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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000FS6RTK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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UK Pressing. PCSD 103. A1 Stranglehold A2 Good Times Coming / Feel The Sun A3 Talk More Talk A4 Footprints A5 Only Love Remains B1 Press B2 Pretty Little Head B3 Move Over Busker B4 Angry B5 However Absurd

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jun 2001
Format: Audio CD
Press to Play is probably the least known of McCartney's solo works. He has recently been raising the profile of his 70's work with and without Wings, his early 80's material was very successful, and his work since 89's Flowers In The Dirt has been generally well received. Stuck in the middle of all this is Press To Play, with no big hit singles ('Press' barely made top 20) and no critical reputation.
It is an album reminiscent of the similarly ignored Back To The Egg, in that it is an album where McCartney, sometimes rather clumsily admittedly, takes risks and experiments. You will not hear another track in his back catalogue like Pretty Little Head for example, and whether or not the experiment is successful we should be grateful that someone of Maccas vintage was still prepared to take risks.
There is much here worth revisiting, including the upbeat Stranglehold the rather bizarre Talk More Talk and the rocking Angry where McCartney is joined by guests including Phil Collins and Pete Townshend.
It doesn't all work so well, However Absurd for example has lyrics that strive for the surreality of classic Lennon but end up sounding just nonsensical. And there is something rather strained about the albums 'classic' ballad in Only Love Remains. While none of McCartneys solo albums are perfect, only a few commit the cardinal sin of not being interesting. Press To Play is certainly that, and much more.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "drieboom" on 2 Feb 2004
Format: Audio CD
My first impression was "my god what has he done" but after listening to it for a couple of times it started to grow on me. Maybe reading IT by Stephen King at that same time had something to do with it. The music was complementary to the book. Weird and sometimes not of this world. Together with Ram, Flaming Pie and Back to the Egg this album shows Paul at his best. Written and performed together with Eric Steward this album is one of the best ever made. Press to Play is just as experimental as Revolver or Sgt Peppers' from his Beatles past. Maybe because there are no commercially attractive songs on it it was written off as bad by the so-called critics. If you only like the Macca of Silly Love Songs this one is not for you but if you want to hear what this guy is capable of buy it, listen to it and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fred Wemyss on 1 Feb 2004
Format: Audio CD
You'll be hard pressed to find this 1986 album by Paul McCartney, but it's kind of nice, especially on vinyl, because, in that format, you get a gatefold cover with interesting diagrams. The back cover tells us: "The images in the centre spread are stereo drawings made by Paul to pin-point the position, during mixing, of sounds in the stereo picture." CDs were just coming out at this point, and it's one of the last examples of album cover art. The front cover has a sepia portrait of Paul and Linda taken by George Hurrel "with the same box camera he used in Hollywood in the thirties."
This was an ambitious effort. Pete Townshend and Phil Collins play on this resord. Many of the songs were co-written with Eric Stewart, Anne Dudley did the orchestra arrangement for one song, and the album is co-produced with Hugh Padgham.
I recall that, at the time, Paul McCartney expressed dissatisfaction with the album and this may explain why it's not particularly well-known, even among serious fans.
The single, PRESS, didn't really demonstrate the sophisticated tone of the album. It and all the other tracks have the vocal too far back in the mix, which makes it hard to hear Paul's voice. This is a shame, because the lyrics are poignant and the singing is very controlled.
What seems to inform PRESS TO PLAY is a sense of the world's harshness. Here's a lyric which demonstrates this sense. It's from the song GOOD TIMES COMING/FEEL THE SUN: "There was a golden summer before the war/They laughed a lot that summer, lah de dah." It's not a sentimental song. It's about people having one last good time before world events turn everything upside-down.
People call this album experimental. I wouldn't say that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 25 Nov 2005
Format: Audio CD
When this album was reissued as part of the McCartney Collection it had as a bonus 2 very strong items from singles of the time:Once upon a long ago-sounding more like a Christmas song than the 70s one specially made as such,and Spies Like Us,which is close to Live & Let Die,with quotes from James Bond and Peter Gunn.
Plus of course the original 13 track album which opens up with a song called Stranglehold as if its going to be Eddie Cochran.
Move over Busker is reminiscent of Smile Away (Ram) and drops in the name of Mae West,who,this time round,didn't have to give her permission (if anybody remembers her remarks about her Sgt Pepper sleeve representation).
Footprints is quite Beatlesque,so is the next song Only love remains.
The title PRESS TO PLAY is even more relevant nowadays:this is,in fact,how you listen to it on CD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PJ ASHWELL on 6 Mar 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album was released two years after Paul's 1984 film "Give My Regards to Broad St." recieved a critical mauling. Perhaps after trying too hard to please everyone Macca retreated to the studio and for a change made music to suit himself. This is quite a bare and rough sounding record in places and certainly isn't what you might expect from a Paul McCartney album. Just one or two duff tracks here to my mind,"Move Over Busker" and the questionable remix of "It's Not True", of which I prefered the acoustic (b-side) version. See, I said that Macca made an album to please himself!
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