McCartney Box set, CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, NTSC, Original recording remastered
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DVD tracklisting (Region 0):
1. The Album Story [Documentary]
2. The Beach [Documentary]
3. Maybe I’m Amazed [Music Video]
4. Suicide [from the documentary film One Hand Clapping] [Music Video]
5. Every Night [Live At Concert for the People of Kampuchea, 1979]
6. Hot As Sun [Live At Concert for the People of Kampuchea, 1979]
7. Junk [MTV Unplugged]
8. That Would Be Something [MTV Unplugged]
Top Customer Reviews
Twenty or so years later, I still think it's a great little record. If you like Paul McCartney, then you'll love this album - every song exemplifies the man, and his capacity to write superb pieces of music, the occasional wonderful lyric, but more than any of that, this record presents Paul as a soon to be solo Beatle, proving to himself, and everyone else, that he COULD do it on his own, no matter how terrifying that prospect was at the time.
Other reviews will cite the classic songs such as 'Maybe I'm Amazed' as the reason for buying this, but for me 'Junk' and 'Every Night' are comparable, and certainly Junk is one of the most poignant songs that has EVER been written. Even tracks like 'The Lovely Linda' - throwaways to some - offer a quirky insight into McCartney's mindset at that time, and the strength of the relationship he had with Linda was defined forever.
Yes, there are elements of home 'doodling' on some tracks, but so what? It isn't indulgence, it's called 'talent', and he was more than capable of playing whatever instrument he needed (and had done so on a number of occasions within the Beatles - listen to his demo of 'Come And Get It' as an example). But this was the first time that he didn't have to answer to anyone other than himself, and this collection of songs demonstrates the excitement and fun that he generated by playing and recording everything himself. It's mostly a very upbeat record, with the odd nervous glance at the future thrown in for good measure.Read more ›
The sound quality: is clearly stronger than the 1993 remaster, particularly the quality of the vocals.
The extras: include two out-takes (less finished than the tracks that made the cut) and alternative version of Oo You and 4 live tracks, including two versions of Maybe I'm Amazed one from 1974 and one from 1979. The most surprising extra is probably the 1979 Hot as Sun - a surprise that he is still playing this 9 years later and a surprise that it sounds so strong.The extras disc, then, is also well worth having.
If you already have a copy: is it worth replacing it with this remaster? YES. Mastered by the same team that remastered the Beatles' catalogue, the result is clear, 'close-to-mic' and - appropriately for this intimate 'DIY' album - as literal as it could be. The sound quality is amazing...
The card packaging for this reissue is good: a booklet with all the shots from the original album, and more. The second CD is basically a selection of live tracks (Glasgow, '79) and some out-takes. But the value is in the remaster of the original album; that's well worth the asking price.
Paul raids a couple of his previously written or unfinished compositions such as "Hot As Sun", an instrumental written in the late `50s, and "Teddy Boy" which was written in 1968 but never appeared on a Beatles release (apart from the "Anthology"). The rest are experimental, enjoyable glimpses into Paul's newly found creativity as a solo artist. The whole album is an interesting statement from somebody who has found a new, unwanted artistic license to do anything he pleases - and "McCartney" is his response. I readily admit that I love this album, despite the flaws and the indulgences, but the warmth and playfulness Paul's 1970 release radiates more than compensates for the one or two moments which don't quite work.
This album is probably one of the greatest responses to the people who criticise Paul's post-Beatles output without knowing the depth of his catalogue.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must-have for McCartney fans. Has stood the test of time very well indeed.Published 1 month ago by John
Though his three mates had all issued solo albums, both John and George's were experimental whilst Ringo's was one of old time standards so McCartney's offering could be considered... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Quiverbow
Bought the record on vynel (?) many years ago. now reliving it in my car. Superb.Published 5 months ago by J. coleman