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McCartney Archive Collection
Vinyl | LP (12" album, 33 rpm), Remastered
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, June 14, 2011
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There are, however, some mediocre songs. Virtually all of the instrumentals --with the exception of "Singalong Junk"--sound like studio noodling, Worth a listen or two, but nothing really memorable.
The bonus disc is a bit of a mixed bag as well. Anyone hoping for unreleased gems from the vaults will be disappointed. The piano/vocal out-take "Suicide" is of marginal interest. Just like the piano/vocal demo "Women Kind," the songs have an unfinished and unfocused feel. The semi-comic approach to "Women Kind" with its raspberries and less-than-serious vocal make it clear that McCartney wasn't sure what to do with these songs. The fact that they stayed in the can for forty years should be a pretty good indicator of what he thought of them. The only other song from 1970 is "Don't Cry Baby," which is actually an instrumental version of "Oo You." The keepers on the bonus disc are the three live tracks from a 1979 Glasgow concert. "Every Night" is nearly doubled in length in this live version, partly because the song is slowed down, but there's also a great guitar break. The instrumental "Hot As Sun" has an almost calypso feel to it. And then, of course, there's the show stopper "Maybe I'm Amazed." That song actually appears twice on the bonus disc. Not only as a concert recording, but a more subdued Abbey Road Studios recording taken from One Hand Clapping.
The CD digipak includes a 24-page booklet (glued to the inside front cover) that includes all of the original photos (and many that weren't) all taken by Paul or his wife Linda as well as lyrics to all of the original songs.
I saw McCartney in concert for the first time this summer and it renewed my interest in his back catalog. When I put this in the CD player and listened to the original album for the first time in nearly four decades, I was surprised how good some of the songs really were. While not his best album, there are more hits than misses. RECOMMENDED [Disc 1 - 35:01; Disc 2 - 25:15]
here is an answer i received from a top capitol records exec --
Concord and Capitol are owned by same company, nothing changes other than Capitol will be on label for future releases....The deal incorporates all of McCartney's work since The Beatles disbanded in 1970 - from his 1970 "McCartney" album to his decade with the band Wings, as well as his numerous solo and collaborative projects since then.
"This is genuinely exciting for me," McCartney said in a statement. "Not only was Capitol my first US record label, but the first record I ever bought was Gene Vincent's 'Be-Bop-A-Lula' on the Capitol label."
Los Angeles-based Capitol Records, part of the Universal Music group, said it would be developing a plan to catalogue McCartney's oeuvre. That means it would be moving it from Concord, the musician's previous label partner.
"Paul McCartney's association with Capitol has long defined so much of our historic legacy, and all of us here are extremely proud and honored that he has chosen to come back home," said Capitol Music Group's CEO Steve Barnett.
New album on the way
Capitol also indicated that McCartney is working on a new studio album, without providing any further details. While he told "Rolling Stone" magazine last week that he may need to slow down in the future, that doesn't appear to be happening any time soon.