
Follow Me   
Promise To You Girl
This Never Happened Before 
Anyway

There's just a couple of exceptional songs for me on this album, Fine Line and English Tea.  I have to admit, after just a few listens I was ready to disregard 99% of this album, the exception being Fine Line.  I warmed up to English Tea (with the exception of the beginning of that song) and then slowly began enjoying Jenny Wren, At The Mercy, Friends To Go, Too Much Rain, Follow Me, Promise To You Girl and Anyway.  Those songs I now enjoy, but not the remainder of the album.  So it's 50/50, much better than just one song...kinda reminds me of my first impression of 1980's McCartney.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 24, 2008, 03:01:06 PM
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MEMORY ALMOST FULL

Dance Tonight 
Ever Present Past 
See Your Sunshine 
Only Mama Knows 
You Tell Me 
Mr. Bellamy 
Gratitude 
Vintage Clothes 
That Was Me 
Feet In The Clouds 
House Of Wax 
End Of The End 
Nod Your Head 

Once again, I was just about ready to disregard the majority of this album.  The last time I played it, I came away enjoying the entire album.  Unlike the previous 2 studio albums, there isn't a song on here I dislike.  I guess I shouldn't be surprised after Pipes Of Peace and Press To Play, but those are perceptions that changed over the passage of years, not weeks. 

So, my Macca Reviews comes to an end (well, until the next album comes along) with a pleasant ending.  Memory Almost Full is another McCartney album I look forward to hearing repeatedly.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 24, 2008, 03:13:57 PM
I'm dedicating these reviews to my brother, Ron.  Without him this may not have happened.  A couple of years ago he gave me the opportunity to copy his entire Beatles collection, which included their solo work.  Growing up, he was the Beatles fan and I the Elvis fan.  We both became collectors, but he became a musician.  I always enjoyed waking up Sunday mornings to hear my brother strumming away on his guitar, learning any variety of Beatles, Lennon, McCartney and/or Wings tunes, especially Blackbird. 


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So, Ron, here's to you!  Cheers, mate!  

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Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Richard Earl on August 24, 2008, 10:27:00 PM
I did not realize that Paul has put out so many solo albums Brian. I have much listening to that I must do." Put It There" is my favorite Paul solo song that I have heard.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 24, 2008, 10:38:25 PM
Great work on this thread Brian. Really well done. I have a lot of catching up to do with these albums. Going through some of those reviews of yours from the early 80's albums has brought back some memories.

Thanks.  8)

Is there a Lennon Thread in the works?   ;)
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 25, 2008, 10:05:57 AM
I did not realize that Paul has put out so many solo albums Brian. I have much listening to that I must do." Put It There" is my favorite Paul solo song that I have heard.

I love that song, too.  I once gave my brother a double-celebrity greeting and smiled that he knew what I was talking about.  I said, "Hi Ron, put it there.  Waddya hear, waddya say?"  The 'waddya year' remark was taken from an old James Cagney film he introduced me to, called Angels With Dirty Faces.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 25, 2008, 10:11:09 AM
Great work on this thread Brian. Really well done. I have a lot of catching up to do with these albums. Going through some of those reviews of yours from the early 80's albums has brought back some memories.

Thanks.  8)

Is there a Lennon Thread in the works?   ;)

You're welcome.  It was my pleasure.  I was considering doing an Elvis thread but have since decided to pass because there's so much material to cover.  I know I'd have fun with it and don't even need to listen to anything because I've heard everything Elvis recorded multiple times over the years.

So yeah, a Lennon thread is next... ...although, I'm not looking forward to hearing anything by Yoko so I may skip over her stuff.  After hearing some of her songs on Double Fantasy I had to check myself into a hospital....  :D  Sorry to offend any Yoko fans out there but I just didn't like what heard.  Maybe I'll try to keep an open mind but think I'll stick with Lennon's recordings only.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on October 24, 2008, 11:51:42 PM
Ok, the cover looks ridiculous, but this looks like a fantastic compilation and I can't wait to pick it up.  I love all of McCartney's hits and it will be fun to see familiar videos with ones I haven't yet. 

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DISC/TRACK LISTING DISC 1 1. Tug Of War 2. Say Say Say 3. Silly Love Songs 4. Band On The Run 5. Maybe I'm Amazed 6. Heart Of The Country 7. Mamunia 8. With A Little Luck 9. Goodnight Tonight 10. Waterfalls 11. My Love 12. C-Moon 13. Baby's Request 14. Hi Hi Hi 15. Ebony And Ivory 16. Take It Away 17. Mull Of Kintyre 18. Helen Wheels 19. I've Had Enough 20. Coming Up 21. Wonderful Christmastime Extras 1. Juniors Farm 2. Band On The Run 3. London Town 4. Mull Of Kintyre 2 5. The Southbank Show

DISC 2 1. Pipes Of Peace 2. My Brave Face 3. Beautiful Night 4. Fine Line 5. No More Lonely Nights 6. This One 7. Little Willow 8. Pretty Little Head 9. Birthday 10. Hope Of Deliverance 11. Once Upon A Long Ago 12. All My Trials 13. Brown-Eyed Handsome Man 14. Press 15. No Other Baby 16. Off The Ground 17. Biker Like An Icon 18. Spies Like Us 19. Put It There 20. Figure Of Eight 21. C'Mon People Extras 1. Parkinson 2. So Bad 3. Creating Chaos At Abbey Road

DISC 3 Rock Show 1. Venus And Mars 2. Rock Show 3. Jet 4. Maybe I'm Amazed 5. Lady Madonna 6. Listen To What The Man Said 7. Bluebird MTV Unplugged 8. I Lost My Little Girl 9. Every Night 10. And I Love Her 11. That Would Be Something Glastonbury 12. Jet 13. Flaming Pie 14. Let Me Roll It 15. Blackbird 16. Band On The Run 17. Back In The USSR 18. Live And Let Die 19. Hey Jude 20. Yesterday 21. Helter Skelter 22. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Extras 1. Live Aid 2. The Superbowl XXIV
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on November 25, 2008, 07:20:05 PM
I just wanted to take this opportunity to re-dedicate this thread to my brother.  I've been enjoying the McCartney Years dvd immensely.  What a great trip down memory lane, seeing a lot of videos from the 80s when I never thought I'd be a dad only to be enjoying them again with Nicholas, along with others I'm seeing for the first time.

I'm dedicating these reviews to my brother, Ron.  Without him this may not have happened.  A couple of years ago he gave me the opportunity to copy his entire Beatles collection, which included their solo work.  Growing up, he was the Beatles fan and I the Elvis fan.  We both became collectors, but he became a musician.  I always enjoyed waking up Sunday mornings to hear my brother strumming away on his guitar, learning any variety of Beatles, Lennon, McCartney and/or Wings tunes, especially Blackbird. 


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So, Ron, here's to you!  Cheers, mate!  

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Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Gant on November 26, 2008, 06:10:43 AM
I just heard a snippet from McCartney's new project... A collaboration with Youth  which goes under the title .. The Fireman. Sounded quite good.


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Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on November 26, 2008, 06:50:45 AM
I've heard of The Firemen before and I pretty sure I have a cd but haven't checked it out yet.  Is the material instrumental?
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Gant on November 26, 2008, 07:13:00 AM
yeh... I think this is their 2nd or 3rd collaboration... I think it's mainly instrumental but def some vocal tracks.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on March 16, 2009, 08:04:14 PM
I'm a little late, but after recently finishing my John Lennon reviews Coop's Dr. Winston O'Boogie Revue (John Lennon) (http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=7674.0) and dedicating them to my brother and Lennon, I thought it fitting to add a dedication to Sir Paul as well.

I'd say Paul is probably my favorite of The Beatles and I've always been a fan of a lot of his solo work.  I had a lot of fun with these reviews and came away liking 2 albums I hadn't cared to bother with before (Band On The Run, Venus And Mars) and 2 that I hadn't liked before but enjoy very much now (Pipes Of Peace, Press To Play).  I look forward to his next solo project.

I'm dedicating these reviews to my brother, Ron.  Without him this may not have happened.  A couple of years ago he gave me the opportunity to copy his entire Beatles collection, which included their solo work.  Growing up, he was the Beatles fan and I the Elvis fan.  We both became collectors, but he became a musician.  I always enjoyed waking up Sunday mornings to hear my brother strumming away on his guitar, learning any variety of Beatles, Lennon, McCartney and/or Wings tunes, especially Blackbird. 


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So, Ron, here's to you!  Cheers, mate!  

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Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 12, 2009, 12:11:44 PM
I'm looking forward to listening to this cd and watching the dvd with Diana & Nicholas.  A friend of mine who went to the concert at Fenway Park the day after I did saw McCartney's "Good Evening New York City" on tv recently and told me it's very similar to what we saw in Boston.

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Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on September 07, 2012, 01:27:50 PM
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KISSES ON THE BOTTOM

   1. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
   2. Home (When Shadows Fall)
   3. It's Only A Paper Moon
   4. More I Cannot Wish You
   5. The Glory Of Love  
   6. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me)
   7. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
   8. My Valentine
   9. Always
 10. My Very Good Friend The Milkman
 11. Bye Bye Blackbird
 12. Get Yourself Another Fool
 13. The Inch Worm
 14. Only Our Hearts

I’ll be blunt.  I don’t like this album.  Like Pipes Of Peace, Press To Play and Flowers In The Dirt, upon first hearing it I was sorely disappointed.  What’s different is after listening to it repeatedly, my opinion hasn’t changed.  I doubt it will many years from now, as it did with the Pipes and Press albums.  The overall production is done very well and the music sounds good.  I can’t say the same for McCartney’s voice.  It sounds wobbly and uneven.  I was happy to learn he was doing an album such as this, as I’m a fan of his earlier work in the same vein; Your Mother Should Know, Honey Pie, You Gave Me The Answer and my favorite of these, Baby’s Request, which is covered on this album but the original is better.

Had Sir Paul recorded this type of album 20 years ago, I’m sure it would've sounded much better.  His voice sounded smoother then.  McCartney’s got a great rock voice.  Especially on songs like Kansas City and I’m Down.  I first noticed a change in McCartney’s voice on No More Lonely Nights back in 1984.  He sounds like he’s straining there but the song is enjoyable nonetheless.  He sounds good on his most recent rock album, Memory Almost Full.  Standards are quite a different breed of music, though.  I enjoy the classics like Sinatra and Dean Martin and the more contemporary artist like Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall.  So, hopefully he'll return to form with another decent rock album.



 

Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on October 16, 2013, 02:12:53 PM
Finally!!  Another album by Sir Paul!  I’ve listened to half so far and am enjoying what I’m hearing.  This may turn into another favorite by Macca.  I hope so, after having been so disappointed by his previous travesty.  It’s great seeing McCartney back on track with new material that sounds so good (so far). 
 
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NEW

  1. Save Us   
  2. Alligator   
  3. On My Way To Work 
  4. Queenie Eye 
  5. Early Days   
  6. New   
  7. Appreciate   
  8. Everybody Out There   
  9. Hosanna   
10. I Can Bet   
11. Looking at Her   
12. Road (includes "Scared" as a hidden track)
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on October 17, 2013, 01:18:02 PM
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NEW (Deluxe Edition)

  1. Save Us
  2. Alligator
  3. On My Way To Work
  4. Queenie Eye
  5. Early Days
  6. New
  7. Appreciate
  8. Everybody Out There
  9. Hosanna
10. I Can Bet
11. Looking at Her
12. Road
13. Turned Out
14. Get Me Out Of Here
15. Scared (hidden/bonus track) 


I’ve listened to this deluxe edition once and am extremely pleased with this album.  For McCartney fans, I definitely recommend it.  Some songs are better than others but overall New is very good and I’m keeping this cd in my car stereo for a while.  It’s a little early to tell whether or not the whole album will be added to my list of Macca favorites but by comparison I like it better than Flaming Pie and Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard.  I still enjoy all of Memory Almost Full very much.  So far I haven’t heard anything I dislike on New and am looking forward to hearing it again.


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Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: The Schofield Kid on October 23, 2013, 02:39:36 AM
Finally!!  Another album by Sir Paul!  I’ve listened to half so far and am enjoying what I’m hearing.  This may turn into another favorite by Macca.  I hope so, after having been so disappointed by his previous travesty.  It’s great seeing McCartney back on track with new material that sounds so good (so far). 
 
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NEW

  1. Save Us   
  2. Alligator   
  3. On My Way To Work 
  4. Queenie Eye 
  5. Early Days   
  6. New   
  7. Appreciate   
  8. Everybody Out There   
  9. Hosanna   
10. I Can Bet   
11. Looking at Her   
12. Road (includes "Scared" as a hidden track)

I've been playing this quite a bit since Sunday in the car and while there is a couple of catchy tunes, overall I'm not that impressed. It may grow on me so I'll give it a few more listens but it's lacking something.
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on October 23, 2013, 06:25:32 AM
I've been playing this quite a bit since Sunday in the car and while there is a couple of catchy tunes, overall I'm not that impressed. It may grow on me so I'll give it a few more listens but it's lacking something.

That's funny because that's exactly how I felt about Flowers In The Dirt.  I loved My Brave Face and my expectations were super high espcially after being so disappointed with Press To Play (which is now one of my favorite Macca albums).  I was even angry at not liking Flowers In The Dirt.  So much so, that I tossed the cassette in the trash!  A friend staying with us at the time dug it out and after telling me he enjoyed it, I decided to give it another chance.  Not only did it grow on me but it's one my favorites.  I'm not saying that will happen with you and New, but I agree that it may grow on you.  I've been enjoying it after hearing it 5-6 times so far.   
Title: Re: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on November 30, 2017, 09:40:41 AM
Wow, over 4 years since I’ve last posted here! 

I haven’t written anything about the Pure McCartney compilation that came out last year.

To be continued...

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Title: Coop's "Macca" reviews (McCartney solo & Wings)
Post by: Jed Cooper on November 30, 2017, 09:47:00 AM
PURE McCARTNEY

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Paul McCartney is my second favorite solo recording artist.  He’s often criticized for being too “pop” but I consider him to be the most talented of all The Beatles and one of the all-time greatest musicians.  His career is unique in that he’s been a success not only in two rock bands, but on his own as well.  His versatility on various musical instruments is as equally impressive as his songwriting.  My favorite Wings albums are London Town, Back To The Egg, Band On The Run and Venus & Mars.  Initially, I wasn’t impressed with his solo albums Pipes Of Peace, Press To Play and Flowers In The Dirt.  It didn’t take long for me to change my mind on the last of those three, but it would be years before I came to appreciate the first two.  They are now among my favorites, as are Tug Of War, Memory Almost Full and New.  I’ve been fortunate to see McCartney twice in concert and they’re the best I’ve seen to date.  I’m hoping a new rock album is in the works.
 
As for this compilation, it’s very good.  But, I could’ve done better.  Of course, with technology being what it is today, I can make my own to enjoy.  I did do that once, years ago… on cassette!  I no longer have it but sure do wish I had the track listing.  The one mistake I made was starting off with Goodnight Tonight, a Wings song even though it was intended as a McCartney only set.  I remember my reaction upon first hearing about Pure McCartney and how I couldn’t wait to get my own copy.  I called Newbury Comics to have them put one on reserve for me... but I never made the purchase.  No need, now that I have Spotify and can access it whenever I like.  I’m disappointed nothing from Flowers From The Dirt was included, but it’s still fantastic and very entertaining.     


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