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Kisses on the Bottom [VINYL]

Paul McCartneyVinyl
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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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  • Vinyl (February 7, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Hear Music
  • ASIN: B006PAO2FS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (471 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,400 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Limited double vinyl LP pressing comes in a gatefold sleeve and includes a digital download card. 2012 album album from the singer, songwriter, Rock icon and former Beatle. Kisses On The Bottom is a collection of standards Paul grew up listening to in his childhood as well as the two new McCartney compositions 'My Valentine' and 'Only Our Hearts'. With the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall and her band-as well as guest appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, McCartney's album is a deeply personal journey through classic American compositions that, in some cases, a young Paul first heard his father perform on piano at home.

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161 of 173 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Macca Plays the Cocktail Lounge February 7, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Let's face it - these cover albums from veteran, heavily-moneyed legends of rock and pop are often pretty mundane, or at the very least inconsequential. In spite of this, Paul McCartney delivers quite well on "Kisses on the Bottom," with his iconic, velvety voice singing an eclectic, elaborate array of some of the best tunes ever written - as well as two extremely impressive new ones.

The gorgeous, lilting "My Valentine" recalls a fond romantic memory without a trace of sap or sickly-sweetness. It is a damn solid McCartney original that, save for his now-huskier vocal range, would fit in well on one of the classic Beatles albums. "Only Our Hearts" is similar in its theme and melancholic edge, but better showcases McCartney's expressive, stirring lower register. Eric Clapton plays guitar on the latter while Stevie Wonder contributes harmonica on the former. It helps to have friends.

This is not a Valentine's Day album, but it is very fortunately released in the days leading up to the holiday, for its ambiance is certainly warm, balmy and lush - that is to say, romantic. Whether he's singing the nuances of the evocative "Bye Bye Blackbird" or the timeless, drippy "Always," McCartney's delivery is consistently restrained, contemplative and sentimental, yet, importantly, he never sounds insincere or premeditated. Each selection is well-rendered and straightforward.

Much of the reason for this cohesion is owed to Diana Krall's backing band, hired specifically for this project. Backing McCartney with a fervent glow on the likes of the brilliant "The Glory of Love" and the relatively funky "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," they earn their keep here.
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96 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DEAR MUSIC APPRECIATORS February 7, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Dear Music Appreciators,

If you've always wanted to get all up close and personal with "The Cute Beatle" then this may be the album for you. Notice Paul with his arms full of flowers on the cover of his new album - an album loaded with his close-mic vocals on old-fashioned romantic standards...released just a week before Valentines' Day...he might as well be saying "will you be my valentine?"

Whether it's a calculated marketing ploy or just a coincidence of timing, this is certainly a good album. But it will probably divide some of McCartney's fans and may not win him many new ones outside of those who enjoy "the standards."

If you're looking for an album full of Beatlesque singer-songwriter brilliance then you'd best look elsewhere. This is mostly jazzy, old-timey stuff from the 1920's and 30's that a young McCartney first heard from his father's piano. In the same way that many actors just want to direct, there are many singers who just want to sing the standards, and thanks in part to Willie Nelson's 1978 blockbuster STARDUST many of them eventually do. Rod Stewart is another prime example of a star who cashed in big on this same concept, though he drew a fair amount of criticism as well. And then of course there's fellow Beatle Ringo Starr's 1970 effort SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY.

After initially thinking "oh brother" (before hearing the album) I changed my tune pretty quickly about 25 seconds into the opening track - a 1935 tune that has been covered by a host of singers including Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat "King" Cole, and Dean Martin - McCartney gives it just the right amount of jazzy snazz and I found myself thinking "maybe he can do this after all - maybe he's just the right singer for the job.
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63 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intimate and understated February 7, 2012
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"Kisses on the Bottom" is personal, restrained, and moving. Many albums of standards are virtually interchangeable, as the singer "sells" each one through vocal gymnastics and splashy instrumentation. "Kisses on the Bottom" is, in contrast, an intimate and unpretentious affair. [The title is taken from a line in "I'm Going to Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" and refers to putting XXXXXs on the bottom of a letter.]

McCartney is turning 70 this year, and this album feels like a reckoning with both his past and future. These are (with the exception of the two originals, "My Valentine" and "Only Our Hearts"), the songs he grew up listening to, but he's singing them from a perspective that comes with age. He doesn't try to hide his voice's aging, and has said he was trying for a "small" voice effect, similar to Fred Astaire's. The spare arrangements by Diana Krall and her band complement his voice instead of overwhelming it, and the overall effect is spacious and unforced.

In "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive," you can hear the roots of McCartney's upbeat, say-hello-not-goodbye musical persona, and in "My Very Good Friend the Milkman" the kind of whimsy that characterizes "Lovely Rita" or "Martha My Dear." But many songs offer windows into deeper emotions. "More I Cannot Wish You," expressing a parent's hopes for his children, and the slowed down "Bye Bye Blackbird" are particular standouts. The combination of longing and acceptance of limitation that infuse these two songs is hard to put into words, but I can't hear them without thinking that McCartney is looking at the end of life and thinking about what can still make it worthwhile. The two original songs on the album, "Only Our Hearts" and "My Valentine," seamlessly match the tone of the standards that surround them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it. The vintage songs, the beautiful new ones. I have a copy and gave two as wedding gifts.
Published 4 days ago by Virginia Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
really liked it
Published 9 days ago by BULL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent! A piece of art!
Published 16 days ago by Lucia de Lucena
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Published 23 days ago by Shirley Hendel
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Pleasant, Not Spectacular CD From A Rock Icon.
This CD is enjoyable enough, but I'd rather hear more contemporary stuff. But then Paul really made it for Paul...and for his new wife. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Lim
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Romantic songs and a voice that sweetly serenades as always.
Published 29 days ago by meemmimi
4.0 out of 5 stars Pauls mellow side shows here
soft music that almost will lull you to sleep. if you need to relax put this one on and have a cup of tea.
Published 1 month ago by bigyack
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul McCartney
Really, really love this CD. I'm a Beatles fan from the 60's and didn't realize Paul's music background on his father's side.
Published 1 month ago by namesx2
4.0 out of 5 stars Paul and the Classics
I loved Paul and the Beatles when I was a teenager and now I love this cd. Great classic songs from the American Song Book and some wonderful new songs Paul wrote in the same... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Delighted with my purchase. Paul McCartney has a real winner with this CD. I listen to it all the time.
Published 2 months ago by tylercat
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