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Red Rose Speedway: The Paul McCartney Collection Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (7 Jun. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Parlophone Records
  • ASIN: B00000721M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,864 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Big Barn Red
  2. My Love
  3. Get On The Right thing
  4. One More Kiss
  5. Little Lamb Dragonfly
  6. Single Pigeon
  7. When the Night
  8. Loup (1st Indian On the Moon)
  9. Medley Hold Me Tight/Lazy Dynamite/Hands Of Love/Power Cut
  10. C Moon Bonus Tracks
  11. Hi, Hi, Hi Bonus Tracks
  12. The Mess Bonus Tracks
  13. I Lie Around Bonus Tracks

Product Description


You could trawl the rock & roll archives all the way back and never find an album quite like Red Rose Speedway. Which is not to say that it's great. Just that it's weird. Though it's a Wings album, it's entirely irradiated with Paul McCartney's personality--to the extent that virtually the entire band left him while attempting to rehearse for the supporting tour, claiming they couldn't operate in his huge, overbearing shadow. You can see where they were coming from. Red Rose Speedway, right down to the cover shot of Macca with a rose in his mouth, is about Paul McCartney, specifically his unique Seventies ability to pump up slight, pretty songs to the scale of "Hey Jude", seemingly unaware or unworried that that didn't necessarily make them as good as "Hey Jude".

The high spot is the saccharine sauciness of "My Love", a lurching soft-focus ballad about his wife's sexual excellence. The rest of it--lazy, lushly produced rock, sometimes sweet, sometimes just cloying, but always unmistakably Macca--is worth hearing if just to ponder: "what the hell did he think he was doing?" --Taylor Parkes

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Format: Audio CD
This album is a mixed bag but contains enough McCartney magic to warrant this glowing review. At times, the melodies from Paul McCartney seem to be almost taken for granted. On this album, the melodies are up there with his absolute best work and it is only perhaps the lyrics which prevents this album from having a classier reputation than it has. But lyrics are not everything and I for one would stand up in court and defend this album on the basis of the melodies alone.
We had abundant examples of this melodic mastery of course in all Paul's Beatles work and then on his home spun debut solo album 'McCartney' (1970) and plenty more on the two subsequent albums 'Ram' and 'Wild Life' (both from 1971). But here on this album he reaches melodic heights not heard since 'Abbey Road'.
The first single 'My Love' needs no further introduction. It is absloutely up there in the Hall of Fame Best Ballads Ever. Sentimental? Yes. But then so was 'Three Times A Lady' and 'I'm Not In Love'. I am tired of defending such classic songs. Tired.
'Little Lamb Dragonfly' may probably not be described as a classic. But it has touches of melody that were made in heaven. The same goes for 'Single Pigeon', 'Hold Me Tight', and 'Hands Of Love'. The latter possibly containing the most beautiful harmony singing from Paul and Linda ever committed to vinyl. 'Power Cut' is another little hidden gem.
The other tracks are mostly memorable too. 'Big Barn Bed' is a raucous opener, far superior to Wild Life's also raucous opener 'Mumbo'. The main difference being that 'Big Barn Bed' features a daring and creative McCartney bass line, the like of which we had not seen since 'Abbey Road'. 'Get On The Right Thing' was apparently a 'Ram' leftover but it is pretty enjoyable all the same. If not a classic.
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By A Customer on 4 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you are new to McCartney's solo stuff and are looking to be convinced by his post Beatle worth, stop reading now and look elsewhere. This is not the best place to start a collection of his work.
If however you are already a fan, and have avoided this album because of the received opinion which says My Love is pretty much the only tune of worth on board. Look again, because you will be missing a great deal of interest.
The opening Big Barn Bed picks up where Ram On leaves off, and goes off into a lovely ramshackle rocker. Get On The Right Thing follows a similar style and then the core of the album is provided by a number of really lovely ballads, which have never received anywhere near the respect they deserve. Single Pigeon, One More Kiss and the quite enchanting Little Lamb Dragonfly meander along with considerable charm.
The album draws to a close with a 12 minute medley of little fragments and again there is much to admire if you are prepared to stick with it. And believe me there is a great deal of stamina required to find your way to the core of this strange but enchanting record.
What Macca was thinking who can tell, this was never going to enhance his critical reputation, and it remains a curio which seldom gets a mention in the accepted history of the Beatles after The Beatles. It is an album which betrays more beauty with every listen and I hope that like McCartney and Ram, it will one day be given the critical respect it deserves.
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I love this album it's one of my favorite albums from Paul's solo/Wings career! I first heard this album in 1990 on my local clasic radio station when they used to play 7 classic albums by different music artists on Sunday nights. The DJ said we have a great,great album tonight and he played Red Rose Speedway. I loved it from the first time I heard it and I bought it soon after. Paul's melodies,harmonies,singing,bass and piano playing are all top notch. And I like this album better than the very good Band On The Run. His melodies and harmonies are even more beautiful on this record. I am so glad The All Music Guide online gave Red Rose Speedway the 4 star review it at least deserves!
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My little sister bought this album when it came out and I played it a lot. I loved the medleys, reminiscent of Abbey Road. I left home and Sis got married and I hadn't heard it since. Then, recently, I bought a second hand i-pod and lo and behold - there it was on the playlist. I listened to it again and admit to being a bit disappointed. What had I seen in it? Then I played it again and again and pretty soon it began to seep back into the bones. I loved the little taster snip of what was to become "Big barn bed" on the reprise of "Ram on" on Ram, and the full track is a great opener to this one. I suppose I've heard "My love" too often to be as enchanted with it as the other reviewers on this page - not one of my favourite Macca ballads. But, "Little lamb/Dragonfly" is wonderful -just beautiful melody and Paul at his very best. All the other tracks hold a lot of interest, except for the Indian - I don't go for Paul's instrumentals - just filler as far as I am concerned, and not necessary here. However, the final medley is a joy from start to finish. I love the links and the way certain melodies keep coming back. I know they are throwaway bits of songs, like the ones on Abbey Road, but Paul is a master craftsman, weaving them together to make something worth far more than the sum of its parts. As the culmination of the trilogy of really good albums (Ram, Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway) that preceded the master work (Band on the Run) I'd say this is essential to a collection of the best of Paul McCartney - very under-rated and truly wonderful.
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