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Pipes Of Peace

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Genre: Popular Music
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Release Date: 12-JAN-1999

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Released in late 1983, Pipes of Peace peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard album charts, thereby becoming the first Paul McCartney LP to run out of gas before reaching the U.S. top 10. Which is not to say that it deserved better--despite the well-meaning title track and the duet with Michael Jackson on "Say Say Say," Pipes of Peace marked a definite artistic low for Sir Paul. Coming on the heels of 1982's effervescent Tug of War, Pipes of Peace sounded surprisingly sleepy and uninspired, and the few half-decent songs ("Keep Under Cover," the unfortunately titled "So Bad") didn't stand a chance against the album's bland, state-of-the-'80s production values. "Say Say Say," a big improvement over "The Girl Is Mine," Macca and Michael's previous collaboration, easily outclasses the album's other tracks. Happily, you can also find it on All the Best, where it gets the company it deserves. --Dan Epstein

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Pipes Of Peace
  2. Say Say Say
  3. The Other Me
  4. Keep Under Cover
  5. So Bad
  6. The Man
  7. Sweetest Little Show
  8. Average Person
  9. Hey Hey
  10. Tug Of Peace
  11. Through Our Love


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000007NZI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,688 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on August 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This recording was quite different for Sir Paul. It is one of my favorite McCartney albums. Why others writing reviews for Amazon.com have given this album poor reviews is beyond me. Each album McCartney does, he explores a different musical avenue and a different side of himself - such is the case with this one. I am not one of those who thinks everything McCartney touches turns to gold or is a work of art. However, I am a true fan. This album has always lifted me up emotionally. To me, there is not one bad track on the album. Just listen to the lyrics of Pipes Of Peace - some of his best! And, does anyone remember the moving and excellent video for Pipes Of Peace? (Back when videos were good!) Pay no attention to the bad reviews. McCartney hit a home run with this one.
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This is probably on of my least favorite albums along with McCartney II. One of the problems is that many of these songs are leftovers from the brilliant Tug of War album, so they aren't all that good. The other is that it's got a very 80s ballad sound throughout. Even though this is one of his weakest efforts, it still has some good songs and some more just okay songs as well. With that, let's go over it song by song:

Pipes of Peace: I like this one quite a bit, though I'd have liked it had they done it with all real instruments instead of the synth-drums

Say Say Say: Probably his best duet with Michael Jackson, and I hate to say it, but along with Pipes of Peace its one of the best tracks on the album.

Other Me: Not a bad track either, enjoyable for a while, but nothing to special. Once again, 80s production...

Keep Under Cover: Nice orchestration. Interesting lyrics. One of the better tracks.

So Bad: Well, it shows Macca has an incredibly high falsetto but that's about it for me. I'm not really too fond of this one, scoop off the layers of production, maybe I would have liked it a little more.

The Man: The other Michael Jackson duet on the disc. Rather Catchy and some nice guitar solos (something rare on this album). Probably one of the better tracks.

Sweetest Little Show: A good track as well. More acoustic driven then the rest of the album. Nice change of pace.

Average Person: The previous song leads into this one. It's quite silly but rather catchy. Nice piano and bass. Maybe goes on a bit to long.

Hey Hey: A mostly instrumental track.
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Add Paul McCartney's PIPES OF PEACE to the list including TUG OF WAR, RED ROSE SPEEDWAY, FLOWERS IN THE DIRT, VENUS AND MARS, LONDON TOWN, BACK TO THE EGG and MCCARTNEY - albums I find either over-rated or, in this case, under-rated. PIPES OF PEACE includes the smash "Say Say Say," the superb minor hit "So Bad," and the rollicking "Sweetest Little Show"/"Average Person" medley, all candidates for a best-of collection. Another two or three tracks are very good. Released in 1983, PIPES OF PEACE was the start of a popularity decline for Paul McCartney, but to hear this album you would wonder why.
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"Pipes Of Peace", which was released during the British war in the Faulklands, was intended as a sequel to "Tug Of War". Although it falls short of "Tug Of War"'s greatness, it has it's moments. For example, it brings us the now famous (and probably a little embarrassing for Paul) collaborations with Michael Jackson, "Say Say Say" and "The Man". It also includes the original version (there's another version on "Give My Regards To Broad Street) of "So Bad", a track that easily would have fit in on "Tug Of War". Much of the rest of the albums tracks are throwaways and B-sides that never were. This new version of "Pipes Of Peace however contains 3 extra bonus tracks worthy of your attention, noteably "We All Stand Together", a track taken from Paul's "Rupert and the Frog Song" animated short and "Simple As That" a little gem which previously appeared on a British benefit LP for drug abuse. It has been a much sought after collectible by McCartney completeists and was an unexpected surprise when it showed up here. Over all, "Pipes of Peace" is not McCartney's proudest moment, but for this dyed-in-the-wool McCartney fan, a must have if only for the bonus tracks!
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This album is as important to the progession of McCartney's songwriting as Tug Of War was to showing Paul could still write a good song. Paul wanted 'Tug'to be a double album but George Martin wanted a single. Simply put, these are the left overs. What makes this album important is he FINISHED the songs. 'Hey,Hey' is a fragment because Paul wanted it to be. George Martin made Paul finish the songs on 'Pipes' and 'Tug'. They made a good decision seperating these two albums because this album is not as strong. These are left overs and Paul knows it with his silly lyrics and jabs at himself (Keep Undercover,The Other Me). Left overs though can sometimes be quite tasty(So Bad,Pipes of Peace,Sweetest Little Show). By relearning to finish songs and not just leaving tasty fragments of what could have been;Paul gives you a competely cooked meal,even though that meal might be more Turkey TV Dinner than Thanskgiving feast.(2.5-stars)
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