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Off the Ground Import

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Out of print in the U.S.! 1993 album from the former Beatle, the follow-up to his successful Flowers In The Dirt album and enthusiastically-received worldwide tour. Off The Ground features Paul and Linda joined by Blair Cunningham (Haircut 100), Robbie McIntosh (The Pretenders), Hamish Stuart (Average White Band and Paul 'Wix' Wickens (Kevin Coyne/Nik Kershaw). One of Macca's most consistent albums of the '80s and '90s, Off The Ground is simple, clutter-free and really rocks when it wants to. Tracks include 'Looking For Changes', 'Biker Like An Icon' and the single 'Hope Of Deliverance'. EMI.

1. Off The Ground
2. Looking For Changes
3. Hope Of Deliverance
4. Mistress And Maid
5. I Owe It All To You
6. Biker Like An Icon
7. Peace In The Neighbourhood
8. Golden Earth Girl
9. The Lovers That Never Were
10. Get Out Of My Way
11. Winedark Open Sea
12. C'mon People

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000002UQJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Emanuel on May 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'll be the first to admit it: I'm a Maccamaniac. I have McCartney, Ram, all the Wings albums, Tug of War, Flowers in the Dirt, Flaming Pie, Driving Rain, two live double-albums, and assorted classical and instrumental projects. I've got more Paul than I do John, George, and Ringo combined and doubled. So when I made my latest purchase, 1993's Off the Ground, I figured I had reached the lower echelon of the man's catalogue and was simply rounding out my collection. Suffice to say I was pleasantly surprised.

Flowers in the Dirt from 1989 and the monstrously successful world tour that accompanied it were viewed as a comeback for Paul after his mid-80s slump. Off the Ground might be considered "Flowers in the Dirt, Part II". Again collaborating with Elvis Costello on a handful of tracks and playing with his touring band, the albums have a similar feel to them; and yet not so similar. For one thing this disc is less produced than its predecessor, while still maintaining a crisp, clean sound comparable to Steely Dan - a few cuts even sound a bit like the Dan (Peace in the Neighbourhood, for instance). It has fewer highs (and lows) as well, but it compensates in overall consistency.

Off the Ground may be Paul's most socially conscious outing to date. Several songs are pleas for peace and animal rights, including the epic closer C'mon People/Cosmically Conscious (orchestrated by the one and only George Martin, no less). Two more McCartney-Costello collaborations grace the record, - Mistress & Maid and The Lovers that Never Were - both of which would have felt quite at home on Flowers in the Dirt. Toss in a few love ballads and one of Paul's punchiest rockers (Get Out of My Way) and you get more than the usual McCartney fare - you get one of Paul's most impressive, balanced offerings.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Blah blah blah on October 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's true that this 1993 album came at what could be considered McCartney's commercial nadir: I remember reading somewhere that '97's Flaming Pie sold more than his previous three or four albums combined (take this stat with a grain of salt). Plus, much has been made out of Paul's "rejuvination" after the Beatles Anthology project. All of this may be true, but OTG is miles above many of Paul's other albums in terms of melody, inspiration and pure listenability. The centerpiece is "Hope of Deliverance," one my all-time favorite Macca tunes. Most of the songs qualify, at worst, as pleasantly catchy. As with any album, there are other assorted peaks ("Mistress & Maid" and "Peace in the Neighborhood"), valleys (mainly lyrical: the words to "Biker Like an Icon" and "Golden Earth Girl"), and all points in between. In retrospect, this album represents Paul at his most relaxed and domesticated, focusing mainly on ecological issues and the benefits of love and family. It's worthy to note that two of the best songs on "Flaming Pie" (the acoustic "Great Day" and "Calico Skies") were actually recorded during the OTG period but deemed to "solo"-ish for a band-based album. They both exude peace and optimism and would have fit in perfectly!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Leith on November 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I just read AMG's review of this great album, and decided to write a much needed rebuttal. AMG's review paints this beautiful music as "mawkish sentiment" & "weak", and I've heard others refer to this music as "saccharine". The truth is, however, that these are well written, well performed songs about Love, joy, peace & understanding. Unfortunately, in today's world, these great qualities are sometimes written off as rubbish. Yet these are the very thoughts/feelings that make life worth living! I'm not going to review the album song by song because it is beautiful from start to finish. I consider this to be one of Paul McCartney's best albums since his days with Wings & certainly one of the best collections of songs by any artist to come out in 1993. If you like Paul McCartney's work on records such as "Tug Of War", "Pipes Of Peace" or just about anything he's released in the 80's-90's then I think you'll like this one as well. Highly recommended listening, and well-worth the money for a truly high-quality album from one of the most talented recording artists of the last 40+ years!!! 'Nough said.

P.S. Someone rated this album one star quoting the opening lyrics to "Golden Earth Girl...female animal" & put the song down, but if you read all of the lyrics it seems pretty obvious that the song is about a beautiful bird or other animal(not a human being) enjoying the wonders of nature. Anyway, I don't know any young women who live in a moss nest LOL :-) Are there not "boy" & "girl" birds, deer, etc...?? Another neat part of this song is the "in eggshell seas" part which sounds just like "In Excelsis" from Christian hymns. Plus, one must understand that a major theme of this album is the exhortation to treat animals well. One last thought...the Wings song "Bluebird" must be a weird song, too...eh? Nope, it's a beautiful imaginative song about being in Love! Don't take lyrics out of context :-)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The biggest problem occuring with reviews of McCartney's solo material is that it inevitably gets compared to the Beatles. Off the Ground is an underrated album because of this. People say, Why doesn't he write "Hey Jude" again? (For an example of formulaic rock, one need only look at the Rolling Stones.) Off The Ground is a feel good album, it is music existing for the sake of music. Nothing subliminal here, and the content is varied; from rockers like "Biker" and "Looking For Changes" to ballads like "Winedark Open Sea" , and downright mystical songs like "Owe it all to you" and "Golden Earth girl". If you want the Beatles, go buy Sgt. Pepper. If you want a fine Paul McCartney album, give Off The Ground a shot. You may be pleasantly surprised.
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