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Press To Play [Original recording remastered]

Paul McCartney Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (9 Aug 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI/Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000005RPV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,806 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stranglehold
2. Good Times Coming/Feel The Sun
3. Talk More Talk
4. Footprints
5. Only Love Remains
6. Press
7. Pretty Little Head
8. Move Over Busker
9. Angry
10. However Absurd
11. Write Away
12. It's Not True
13. Tough On A Tightrope
14. Spies Like Us Bonus Track
15. Once Upon A Long Ago Bonus Track;(Long Version)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anyone remember this one? 10 Jun 2001
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul at his best 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
5.0 out of 5 stars THE McCARTNEY VARIETY SHOW 25 Nov 2005
By Richard
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Pressed To Find 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty to commend it 6 Jan 2013
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The original cut of this album was simply 10 tracks. I bought the cassette in 1986 on the day of its release! This updated version adds some tracks which should never have seen the light of day and would not were it not for McCartney being the writer. A very different production feel to this compared to its predecessors. A friend dislikes it and there are some Marmite tracks, which you love or hate. I do one, my friend the other!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Has Its Moments
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Published 8 months ago by John Heaton
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong Songs, Distinctive Style
I have a great fondness for this and Paul's next two studio albums, as they were the new ones when I was just getting into him and the Beatles. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alex Wilcock
2.0 out of 5 stars Depressed
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4.0 out of 5 stars You've Gotta back The Mac...
The eighties brought to bear a lot of mimsy electronic 'pop'. Macca avoided this and comes up with a great selection of songs, sonically weird enough to stay interesting after... Read more
Published on 22 May 2010 by TSM
4.0 out of 5 stars Best McCartney solo album
Despite the flak it usually gets, I consider "Press To Play" McCartney's best solo effort, but what do I know. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2009 by ippudo
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best 3
This is one of McCartney's best albums up there with Ram, McCartney, Band on the run and Chaos and Creation. Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2008 by Paul J. Bagnall
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost McCartney Album
This is a weird one in a number of ways. Firstly, it tends to excite extreem opinions. Some people herald it as a lost classic with experimentalism Lennon is often praised for and... Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2006 by J. Whitworth
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty good....
When this first came out, in 1986, I was into buying cassettes. Always thought it was a pretty good album, and loved However Absurd in particular. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars much better than most of the 80s music
ok, ok, I can understand that, looking back from where we are now in 2005, this album, recorded in 1986 by a man who had his best days in the sixties, sounds a bit silly. Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2005 by Thomas Milz
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