Listen To What The Man Said: Popular Artists Pay Tribute To The Music Of Paul McCartney
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Listen To What The Man Said is the first major tribute to Paul McCartneys post-Beatles work since their break-up over 30 years ago.
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.
...artists give many of the songs more of a blatant energy than even McCartney first gave. -- Hybrid Magazine (cont'd)
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
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This cd has one, and only one, worthwhile remake. "Maybe I'm Amazed" will knock you back, make you hit the "repeat" button, and probably cause you to search the internet for who in the world the "Virgos" are/is. If you can be happy with being treated to just one awesome, notched-up, tastefully raging version of an otherwise classic McCartney song, then buy this cd.
Other than this one song, hey, call me a non-McCartney buff, but I only recognized Band On The Run, Jet and Coming Up. These were all yawner-remakes. I had hopes that someone would improve on McCartney's unmelodic "woohoowoohoo" in Jet, but nope!
Was there a budget crunch, or what's up with this track listing? Where is Let 'Em In, Junior's Farm, Uncle Albert, Another Day, Live And Let Die, Silly Little Love Songs, My Love, Hi Hi Hi, Helen Wheels...?????
If you can snatch this one for a low price, and you dream of what "Maybe I'm Amazed" would sound like in a stepped-up, fiery pace, with some screams that will make your salt & pepper hair stand up, buy it!
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.
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.
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