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Digitally Remastered Reissue Of The Original Album With Press And Footprints, Plus 2 Bonus Tracks Added: Spies Like Us And Once Upon A Long Ago (Long Version).

1. Stranglehold
2. Good Times Coming - Feel The Sun
3. Talk More Talk
4. Footprints
5. Only Love Remains
6. Press
7. Pretty Little Head
8. Move Over Busker
9. Angry
10. However Absurd
11. Write Away
12. It's Not True
13. Tough On A Tightrope
14. Spies Like Us
15. Once Upon A Long Ago

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 16, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000005RPV
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,089 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It is one of Paul McCartney's best work.
Midwest Mark
You really dont know how bad it is until you listen to the whole thing.
Kyle Silvers
Not the best Paul album, but has a couple of very good songs.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on October 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
After Give Me Regards To Broadstreet, Paul McCartney went back to the studio and produced Press To Play. He has a plethora of studio musicians on this album. Guests include Pete Townshend Phil Collins, Anne Dudley and Tony Visconti, the latter doing orchestral arrangements. The sound isn't as poppy or radio friendly as Tug Of War or Pipes Of Peace, but sees Paul doing something experimental, with some bizarre, whimsical, and cryptic lyrics that might make one go, "Say what?"
The second single, "Stranglehold" leans towards a blues sound, with a horn accompaniment before he sings the chorus.
"Goodtimes Coming/Feel The Sun", which would have a New Wave feel if it had skippy synths, starts with backing vocalists singing the first title before Paul reminisces about a summer holiday. The second part of the song merely goes "Feel The Sun Shine In shine in feel the sun shine in on you." repeated. Carlos Alomar has a sizzling guitar solo here.
"Footprints" is a sad acoustic song about a lonely man whose tears are hidden by the falling snow. "Only Love Remains" is a typical McCartney "My Love" ballad with a piano and guitar, and orchestra figuring prominently.
The title track and first single, "Press" only got to #21 on the singles chart. It's catchy enough, with Collins' drums, snazzy keyboards and Carlos Alomar's trademark guitar gets a worthy solo here. The title verse says, "When you want me to love you/Just tell me to press." But "Oklahoma was never like this" gets a puzzled scratch on the head.
"Pretty Little Head" was a weird choice for the third single. Paul's vocals are mixed in an echoing weird fashion here, which made me wonder if it was him or Roland Orzabal singing "Hillmen hillmen hillmen...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RMurray847 VINE VOICE on September 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Probably best described as "playful," this obscure album contains some rousing songs, in my opinion. "Press" and "Stranglehold" (no relation to Ted Nugent's version!!) are mid-tempo, pleasant rockers. They're love-songs, but have just a tiny bit of suggestiveness to them, particularly "Press." Not exactly racy, especially by today's standards, but more than we usually get from Paul. For a true rocker, tune in to "Angry" on which Pete Townsend contributes guitar. Typical lyric "What the hell gives you the right to tell me what to do with my life," or "I'm angry, just lookin' at you." Not deep stuff, but I seem to remember back when this came out, Paul saying he wanted to show he could still write a "hard" song...not a bad effort. Not exactly Motley Crue, but a lark nonetheless.

Of course, it wouldn't be Paul without some ballads. "Only Love Remains" is the prize-winner in this group, and it holds up very well after all these years as a great example of Paul's moody, bittersweet, romantic side. For good, tossed-off ditties (you know, something that sounds like it was written in the morning, recorded in the afternoon, much fun had by all, and not deeper meanings), look no further than "Write Away."

There are some oddities, some more enjoyable than others. "Your Pretty Little Head" and "However Absurd" show McCartney experimenting a bit, particularly with effects and other post-recording trickeries. Some of these tunes are annoying, particularly "Talk More Talk," which is just that...lots of talk, a little singing, and way too long! "Good Times Coming" sounds tired...no good times here!!

Overall, this is hardly a masterpiece. Few Paul albums are...it seems like he enjoys tossing off songs in a hurry.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By morsemoose on February 23, 2006
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard this album in 1986 my first reaction was 'What is McCartney doing'?! But the more I listened to it, the more I realized the creative genius that PTP is all about. As it was released, in 1986, the original 10 songs on PTP are some of the most musically satisfying songs I have ever heard (with one exception). And though Paul usually excels more on the musical side, these songs include some of his strongest lyrics. STRANGLEHOLD is a classic rocker and the perfect way to start out the album. GOOD TIMES COMING/FEEL THE SUN is a catchy melody that brings back memories of warm sunny days and the warm fuzzy feelings that come with them. TALK MORE TALK is driven by a creative drum machine track and includes comments from his young son James. Who else but McCartney could successfully pull off a song about talk/conversaton? FOOTPRINTS is a stirringly emotional song about a man who has lost his true love and laments his loss privately. ONLY LOVE REMAINS is a classic McCartney love song. PRESS is a catchy rocker that should have been a bigger hit than it was. PRETTY LITTLE HEAD is a musical classic, very Bealtlesque in its creativity. MOVE OVER BUSKER tells a funny story and includes references to Nell Gwynne, Mae West, and Errol Flynn. Great guitar work and strong lyrics. One of my favorites. ANGRY is the only exception on the album. Although it includes Pete Townsend on guitar and Phil Collins on drums, the song lacks any kind of a signiture. There is a B-side version that Paul added horns to and it sounds great, it would have made the album a perfect 10. I think with Pete and Phil on the song Paul was afraid he would overproduce it and in the process he underproduced it. HOWEVER ABSURD is lyrically Pauls most Lennon like song.Read more ›
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