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Flaming Pie

Paul McCartneyAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

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It is the eternal question for an artist of Paul McCartney’s stature: what next? What next when you have… well, that list of achievements, with even the long-touted standards album now ticked off with last year’s ‘Kisses On The Bottom’, hardly needs re-iterating. On one level, you might reasonably think that in terms of awards, honours, sales figures, shows and ... Read more in Amazon's Paul McCartney Store

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  • Audio CD (May 27, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002ULO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,491 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Song We Were Singing
2. The World Tonight
3. If You Wanna
4. Somedays
5. Young Boy
6. Calico Skies
7. Flaming Pie
8. Heaven On A Sunday
9. Used To Be Bad
10. Souvenir
11. Little Willow
12. Really Love You
13. Beautiful Night
14. Great Day

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U.K. edition of his new album featuring earlieravailability and the single 'Young Boy'. 14 tracks total.

Just when everyone has given up on Sir Paul's ever releasing another decent pop song, he turns around and surprises us all with his best album since the mid-'70s. After working on the Beatles' Anthology series, he was reminded of the standards of music he'd long forgotten and was pressed to meet them. Even Jeff Lynne, who helped on much of it, kept himself very much in the background, and let Mac do the right thing, playing and singing most everything, with some help from Ringo and guitarist Steve Miller, whose presence was a mixed blessing. Even if the songs don't scale the heights of the Glory Years, they remind us of the true talent that was McCartney once again. A pleasure to the ears. --Chris Nickson

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76 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Song He Was Singing May 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Trite or not, cruel or not, James Paul McCartney creates better under stress and in emotional pain. Only months after this CD was released, the new Knight Bachelor lost the only woman he believed he'd ever love. Surely, even though the press was being assured Linda was "fine", she wasn't, the fact of her illness was informing his work.
Just as "McCartney" was created during the hazy period he was trying to define himself after the Beatles, and "McCartney II" surfaced after his jail experience in Japan, "Flaming Pie" shows a more vulnerable, less cheeky McCartney, and with good results.
Unlike a lot of Wings albums, or "Tug of War" or "Pipes of Peace", this album doesn't just yield one or two songs for the "It's got a beat AND you can dance to it!" crowd. Instead, the lyrics reign here, introspective, haunting at times.
Not that some of the songs don't rock! How could they not with Jeff Lynne and Steve Miller helping out? Even fellow Two-tle, Ringo, helps out with Beautiful Night. But since it's his voice in addition to drums, that's an element of sentiment, not one of quality.
The unusual production of some cuts, like the Victrola in "Souvenir", reminds one of the days the Beatles were experimenting with all kinds of sound at Abbey Road.
My one disappointment about this CD happened a couple years after its release. "Little Willow" shows up here, dedicated to a friend who'd died of cancer and her children. Only a bit of detective work would reveal that this friend was Maureen Starkey, Ringo's ex-wife, and the kids Lee and Zak. But after Princess Diana was killed and a memorial album put together for her, the song Paul "donated" in her memory was....
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Night July 14, 2005
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In the mid-to-late 90s, many things were happening in Paul McCartney's life. One of the most important was his involvement in the massive Beatles Anthology project, both instigated by and contributing to the resurrection of 60s and 70s nostalgia in the 1990s. Another was, his wife of almost thirty years had contracted breast cancer. Both of them knew she would not last but a couple of years. It was primarily these two influences that came together on 1997's Flaming Pie.

It's safe to say that Paul McCartney has never made a record as mature, as poignant, or as personal as Flaming Pie since leaving the Beatles. Driven both by the Anthology and (more importantly) Linda's impending death, it finds Paul at his most intimate and introspective, looking back down the years across his incredible life and career. From the title itself (a reference to John Lennon's story of the Beatles' "origin") and waltzing nostalgia of the very first track (The Song We Were Singing), this record is a celebration of Paul's past. This imbues upbeat songs like Calico Skies and Young Boy with a rainy-day melancholy, and the plaintive ballads (quite possibly Paul's finest) with a sense of inextinguishable hope and rebirth. Two of the latter, Somedays and Little Willow, heartbreaking tributes to Linda in retrospect, stand head and shoulders above almost anything McCartney has ever done - including the Beatles.

Also, Flaming Pie finds Paul combining his personal troubles with his penchant for beneficial collaboration. More than half the album is co-produced and supported by the phenomenal Mr. Jeff Lynne, mastermind behind ELO and producer for the likes of Tom Petty and George Harrison.
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The beginning of McCartney's later day career renaissance

Bob Dylan in a recent interview has said there's really only one person in music today that to him is absolutely stunning. That person, naturally, is Paul McCartney. ""I'm in awe of McCartney. He's about the only one that I am in awe of. He can do it all. And he's never let up... He's just so damn effortless." (Taken from a Rolling Stone interview from summer 2007).

High praise from someone so iconic as Bob Dylan. The last ten years for both McCartney and Dylan have proven them to be the most interesting artists of their generation currently recording. Over the last decade, both Dylan and McCartney have had a massive resurgence in their careers. While each are following their own idiosyncractic paths, both have proven themselves to have remarkable fertile songwriting during this stage in their careers.

And here's the trick. Both are the best at what they do. Sure, you can't imagine Paul McCartney being able to pull of the effortless aural history lessons in songs Dylan has been doing, each steeped in the American tradition and that "Old, Weird, America" of the Anthology of American Folk Music. Come on, could Paul really write "Nettie Moore", "Ain't Talkin'", "Mississippi", "Things Have Changed," "Tell Ol' Bill", or the masterpiece "Cross the Green Mountain"? But then again, you can't see Dylan writing the effortless melodic pop masterpieces McCartney written in FLAMING PIE, DRIVING RAIN, CHAOS & CREATION IN THE BACKYARD (one of my favorite albums of the 2000s), or MEMORY ALMOST FULL.

When FLAMING PIE hit the stores in 1997, four years separate it from McCartney's previous studio offering, OFF THE GROUND.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Paul Mccartny at his allmost best! This is not " Band om The run"
Published 1 day ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars The master at work.
One of MACCAs best. Lot of emotional range here, and the instrumentation to make it work. The master at work.
Published 6 days ago by Ty
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very good album. The title song is the worst on the album but still good
Published 25 days ago by Donald Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is Paul Mc Cartney so I do love it and it arrive on time.
Published 2 months ago by Kathleen De Martino
5.0 out of 5 stars I think this is one of the best albums by Sir Paul since he left the...
I think this is one of the best albums by Sir Paul since he left the Beatles! Love "Calico Skies, In the World Tonight and all the other great songs on this album!
Published 3 months ago by kitty
4.0 out of 5 stars Paul can't really put out a bad album
I was a big solo-Paul fan up through 1989's "Flowers in the Dirt." His next album, 1993's "Off the Ground," I bought at the time, but found so terrible that I immediately sold at a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by riverscircus
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
This may not be one of McCartney's "classic" albums, but it is actually quite good. Honestly, even the greatest musicians of all time can only create so many Band On The... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jeff Consoer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I'm a lover of this type of music. I get the MP3 downloads which hasn't been the best with Amazon's Downloading device this past 4 months which is why I knocked a star off.
Published 10 months ago by bluezman714
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of the post Beatle and Wings era, 5 stars
after buying the "New" album, I was checking out reviews and samples of other Paul solo albums. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nomotorbiker
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Fine Album From A Journeyman Artist
Good Strong Album showing the diversity and scope of McCartney as a songwriter, singer and musician. Well worth having in the collection.
Published 11 months ago by James
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