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McCartney (Archive Collection) Original recording remastered, Special Edition


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Paul McCartney's "McCartney" I & II Reissues
McCartney and McCartney II are the second and third releases from the Paul McCartney Archive Collection and are available in CD/DVD superdeluxe, 2 CD deluxe, and 2 LP vinyl configurations. To learn more about all of the new reissues, explore our Paul McCartney Reissues Store.
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Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of the former Beatle's debut solo album. Heralded as one of the most beloved solo debuts of all time, McCartney, the smash #1 album, originally released April of 1970, yielded the timeless tracks "Every Night" and "Junk" along with the immortal classic "Maybe I'm Amazed." The bonus CD includes previously unreleased demos and live tracks.

Disc: 1
1. The Lovely Linda
2. That Would Be Something
3. Valentine Day [Instrumental]
4. Every Night
5. Hot as Sun/Glasses [Instrumental]
6. Junk
7. Man We Was Lonely
8. Oo You
9. Momma Miss America [Instrumental]
10. Teddy Boy
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Disc: 2
1. Suicide [Out-Take] [*][Take]
2. Maybe I'm Amazed [From One Hand Clapping] [*][Version]
3. Every Night [Live at Glasgow, 1979] [Live][*]
4. Hot as Sun [Live at Glasgow, 1979] [Live][*]
5. Maybe I'm Amazed [Live at Glasgow, 1979] [Live][*]
6. Don't Cry Baby [Out-Take] [*][Take]
7. Women Kind [Demo] [*][Demo Version]

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 14, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Special Edition
  • Label: Hear Music
  • ASIN: B004WJRF6C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,178 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By sirguitarist on June 15, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The audio of the McCartney reissue is more than I expected. This was essentially a home recording Paul made in the wake of the Beatles' break up - it just hadn't been announced yet. This remaster has wonderful dynamics compared to the original CD issue, and the 1993 remaster. The drums sound like they're in your room (first snare pop of "Every Night" floored me), the bass is strong but not exaggerated, the acoustic guitars are crisp (never enjoyed "The Lovely Linda" as much as this)

The bonus audio disc is rather short - but I'm glad it's on a separate disc, as the material is not up to the standards of the released album (as is usually the case with bonus tracks) The track that stood out for me was the in-progress backing tracks for "Oo You." The demo version of "Suicide" is only interesting because you can hear it in the context of the ending of "Glasses" from the released album. The bonus audio disc is the weakest part of the set, but still of interest to a McCartney fan (which I am.)

The DVD starts off with the EPK being shown on McCartney's site, and has several interesting "McCartney" album-related performances, most notably 2 performances from the 1979 line-up of Wings. Add in 2 more from MTV Unplugged (remember when MTV had music?) and it's a nice touch. The performance of "Suicide" leaves one wondering why it wasn't used instead of the demo on the bonus audio disc.

All I can say about the book is, THIS is what the extra money is for. Good quality, tons of pictures, very nicely done. A "coffee table" book just like this would easily sell for $30-$40.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When Paul McCartney released his first solo album and the first true solo studio album by a Beatle in 1970, it was almost universally panned. While it certainly doesn't matchup with any of the Beatles albums, it has aged better than alot of the music of the time. Mr. McCartney recorded the album at his farm and its greatest asset is the simple, down-home feel that permeates it. You can almost picture the newly married and new father just tooling around the house and living the country life and whenever the mood struck him, laying down a new track. He plays all the instruments and other than some backing vocals by Linda, sings all the songs. There are several instrumentals on the album and a couple of songs like "Man We Was Lonely" that are basically just a couple of lines sung over and over, but "Maybe I'm Amazed" is a true gem. The song ranks up there with anything he's done in his solo career and a wouldn't be slighted by songs in the Beatles catalog. Other standout tracks include the sweet "Every Night", "Singalong Junk" & "That Would Be Something".
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
There tend to be two prevailing views of this album, as there are with the Beatles album "Let it Be." One is that this is a bunch of amateurish noodlings done at home, with one or two good songs thrown in to give it credibility, and released out of sheer arrogance that everyone would want to hear it because it's by a famous person. The other view is that this is a classic album, displaying McCartney's viruosity as an all-around musician, as well as a funky kind of devil-may-care experimentation. In truth, there is validity to both points of view. Only two tracks are really polished or radio-ready: "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Every Night." Then there are the Beatle leftovers, "Junk" and "Teddy Boy," which feature excellent melodies. Then there are weird one-offs like "Kreen Akrore" that aren't worth listening to every time. Yet the album does stand as an important testament to the man's mindset at this crucial pivot in his career, and in some ways it stands as a portrait of domestic bliss rather like Lennon's "Double Fantasy" did ten years later. If you are a Paul fan, you will love this album's intimacy.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By DKPete on July 13, 2011
Format: Vinyl
From the outset I'd like to say, emphatically, that my problem is not with the contents of this album. It not only contains some very interesting McCartney music, it conjures memories of a very exciting time as a young Beatle fan: the anticipation of a solo album by one of the two main songwriting Beatles. Enough said on that.

While the CD counterpart of this re-issue is quite good, this vinyl release-like it's predecessor, Band On The Run-is a major disappointment. As a remaster, there is barely any difference at all from the original vinyl release (my original copy happens to be in mint condition hence, I'm able to make a very fair comparison between the two).

The primary disappointment, however, is with the vinyl pressing itself. Here's one for the irony files: my original pressing has next to no pops and clicks whatsoever while this brand spanking new re-issue is full of them-as is my 180g of Band On The Run.

Now we get to the packaging; a very attractive cover package in and of itself but, unfortunately, not a very practical one. Again, as with BOTR, the paper grade utilized for the jacket is too thin to house a heavy vinyl, double album set.

Secondly, pulling the albums/inner sleeves out of the jacket is quite an ordeal; the fit is so tight that you have to endlessly rock the record back and forth in order to pull the thing out of the cover. Taking the record itself out of the sleeve is just as painful. Again, to due an overly tight fit, one ends up soiling the edges of the disc in the effort to take it out.

These are not minor complaints. They completely take away from the pleasure of the "vinyl experience". Perhaps the people over at Hear Music/Concord/Starbucks don't have too much knowledge or care on the subject.
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Also, why would they put 34 minutes on one disc and then 28 or so on the 2nd disc? All this content could have easily fit on one? Or give me some other content... There's another 80 minutes of space available.. They should have included a DVD audio mix too...
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