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Choba B CCCP Live

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  • Audio CD (17 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Parlophone/EMI
  • ASIN: B000002UZL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,547 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Kansas City
  2. Twenty Flight Rock
  3. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
  4. I'm in Love Again
  5. Bring It On Home to Me
  6. Lucille
  7. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  8. I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday
  9. That's All Right Mama
  10. Summertime
  11. Ain't That a Shame
  12. Crackin' Up
  13. Just Because
  14. Midnight Special

Product Description

Product Description

PAUL MCCARTNEY Choba B CCCP (1991 UK The Russian Album 14-track CD album of rock & rolll classics originally released exclusively in the U.S.S.R. on vinyl is 1988 by the Melodiyal label picture sleeve CDPCSD117)

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It's not McCartney's most musically accomplished album, but Choba B CCCP--that's "Back in the USSR" to you and me--is a loose and loopy bit of rock & roll nostalgia that's at least as much fun to listen to as it was to make. Originally intended as a Cold War-busting Soviet Union-only release, popular demand finally brought it to Western ears, and it's a good thing it did. McCartney was always the Beatles' best Little Richard-inspired shouter and this album allowed him to revisit those days on covers of "Kansas City", "Lucille", "Ain't That a Shame", and "Crackin' Up", among others. Most of the tracks sound like first takes, but that's in keeping with the vintage material, which was originally recorded in much the same way. Who says they no longer make 'em like they used to? --Daniel Durchholz

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It has been little noted, but will be long remembered, I think, what a corking song stylist Paul McCartney really is. This fact has been obscured partly by the fact that he has developed a reputation as a composer (yes, I am indulging in understatement), but on this album and his recent Run Devil Run, he demonstrates that within a particular range of popular music, he can sing other people's music with enormous warmth and passion. The range he is strongest in is American soul, blues, country, and rock 'n roll. Somewhere at the bottom of his soul lies the conviction that he was really born black, or possibly a hillbilly, and that his job in life is to sing the soul of his people. From time to time he succombs to the temptation to strip his vocal cords on Lucille, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, and Kansas City, to gospel shout Ain't That a Shame, and to fix a resigned eye on the Midnight Special bearing down on him. Fine music, and he sings the socks off it. We owe a debt of gratitude to the Russian people for whom this album was made, for giving it back to us.
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Gorbachev said that the Beatles made an important contribution to ending the Cold War. It may have been just random inappropriateness in the first place, but Back In The USSR was a signal that we know the Russians are people too. Having made the connection, McCartney has been at some pains to keep it up over the years; this album is one product of it. Was it also a chance for him to revisit old favourites without the pressure of a big Western release?

It's okay, but it raises a shocking question: is rock'n'roll boring? If the Beatles hadn't come along to relieve its three-chord monotony, maybe it would have died off by the mid-60s as industry folk expected (mind you, monotony hasn't stood in the way of modern Dance music). The one thing it had going for it was its youthful newness; here, 30 years later, it is stale. It must be difficult to play with Paul McCartney and be more than a stage puppet but whatever the reason - diffidence, middle age, rushed production, or just because it was the 80s - this version of Kansas City doesn't compare with the Beatles'. That's Alright Mama doesn't compare with Elvis' epoch-making record, and although McCartney is the only singer ever to take on Little Richard's material with any success Lucille doesn't do it either. Summertime I have always hated, whoever sings it (and most people do). The best numbers are those which are a little mellower anyway, like Ain't That A Shame and Midnight Special.

If you heard these as a band playing down the pub you'd enjoy it, but it isn't a great album by any stretch.
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By S J Buck TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
On the 20th and 21st July 1987 Paul McCartney recorded this little gem of an album for release on vinyl to the USSR only. The fact that the recording only took 2 days tells you a lot about the recording. In fact 11 of the 14 tracks were recorded on the 20th and 3 on the 14th. So you can guess that this was basically recorded live in the studio, with no more than a few takes of each song.

It works brilliantly. Its obvious the guys had great fun playing through some of the best rock 'n' roll songs ever written. The rest of the band is Mick Green: Guitar, Chris Whitten: Drums, Micky Gallagher: Piano/Keyboards. McCartneys voice is spot on for material like this, and the influence of Little Richard is felt on a quite a few tracks on this album. Obviously on 'Lucille' but also the opening 'Kansas City' on which McCartney and the band give an inspired performance.

There are a couple of oddball tracks in Gershwins 'Summertime' and Ellingtons 'Dont Get Around Much Anymore', great songs in their own right, but not neccessarily best suited to a straight ahead rock 'n' roll session. However after a few listens I was enjoying these just as much as the rest.

The album has been well packaged on CD with informative sleeve notes on each track by Roy Carr of the NME.
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On this Album, Paul shows the others how it is done! Great songs with his unique delivery. When he performed in concert a few years ago in Kansas City, his encore song was "Kansas City". It was a magical moment. This album recaptures that.
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