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Run Devil Run
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2000
One star for this album? Please try to be serious, listeners. If you have ever wanted to know what it was like to hear the Beatles selling beer to the Kaiserkeller crowd, this album is as close as you deserve to get. The fast tracks crackle with energy, the slow ones are deeply and honestly emotional, and this entire crowd of grizzled veterans plays as though they were eighteen, and enjoying every split second of it. Why it would occur to anyone to compare this album with Flaming Pie I don't know, as the creative impulses behind them are quite different. This is a great performance album; Flaming Pie is a great one-man-band in his studio album, with a lot of new McCartney classics on it. You need both albums, honestly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Just to add to the other 5 star reviews (and I know that this is a very late review for this but I live in a remote area where things are a bit slow...).It seems to me that those who object to this album do so on the grounds that when they buy an album they want it to be by a singer songwriter...

Well the Beatles earned their daily bread as what would now be called a cover band.Except that then the concept did not imply derision. Then it was the norm for every group to want to play their favourite American songs and put their own stamp on it.For example , in my younger days I saw three top British groups take on Beautiful Delilah by Chuck Berry.And why not!And John Lennon's Twist and Shout , which took an EP into the charts for over a year, has far more energy than the original.In the same way Jagger's You'd Better Move On, which took an EP etc etc, has far more power than the original.

Anyway the low raters among these reviews surprise me because the three McCartney songs on this album are just great. And , of course, the group stamp their own authority on the covers. I am sad enough to have the original Shellac purple Parlophone Vipers 'No Other'. In the slieve notes McCartney says he never even had the original, but the tune stayed in his head. Well the original (and I speak as a huge Vipers fan (told you I was sad)) is not Wallys finest hour. But the cover is a deeply moving song. Thankyou. I also greatly appreciate hearing more guitar from the sound of the Pirates who I saw in Margate a mere century or two ago.

Just one question relating to the choice of oldies..How come McCartney and others , when they choose 'Just Because' go for the Elvis song? While Lennon chose the completely different 'Just Because' by Lloyd Price. Well I prefer the latter and I wonder if the Beatles played both...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 1999
As soon as you place this album in the CD Player and press play, you are aware that you are listening to music of a kind not often seen today. Live, REAL music, recorded by musicians who are doing it because they love playing Rock N' Roll, instead of a bunch of synthesisors and a DJ who is assured of another million pounds from his mono-tone, boring excuse for music.
Paul is in top vocal form here, and proves that, given the right circumstances, he can still belt the old numbers out to perfection, even at the age of 57.
If you have seen Paul's live performances to promote this album, you would have wondered if the album really did capture that same atmosphere. Well, the answer has to be an emphatic yes. This is brilliant music, the recording even sounds like an old fifties record, without sacrificing the superior quality of a nineties compact disc recording. Don't understand? Then listen to the album!
The only low point on the album is "No Other Baby" which is too slow and shows Paul's vocals up a little. This is most apparent where he tries to imitate John Lennon at the end of the track.
The best songs on the album have to be "All Shook Up", "Try Not To Cry", "Run Devil Run" and the closer "Party". But having said that, most of the other songs are equally good, so choosing best songs is difficult. A valid sign of an excellent album.
As for Paul's own compositions, they fit into the mood of the album brilliantly.
The packaging even harks back to the fifties, with the disc itself designed to look like an old LP. Great stuff.
Overall, a superb album and a MUST have. Well done, Paul!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 1999
Paul McCartney hasn't rocked this hard since 1964. Of course he produced a lot of good music after "Can't Buy Me Love" and "Long Tall Sally" but whenever he tried to play straight-ahead rock'n' roll it never quite made it. Certainly CHOBA B CCCP failed in this respect. But this album is rockin' Paul at his best. At times it really does sound like it is 35 years ago. You can almost hear John Lennon on "She Said Yeah" and "Honey Hush". And Paul's self-penned numbers? They work, with the exception for me of "Try Not To Cry". But the title track and "What It Is" fight right in among the 40-year-old classics. The highlight for me is "Brown Eyed Handsome Man". You can really hear how much Paul is enjoying himself. If you are a Paul McCartney fan, this is a must-buy...and if you're not, take a chance on Paul. He isn't all "With A Little Luck" and "Silly Love Songs" (two of my faves, actually).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2000
At last, McCartney has thrown off the middle-of-the-road mantle and returned to what he does best - old-fashioned rock and roll. OK his voice isn't as good as it was in the Beatles' heyday (I'm Down is a rock and roll masterpiece and his backing of Lennon on Money remains one of the best examples of English rock and roll singing) but it's still far better than most. Go out and buy it.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 20 January 2015
...but movin' and a-groovin'
gonna satisfy my soul -
let's have a party

Elvis Presley's raucous Party closes this magisterial down the line rock'n'roll album by the Fab One, though it might well have opened it, such is the ebullient, no-holds-barred atmosphere on these fifteen tracks, many of them relatively obscure, three of them McCartney originals.
He's joined by the unexpected combination of Dave Gilmour and Mick Green on guitars, Ian Paice or Dave Mattacks on drums, ever versatile Pete Wingfield on piano, and - on Chuck Berry's (by way of Buddy Holly) Brown Eyed Handsome Man - Chris Hall on a mean accordion.
John Lennon & Paul McCartney were two of the greatest rock singers this country ever produced. Back in Beatles days, both proved as much with such versions of venerable rock'n'roll classics as Slow Down, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Please Mr Postman, Kansas City, Long Tall Sally, and others. John did his own fifties tribute album long ago, which to these ears left a lot to be desired. This, at last, is Paul's.
It's a triumph.
Made in 1999 (before his voice lost some of its high-note clarity) he concocted an uplifting, often thrilling musical rollercoaster ride through some of the byways of 50s rock songs, as well as a few standards like I Got Stung, All Shook Up, and Gene Vincent's Blue Jean Bop, which opens the record in blazing style.
Lesser known songs are Fats Domino's easy-going Coquette, the rockin' blaster by Larry Williams called She Said Yeah (covered by the Stones on an early LP), the very welcome No Other Baby by obscure British skiffle group The Vipers, a lovely version of Ricky Nelson's Lonesome Town, Big Joe Turner's Honey Hush, a frenetic and breathtaking tour de force by Macca of Little Richard's little heard Shake A Hand, and the first song ever written by Carl Perkins, Movie Magg (not the best track here, but pleasant enough).
His own drab Try Not To Cry is forgettable, but the other McCartney originals are terrific: the Chuck Berry-ish title track and the brilliant What It Is, which would be a standout on any of his albums.
With a well presented booket that includes liner notes by Patrick Humphries and McCartney himself, a resonant cover photo, and superb production by Chris Thomas, this is a high point in Paul's career, as well as a jubilant tribute to the music that got him all shook up in the first place.
If you like Macca - and if you love rock'n'roll - then you can't go wrong with this pretty stunning album.
Who'd have thought?

Well the bluejean bop
Is the bop for me
It's the bop that's done
In the dungaree
You dip your hip
You free your knee...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2013
McCartney's love of rock 'n' roll shines through as he works the 'Cavern' audience like the old pro. he is and David Gilmour and Mick Green's telecasters could cut steel. A proper little gem!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 1999
I loved the Beatles - I was buying their records when they first came out in the '60's. I loved Lennon more than Macca, and I was never taken by Wings. But this album has in many tracks the sound of the early Beatles, with the McCartney voice recalling the early stuff. It's not a classic album, but if you are or were a Beatles fan, and think most of the current pop music scene is pretty awful, you will most likely enjoy this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 1999
I agree with reviews I have read here and add that having listened to Paul McCartney explaining the ideas behind the album and how it was produced I would definitely underline the comment "If you think today's pop is awful ... then listen to this". You may not like all the tracks but you can not sit down and listen to it ... So get up and clap your hands and stomp your feet.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2003
To my mind, the best McCartney album. No pretention, no churn-'em-out rubbish. No doubting the fact that he's a master songwriter, having written upmteen timeless classics, he's also output some less-than-credible works over the years. OK, so nobody's perfect. But this album captures the raw live energy and enthusiasm that you wouldn't expect from an old codger! When you listen to this recording, you can't help but feel that he loved every minute of making it and that sort of thing comes across so rarely these days. He can still make it work. Youth of today, take note!
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