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Pipes of Peace

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Product details

  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B000007NZI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD
Most people seem to agree on this album being a bit uneven. That has often been the problem with sir Paul McCartney. He wants to make a new album, but he's only got six or seven good songs. So instead of waiting till he's got material enough for the masterpiece he could create, he just throws in a bunch of fillers to complete the album.
But nevertheless, most of his albums still have good tunes enough to make them worthwhile. As in this case. But he could have used "Ode to a koala bear" (B-side of "Say say say" single) instead of one of the duller songs here.
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I bought this album when it came out, played it endlessly and defended it against my university friends who for some reason were more interested in Duran Duran or Simple Minds.
Twenty two years later I will be less generous. It has not really aged very well this collection, with of course a few exceptions. 'Say Say Say' is for example annoyingly lightweight and whilst it was great to see McCartney at No 2 in the singles charts, one feels that there was a touch too much compromise to commercialism in making this happen. It is almost as if Paul had seen the latter Wings efforts sell none too well and then made a conscious decision to collaborate with other stars to regain his rightful position on the hit parade. As if he needed to or as if his fans really wanted him to. The collaborations with Stevie Wonder on 'Tug Of War' at least were either funky or meant something lyrically. Yes I am one of the few who are prepared to stand up for 'Ebony And Ivory' without resorting to cynicism. But here with 'Say Say Say' and the marginally better 'The Man' McCartney collaborates with Michael Jackson on two songs whose lyrics are amongst the most futile and weedy ever to come from his pen. And we won't talk about the annoying video to the former.
'The Other Me' contained what I thought at the time was a really bad line. 'I acted like a dustbin lid', to rhyme with 'treating you the way I did'. God how bad is that? Even after I discovered that dustbin lid might be cockney rhyme for kid, it still seemed an unfortunate attempt at humour to say the least. The track itself is not bad actually and comes as quite a relief after 'Say'. 'Keep Under Cover' is quite interesting musically, if not lyrically. 'Sweetest Show In Town' is mediocre and sounds like the Tug Of War leftover which it is.
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I love tug of war and pipes of peace, and cannot see why this album is panned by the critics. On a purely melodic level, this is a sublime album. Listen to 'through our love', what a beautiful song and what a string section that really grabs you emotionally. And as for 'so bad' what a touching track! I love all the songs on here. There is none of that rubbish experimentation from McCartney 2 and not even a duff song, as was the case with tug of war (What you're doing'. Ignore the criticisms of the people here. If you are after the more melodic side of McCartney and are after the ballads he did so well, pick this one up!
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I liked this LP when it came out because it had that slick mid-80s sound that seemed good to my teenage ears and it made Macca sound current. Now it's almost unlistenable. The title track starts and ends well but there's an oompah-reggae sound on the verses that's terrible. So Bad is abysmal and makes My Love sound like Maybe I'm Amazed. Average Person is an extreme example of what John Lennon attacked as Paul's songs about boring people leading boring lives. Say Say Say is still catchy I have to admit and so is The Man but the glossiness of the production makes them indigestible. The rest is highly produced filler. Much of the LP was recorded in the Tug of War sessions but Paul and George Martin used up the best songs on that much better album. George should have told him to go away and write some new songs.
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This is my favourite McCartney album before Flaming Pie. He was obviously fired up to make some really growing stuff when lovestruck king of camp Michael Jackson agreed to work with him on two songs. 60's/70's genius meets Jacko. Aside from Say Say Say and the title track, you can't listen to Keep Under Cover and The Man without smiling. It's the kind of record where, the more you listen to it, the more sweet ad libs and production gems you notice.As ultmately satisfying as that immense Wings mullet.
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If you like Paul McCartney you will like this
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Paul McCartney is always good to listen too.
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