- Audio Cassette (23 May 1989)
- Label: Emd/Capitol
- ASIN: B000002UC6
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, 13 Jun 2011
Vinyl, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, 13 Jun 2011
Audio Cassette, 23 May 1989
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Of the rest, 'The Lovely Linda' is less than a minute long, 'Junk' was demoed in India in 1968 and another, 'Teddy Boy', half heartedly recorded by the group but probably stymied by Lennon who didn't seem to care for it. The standout track is 'Maybe I'm Amazed' and why it was never issued as a single is still a mystery 46 years later. Yes, he plays all the instruments but there's something lacking in the whole thing. I can only think it's the absence of his three mates to give it that added sparkle. It also caused a not insignificant amount of consternation, as he deliberately scheduled it for release at the same time as the Beatles' next LP.
Now remastered as part of his 'Archive' series, there's an added CD comprising live tracks, demos and alternate versions. Now, there's a reason why any 'bonus' songs included on a CD never found a contemporary release; it's because, for the most part, they aren't as good as those that did get issued. The second CD here contains seven tracks.
SUICIDE: There's a snippet of this after 'Glasses' on the first CD and when Frank Sinatra asked if McCartney had a song for him, he offered up this.Read more ›
Given its turbulent back-story and place in the group's dissolution, it seems sensible to expect a grand statement from McCartney musically as well as historically. But it's not like that. McCartney is a deliberately low-key record, largely composed of instrumentals and sweet songs knocking around for years beforehand. It's self-produced, played and sung by McCartney entirely solo, and lyrically offers no grand statements on the Beatles, life, or anything. At first glance it's an album Paul could just as easily have put out years earlier, with the Beatles still going beside it. If you think of it as the album Paul decided to make at the expense of the Beatles, it may well disappoint.
If you can cut through the history and expectation, there is much to like. "Junk" is a beautiful tune, lilting and sad. Though it's tempting to read into the lyrics ("bye bye, says the sign in the shop window, why, why says the junk in the yard") as end-of-the-band melancholy, the song pre-dates the break-up. However, the mood is appropriate. It's reprised as a more haunting instrumental later on, which serves to suggest "Junk" (no pun intended) as the album's theme, if there is one.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not quite as I remember it. Should have just selected the one track I was after, i.e. "Maybe I'm Amazed"Published 7 months ago by grambyrd
This album and RAM are McCartney's best albums. Not a bad son amongst them.Published 8 months ago by Steven Pettinga
A must-have for McCartney fans. Has stood the test of time very well indeed.Published 11 months ago by John