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Listen To What The Man Said: Popular Artists Pay Tribute To The Music Of Paul McCartney

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“Listen To What The Man Said” is the first major tribute to Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles work since their break-up over 30 years ago.

This project represents a two year labor of love for the producers and for all of the artists and contributors involved. The artists that make up this tribute were chosen after conducting an anonymous poll of Beatles and McCartney fans who were asked to submit a list of their top 15 choices. Over 1,000 responses in just 2 days were received. All of the artists that participated in the project donated their services and 100% of their artists royalties will be given to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation in memory of Linda McCartney.


...artists give many of the songs more of a blatant energy than even McCartney first gave. -- Hybrid Magazine (cont'd)

After a listen, I was a true believer that "Listen To What The Man Said" is worthy of Paul's talents. -- Jody Denberg, KGSR Program Director, Austin, TX

One of the most satisfying things about this tribute is how the personality and style of each of the... -- Hybrid Magazine, October 2, 2001

That Judybats song is worth $15 alone. -- Night Times, September 19, 2001

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Band on the Run - Owsley
  2. My Brave Face - SR-71
  3. Junk - Kevin Hearn and Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies / Stephen Duffy of The Lilac Time
  4. Jet - Semisonic
  5. No More Lonely Nights - The Merrymakers
  6. Let Me Roll It - Robyn Hitchcock
  7. Too Many People - The Finn Brothers (ex-Crowded House/Split Enz)
  8. Dear Friend - The Minus Five
  9. Every Night - Matthew Sweet
  10. Waterfalls - Sloan
  11. Man We Was Lonely - World Party
  12. Coming Up - John Faye Power Trip
  13. Maybe I'm Amazed - Virgos
  14. Love In Song - Judybats
  15. Warm and Beautiful - Linus of Hollywood
  16. Ram On - They Might Be Giants

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Oglio Records
  • ASIN: B00005NVJM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T.R. Frentzel on October 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I've heard millions of covers of Beatles songs (okay, maybe a hundred or so), but I think this is the first time I've heard covers of Paul songs (aside from Nicole Kidman and Ewan MacGregor singing parts of "Silly Love Songs" in 'Moulin Rouge').
I wasn't actually going to buy this album, but I saw that the JudyBats had a song on it, thus I had to have it.
The two things that make this album so good are the quality of the songs themselves, and the way that the artists put themselves into the songs. Some songs, like 'Band On The Run' by Owlsy stay true to the original, while other songs, like 'Coming up' by John Faye Power Trip take on another harder feeling. While it's pointless to get into the John V. Paul debate, it's quite clear that Paul had the edge when it came to pop songs.
Many of the artists I'd never heard before, but I was pleased by nearly all of them. 'Warm And Beautiful' by Linus of Hollywood sounded a wee like a Boy Band singing acapella, but it grows on you. The JudyBats do an awesome 'Love In Song,' and Semisonic's "Jet" sounds fresh. Some of the songs I actually like better than the originals, but don't tell Paul.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sean McCloskey on October 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard about this project, my first thought was, well, I like the Beatles, but Wings who? As a music lover, I'm embarrased that I don't know most of these songs. Since I knew most of the bands on the cd, I gave it a shot.
This cd is amazing. Check out The John Faye Power Trip's "Coming Up" and Owsley's "Band On The Run" and Sloan's "Waterfalls" to name just a few of the 16 great cuts on this cd. From start to finish, this cd really puts the tribute back in tribute cds.
Aside from the music, the packaging/liner notes are very cool...comments from the band, etc. This cd definitely sets a new standard for tribute cds. I can't wait for the indy one (independent artists offer their takes on Paul McCartney's songs).
Forget what you think you know about tribute cds, and get this cd.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
From Creative Loafing
by Tony Ware
While the value of Paul McCartney's post-Beatles output often depends on which side of the '70s divide you were weaned on, the value of breast cancer research is something everyone can appreciate. Proceeds from Listen to What the Man Said: A Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney and its more indie companion piece, Coming Up, are earmarked to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in memory of Linda McCartney.
The idea was actually hatched in Atlanta in 1999 and first executed in 2000. Inspired by earlier participation in local label Demagogue's Love in Song: An Atlanta Tribute to Sir Paul McCartney, Kirk Waldrop -- along with Kelli Richards and James Flaherty -- solicited national contributions for Listen and Coming Up, both released during Breast Cancer Awareness Month through Oglio on its Tribute LLC imprint.
And the songs themselves? Well, for as many people who love Wings and early solo McCartney, there are just as many who consider the Cute One's post-'70s songbook sentimental, self-indulgent pap. And these collections aren't likely to change that. Still, artists like Owsley ("Band on the Run"), Matthew Sweet ("Every Night") and World Party ("Man We Was Lonely") play it faithful, while SR-71 and Semisonic glam up "My Brave Face" and "Jet," respectively. The Minus 5 put in an eerie performance of "Dear Friend," and Canadians Sloan, already masters of power pop, nail their jangly reclamation of "Waterfalls."
Featuring deeper album cuts and B-sides performed by independent artists, Coming Up has a more upbeat and modernized feel. But maybe that's simply because this compilation steers away from hits, so the songs -- like the bands -- are not only less familiar but more fresh.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Although its taken this long to come out with a solid tribute to one of the best lyricists of our time-I think everyone would agree-its been well worth the wait. While no one can do a McCartney hit like McCartney, to hear modern artists do "Junk" (Barenaked Ladies) and "Every Night" (Matthew Sweet), to name a couple from the record, proves that these hits stand the test of time very well--what better compliment to their creator.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Norman on April 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The purpose of this Album is twofold; firstly a long overdue tribute to McCartney's post-Beatles work and as a fundraiser for cancer charities in memory of his wife Linda.
Of the 16 tracks it's easy to divide them into two categories, there are those who stay faithful to the originals and those who try to make the songs their own.
Its easy to see why Owsley and Semisonic should play things fairly straight with Band On The Run and Jet respectively, two of McCartney's most adventurous arrangements, but more successful are Robyn Hitchcock's `Let Me Roll It' and Matthew Street's `Every Night', who do a sterling effort of repeating a winning formula.
The album gets really interesting though when the performers make there own interpretations of the material.
Minus 5 `s `Dear Friend', McCartney's mature response to Lennon's sniping in the early 70's, chooses to accentuate the world weary air of the original. The John Faye Power Trip turn in a commendably laidback `Slackers' version of `Coming Up'. SR-71 take McCartney's best pop song of the last 20 years, `My Brave Face', and give it a right good seeing to, resulting in a frantic piece of rock bristling with hooks. But the pick of the bunch must be The Judybats's `Love in Song', a sparse, urgent and intense performance of one Macca's lesser known numbers.
This album is must for all McCartney fans as a reminder of many of his best, if not best known compositions. There are many fine songs and performances to be found here and it would also make essential listening for anyone who thinks that McCartney's muse left him with the other Beatles.
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