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Run Devil Run

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Ex-Beatle McCartney released this album in 1999, it featured mostly covers of Classic Rock & Roll era songs from The Gene Vincent "Blue Jean Bop" to Elvis's "All Shook Up" to Ricky Nelson's "Lonesome Town" to Chuck berry's "Brown-Eyed Handsome man" to Little Richard's "Shake A hand" to fat Domino's "Coquette" to Big Joe Turner's "Hiney Hush" to Carl Perkins's "Movie Magg" to two more Elvis tunes to the obscure 1958 single "No Other Baby" by the equally obscure Vipers along the way McCartney turns in a Chuck Berry-like tune "Run Devil Run" & the bluesy "Try Not to Cry". Well-worth a spin with most of the tunes growing on you. Songlist includes: BLUE JEAN BOP / SHE SAID YEAH / ALL SHOOK UP / RUN DEVIL RUN / NO OTHER BABY / LONESOME TOWN / TRY NOT TO CRY / MOVIE MAGG / BROWN EYED HANDSOME MAN / WHAT IT IS / COQUETTE / I GOT STUNG / HONEY HUSH / SHAKE A HAND / PARTY.

Whenever Paul McCartney's storied life has hit personal or professional hard times, he's wisely returned--figuratively and literally--to his musical foundations. In the Beatles' final, troubled days, it was Get Back, the aborted return-to-roots project salvaged as Let It Be, and during his late-'80s solo doldrums it was the '50s rave-up CHOBA B CCCP (a.k.a. the "Russian Album"). In the wake of Linda's passing, McCartney "gets back" to a motley dozen '50s hits, B-sides, and obscurities, and pens three surprising originals that neatly fit their mold. Using a band of seasoned British vets (including Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour and Mick Green from Johnny Kidd & the Pirates on guitars, and Deep Purple's Ian Paice on drums) whose own unbridled affection for this music radiates from every track, McCartney tackles the familiar (Gene Vincent's "Blue Jean Bop," Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up") and unfamiliar (the Vipers' UK skiffle hit "No Other Baby," Carl Perkins's "Movie Magg") alike with enthusiasm, if not slavish devotion, as witnessed by his nifty zydeco revamp of Chuck Berry's "Brown Eyed Handsome Man." The Mac originals "Try Not to Cry" and "What It Is" (and the choice of Ricky Nelson's "Lonesome Town") seem to deal not-so-obliquely with his love and loss, yet are delivered with an upbeat confidence that seem to belie his mourning. In the end, Run Devil Run may be as much personal exorcism as it is loving musical recapitulation, and McCartney is in peak vocal form throughout. --Jerry McCulley

1. Blue Jean Bop
2. She Said Yeah
3. All Shook Up
4. Run Devil Run
5. No Other Baby
6. Lonesome Town
7. Try Not To Cry
8. Movie Magg
9. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
10. What It Is
11. Coquette
12. I Got Stung
13. Honey Hush
14. Shake A Hand
15. Party

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00001QGPH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Rob Lincoln on January 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
More than anything, what made Lennon so special to me was his ability to communicate his feelings through song and have you know that he meant what he sung- that it was real. Despite his very uneven solo career, I remained a loyal Lennon fan. Not so with McCartney, whose immense talent I felt was channelled into well crafted songs that make people feel good. Now there's nothing wrong with silly love songs and few have ever done them better, but its not my cup of tea. McCartney had not moved me since Let It Be-that was 30 years ago. There is a reason why this album has over 200 reviews posted. It is a masterpiece. It is so bold, so pure and in your face that some long time McCartney lovers are dismissing it with two stars as "Not Paul." What it is- is another part of Paul, a part that has been held in restraint until the tragic emotional upheavel that disrupted his life forced him to turn to his art again, not as a craft but as survival, an expression of his deepest feelings. It is a deeply moving experience to those who are listening. Paul's mask in Run Devil Run is that for the most part he hides behind the covers, but his grief is evident. He is using the covers he and John first cut their teeth with and he is using technically the best male voice in Rock (Paul's)but finally singing like the best male singer in Rock (as recently voted in a widely publicized international poll-none other than John Lennon). Now why would anyone ever vote John's thin voice the best in Rock? -Because he sang from his heart and soul, which is what McCartney does here. He takes no prisoners. John would be proud,(is he channelling him on Honey Hush?) and any true Lennon fan will be moved by Paul's honesty.Read more ›
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dan Swan on August 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Paul McCartney has really scored big with this one. Recorded in just a weeks time, and with each song only rehearsed (quote) "15, 20 minutes top whack". Paul and band mates have created what may be the greatest Rock n' Roll tribute album ever. This; after a year of mourning his late wife Linda. I was amazed at the intensity of Paul's vocals. At 57 years old (when this was made), his voice is as strong as it was in 1963. This guy has one of the worlds greatest rock n' roll voices ever; and he rips it up on every cut. The selection of songs are a real treat as well. With the few new originals Paul wrote for this record, he has covered some of the fifties best songs. Some; well know, like "All Shook Up" and "I Got Stung", and some more obscure yet vital songs such as, "No Other Baby", "Movie Maggie", and "Brown Eyed Handsome Man". Always the innovator; McCartney makes each song his own with his unmistakable style. He has some rather impressive help here as well. David Gilmour on guitar, Ian Paice on drums, Mick Green on guitar,(just to name a few); all give extraodinary performances. The originals here are in much the same vain as the oldies, and blend in as if they were actually written in the fifties. This is a great party record, and blows the "Russian Album" away.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
With over 200 reviews listed, this is a favorite of many folks. Paul opens hard with "Blue Jean Bop" putting the 50s rock right out there. He keeps up the pace with "She Said Yeah" and the Elvis classic "All Shook Up" with David Gilmour's buring lead guitar. The title tune sounds most like Wings with the backing vocals, "angels having fun." "No Other Baby" slows the pace; and I always expect to hear Chris Isaak! We remain in low gear for "Lonesome Town" "where the broken hearts stay." "Try Not to Cry" is one of my favorites, a great rocker with a full-band sound and Paul's breathing punctuating the vocals. Carl Perkins' "Movie Mag" seems a bit trite, but is a good bit of fun. The simple but catchy "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" has a bit of the cajun thrown in. "What It Is" has a driving bass line underscoring just what a great bass player Paul is. "Coquette" is a nice homage to that era. The band blasts on the 50s "I Got Stung." Did Elvis sing that? "Honey Hush" keeps the throttle turned up; and Paul makes "Shake a Hand" shine. CD wraps with the call to arms of the era, let's have a "Party"! If part of you is still a kid who likes the beat of rock & roll, you'll flip over this CD!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cristian Domarchi on August 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
When Sir James Paul McCartney attended to the "Larry King Live" show on CNN previously this year (2001), he was asked how did he deal with Linda's passing, and, most of all, with pain. He simply didn't answer the question, and started playing with a strange type of watch he had been given. Macca simply does *not* deal with loss of important people. And in 1998 he lost the most important person in his life, his most important inspiration, his wife Linda. So apparently the man just got depressed a little bit (just like he had done when The Beatles broke up), and then submerged himself into work. More over, he tried not to show the pain in the work he gave us during this time. The "Run Devil Run" album, result of a couple of recording of sessions that took place in 1999, with the co-producing work of Chris Thomas and a great backing band with Pink Floyd's David Gilmour on guitar, Deep Purple's Ian Paice on drums, plus Dave Mattacks, Mick Green and some other great musicians, and Paul himself taking his legendary Hoffner bass and playing it like in the old days.
He simply decided to have a ball. "The angel's having fun", he sings in one of the three original composition that appear on this album, which is mainly a return-to-roots work. The album sounds heavier and more solid than most of his 80's and 90's work, with powerful work in the guitar sessions, excellent company of piano and keyboards, and some strong, hard-rock drumming that wasn't being heard from a long time ago in Macca albums.
This return to his youth, in some way inspired by the loss of Linda, and in other way, because he desperately needed to, found him, unexpectedly to say the less, in an amazing vocal style...
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