A BREAKDOWN OF THE ARTIST/S :-
Born James Paul McCartney, 18 June 1942, Liverpool, England. Although commitments to the Beatles not unnaturally took precedence, bass player/vocalist McCartney nonetheless pursued several outside projects during this tenure. Many reflected friendships or personal preferences, ranging from production work for Cliff Bennett, Paddy, Klaus And Gibson and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, to appearances on sessions by Donovan, Paul Jones and Steve Miller (on Brave New World). He also wrote "Woman' for Peter And Gordon under the pseudonym Bernard Webb, but such contributions flourished more freely with the founding of Apple Records, where McCartney guided the early careers of Mary Hopkin and Badfinger and enjoyed cameos on releases by Jackie Lomax and James Taylor. However, despite this well-documented independence, the artist ensured a critical backlash by timing the release of McCartney to coincide with that of the Beatles" Let It Be and his announced departure from the band. His low-key debut was labelled self-indulgent, yet its intimacy was a welcome respite from prevailing heavy rock, and in "Maybe I'm Amazed", offered one of McCartney's finest songs. Ram, credited to McCartney and his wife Linda (Born Linda Eastman, 24 September 1942, Scarsdale, New York, USA, d. 17 April 1998), was also maligned as commentators opined that the singer lacked an acidic riposte to his often sentimental approach. The album nonetheless spawned a US number 1 in "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey", while an attendant single, "Another Day", reached number 2 in the UK.
Drummer Denny Seiwell, who had assisted on the Ram sessions, was invited to join a projected band, later enhanced by former Moody Blues' member Denny Laine. The quartet, dubbed Wings, then completed Wild Life, another informal set marked by an indifference to dexterity and the absorption of reggae and classic rock 'n' roll rhythms. Having expanded the line-up to include Henry McCullough (ex-Grease Band; guitar), McCartney took the band on an impromptu tour of UK colleges, before releasing three wildly contrasting singles, "Give Ireland Back To The Irish" (banned by the BBC), "Mary Had A Little Lamb", and "Hi, Hi, Hi"/"C Moon" (all 1972). The following year, Wings completed "My Love", a sculpted ballad in the accepted McCartney tradition, and Red Rose Speedway, to that date his most formal set. Plans for the unit's fourth album were undermined by the defection of McCullough and Seiwell, but the remaining trio emerged triumphant from a series of productive sessions undertaken in a Lagos studio. Band On The Run was undeniably a major achievement, and did much to restore McCartney's faltering reputation. Buoyed by adversity, the artist offered a passion and commitment missing from earlier albums and, in turn, reaped due commercial plaudits when the title song and "Jet" reached both US and UK Top 10 positions. The lightweight, but catchy, "Junior's Farm" provided another hit single before a reconstituted Wings, which now included guitarist Jimmy McCulloch (Born 4 June 1953, d. 27 September 1979; ex-Thunderclap Newman and Stone The Crows) and Joe English (drums), completed Venus And Mars, Wings At The Speed Of Sound, and the expansive on-tour collection, Wings Over America. Although failing to scale the artistic heights of Band On The Run, such sets re-established McCartney as a major figure and included bestselling singles such as "Listen To What The Man Said" (1975), "Silly Love Songs", and "Let 'Em In" (both 1976).
Progress was momentarily undermined by the departures of McCulloch and English, but Wings enjoyed its most spectacular success with "Mull Of Kintyre" (1977), a saccharine paean to Paul and Linda's Scottish retreat which topped the UK charts for nine consecutive weeks and sold over 2.5 million copies in Britain alone. Although regarded as disappointing, London Town nevertheless included "With A Little Luck', a US number 1, but although Wings" newcomers Laurence Juber (guitar) and Steve Holly (drums) added weight to Back To The Egg, it, too, was regarded as inferior. Whereas the band was not officially disbanded until April 1981, McCartney's solo recordings, "Wonderful Christmastime" (1979), "Coming Up" (1980) and McCartney II, already heralded a new phase in the artist's career. However, if international success was maintained through duets with Stevie Wonder ("Ebony And Ivory"), Michael Jackson ("The Girl Is Mine") as well as "Say Say Say" and the Christmas single "Pipes Of Peace", attendant albums were marred by inconsistency. McCartney made the headlines for all the wrong reasons on 16 January 1980 when he was arrested at Tokyo's Narita Airport for being in possession of half a pound of marijuana. He spent 10 days in a Japanese prison before being released and deported.
McCartney's 1984 feature film, Give My Regards To Broad Street, was maligned by critics, a fate befalling its soundtrack album, although the optimistic ballad, "No More Lonely Nights", reached number 2 in the UK. The artist's once-prolific output then noticeably waned, but although his partnership with 10cc guitarist Eric Stewart gave Press To Play a sense of direction, it failed to halt a significant commercial decline. Choba B CCCP, a collection of favoured "oldies' solely intended for release in the USSR, provided an artistic respite and publicity, before a much-heralded collaboration with Elvis Costello produced material for the latter's Spike and McCartney's own Flowers In The Dirt, arguably his strongest set since Venus And Mars. Paradoxically, singles culled from the album failed in the charts, but a world tour, on which the McCartneys were joined by Robbie McIntosh (ex-Pretenders; guitar), Wix (keyboards), Hamish Stuart (ex-Average White Band; bass/vocals) and Chris Whitten (drums), showed that his power to entertain was still intact. By drawing on material from the Beatles, Wings and solo recordings, McCartney demonstrated a prowess spanning a quarter of a century. The extent of his diversity was emphasized by his collaboration with Carl Davis on the classical Liverpool Oratorio, which featured opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. His next solo project, 1992"s Off The Ground, received lukewarm reviews and soon dropped out of the charts after a brief run. The accompanying tour, however, was a different story. The ambitious stage show and effects undertook a world tour in 1993, and was one of the highest grossing tours in the USA. The following year McCartney collaborated with UK producer Youth on a dance music project, released under the pseudonym "The Fireman".
Various rumours circulated in 1994 about a reunion with the surviving members of McCartney's most famous band. Both he and Yoko Ono appeared to have settled their long-standing differences, as had George Harrison and McCartney. The success of the Beatles At The BBC release indicated a ripe time for some kind of musical reunion. This was partly achieved with the overdubbing of "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love' for the magnificent Anthology series in 1996. The profile of the Beatles had rarely been higher and this was celebrated in the new year honours list by a knighthood for services to music to McCartney. Presumably this was in recognition for his outstanding work with Lennon. No doubt spurred on by the success of Anthology, the solo Flaming Pie sounded like McCartney meant it again. The addition of Steve Miller on three tracks added some gutsy rock guitar credibility. Mostly however, it was a magnificent return to form. Jeff Lynne's production was tempered to sound cooked to perfection, unlike some of his previous overbaked concoctions. This was most definitely for lovers of the Beatles" "White Album". The varied contents included "Heaven On A Sunday", with its descending acoustic guitar duelling with the ascending lead guitar of son James, and "Used To Be Bad", an excellent simple up-tempo blues featuring Miller, both singers trading lines as their voices blended beautifully. Further tracks included the Memphis soul of "Souvenir", and "In It For The Money", which never loses pace for one moment. The folk simplicity of "Calico Skys" was topped by the exquisite "Somedays", a heart-tugging love song to Linda, and one of his finest songs in many decades. His love for his wife shone through the whole record. (Sadly, Linda lost her battle with cancer the following year, but was honoured with a memorial service on 9 June in London's Trafalgar Square.) Flaming Pie should ideally be listened to as one piece, since, in that context, it sounds like a minor masterpiece.
Later in the year McCartney released his second classical piece, Standing Stone. Following Linda's death he embarked upon another collaboration with Youth as The Fireman. In March 1999, McCartney was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a solo artist. Later in the year he recorded another back-to-basics collection of 50s rock 'n' roll cover versions, including three new tracks. Run Devil Run was an excellent collection and included versions of "All Shook Up" and "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" in addition to lesser known material, notably "No Other Baby". This little known track, a smouldering slow blues, was recorded by the Vipers Skiffle Group in the late 50s. On 14 December 1999, McCartney took himself back to the famous The Cavern club with his studio band, comprising guitarists Mick Green (ex-Pirates) and David Gilmour, keyboardist Pete Wingfield, and drummer Ian Paice. In reality, it was a rebuilt Cavern, next door to the original cellar. Musically however McCartney seemed fired up, singing and playing with an energy not seen for many years. In marked contrast, McCartney's next two releases were another classical collection and a sound collage about Liverpool. In other areas McCartney might be seen as an over-achiever, with his original paintings getting media coverage in 2000, and his book of poetry the following year.
Released in 2001, Driving Rain was McCartney's first proper album of new songs since the death of Linda. Although much weaker than Flaming Pie it is still a mystery why the album was such a commercial disaster. In the UK it arrived at number 46 and departed the following week. Later in the year McCartney contributed the title track to the soundtrack of Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky. On 12 June 2002 he married ex-model Heather Mills in Glaslough, Ireland. Over the next few months he undertook a major tour, known as Back In The World Live. With a stable band of Rusty Anderson (guitar), Brian Ray (guitar/bass), Paul "Wix" Wickens (keyboards) and Abe Laboriel Jnr (drums) it was a huge financial, emotional and critical success. The resulting live album left the listener with the feeling "you had to have been there". Listening to McCartney sing numerous Beatles songs is fine, but the originals are better.
McCartney (Apple 1970)***, Ram (Apple 1971)****, McCartney II (Parlophone/Columbia 1980)***, Tug Of War (Parlophone/Columbia 1982)***, Pipes Of Peace (Parlophone/Columbia 1983)**, Give My Regards To Broad Street film soundtrack (Parlophone/Columbia 1984)*, Press To Play (Parlophone/Capitol 1986)**, Choba B CCCP (Melodiya 1988)***, Flowers In The Dirt (Parlophone/Capitol 1989)***, Tripping The Live Fantastic (Parlophone/Capitol 1990)**, Tripping The Live Fantastic - Highlights! (Parlophone/Capitol 1990)***, Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) (Parlophone/Capitol 1991)***, Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio (EMI Classics 1991)***, Choba B CCCP (The Russian Album) (Parlophone/Capitol 1991)***, Off The Ground (Parlophone/Capitol 1992)**, Paul Is Live (Parlophone/Capitol 1993)**, as The Fireman Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest (Parlophone/Capitol 1994)***, Flaming Pie (Parlophone/Capitol 1997)****, Paul McCartney's Standing Stone (EMI Classics 1997)**, as The Fireman Rushes (Hydra/Capitol 1998)***, Run Devil Run (Parlophone 1999)****, Working Classical (EMI Classics 1999)***, Liverpool Sound Collage (Hydra/Capitol 2000)***, Driving Rain (Parlophone/Capitol 2001)**, Back In The U.S. Live 2002 (US) Back In The World Live (UK) (Parlophone/Capitol 2002)**.
THE HISTORY OF THE RECORD :- McCartney is the debut solo album by Paul McCartney. Apart from Linda McCartney's vocal contributions, McCartney performed (and recorded) the entire album solo. Featuring loosely arranged (and in some cases, unfinished) home recordings, McCartney further explored the "back-to-basics" style which had been intended for The Beatles' Let It Be. The album was reissued on 13 June 2011 as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection.
The development of McCartney was undertaken as The Beatles were growing apart. Recordings were made from late 1969 to March 1970 in London at his home, at Morgan Studios, and at Abbey Road Studios (under the pseudonym "Billy Martin"). McCartney had brought his instruments with him, as well as a Studer four-track tape recorder. He recorded the ad-libbed "The Lovely Linda" to test the equipment before the year was out. Enjoying the experience, he continued, composing and improvising new material and overdubbing his singing. In March 1970, as Phil Spector was concurrently mixing the Let It Be album, McCartney was completed.
The other Beatles realised that McCartney could conflict with the impending release of the Let It Be album and film. Ringo Starr, whose own first album was almost ready for release, was sent to ask McCartney to delay his solo debut. McCartney later commented, "They eventually sent Ringo round to my house at Cavendish [Avenue] with a message: 'We want you to put your release date back, it's for the good of the group', and all of this sort of shit. He was giving me the party line; they just made him come round, so I did something I'd never done before or since: I told him to get out. I had to do something like that in order to assert myself because I was just sinking. I was getting pummeled about the head, in my mind anyway."
On 10 April, McCartney publicly announced his departure from The Beatles in the form of a Q & A package included in advance copies of the album sent to the press, containing questions McCartney could − and probably would − have been asked about The Beatles' break-up and their future. He stated that he did not know whether the group's break-up would be temporary or permanent (the complete questionnaire, as well as McCartney's own song-by-song commentary, is included in Richard DiLello's book, The Longest Cocktail Party, as an appendix).
The most notable song on the album is "Maybe I'm Amazed", one of McCartney's many love songs for his first wife, a live version of which went on to reach number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 when released as a single from the album Wings over America in 1977. McCartney has subsequently revealed that Linda was instrumental in bolstering his spirits and confidence during the making of the album, helping him out of depression following his estrangement from the other Beatles
THE COVER :- Laminated gatefold sleeve
THE LABEL :- Apple labels
THE VINYL VISUALLY :- On initial inspection of this piece of vinyl I cannot see any areas of immediate concern. The vinyl sits perfectly flat on the turntable so there are no nasty warps to worry about. The vinyl still retains its just pressed quality, full of deep shine and lustre. I have only noted fine sleeve removal hairlines under strong light that do not affect play. A lovely piece of vinyl. Excellent condition visually.
THE VINYL PLAY GRADED :- The playgrading of the vinyl reveals no lessening in the sound quality. It lives up to its visual grading and plays much better. There is barely any surface noise with only one or two light ticks. What there is can be only heard on the run in and run out of tracks. The sound quality is remarkable for its age with a full dynamic range and very detailed sound. I feel certain this album has been barely played and when so carefully and also stored well over the years. I would grade the audio playback as Near Mint condition.
THE SLEEVE FRONT CONDITION :- This is the very earliest 1st press fully laminated sleeve. The front of the sleeve is free from writing, free from stickers or evidence of previously removed stickers. The sleeve reveals no ringwear and just a couple of light handling creases near the opening edge. There is some light corner wear but nothing significant. The colours are bright and crisp still. There is no laminate lifting on the front of the cover I would grade the front of the cover as Excellent condition.
THE SLEEVE REAR CONDITION :- The rear of the sleeve is free from writing, free from stickers or evidence of previously removed stickers. There are no creases on the rear of the sleeve and only the very merest hint of ringwear. Just some very light corner wear as seen on the front. Again the rear still retains its original crisp colours and just pressed feel with no laminate lifting. I would grade the rear as Excellent condition also.
THE INNER GATEFOLD CONDITION :- The laminated inner of the sleeve is free from writing, free from stickers or evidence of previously removed stickers. There are no creases on the inner of the sleeve and no ringwear to speak of. Just some very light corner wear as seen on the front and rear. Again the inner still retains its original crisp colours and just pressed feel with no laminate lifting. I would grade the rear as Excellent Plus condition.
THE LABEL SIDE ONE CONDITION :- Original early dark Apple label in excellent order free from stickers or writing and no damage at all, no real signs of play around the spindle hole. Near Mint condition.
THE LABEL SIDE TWO CONDITION :- Original Apple label in excellent order free from stickers or writing and no damage at all, no real signs of play around the spindle hole. Near Mint condition.
THE SPINE CONDITION :- The writing on the spine is crystal clear, no spine splits at all just very light signs of shelfwear in the two corners and some minor laminate cracking. Excellent condition
THE INNER SLEEVE CONDITION :- Original patented white inner in Excellent condition
THE EXTRAS :- No extras were given with this album
THE CATALOGUE NUMBER :- PCS 7102
THE YEAR OF RELEASE :- 1970
THE LABEL :- APPLE
THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN :- UK
PLAYING FORMAT :- STEREO
THE MATRIX NUMBERS :- YEX-775-3U & YEX-776-3U
STAMPERS :- RT 1 & GRP 1
TRACK LISTING :-
SIDE ONE :-
- THE LOVELY LINDA
- THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING
- VALENTINE DAY
- EVERY NIGHT
- HOT AS SUN
- MAN WE WAS LONELY
SIDE TWO :-
- OO YOU
- MOMMA MISS AMERICA
- TEDDY BOY
- SINGALONG JUNK
- MAYBE I'M AMAZED
- KREEN AKRORE
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