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Venus And Mars
February 7, 2005
Venus and Mars was definitely one of Wing's best efforts. The album was released in 1975, just after the success of Band on the Run. The album starts off with the medley "Venus and Mars/Rockshow." This is an amazing song. I hate how on Wingspan they cut it down to 3 minutes, when the song is really about 7 minutes. The other great songs on here are "Listen to what the Man Said", "Crossroads Theme", "Call me Back Again", "You Gave me the Answer, "Magneto and Titanium Man", and "Medicine Jar". But, the real masterpiece on this album is definitely "Treat Her Gently-Lonely Old Woman". The song has great lyrics and the music is outstanding. This album is excellent and is definitely worth having if your a Paul McCartney Fan, a Wings fan, or even a Beatles fan.
Venus and Mars
December 12, 2003
Wings, fresh from their Band On The Run success, recruited 2 new members to there ever changing band, and headed to New Orleans to record this album. Many people think that this album was considered a failure, but over a million copies of this album sold, and 1 Million audience go-ers on there 1975-1976 tour is far from failing!
Paul was best known for his ballads and, on this album they include, "Love In Song", "Call Me Back Again" and the #1 hit "Listen To What The Man Said. He also hits a higher note with the Heavier tunes, "Rock Show", "Letting Go" and "Zoo Gang".
Paul hands the mic to Jimmy and Denny with "Medicine Jar" and "Spirits in ancient Eygpt".
So, if you think Paul sounds great on Band On The Run, you ain't seen nothing yet.
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Band On The Run
November 27, 2003
When you think about all the tension that Paul and Wings were going through when they were recording this album its remarkable that they came out with anything good. They recorded this album in Lagos, Africa because Paul thought it would be a nice place to record an album, it turned out to be mongoose season, him and Linda got mugged at knifepoint, and a couple of months later realized they had something special of an album.
I personally could listen to this album full-through a rare feat in this day and age.
When this album was released It Went to #1 in the U.S. And U.K, yielded 3 top 30 singles, and went triple platinum.
Paul and Linda continued there great way of making music until their disco slump from 1978-1980 and then on continued their un-precidented songwriting until Linda's un-timely death in 1998.
To listen to some soundclips from Band On The Run or to purchase it click on: Band On The Run (Expanded - Buy.com) or Band On The Run (Euro) or Band On The Run - Alibris
Tug Of War
October 31, 2003
This was Paul's return to great music after a 4-year slump of disco & dance Enfused music. Tug of War was also his first (worth mentioning) collaboration with Ringo Starr since 1970 (for-the record Ringo also attended a 1976 Wings concert) and his first with George Martin since Live And Let Die In 1973. In addition, Eric Stewart of 10cc recorded with Paul for the First Time.
The first two single's (Ebony & Ivory & Take It Away) were both top-10 hits. The title track has great military snares in the middle 8. Take It Away is a great track and should be noted. Whats That Your Doingwas Paul's First Track With Stevie Wonder and a great one. Here Today was Paul's tribute to John. Ballroom Dancing is a great song and was featured in Give My Regards to Broadstreet. Wanderlust is the best track on this record. Get It was the first of two tracks with Carl Perkins (See Carl's Solo LP). Ebony and Ivory was the second of the two tracks with Wonder.
Generally better than the average LP.
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May 17, 2005
This is Paul McCartney's first solo effort after his break up with the Beatles. It was released in 1970. McCartney plays all the instruments on the album. It is brilliant and there is not one bad song on it.
The album starts off with "The Lovely Linda"(6.5), a 45 second song with Paul singing about his wife. The second song is "That Would Be Something"(8.0), not my favorite on the album. The third song is "Valentine Day",(9.0) an instrumental song running less than two minutes long. Paul plays very good drums on this song as well as guitar. Then next is "Every Night" (10.0), its on of the best on the album. Hot as Sun and Glasses" (9.0) is combined on one track and is also another instrumental. After this comes "Junk", (10.0), the song is excellent, featuring Paul on his acoustic guitar. "Man We Was Lonely" (7.0) is another good song with Linda McCartney on backing vocals. "Oo You" (8.0) is next with outstanding vocals and guitar from Paul. Then "Momma Miss America" (10.0), this is another great instrumental with outstanding piano. "Teddy Boy" (10.0) tells the story of a boy and his mother. "Singalong Junk" (10.0) is an instrumental of the previous song "Junk." Then the famous "Maybe I'm Amazed (10.0) is next with outstanding vocals and piano. "Kreen Akrore" (6.0) is probably the weirdest song on the album and is mostly Paul improvising on the drums, its not bad, but its not the best closing track for this fantastic album. This LP is definitely one of McCartney's finest and blows away some of the other members' of the Beatles solo albums.
To listen to some soundclips from McCartney or to purchase it click on: McCartney
By Jack Flash
June 7, 2005
After making the stripped-down album McCartney in 1970, Paul returned to his home studio to make a similar feeling but far more approachable album in Ram" which was actually credited to "Paul and Linda McCartney," but Macca really sounds like he's carrying the load on this one and having some private fun.
Though I always love it when Paul gets to his rockin' roots and gets upbeat, you can't deny his great ability to craft great ballads, and on this album he puts some lovely little soft moments on display. The best tune is the hit single "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey," one of Paul's sillier tunes that starts with a lovely melody, then into a foolish but fun section and finally into a riff-led melodic chorus. The closer, "The Back Seat Of My Car" is a big, overblown ballad but leaves you with a warm feeling nonetheless. "Heart Of The Country" is yet another sweet little ditty about the countryside which Paul occasionally felt the need to write (see: The White Album's "Mother Nature's Son" or "Helen Wheels'" B-side, "Country Dreamer"). "Long Haired Lady" is probably the album's best written song, going from sneering, guitar-led ranting to a sweet ballad-like middle and back again several times, and "Eat At Home" is a fun, more upbeat riff-based tune with silly lyrics. Though at other times, when Macca tries to rock, he seems confused. "Smile Away" has potential, but it's crudely delivered- for some reason it seems out of tune- and the delirious "Monkberry Moon Delight" is a mess, with Paul putting some of his roughest, most displeasing vocals ever on it. But he still does a splendid job on his two musical pokes at John Lennon (the two were at the hight of their feud), the punchy acoustic-electric "Too Many People" and the slight but enjoyably flexible faux-blues "3 Legs."
Ram is probably Paul McCartney at his rawest and most obvious while having some good fun. This is a great buy for Paul fans who enjoy hearing a master musical craftsman at work without all his musical tools in place. Certainly one of his better albums.
To listen to some soundclips from Ram or to purchase it click on: Ram [Bonus Tracks]
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