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Electric Arguments Deluxe Edition [Box set]

Paul McCartney, Fireman, Youth Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 July 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: One Little Indian
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Electric Arguments
2. Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight
3. Two Magpies
4. Sing The Changes
5. Travelling Light
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Solstice Ambient Acapella Bonus Tracks CD
2. Travelling Light Instrumental Bonus Tracks CD
3. Wickerman Ambient Dub Bonus Tracks CD
4. Morning Mist Instrumental Dub Bonus Tracks CD
5. Equinox Instrumental Bonus Tracks CD
See all 7 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight
2. Two Magpies
3. Sing The Changes
4. Travelling Light
5. Highway
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Dance 'Til We're High (Bass Stem, Drum Stem, Guitar Stem, Keyboards Stem, Vocals Stem)
2. Highway (Bass Stem, Drum Stem, Guitar Stem, Keyboards Stem, Vocals Stem)
3. Light From Your Lighthouse (Drum Stem, Backing Vocals Stem, Bass Stem, Guitar Stem, Keyboards Stem, Vocals Stem)
4. Sing The Changes (Acoustic Guitar & Mandolin Stem, Backing Vocals Stem, Bass Stem, Drum Stem, Electric Guitar Stem, Lead Vocal Stem, Vibes Stem)
5. Sun Is Shining (Bass Stem, Drum Stem, Guitar Stem, Vocals Stem)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly excellent all the way through 21 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
i,d heard through the grapevine that this album was astounding, i read the reviews on amazon 1st,people seemed to be happy with it.so i thought i,d take a risk.got to say i would agree that its the most consistant album since band on the run.theres some modern beats,lots of enchantment.lovely melodies,it really works.i,m on my 10th listen in 3 days,i dont remember the last time i liked an album so much and i do have a good few thousand.Paul,you,ll soon have your missing millions back at this rate
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electric...no Arguments!! 26 Nov 2008
By Flickering Ember TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Much as others who have already reviewed this album, I am a longtime Paul McCartney afficionado (you could say he's a Lifelong Passion of mine, in fact). I also have the first two Fireman albums in addition to his entire back catalogue.

This album is pretty far removed from his previous Fireman releases. It sounds a bit like the sounds he produced on Twin Freaks, which was remixes of some of his songs. Although there were some vocal sounds in parts of Rushes, this is the first Fireman release to include sung vocals. These are delivered in time to some really funky beats, much as you'd expect to hear in an achingly hip bar or club, and I am confident that this album will actually be played in such premises in the immediate future.

Despite his successes and the adulation and critical acclaim he has received throughout his career, McCartney is very insecure. He has said himself he feels more able to kick back and goof around and noodle with these Fireman projects and so this is Paul McCartney being relaxed, free and himself. Not that his other releases are not true to himself, but he has long been pigeonholed as some soppy balladeer and as such a one trick pony but of late, most notably and recently with Electric Arguments, he has proved this to be anything but the truth.

A highly recommended album which is getting a lot of positive feedback from all quarters, and one I'd recommend to any fans of Paul McCartney, and of ambient and dance music per se.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Astonishing 15 Nov 2008
By Michael
Format:Audio CD
Ok...I'll admit I'm a lifelong fan of Macca's output. Biased though I am, I will point to his mistakes, his halfhearted albums and indulgences. (and even when Macca gets it wrong he is never less than listenable - he is incapable of writing a boring tune) but this album - wow! He packs everything in here - soaring melodies, riffs to die for, bass lines heaven sent, and you know what - it's easily one of the most enjoyable albums of the year.

All this, plus Youth's production input give this album the rough around the edges quality of Macca's early solo work, but with the added benefit of keeping the whimsy to a minimum.

By turns frothy, rocky, spaced out, with more than a touch of the blues - this is wholly glorious !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 5 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an absolutely astounding album. I'm even more in awe of Macca's genius and I'm only annoyed it's taken me so long to get to hear this. Phenomenally brilliant and easily his best ever solo album. Some of the tracks would have graced the 'White Album'. Can not recommend highly enough. Truly magnificent - one of the best albums I've heard in years.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to what he is doing best 10 Dec 2008
By spike
Format:Audio CD
Electric Arguments shows Paul McCartney at his eclectic best rocking out our aural senses with the fiery "Nothing too much, just out of sight" which can leave us guessing where all this pent up aggression and vitirol is coming from? whilst other tracks such as "Two Magpies" is a lovely basic song with added acoustic flavours backed up by Paul's singing which hasn't aged a bit from his day's as a Beatle and the other "Sing the changes" is very uplifting which carries on in a similar vien with "Highway".

His solo career has often been met with added scorn and amazement at times but nobody can ever say he has ever written a boring tune as there is none on here to moan about!

Looking through the booklet that accompanies the album its funny to see Paul letting himself go with a canvas and paintbrush like a kid in a candy shop making the artwork that's seen on this album which despite all the problems he faced with his now ex-wife its good to see him letting himself go to keep us happy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic! 5 April 2009
By Falcon
Format:Audio CD
This is another classic from this most supremely gifted muso. A fan of his since I first heard Michelle as a youngster in 1966, McCartney never fails to please. The sheer diversity of sounds is really engaging and confirms yet again that McCartney really can keep pouring them out. Some have been less kind about his albums in recent years (Chaos in the backyard, and Memory Almost Full) claiming that McCartney is more constrained and almost up tight when releasing material under his own name, but I think The Fireman and these earlier releases just confirm his huge talent. Yes, I know I'm biased but what can you do? He turns out great music, and what's more, he's played many of the instruments himself.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Macca Pleasure 31 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
Have had this album on a loop on my iPod since it came out a couple of months ago. Whilst there's no doubt that 'Memory Almost Full' was a fine album, it was a slight disappointment after the wonders of 'Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard', possibly Macca's strongest album since the Fabs.

'Electric Arguments' raises the bar again. Macca's flirtations with experimental pop have met with varying degrees of success in the past - McCartney II, anyone? - but this album is a cracker from start to finish. Experimental, yet accessible. Rocking out, yet full of the sublime melodies and hooks we've come to expect from the master.

There are numerous highlights, but the standout track for me is 'Dance 'Til We're High', a track that's made me smile again and again as it builds and builds; its joyous refrains will have you tapping your feet, shaking your thing or singing along inappropriately on the tube or bus within a couple of listens.

There's plenty for the more traditional fans - for want of a better expression - to enjoy too.

The man's come in for plenty of criticism over the past couple of decades. Despite his detractors - or in spite of them - he's never stopped trying, never stood still. This album sees him moving into new territories again, but unlike the previous two Fireman albums, completely and triumphantly successfully.

My only criticism is of the fact that this has been released under the 'Fireman' moniker and has, chartwise, underperformed as a result. Make no mistake - this is a Paul McCartney album, and Paul McCartney at his best. Those looking for the 'Frog' song or 'Mull of Kintyre' should look elsewhere. Those looking to hear Macca at his eccentric and brilliant best should buy this now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any real McCartney fan
he has started to include a couple of fireman tracks in his concerts.
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McCartney even at play cannot help but make beautiful music... he was born for it!
Published 2 months ago by Dr, Mike Beech
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Paul at his cutting edge best. A mixture of his solo McCartney and McCartney 2 albums in flavour, but with added dynamism. Vocally and instrumentally very strong. Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. D. Marsh
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring!!
I made the mistake of being taken in by the many good reviews on this one. I found the whole thing rather tedious and did not enjoy the muted and distorted vocals. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Trebor H
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Better than anything McCartney has produced elsewhere in the last 10 years (maybe Ecce Cormeum was pretty good) but why his fifty odd band mate still retains the name... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Marty Ray Catcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good product
Paul McCartney's music in a amazing new way, it is like an other musician but nevertheless always his voice. Wonderfull work!
Published 19 months ago by FABIENNE PROTH
4.0 out of 5 stars Something Else
The thoroughly splendid aspect to McCartney's post-Beatles career lies in its relative inessential nature. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2012 by Obadiah Horseflesh
2.0 out of 5 stars experimental doodling mish mash mess
Before I start let me make it clear that iam a huge
Paul fan always have been. But this cd to my ears
Just probably sounds like it was when it was recorded
And that... Read more
Published on 19 April 2012 by c rider
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