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Off The Ground

Paul McCartney Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Off The Ground
2. Looking For Changes
3. Hope Of Deliverance
4. Mistress And Maid
5. I Owe It All To You
6. Biker Like An Icon
7. Peace In The Neighbourhood
8. Golden Earth Girl
9. The Lovers That Never Were
10. Get Out Of My Way
11. Winedark Open Sea
12. C'Mon People

Product Description

2014 reissue of 1993 album featuring two songs co-written with Elvis Costello! Includes "Hope Of Deliverance".

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shards of magic, but not a "Flaming Pie" 29 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
Riding on the back of a massively successful world tour and just before going off on another one, this feels like an album that was churned off too quickly.
This was the first album from which McCartney didn't have a single hit, and you can see why. The potential singles, like "Looking for Changes" aren't quite up to it, for all their hard hitting lyrics.
But it isn't all disastrous. "Golden Earth Girl" is an exquisite song, with lovely instrumentation from Carl Davis, and "I Owe It All To You" and "Peace in the Neighbourhood" would stand up well on any McCartney album.
The closer, "C'mon People" produced by George Martin hints at the appropriate epicness but doesn't quite achieve it.
If you are a fan, there will be enough to please you, but tracks like "Biker Like an Icon" just make you cringe. Definitely one of his lesser albums.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half Decent 12 Nov 2013
Format:Audio CD
This album suffers compared to 'Flowers' in the same way 'Pipes of Peace' suffers in comparison to 'Tug of War'. Similar production, similar band but somehow the songs don't hit the mark enough to justify a 4 let alone 5 star rating:
Off The Ground There have been worse openers but this is pretty mediocre if we're honest 6/10
Looking For Changes Tiresome song,somewhat saved by a semi-interesting lyric 5/10
Hope of Deliverance Decent pop number and an obvious single, though not exactly top drawer 8/10
Mistress And Maid about the best song here,moving lyric and an interesting melody 9/10
Biker Like An Icon Contender for Paul's worst song ever. Abysmal lyric 1/10
I Owe It All To You Likeable if predictable 7/10
Peace in The Neighbourhood Nice song,nice feel 7.5/10
Golden Earth Girl Good ballad,almost a classic 8.5/10
The Lovers That Never Were The Costello factor once again as on Mistress adds bite to the lyric. Good song 7.5/10
Get Out Of My Way Good rocker, carrying some punch unlike say Angry (1986) or Glad To See You Here (1979).7/10
Wine Dark Open Sea Best song here...marvellous 9/10
Come On People George Martin said 'super song Paul' about this.No, I am afraid, it is pretty dull to be frank 5/10
Cosmically Conscious Too short but I like the melody 7/10

So 3 stars overall, perhaps 3.5 but seeing as half stars are'nt allowed I will round this one down to three. Which contrary to what you may think on Amazon doesn't mean a complete disaster! Some gems here as on all McCartney releases.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Off The Ground has you floating. 7 Nov 2008
By Flickering Ember TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This album has been massively overlooked and underrated by both Paul fans and by critics. It sounds fairly typical overall of it's time but also timeless as it still sounds great when I listen to it now. I shall now give a little commentary on each track from my point of view.

Off The Ground with its cheesy but tongue in cheek music video was well known around the time of its release as a single. It's catchy and fun and easy to like and to sing along to. Its opening especially reminds me of looking at an open road as I start my car and begin to drive.

Looking For Changes is about animal testing and vivisection, asking how we would like it if the tables were turned and these thoughts were still thought quite outlandish at the time, and I also find it sad we have not moved on enough from these barbaric practises. It's catchy and witty with things to make you think.

Hope Of Deliverance is also quite a cheesy video and as for the song it is catchy and was another single around the time of the album's release. It's acoustic, slightly folky and organic as the video tries to stipulate, and it's a nice sentiment.

Mistress And Maid was written with Elvis Costello, who was similar to John Lennon in terms of possessing humour, ascerbic wit, sarcasm and also a heart; this is about how some poor, downtrodden, ill treated housewife feels and it's a brilliant piece of songwriting and musicianship.

I Owe It All To You carries sweet, heartfelt sentiments, although the lyrics are a little outlandish.

Biker Like An Icon, another single, despite being a very cheesy method of rhyming, is also very spot on in terms of the sentiment and story it depicts and I think there is a kind of genius in the title's conception. Very catchy.
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1989's "Flowers In The Dirt" was seen as a hard act to follow, given the widespread critical acclaim and the "return to form" label that accompanied it. Critically, "Off The Ground", recorded with Paul's then current touring band (with the exception of drummer Chris Whitten, who was offered a job touring with Dire Straits and was replaced by Blair Cunningham), didn't quite match up to its predecessor. However, it was the first McCartney studio album I bought on the day of release and I happen to think it's much better than it was originally received back in 1993. In fact, I think it's almost entirely excellent and one of Paul's most underrated pieces of work. I loved it at the age of eighteen and now, twenty years later, at thirty-eight, I still love it just as much.

My first encounter with the "Off The Ground" material was hearing "Hope Of Deliverance" on the radio on a cold winter morning in 1992, as I got myself ready for college. The first time I heard it, I wasn't overly sure whether I liked it or not. It sounded a bit almost religious and "happy-clappy" to my seventeen year old ears. I reserved judgement. However, the second time I heard it, it stayed in my head for a ridiculously long time and I was singing the hook for days afterwards. Fast forward a few months and I was in HMV in Birmingham when the in-store DJ announced he had a sneak preview of the Paul McCartney album which was being released the next week. He then proceeded to play the breezy "Peace In The Neighbourhood", which had a great, wandering bass-line, a lovely message and lots of gorgeous jazzy chords which completely blew me away. I was almost salivating when on Monday 2nd February, 1993, I went into HMV in Coventry, bought myself a copy and rushed home to play it. I wasn't disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed it.
Published 16 days ago by K T Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THE ALBUM
I love the songs. This is a happy album. Yes I have recommended the album to other fans. Who will see the survey.
Published 2 months ago by Deborah
3.0 out of 5 stars just about the ground
not as bad as it was reviewed at the time of release with a few quite good songs..but "Biker like an icon"...please!
Published 7 months ago by sarum saint
4.0 out of 5 stars More Rockers, Fewer Risks
Paul was recording a lot in the late '80s and early '90s, with live and cover and symphonic albums, but I still have a soft spot for his three big studio albums of the time. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alex Wilcock
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST
nobody is better than paul his work will live on for years and will always sound great this is one of his best
Published 19 months ago by disgruntled
1.0 out of 5 stars Never received. Still waiting
never received. Something else was sent in error.In spite of an email back to Amazon and also an email to the sender of the item I have received no further word
Published on 24 Oct 2011 by Adrain
4.0 out of 5 stars Another decent Macca Album
Another very good but not brilliant McCartney album!
Well worth a listen!!
If your a true Macca fan you won't be able to resist!!!
Published on 13 Sep 2011 by C. Tomlinson
2.0 out of 5 stars MUST TRY HARDER MR McCARTNEY ....
The follow up to Macca's fine Flowers In The Dirt is a patchy affair to say the least. There are flashes of brilliance - 'The Lovers That Never Were' and 'Mistress And Maid' (both... Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2008 by Mr. Christopher J. Welch
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album, heartwarming songs.
This is a really unique album which shows some of Mackas feelings towards contriversial subjects like animal testing, 'Lookin For Changes' is a nice rocking tune putting forward... Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2007 by Morgan
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really very far off the ground!
I'm a big McCartney fan too, but can't say I rate this album much. Yes, it has several little gems (Winedark Open Sea, Golden Earth Girl) that would have sat well on his late... Read more
Published on 25 May 2007 by Mister Kite
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