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Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of the former Beatle's debut solo album. Heralded as one of the most beloved solo debuts of all time, McCartney, the smash #1 album, originally released April of 1970, yielded the timeless tracks "Every Night" and "Junk" along with the immortal classic "Maybe I'm Amazed." The bonus CD includes previously unreleased demos and live tracks.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 14, 2011)
  • Rmst Spec ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Special Edition
  • Label: Hear Music
  • ASIN: B004WJRF6C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (350 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The audio of the McCartney reissue is more than I expected. This was essentially a home recording Paul made in the wake of the Beatles' break up - it just hadn't been announced yet. This remaster has wonderful dynamics compared to the original CD issue, and the 1993 remaster. The drums sound like they're in your room (first snare pop of "Every Night" floored me), the bass is strong but not exaggerated, the acoustic guitars are crisp (never enjoyed "The Lovely Linda" as much as this)

The bonus audio disc is rather short - but I'm glad it's on a separate disc, as the material is not up to the standards of the released album (as is usually the case with bonus tracks) The track that stood out for me was the in-progress backing tracks for "Oo You." The demo version of "Suicide" is only interesting because you can hear it in the context of the ending of "Glasses" from the released album. The bonus audio disc is the weakest part of the set, but still of interest to a McCartney fan (which I am.)

The DVD starts off with the EPK being shown on McCartney's site, and has several interesting "McCartney" album-related performances, most notably 2 performances from the 1979 line-up of Wings. Add in 2 more from MTV Unplugged (remember when MTV had music?) and it's a nice touch. The performance of "Suicide" leaves one wondering why it wasn't used instead of the demo on the bonus audio disc.

All I can say about the book is, THIS is what the extra money is for. Good quality, tons of pictures, very nicely done. A "coffee table" book just like this would easily sell for $30-$40.
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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 alot 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 newly married 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", "Singalong Junk" & "That Would Be Something".
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There tend to be two prevailing views of this album, as there are with the Beatles album "Let it Be." One is that this is a bunch of amateurish noodlings done at home, with one or two good songs thrown in to give it credibility, and released out of sheer arrogance that everyone would want to hear it because it's by a famous person. The other view is that this is a classic album, displaying McCartney's viruosity as an all-around musician, as well as a funky kind of devil-may-care experimentation. In truth, there is validity to both points of view. Only two tracks are really polished or radio-ready: "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Every Night." Then there are the Beatle leftovers, "Junk" and "Teddy Boy," which feature excellent melodies. Then there are weird one-offs like "Kreen Akrore" that aren't worth listening to every time. Yet the album does stand as an important testament to the man's mindset at this crucial pivot in his career, and in some ways it stands as a portrait of domestic bliss rather like Lennon's "Double Fantasy" did ten years later. If you are a Paul fan, you will love this album's intimacy.
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Of course, this album can't be compared to any of the Beatles' work, because you can't dismiss the Lennon, Harrison and Starr efforts. Of course, this album can't even be compared to "Ram" or "Band Of The Run", as examples of the greatest music Sir James Paul McCartney has ever done. But the listening experience you can live through "McCartney", the 1970 solo debut by Paul is really relaxing and fun, if you have the disposition to enjoy it and understand the context in which it was conceived, recorded and released. The man was tired of being a Beatle (I think everyone in the band was, look at "Plastic Ono Band" or "All Things Must Pass"), but when the group splitted up, he must have felt some isolation, he must have had a feeling of "what am I going to do now?, my life has completely changed, I've lost my friends, I don't even have a band...". He must have felt anxious and nervous, but "The Lovely Linda" was there. And she helped not only on the background harmonies and the photography for the album cover and inner pictures, but to focus Paul into taking care of his family and being the "man at home" that he wasn't during the Beatles period, as an attempt to give his life a complete and new sense. This album celebrates this spirit, as it was made mainly at home, by Paul recording all the instruments (yes, he played guitars, keyboards, bass, drums and percussion) and vocals, helped by Linda: because "if no-one wants to do it, you must do it yourself".Read more ›
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