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McCartney II [Box set, CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, NTSC, Original recording remastered]

Paul McCartney Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Jun 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B004WJREPO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,886 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Coming Up [Full Length Version]
2. Front Parlour [Full Length Version]
3. Frozen Jap [Full Length Version]
4. Darkroom [Full Length Version]
5. Check My Machine [Full length Version]
6. Wonderful Christmastime [Full length Version]
7. Summer's Day Song [Original without vocals]
8. Waterfalls [DJ Edit]
Disc: 2
1. Meet Paul McCartney
2. Coming Up Music Video
3. Waterfalls Music Video
4. Wonderful Christmastime Music Video
5. Coming Up [Live at Concert for the People of Kampuchea, 1979]
6. Coming Up [taken from a rehearsal session at Lower Gate Farm, Sussex, 1979]
7. Making the Coming Up Music Video
8. Blue Sway

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McCartney II was originally issued in May of 1980 and was McCartney’s return to solo work after nine years touring and having released several massively successful albums with Wings. Reaching #1 in the UK, and #3 in the US., and the album produced enduring classics such as “Coming Up”, “Waterfalls”, and “Temporary Secretary”. Part of the Paul McCartney archive collection, McCartney II is available in multiple configurations featuring remastered, rare and unreleased audio & video content with special exclusive packaging. Paul McCartney personally supervised all aspects of the reissues. The remastering work was done at Abbey Road using the same team who recently remastered the complete Beatles’ catalogue.

The 2-disc (2 CD) Special Edition features the original remastered album plus eight bonus tracks including B-Sides and alternative versions. The bonus audio CD includes the #1 hit “Coming Up (Live At Glasgow, 1979)” and holiday perennial “Wonderful Christmastime”.

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PAUL MCCARTNEY McCartney II (2011 UK Deluxe Edition 4-disc [3CD/1DVD] album set - Originally released May of 1980 McCartney II was McCartneys return to solo work after nine years touring and having released several massively successful albumswith Wings and spawned enduring classics such as Coming Up Waterfalls & Temporary Secretary. This 4-disc set comprises the 11-track digitally remastered album alongside 8 Bonus Recordings including B-Sides and alternative versions such as Coming Up [recorded live in Glasgow 1979] and the holiday perennial Wonderful Christmastime; a further 8 Bonus Recordings [exclusive to this set]; plus a Bonus DVD featuring rare and previously unseen footage including performances of Coming Up and the new video for the unreleased track Blue Sway. This lavish boxset comes complete with an extraordinary 128-page hard bound book containing many exclusive and unpublished photos by Paul and Linda McCartney original album artwork downloadable hi-res audio versions of the remastered album and bonus audio tracks an illustrated history of the making of the album and expanded track by track information for the two audio discs as well as detailed historical information on the film content still sealed in the original hype stickered shrink)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Offbeat, with some great moments 15 Jun 2011
By G. M. Dobbs VINE VOICE
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Whoever said that out of the two reissues McCartney and McCartney II, that this is the best of the two needs their ears cleaned out. Where McCartney is an absolute classic, this is a pleasant enough album - most notable for how experimental it is rather than the music itself. There is some great stuff on here though and the sound quality of these remasters is superb. I'm a McCartney fan and I love this album - I think the only other Macca album it resembles is Press to Play as both rely on unusual and surreal soundscapes, but if you're not a fan they you may be better avoiding this and checking out the more accessible stuff first, but McCartney becomes addictive and you will want to get this one eventually.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice surprise, Paul at his most experimental 3 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
It's good to be thrown off balance every once in a while and this record certainly dose that! Before this, I'd only really heard stuff like "Flaming Pie" and "Flowers in the Dirt" - both containing great tunes but nothing quite as daring or uninhibited as this record. It seems that when McCartney is not thinking about the final outcome and just allows his mind to wonder and be excited by the process of making music (he never meant to put this out) that he comes up with stuff as original (and frankly barmy) as Temporary Secretary or Frozen Jap. The single 'Coming Up' has such a great feel to it because it is not polished! Yet he is still capable of excellent musicianship (his electric guitar playing interests me far more than say, Eric Clapton) and writes exquisite ballads like the closing track or Waterfalls. Sod the fact it's slightly self indulgent - it's called being highly creative! (and not always churning out schmaltz) A hidden gem of an album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Off The Wall 5 Sep 2007
By T Clark
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Not your typical McCartney album,if your looking for pretty songs sung nicley forget it,`Yesterday`and `My Love`would not fit into this album at all,alot of electronic sounds,wierd voices and things that go bump in the night...ha ha ha...but when all said and done a brave and brilliant album,another reviewer said it was "his best solo album",well if it aint its dam near close to it,underated in my book,slated by the music critics but hey what do they know....not the place to start your McCartney collection,but when you got fed up with `Moon in June`...give it a try.....
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Macca, damn, you're nutty and brittle 9 Sep 2002
Format:Audio CD
Another curate's egg from the back catalogue of a highly underrated (Beatles work obviously excepted) and insane pop genius. 'Coming Up' is a brilliantly executed stoopid pop moment, a masterpiece of homemade disco. 'Temporary Secretary', one of Macca's loopiest tunes, must be heard to be believed. 'Waterfalls' is a lovely yet also deranged ballad. There's some bluesier stuff hanging around which is okay but less interesting. The synth-dominated instrumentals on what used to be Side 2 suggest that the permanently surprised one had been cocking an ear to Bowie's Berlin trilogy, but of course McCartridge being pop's premier optimist they come out all bouncy and happy, like. 'Darkroom' is wicked too. Altogether a funny, inventive pop record from an artist unafraid to be very, very silly.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For me, McCartney's best solo album 23 Dec 2005
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McCartney II, it's Macca, by himself, writing music that nobody else could. I don't think there is any attempt to be trendy or particularly stylelized, or keep up with the new wavers or punks. I think the blight of McCartney's career has been people trying to second guess or expect a certain type of product from him. So when McCartney turns up with probably his most original release since he left the Beatles, a lot of people are unhappy that it isn't 'Band on The Run' or 'Venus and Mars' part two.
Prehaps as a result, McCartney II displays some of his outstanding melodys and dissonant styles of production that people never even tried to copy. "Temporary Secretary" is a good example of that. I'd love to see someone present me with another song with a structure anything like that. "Waterfalls", and "Summer's Day Song" show McCartney at his lyrical and melodic best, while ignoring nearly all production conventions. I mean, McCartney wouldn't even use a mixing desk when recording this album! Those who mock McCartney's collaborations in dance music, should check out "Darkroom", where he seems to predict or inspire several of the common motifs of the genre. And "One Of These Days" is one of those songs that would have been legendary if it had finished a Beatles album.
I am still amazed at how many people hate this album, but in my opinion it is a corker. Ok, Maybe 'Frozen Jap' or 'Front Parlour', might not be your cup of tea, but otherwise, you are getting eight superb Macca songs that have no parallel. But those of you who prefer your Macca trying to turn slight songs into another anthemic "Hey Jude" may have no interest here...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Stephen Reid TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a curate's egg of an album and I have mixed feelings about it.

As he did after the breakup of the Beatles when he home-produced the great 'McCartney', Paul went home after Wings folded and produced this by himself, with the instruments plugged directly into the tape machine. It has that home-produced feel to it and there are tracks that sound, frankly, a bit rough. There are others, though, that are very good. So bear that in mind if you decide to buy this: it is quite idiosyncratic.

The album starts with 'Coming up' - an infectious rhythm and a catchy tune. Some people say that this side of Macca is lightweight and silly. The thing is, though, I challenge anyone to listen to it and then not have it in his / her head for the rest of the day. Once heard, never forgotten.

'Temporary Secretary' is one of those tracks that I like or dislike according to the mood I am in. 'Waterfalls' is a ballad that could have benefitted from higher production standards and a string backing, I reckon. A good melody though.

In all honesty, though some people love this album, I don't rate this as one of McCartney's best. Much of it is McCartney nurdling on his instruments at home to see what might evolve. But a Maccanurdle is better than most, so this album has its moments and it is worth owning and playing occasionally. I revisited it recently and found myself enjoying it more than I remembered.

It's interesting and it's certainly good in parts, but it's not, by any stretch of the imagination, up there with the four and five star albums he has produced. Three stars for this one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Mickey Mouse in Places
Not his best. The first two tracks sounded like Mickey Mouse meets electric music. The one saving grace is the Waterfall track which is sad and beautiful.
Published 2 months ago by A. WINFIELD
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I received after a month (written to be sent by dhl, i received it by ordinary mail from USA), but it's a great thing! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Giovanni D
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful masterpiece
Who cares what anyone else thinks, that don't really listen or understand. This is packed with more invention that most 80s electro-pop artists managed in their entire career - and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. N. Churchill
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Any thing to do with the Beatles is bound to be brilliant. It goes with out saying.Do I need to say anymore
Published 16 months ago by hippie 69
4.0 out of 5 stars Main CD Very good.
My husband gradually replacing some old tapes with CDs so he knew the album well. I was glad to track it down. Not so easy for older albums. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Alibee
5.0 out of 5 stars mccartney 11 boxset
nice packaging well put together boxset of a great album anyone who goes on to purchase this boxset will not be disappointed
Published 19 months ago by Mr. G. Finlayson
3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy but interesting curio
One of the side-effects of the great success that The Beatles enjoyed was that it led them to believe they could release anything and it would find a willing audience. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mr. D. K. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing diversion for Macca
I'd never heard this LP before and was gobsmacked by the brave diversion Macca takes. Obviously he is a man who can afford to take risks but he really pushes the envelope. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Eleanor Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars PAUL McCARTNEY clean up to be as it showld have been.
PAUL McCARTNEY clean up to be as it showld have been, you hear it as you were at the studios as he made it for you. Read more
Published on 23 April 2012 by Mr. Robert Lismore
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
I had forgotten this album completely. Good price, good buying experience, good delivery. What more can I say, I am listening to it as I write. Great!!
Published on 14 Sep 2011 by Mo Patrick
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