5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice surprise, Paul at his most experimental
It's good to be thrown off balance every once in a while and this record certainly dose that! Before this, I'd only really heard stuff like "Flaming Pie" and "Flowers in the Dirt" - both containing great tunes but nothing quite as daring or uninhibited as this record. It seems that when McCartney is not thinking about the final outcome and just allows his mind to wonder...
Published on 3 Sep 2011 by Nick Stephenson
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3.0 out of 5 stars Offbeat, with some great moments
Whoever said that out of the two reissues McCartney and McCartney II, that this is the best of the two needs their ears cleaned out. Where McCartney is an absolute classic, this is a pleasant enough album - most notable for how experimental it is rather than the music itself. There is some great stuff on here though and the sound quality of these remasters is superb. I'm...
Published on 15 Jun 2011 by G. M. Dobbs
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9 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish,
I love Macca and think he was the most talented of the Beatles, but if you compare what Lennon was doing at this time- releasing sublime songs such as 'woman' and 'just like starting over' and compare them to the crap on this release, you know who had the last say before Lennon died.
'Coming up' is a meandering and tuneless little pop song that I grew to like after continuous listens, but has little to recommend it as a song. (the video is really cool though, love the Sparks impersonations!!)
The only good songs are 'Waterfalls' which also has a nice video and a beautiful melody. 'Summers day song' has a gorgeous climaxing melody and 'one of these days' would be n excellent end to any album.
But the rest is garbage. A couple of shallow and tuneless rockers on either side of waterfalls, that I could have come up with ina few minutes. Nothing to commend 'on my way' or 'nobody knows'. 'Darkroom' is horrible and why does Paul always have to write a stupid song like 'bogey music'. The title tells you what you need to know. Stupid experimentation on the voice. (in almost every track and it never works.) Sounds like a far far worse version of 'famous groupies' from 1978.
The worst song has to be 'temporary secretary'. The chorus will leave you cringing it is so bad. An awful number.
As for the bonus tracks, 'Goodnight tonight' is great, but just does not belong on this album, it should be on 'back to the egg'. 'Secret friend' has a kind of hynotic effect and is relaxing, but at 10:30 these is self indulgence, even for a b-side. At 3:00 it would not have been so bad. As for 'check my machine', the bass line sounds like grange hill and the actual 'song' is, in my opinion, one of the worst songs by Sir Paul ever. Absoultuely dreadful.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PAUL McCARTNEY clean up to be as it showld have been.,
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PAUL McCARTNEY clean up to be as it showld have been, you hear it as you were at the studios as he made it for you. Plus on this disc you get an extra disc, you get cleand up songs that you will hear when you can sea him live if you can.
3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the start of the McCartney Archive,
Of McCartney's 2 DIY albums I like this the best but a song like Temporary Secretary is a song struggling to get out.There's a challenge to somebody if not him-turn this song into a lush ballad.It could be done in just the same way that Waterfalls could be drowned in machine noise.
For me the standout is Bogey Music-a song which is a great piece of 50s styled doodlyaba music which the Rivingtons could have worked miracles on
The 2nd CD is notable for a song called Blue Sway which comes in 2 different stylings-the 2nd is combined with a song called All You Horse Riders
As for Front Parlour it always struck me that with the addition of some words this is a great Christmas song
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3.0 out of 5 stars Paul gets creative in the bathroom.,
It's fair to say that when this album was originally released in May 1980 Paul McCartney would never envision there would be a day when it would become a deluxe edition! It was meant to be an experiment, not for commercial scrutiny, just Paul mucking about at home and getting himself together after the Wings split.
I didn't actually get the album until it's first CD remaster in 1993. By then I'd already bought 'Tug Of War', 'Pipes Of Peace' and several Wings albums so 'McCartney II' definitely came off worst... I can imagine the dismay fans must have felt upon it's original release. In fact, I'm sure I remember some deeply unpleasant reviews at the time!
Did the album deserve them? Well, yes, probably! 31 years later it's still hard to defend tracks like 'Bogey Music', 'Temporary Secretary' and 'Nobody Knows'. McCartney at his laziest, the lot of 'em. But, lets not forget this LP did produce 2 top 10 hits, the much lauded 'Coming Up' (nice and quirky but in truth a little irritating now) and 'Waterfalls', the latter the sort of ballad Paul could write in his sleep, but by it's company, a highlight here. Of course, McCartney is too much of a craftsman to surpress his talent for melody for too long and the closing 'One Of These Days', along with 'On The Way' and 'Summer's Day Song' are all pretty decent.
Initially 'McCartney II' was set to be a double album! The horror! And all the scrapped tracks turn up here. They are interesting to listen to but the single LP was definitely the way to go!
As usual with these McCartney reissues, the sound and packaging are first rate. I've never heard this album sound so fresh, and not in a compressed way either. If you're new to solo Paul, DON'T start here! Try 'Tug Of War', the album after this one and it's polar opposite in song quality and production.
I am glad I bought 'McCartney II', though. It's a perfect companion to his debut solo album 'McCartney' from 1970, which is very ropey in spots too! Interesting, then, but probably not essential. Wait for the 'Tug Of War' reissue if you're in doubt.
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