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9 of 9 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 Sept. 2011 by Nick Stephenson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy but interesting curio
One of the side-effects of the great success that The Beatles enjoyed was that it led them to believe they could release anything and it would find a willing audience. This attitude carried over into McCartney's solo work. Operating for most of the 1970's as his own producer and without anybody close to him to put the brakes on, he could easily go from the sublime Band...
Published on 6 Oct. 2012 by Mr. D. K. Smith


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His best solo album!, 6 Dec. 2010
This review is from: McCartney II (Audio CD)
This is McCartney's best solo Album. Everything pared down to basics - just his voice and few instruments and beautiful melodies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Back to basics...again!, 13 Jun. 2011
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J. Milner "jcmilner" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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If an artist, even the calibre of McCartney, presented something like this to a major record label in 2011 it would at the very least send executives to the brink of despair but most likely end up gathering dust until the obligatory career spanning box set happened along decades later. That says something about how different the music industry was 30 years ago when the decade of outrageous self-indulgence had drawn to a close and a new flamboyance was rising. Paul Mccartney decided to kick off the 80s by retreating to his country pad with the minimum of technology and bang out a few ditties without too much fuss and bother. Of course, he had done this before with his first solo album so it was not a new idea. Coming off the back of a couple of dodgy Wings albums he probably felt the need to make a clean sweep and, to coin a well known cliche, get back to basics. No question that this album is very basic. You would be forgiven for thinking this is a collection of demos such is the rawness of the sound. Even the opening track and single, Coming Up, has that unfinished, slightly chaotic sort of sound with what actually sounds like a guide vocal and not a finished voice. As you would expect, it does get quite self-indulgent at times but the songs are kept short and it never gets out of hand. Clocking in at under 40 minutes the album doesn't overstay its welcome. McCartney's gift for a ballad rewards us with a gem in Waterfalls. A quite beautiful track with sparse but effective backing. One of his most underrated songs I think.
Although terribly dated now this is an album that still possesses a kind of charm and simplicity that McCartney would never recapture. You will find your attention wandering but it's worth another look if you feel like something uncomplicated and organic.
There was no indication in this album that McCartney was about to issue two of the finest albums of his post Beatles career in Tug Of War and Pipes Of Peace. Perhaps McCartney II was a way of preparing himself for a return to his unquestionable gifts of melody and creativity.
Interesting but by no means essential.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Mickey Mouse in Places, 19 April 2014
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A. WINFIELD (England) - See all my reviews
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Not his best. The first two tracks sounded like Mickey Mouse meets electric music. The one saving grace is the Waterfall track which is sad and beautiful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, 14 Sept. 2011
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I had forgotten this album completely. Good price, good buying experience, good delivery. What more can I say, I am listening to it as I write. Great!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish, 14 May 2005
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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.
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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., 23 April 2012
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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.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the start of the McCartney Archive, 14 Jun. 2011
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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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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, 10 July 2014
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bit gutted it wasnt the 2 LP version; but still really like it and great price
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 21 Feb. 2013
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Any thing to do with the Beatles is bound to be brilliant. It goes with out saying.Do I need to say anymore
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 Oct. 2014
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Great!
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