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The Complete EP Collection is the result of James McCartney working on and off in the studio for over two years. He played most of the instruments, including bass, guitars, and piano - and of course, he sings. ''I really wanted to wait until I had the strongest possible collection of songs before introducing them to the world,'' says McCartney. ''I so believe in this music, and these songs. With the two digital EPs being released earlier this year and now this special two-disc set arriving, I'm right where I've hoped I would be.''
The songs on Available Light, Close At Hand, and the five exclusive bonus tracks on The Complete EP Collection were recorded at Hog Hill Mill Studios in Sussex, Abbey Road Studios in London, and SeeSquared Studios and Avatar Studios in New York.
Rolling Stone calls the opening track on Available Light, Angel, a ''light and cheerful pop track.'' The upbeat nature of Angel and the innocence of the song My Friend are deftly balanced on Available Light by the dark and dynamic tracks Glisten and Denial, and finally framed with a heartfelt rendition of Neil Young's classic, Old Man.
If Available Light is the 'side one' of James McCartney's debut, then Close At Hand is very much the second side, and James had specific ideas for it. ''There is only one thing to do with high expectations, and that is meet them,'' says McCartney. ''I wanted to follow Available Light with something that showed a progression...that had an even deeper meaning, both spiritually and musically.'' From the first moments of Close At Hand, that progression is crystal clear. Above driving guitar lines McCartney asks, ''Are you receiving what you're believing / Are you sure just what you are,'' in the EP's opening track, I Only Want To Be Alone. The powerful vulnerability of Wings Of A Lightest Weight is the expression of a son's feelings of love for his mother (''Watching you fly away / Whilst your wings of a lightest weight / Carry you back through the heat of the wind / Carry you back to me''). 12-string-guitar arpeggios reminiscent of Glisten from Available Light return for the uplifting song The Sound Of My Voice. The playfully esoteric Else And Else But Dead is followed by an emotional tour de force, Jesus Be My Friend, where McCartney plumbs the depths of his own convictions (''Boulder in a stream / Water on a stone / God is close at hand / You never understood / Just who I really was / Just who I really am''). Fallen Angel provides a hopeful dawn after this dark night of the soul.
''Some artists are happy doing the same thing again and again, but my favorite artists are the ones who evolve and grow, and I want to be one of them,'' says James. With Available Light, Close At Hand, and now The Complete EP Collection, James McCartney has again and again dared to raise the stakes, and in doing so he's succeeded in filling some very big shoes...his own.
Great addition to my CD collection, looking forward to more from Mr McCartney.Published 2 months ago by Tim Rohrenbach
James McCartney shines throughout this compilation. He truly is a chip off the old-block and can hold up to his old man's, McCartney, so very famous name, in that he truly knows... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Theresa Brunette
A bit less polished than the "ME" album, but full of listenable tracks that should please most everyone. Exceptional cover of NEIL YOUNG's "OLD MAN".Published 9 months ago by Jack Rosenfeld
This is good. He is SUPER TALENTED. He sounds NOTHING LIKE PAUL, But he is a very talented Musician, I like his voice, not as well as his dad's, but he is good. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Annie White
Best music of my time.sweet. I like his voice and depth better than the Beatles... love James here.Published 13 months ago by LightLiveLove
I love this collection. The sons of The Beatles are in their own right talented. James McCartney has a ton of talent. Not one bad song in this collection. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Timothy A. Grant
James McCartney obviously has gained much from his very famous and extremely gifted father. All of the material are top notch and the vocals and musician are the same. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Alan R. Dennen
I was surprised to hear the voice of my favorite Beatles' son. He is not Paul, and it's not fair to compare, he has quite a different sound. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lea Kayson
James Mccartney is one of a kind,wonderful singer with great songs all original,with very catchy music,very hice guy along with his family which i love very much,i bought a couple... Read morePublished 22 months ago by gypsygirl2518