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This review is from: Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney (Hardcover)
POSITIVES: The book does give equal space to Macca's Wings / solo years, unlike most which tend to dwell on the Beatles years only. And, if you're fairly new to his work, there are a lot of details here you might not have heard about.
NEGATIVES: If you've followed Macca throughout his career (as I have), and especially if you've kept all the press and magazine clippings, then you're not likely to find much here you don't know already. The reviews are disappointing in as much as the writer seems simply to agree with whatever the media said "at the time" about each album release. Consequently, old critical opinions which were often flavoured by "thumbs aloft" cliches from the "hip" music press, go unchallenged. (If anyone's superb body of work is in need of public re-assessment it's Paul McCartney's. For example, the masterpiece "Ram"). These reviews more than anything give the book a "cut and paste" feel rather than be a work of fresh insight.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Try and get a copy of "The Unknown Paul McCartney" by Ian Peel. It takes an independant look at Macca's more obscure, avant-garde works. Well worth a read.
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Initial post: 15 Aug 2012 16:42:08 BDT
Magic Alex says:
Totally agree with you about "Ram" which in my opinion is Pauls greatest Album. Despite the received wisdom I wouldn't even have "Band on the run " in my top three to be honest.
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