on 16 December 2011
Paul McCartney first of all in my own humble opinion is one of the Twentieth Centuries greatest Musicians, Songwriters and Entertainers.
Because of this it was always going to be difficult to create a greatest hits package that would do Macca justice. On one CD there just isn't enough room to fill the man's prolific output and some of the choices made on the disc aren't neccesarily McCartney's best songs (We All Stand Together?). Notable missing songs on this collection are; Juniors Farm, Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey and Helen's Wheels.
This is a good album nevertheless but it is worth getting Paul's other compilation album 'Wingspan' which fills in a lot of the blanks in this collection.
The song list for All the Best is;
Band on the Run
Ebony & Ivory
Listen to What the Man Said
No More Lonely Nights
Silly Love Songs
Let Em In
Pipes of Peace
Live and Let Die
Once Upon a Long Time Ago
Say Say Say
We All Stand Together
Mull Of Kintyre
None of the ex-Beatles achieved the same level of success as solo singers that they had achieved while together but Paul's solo career was very successful by any other standards. Paul recorded mostly ballads but he could rock too, as he showed with songs like Jet and Band on the run.
It is not possible to include all of Paul's hits on a single CD but all the tracks here were British top ten hits. Eleven of them made the UK top three including three number ones (Mull of Kintyre, Pipes of Peace, Ebony and ivory),while others peaked at number two. Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey topped the American chart but, like Maybe I'm amazed, didn't chart in Britain so isn't included here.
Some UK top ten hits were left out for lack of space, including Mary had a little lamb, With a little luck (a top five UK hit and an American chart-topper), Goodnight tonight, Wonderful Christmastime, Waterfalls and The girl is mine (with Michael Jackson). Also missing are Paul's top twenty UK hits including Give Ireland back to the Irish, Helen wheels, Junior's farm and Take it away.
So it would have been easy to fill a double CD with Paul's hits but his more recent compilation, Wingspan (a double CD) missed that opportunity, instead containing one hits CD and one CD of mostly album tracks with a few hits. Nevertheless, the hits selection on Wingspan is different and the most obvious omissions from this set can be found there.
Of the tracks that are here, my favourites are Mull of Kintyre (complete with bagpipes), No more lonely nights (a superb ballad), Let 'em in, Pipes of peace, My love, Another day and his duet with Stevie Wonder, Ebony and ivory. Also worthy of note are Say say say (with Michael Jackson), Silly love songs (possibly an attack on those who criticize Paul for doing mostly ballads?), Band on the run and the James Bond theme, Live and let die.
Considering the many great tracks that have been omitted, some people will be disappointed at the inclusion of We all stand together (complete with frog chorus) but although it's not one of my favourites here, its place is justified - it was a British top three hit, after all, so a lot of people DO like it - and it's not meant to be taken seriously anyway.
Originally released in 1987, this compilation provides an excellent overview of Paul's solo music. Although he has made some interesting music since 1987 (even including classical music), it is the music he made prior to 1987 (especially with the Beatles) that ensures his place in history.
'Paul McCartney' has continued to write and record new material for over fifty years
now, of course his career started way back in the early sixties as one of the 'Fab-Four'
when the 'Beatles' split he started out as a solo-artist and charted with 'Another Day'
back in 71' a number two-hit, this was followed up by a lower-order entry sung with
his wife 'Linda'
He then formed the group 'Wings' having constant chart success for around seven years,
before going solo again which has continued up to the present day.
Surprisingly since the parting of the ways of the 'Beatles' despite the popularity of both
his solo and 'Wing's' releases 'Paul' has only actually achieved four number one's down
the years, though of course having countless Chart -Entries, the number ones were -
'Mull of Kintyre' - 'Wings' (1977) 'Ebony and Ivory' performed with 'Stevie Wonder' (1982)
'Pipes of Peace' -Solo (1983) and in a collaboration of artists 'Ferry 'Cross The Mersey'
back in 89' the latter not included on this album.
Among some of the many great songs included on this 17-Track CD -- 'Jet' 'Band on the
Run' 'No More Lonely Nights' 'Silly Love Songs' 'Let'em In' 'Live and Let Die' 'We All
Stand Together' (The Frog Song) and 'Say Say Say' sung with 'M.J' among the track list.
This an album that includes many of 'The Wings' favourites along with several of his solo
successes down the years.
'Paul McCartney' -Prolific Songwriter' 'Extraordinary Entertainer' 'Music Legend'
This album giving an example of 'Paul's' amazing post - 'Beatles' career, certainly an
essential collector's item, especially if you've followed his music down the years
on 11 March 2014
Although there are several omissions from this compilation that are annoying (where are the likes of 'Maybe I'm Amazed', 'Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey' and the gorgeous 'Waterfalls'), by and large this is a very solid compilation of Macca's best material from the 1970s and 1980s including the likes of 'Another Day', 'Jet', 'Band On The Run', 'Live And Let Die', 'Mull Of Kintyre' and 'No More Lonely Nights'. I could well have done without 'Coming Up' and 'We All Stand Together' which are surely far too frothy for any 'Best Of' album, but each to his own I suppose. Overall, this represents fairly good value for money with over 70 minutes of material and is worth buying despite some reservations.
on 18 May 2016
I already have this compact collection on vinyl LP and on cassette tape and I thought I'd like a CD to play in the car. I am disappointed to have to report that the CD version is missing three tracks: Maybe I'm Amazed; Goodnight Tonight; With a Little Luck. I guess this is to compress the whole thing into what 1 disc can carry - as far as I'm concerned it simply shows yet another limitation of the crappy CD format. If you've got to have a CD version then I would suggest Wingspan. I'd like to give this product one star, but out of respect for the artist I've given it three.
on 4 March 2004
The two stars aren't for the quality of the artist, but for the choice of songs and the overall package.
Glaring ommissions from this supposed 'Best of', made up for in the Wingspan collection mean that this compelation is now redundant, and as such a bit of a waste of money.
The problem also lies in the fact that the quality of the recordings is also better on Wingspan, and that All the Best makes McCartney sound a lot more pedestrian than he really is. For the fizzling intelligence, vital rock and beautiful ballads of the real McCartney, get Wingspan instead.
I suppose completists will get this anyway though! Seems a bit silly really.