Listen To What The Man Said: Popular Artists Pay Tribute To The Music Of Paul McCartney
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This project represents a two year labor of love for the producers and for all of the artists and contributors involved. The artists that make up this tribute were chosen after conducting an anonymous poll of Beatles and McCartney fans who were asked to submit a list of their top 15 choices. Over 1,000 responses in just 2 days were received. All of the artists that participated in the project donated their services and 100% of their artists royalties will be given to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation in memory of Linda McCartney.
After a listen, I was a true believer that "Listen To What The Man Said" is worthy of Paul's talents. -- Jody Denberg, KGSR Program Director, Austin, TX
One of the most satisfying things about this tribute is how the personality and style of each of the... -- Hybrid Magazine, October 2, 2001
That Judybats song is worth $15 alone. -- Night Times, September 19, 2001
Top Customer Reviews
I wasn't actually going to buy this album, but I saw that the JudyBats had a song on it, thus I had to have it.
The two things that make this album so good are the quality of the songs themselves, and the way that the artists put themselves into the songs. Some songs, like 'Band On The Run' by Owlsy stay true to the original, while other songs, like 'Coming up' by John Faye Power Trip take on another harder feeling. While it's pointless to get into the John V. Paul debate, it's quite clear that Paul had the edge when it came to pop songs.
Many of the artists I'd never heard before, but I was pleased by nearly all of them. 'Warm And Beautiful' by Linus of Hollywood sounded a wee like a Boy Band singing acapella, but it grows on you. The JudyBats do an awesome 'Love In Song,' and Semisonic's "Jet" sounds fresh. Some of the songs I actually like better than the originals, but don't tell Paul.
This cd is amazing. Check out The John Faye Power Trip's "Coming Up" and Owsley's "Band On The Run" and Sloan's "Waterfalls" to name just a few of the 16 great cuts on this cd. From start to finish, this cd really puts the tribute back in tribute cds.
Aside from the music, the packaging/liner notes are very cool...comments from the band, etc. This cd definitely sets a new standard for tribute cds. I can't wait for the indy one (independent artists offer their takes on Paul McCartney's songs).
Forget what you think you know about tribute cds, and get this cd.
by Tony Ware
While the value of Paul McCartney's post-Beatles output often depends on which side of the '70s divide you were weaned on, the value of breast cancer research is something everyone can appreciate. Proceeds from Listen to What the Man Said: A Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney and its more indie companion piece, Coming Up, are earmarked to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in memory of Linda McCartney.
The idea was actually hatched in Atlanta in 1999 and first executed in 2000. Inspired by earlier participation in local label Demagogue's Love in Song: An Atlanta Tribute to Sir Paul McCartney, Kirk Waldrop -- along with Kelli Richards and James Flaherty -- solicited national contributions for Listen and Coming Up, both released during Breast Cancer Awareness Month through Oglio on its Tribute LLC imprint.
And the songs themselves? Well, for as many people who love Wings and early solo McCartney, there are just as many who consider the Cute One's post-'70s songbook sentimental, self-indulgent pap. And these collections aren't likely to change that. Still, artists like Owsley ("Band on the Run"), Matthew Sweet ("Every Night") and World Party ("Man We Was Lonely") play it faithful, while SR-71 and Semisonic glam up "My Brave Face" and "Jet," respectively. The Minus 5 put in an eerie performance of "Dear Friend," and Canadians Sloan, already masters of power pop, nail their jangly reclamation of "Waterfalls."
Featuring deeper album cuts and B-sides performed by independent artists, Coming Up has a more upbeat and modernized feel. But maybe that's simply because this compilation steers away from hits, so the songs -- like the bands -- are not only less familiar but more fresh.
Of the 16 tracks it's easy to divide them into two categories, there are those who stay faithful to the originals and those who try to make the songs their own.
Its easy to see why Owsley and Semisonic should play things fairly straight with Band On The Run and Jet respectively, two of McCartney's most adventurous arrangements, but more successful are Robyn Hitchcock's `Let Me Roll It' and Matthew Street's `Every Night', who do a sterling effort of repeating a winning formula.
The album gets really interesting though when the performers make there own interpretations of the material.
Minus 5 `s `Dear Friend', McCartney's mature response to Lennon's sniping in the early 70's, chooses to accentuate the world weary air of the original. The John Faye Power Trip turn in a commendably laidback `Slackers' version of `Coming Up'. SR-71 take McCartney's best pop song of the last 20 years, `My Brave Face', and give it a right good seeing to, resulting in a frantic piece of rock bristling with hooks. But the pick of the bunch must be The Judybats's `Love in Song', a sparse, urgent and intense performance of one Macca's lesser known numbers.
This album is must for all McCartney fans as a reminder of many of his best, if not best known compositions. There are many fine songs and performances to be found here and it would also make essential listening for anyone who thinks that McCartney's muse left him with the other Beatles.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tribute cds are a mixed bag. If you can get 2 or 3 appealing remakes from one purchase, you have done well.
This cd has one, and only one, worthwhile remake. Read more
This update of classic McCartney material is extremely well done. Some of the artists did a straight forward version of the original, while others chose to elaborate. Read morePublished on August 20, 2005 by Paul Ramon
I RECENTLY PURCHASED THIS CD AND WAS IMPRESSED...........I THINK ANYBODY WHO "COVERS" MCCARTNEY(OR THE BEATLES) IS TAKING A "BIG" RISK, BECAUSE VERY FEW ,IF ANY CAN DO THEM BETTER... Read morePublished on February 27, 2005 by DENNIS
While John Lennon had a tribute collection done for him in either 1994 or 1995, and the Beatles have had tributes (along with seemingly every other band around), Paul has been... Read morePublished on September 8, 2002 by Edward Crawford
I really enjoy this album, especially the rendition of "My Brave Face" which takes a rock spin on it. Also, Sloan's version of "Waterfalls" is excellent. Read morePublished on July 5, 2002 by SingleSassyBlog
On too many of these songs, I found myself asking "You know what would make this track great?" - and the answer always was "Paul McCartney. Read morePublished on June 4, 2002 by R. Treynor
Come on....Matthew Sweet, Semisonic, The Judybats, Sloan, and TMBG on ONE CD? Performing work by one of the most talented pop artists ever? This album was a no-brainer.. Read morePublished on May 31, 2002 by Cynthia Lopez
`Listen To What The Man Said'
Popular Artists Pay Tribute to The Music Of Paul McCartney
The purpose of this Album is twofold; firstly a long overdue tribute to... Read more
First of all, I've never been a fan of McCartney's post-Beatles music. I've never forgiven him for becoming the Wimpy Beatle and for turning out such lightweight fluff ever since... Read morePublished on February 6, 2002 by Mark Rosen
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