- Audio CD (September 25, 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Rykodisc
- ASIN: B000008IB6
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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The background vocals are" Paul, Linda and Denny Laine. Paul and Mike wrote most of the songs on the CD, LP, and Paul produced the album.
Very good, good quality and great vocals. My have track is" Leave It" Written by Paul and "Simply Love You." I would recommend it.
If this wasn't tied by blood to one of Rock's most enduring Names, I doubt anyone here would be championing it that far. McGear's voice is not especially engaging. The songs themselves - although very well produced & performed, don't have the most substantial melodies. Although this could be partly due to the younger McCartney not being able to deliver them that well, but it's hard to tell. Even on songs like "Giving Grease A Ride" which Rock the hardest, there just doesn't seem to be a singable or humable melody line that would stick with you in the long run, as in the tradition of the best Beatles & McCartney tunes. Furthermore, a lot of the tracks seem to go on a little bit longer than they ought to.
There has been over the decades, an unconscious narrative that's held to that makes Paul McCartney's stuff "uncool" as opposed to his former Beatles songwriting partner. There's been a tendency to be unreasonably hard on Paul, but not especially objective about John's solo stuff, though "Mr. Ono" didn't always fire on all cylinders, either.
I say this, because that seems to be the impetus behind knighting this "McGear" album with the mantle of "better than most of Paul's solo stuff." It's "cool" to do so. Similar claims have been made about Emmit Rhodes that don't hold up upon examination, either. Unlike McGear, Rhodes' stuff is much better writing. *Like* McGear, neither of them show themselves capable of the Sweaty Rock 'N' Roll that Macca served with ease, and more often than once ("Mumbo," "Soily," "Coming Up," "Juniors Farm," "Girls School" - do I really need to make a list?)
In any case, McGear strikes me as a better collection of "ideas" for songs than actual songs itself. Like another Beatles associate, Yoko Ono, one is left wondering what these would be without the more powerful Collaborator in the mix. My guess is not much at all.
The album cover is also a hoot; a clever take on Gulliver's Travels with many of the "small people" who contributed to the record hiding amongst a crowd of hundreds. That's Paul peering at us on the back cover, (this only applies to the vinyl version).
It's sad that McCartney never put money into promoting this album. It would have been a big seller right along with "Band On The Run" which came out around the same time.
It's interesting to note that when Sir Paul is challenged with a talented lyricist like his brother or a great song writer like John Lennon or Elvis Costello, he does some of his most brilliant work. He only allows his best assets to come to the fore front. In this case his melodic genius shines through.
If you're a McCartney fan this CD should be in your collection. This Ryko Disc release contains two pieces that were not on the original vinyl record. They don't really add anything special to the collection just some forgettable fast food fun for your ears.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful collaboration between two brothers- one kissed by destiny the other also a gifted musician.Published 12 months ago by mbondsart
MCGEAR is a really fun album. If you like Paul McCartney, you'll like this album too. Stacks up pretty well next to albums like RED ROSE SPEEDWAY and WILD LIFE. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Joan Quinn
Has to be tough being Paul's brother, but Mike surely gets an A for effort in music. He's a teriffic comedian.Published 23 months ago by Patsy Palmadessa
Given the massive successes Paul McCartney's enjoyed, I have of admire Mike McGear for going out of his way to try to stake out a career on his own. Read morePublished on April 23, 2011 by Scott Blackerby
Mike McGear is Paul McCartney's younger brother. He changed his name to McGear to avoid being accused of cashing in on his brother's fame. Read morePublished on April 8, 2011 by M. Ash
I won't repeat the McCartney stuff. This album is a little dated now but is a great one. McGear sings Sea Breezes in a slightly operatic style and it is not flat at all. Read morePublished on December 6, 2009 by Stanley B. Dow
One of the best albums you never heard, "McGear" allows Paul McCartney's brother Mike to be center stage. A former member of the comedy/musical group The Scaffold, McCartney... Read morePublished on June 16, 2009 by Wayne Klein