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McGear

Mike McCartneyAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (September 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B000008IB6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sea Breezes
2. What Do We Really Know?
3. Norton
4. Leave It
5. Have You Got Problems?
6. The Casket
7. Rainbow Lady
8. Simply Love You
9. Givin' Grease a Ride
10. The Man Who Found God on the Moon
11. Dance the Do [#]

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mike McCartney & Wings May 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is really a Wings album with Paul's brother Mike on lead vocals and it's quite good! Sea Breezes, a Bryan Ferry songs, sounds dull partly because Mike has a weak voice and he emits very little emotion as a singer - it's as if he's singing nursery rhymes at school. Leave It - a Paul song with Paul's trademarks melody and trite 70's lyrics. Have You Got Problems features Wings vocals, a cynical view at politics isn't bad and Rainbow Lady is my favorite partly because of its McCartneyesque melody. Many of the songs here were written by Paul and brother Mike and Mike does manage to add a little wit to what was becoming at the time Paul's increasingly vapid, empty lyrics. This was recorded after Band on the Run so the band is in good shape. But just where Mike Macca thought he was going with this who knows -- it's obvious that without his brother's help he couldn't have produced an album like this. Perhaps the album will stand as a testimony to the close relationship of these two brothers. It's fun and if you're a Macca fun you must have this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could've been the best Wings B-sides ever March 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is the record that got Jimmy McCullough into Wings! A great hidden treasure for Paul McCartney fans. Brother Michael brings his crafty wit from The Scaffold. Paul, Linda, and Denny sound great. Why this wasn't a hit in the middle of Band )n The Run-mania is beyond me. "The Man Who Found God On The Moon" is incredibly innovative for 1974. A must for Paul fans who loved his 70s stuff!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A hidden McCartney related gem... June 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This disc is teaming with a bunch of wonderful Paul McCartney melodies and plenty of witty lyrics by his brother Mike. Mike sings most of the tunes but Paul contributes his iconic vocal here and there along with his typically bouncy bass parts. P.M. is also at the helm of production with Denny Laine and Linda joining in on the fun. Tracks that stand out are two numbers penned just by Paul, the catchy "Leave It" and "What Do We Know About Music?"(tasty, concise soloing on that one). There's also the wonderfully melodic, bipolar Bryan Ferry composition "Sea Breezes" which opens this collection and a few co-written songs the McCartney brothers collaborate on: The spacey, arcane: "The Man Who Found God On The Moon", The Monty Pythonesque "Norton" , The rhapsodic "Have You Got Problems?", the poppy "Rainbow Lady" and the semi groovy, slightly new wave sounding : "Giving Grease A Ride".

The album cover is also a hoot; a clever take on Gulliver's Travels with many of the "small people" who contributed to the record hiding amongst a crowd of hundreds. That's Paul peering at us on the back cover, (this only applies to the vinyl version).

It's sad that McCartney never put money into promoting this album. It would have been a big seller right along with "Band On The Run" which came out around the same time.

It's interesting to note that when Sir Paul is challenged with a talented lyricist like his brother or a great song writer like John Lennon or Elvis Costello, he does some of his most brilliant work. He only allows his best assets to come to the fore front. In this case his melodic genius shines through.

If you're a McCartney fan this CD should be in your collection. This Ryko Disc release contains two pieces that were not on the original vinyl record. They don't really add anything special to the collection just some forgettable fast food fun for your ears.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music & one of the best album covers!!! December 6, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I won't repeat the McCartney stuff. This album is a little dated now but is a great one. McGear sings Sea Breezes in a slightly operatic style and it is not flat at all. This song was a minor hit on FM radio when the album was released. The Rolling Stone review of it at the time was extremely positive. The Man Who Found God on The Moon is an amazing song contrasting a simple girl with ---- the astronaut who did find God on the moon (it is his voice in the song). This was a concept album and should be taken as continuous. It is now a collectors item in LP and will be impossible to get in the future.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lost Wings album October 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Not surprised that this is Out of Print, but it is unfortunate because it is a worthwhile album for Paul McCartney enthusiasts.

Along with Denny Laine's Holly Days, I consider this a "lost" Wings album. Mike McGear is a stagename for Mike McCartney, Paul's younger brother, who didn't want to be known solely for his family name. This was no nepotistic one-off project: McGear had already acheived some degree of success in the U.K. with a comedic musical group called Scaffold. He also had already released a solo album, Woman, though he was admittedly quite obscure in the U.S.

With this album, Paul really went all-out to help his brother with a mainstream pop/rock album. The two brothers co-wrote 7 of the 10 tracks, with Paul contributing two of his own compositions. Paul produced the album and played bass, keyboards, and guitars throughout - along with other members of Wings (and - so I've read - members of 10cc, at who's studio much of the album was recorded). On top of all that, Paul's backing vocals are laced throughout as well - sometimes quite unmistakably.

To say the result is McCartneyesque is a great understatement - most of it has the sound of a mid-70s Wings, only with a different lead vocalist. Mike's voice is quite bland - not only in comparison with his brother, but just in general. He carries a tune effectively, but he is no great shakes as a singer. Still, evidently the co-written songs are indeed joint efforts - as by all accounts I've read (finding detailed information about this album is difficult), many of the lyrics are largely Mike's.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Has to be tough being Paul's brother, but Mike ...
Has to be tough being Paul's brother, but Mike surely gets an A for effort in music. He's a teriffic comedian.
Published 8 days ago by Patsy Palmadessa
2.0 out of 5 stars Seriously?
"Better Than Most Paul McCartney Records?"

Seriously?

If this wasn't tied by blood to one of Rock's most enduring Names, I doubt anyone here would be... Read more
Published on February 10, 2012 by K.W. Christian
4.0 out of 5 stars review
Given the massive successes Paul McCartney's enjoyed, I have of admire Mike McGear for going out of his way to try to stake out a career on his own. Read more
Published on April 23, 2011 by Scott Blackerby
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Most Paul McCartney Records
Mike McGear is Paul McCartney's younger brother. He changed his name to McGear to avoid being accused of cashing in on his brother's fame. Read more
Published on April 8, 2011 by M. Ash
4.0 out of 5 stars Brother Michael stretches his wings and "flies" solo...sort of
One of the best albums you never heard, "McGear" allows Paul McCartney's brother Mike to be center stage. A former member of the comedy/musical group The Scaffold, McCartney... Read more
Published on June 16, 2009 by Wayne Klein
4.0 out of 5 stars Mcgear memories
I wore this record out. I had been waiting for the follow-up to Band On The Run and this guy in a record store showed me this album. Read more
Published on February 14, 2008 by Tony L. Sledge
5.0 out of 5 stars SONGS McCARTNEY GAVE AWAY
There's good stuff on here.The Man Who Found God on the Moon,which features the voice of Buzz Aldrin-a brilliant song which could have easily found a place on Ram. Read more
Published on December 20, 2005 by Richard
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