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PAUL MCCARTNEY Press To Play (1986 UK 1st issue Japanese-pressed 13-track CD album picture sleeve. This mid-80s album saw Sir Paul attempt to overcome the commercial disaster of Give My Regards To Broad Street with a sleek more modern sounding record CDP7462692)
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It is an album reminiscent of the similarly ignored Back To The Egg, in that it is an album where McCartney, sometimes rather clumsily admittedly, takes risks and experiments. You will not hear another track in his back catalogue like Pretty Little Head for example, and whether or not the experiment is successful we should be grateful that someone of Maccas vintage was still prepared to take risks.
There is much here worth revisiting, including the upbeat Stranglehold the rather bizarre Talk More Talk and the rocking Angry where McCartney is joined by guests including Phil Collins and Pete Townshend.
It doesn't all work so well, However Absurd for example has lyrics that strive for the surreality of classic Lennon but end up sounding just nonsensical. And there is something rather strained about the albums 'classic' ballad in Only Love Remains. While none of McCartneys solo albums are perfect, only a few commit the cardinal sin of not being interesting. Press To Play is certainly that, and much more.
This was an ambitious effort. Pete Townshend and Phil Collins play on this resord. Many of the songs were co-written with Eric Stewart, Anne Dudley did the orchestra arrangement for one song, and the album is co-produced with Hugh Padgham.
I recall that, at the time, Paul McCartney expressed dissatisfaction with the album and this may explain why it's not particularly well-known, even among serious fans.
The single, PRESS, didn't really demonstrate the sophisticated tone of the album. It and all the other tracks have the vocal too far back in the mix, which makes it hard to hear Paul's voice. This is a shame, because the lyrics are poignant and the singing is very controlled.
What seems to inform PRESS TO PLAY is a sense of the world's harshness. Here's a lyric which demonstrates this sense. It's from the song GOOD TIMES COMING/FEEL THE SUN: "There was a golden summer before the war/They laughed a lot that summer, lah de dah." It's not a sentimental song. It's about people having one last good time before world events turn everything upside-down.
People call this album experimental. I wouldn't say that.Read more ›
Collaboration with Eric Stewart brings out some great songs here: 'Only Love Remains' is simply gorgeous and gorgeously simple, one of his best ballads of the 80s, with 'Footprints' one of his lesser ones; 'Angry' and 'Stranglehold' are great rockers; 'However Absurd' is a touch of creative big-production Beatles style for all of us who miss that, and to a lesser extent but still loving it, the same for 'Good Times Coming/Feel the Sun', which reminds me a bit of ELO's 'Concerto for a Rainy Day' (itself very Beatles in tone). There's more of a contemporary experimental vocal dub sound on some of the tracks - single 'Press' is probably the most successful of those, while 'Talk More Talk' doesn't have much to it and isn't very memorable... Then 'Pretty Little Head' gets better in the single version (ever on CD?), but, oh, Paul, the sexist lyrics. Never mind, he'll get much better. Finally, there's the lustily fun 'Move Over Busker', 'Spies Like Us', which overacts nearly as much as the movie, and the underrated 'Once Upon a Long Ago', to date his last top ten hit and a lovely melody.
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Older CDs are sometimes hard to find, but I'm glad I got this one. Good to listen too again, from years gone by. Thankyou.Published 8 months ago by Judith Mclaughlin
As a McCartney album it's ok, got some good song ideas, but I felt at the time he could've done better, as an example "However Absurd" his attempt at a psychedelic look... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Winston O'Boogie
Obviously, nostalgia isn't what it used to be (gah), but I *LIKE* this album.
Yes, I remember it on Vinyl first time around, on my Fisher HiFi, but that aside what's not to... Read more
Absolutely great. Original copy in excellent condition. ThankyouPublished 12 months ago by Jeff Nolan
For years amongst most fans considered Paul's weakest solo effort, here is a re-appraisal which probably doesn't change that view too much but at least highlights this album's... Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2013 by John Heaton
The first problem with this album is the production. After the weedy Pipes of Peace and the Beatle retreads of Broadstreet Macca was clearly at a loss and feeling the need to... Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2012 by Doublecross
A largely ignored album from 1986 but very ripe for the picking in 2010, at the time of it's original release McCartney was not setting the musical climate of the times, but in... Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2010 by Mr. Jelly