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4.0 out of 5 stars McCartney Alone, June 14, 2011
This review is from: McCartney (Archive Collection) (Audio CD)
When Paul McCartney released his first solo album and the first true solo studio album by a Beatle in 1970, it was almost universally panned. While it certainly doesn't matchup with any of the Beatles albums, it has aged better than a lot of the music of the time. Mr. McCartney recorded the album at his farm and its greatest asset is the simple, down-home feel that permeates it. You can almost picture the newlywed and new father just tooling around the house and living the country life and whenever the mood struck him, laying down a new track. He plays all the instruments and other than some backing vocals by Linda, sings all the songs. There are several instrumentals on the album and a couple of songs like "Man We Was Lonely" that are basically just a couple of lines sung over and over, but "Maybe I'm Amazed" is a true gem. The song ranks up there with anything he's done in his solo career and a wouldn't be slighted by songs in the Beatles catalog. Other standout tracks include the sweet "Every Night", "Junk" & "That Would Be Something" & "Teddy Boy". There are a few too many instrumentals like "Hot As Sun/Glasses", the bizarre, jungle like "Kreen-Akrore" and an unneeded instrumental version of "Junk". Despite the wish for more fully composed songs, the half-completed tracks and instrumentals add to the album's rustic charm. Of the three outtakes from the original album sessions, none of them really add much with the best of three ironically being an instrumental "Don't Cry Baby".
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Initial post: Jun 14, 2011 10:19:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 14, 2011 10:26:53 AM PDT
Yes that album has always had that warm comfortable laid back feel of someone tinkering with his new toys and something pretty cool came out of it. I think all musicians would like to know several intruments and record an entire album by them selves. I still have my original LP from about 1975 or so and I still enjoy playing it now and then even though I have the CD. Maybe I'm Amazed and Every Night are my favs but many others I enjoy also. I think I'd like to pick up the 180 g vinyl but I'll wait to see what every one says on the new remasters.

PS - I sure wish there were more out takes and less or none of the 1979 live songs that I do not go with that time period. Save the live stuff for a live compilation.

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 8:51:04 PM PDT
Pedantic, to be sure, but you praise "Sing Along Junk" and trash the "unneeded instrumental version of 'Junk'."
"Singalong Junk" IS the instrumental version of junk.

And "That Would be Something" has half as many lines as "Man We Was Lonely."
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