Paul McCartney McCartney II (3-CD + DVD)
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- Number of Discs: 4
- Released: June 13, 2011
- Label: Hear Music
Rolling Stone - p.883 stars out of 5 -- "[W]hat's striking is a kooky experimentalism -- see the leering, Kraftwerk-y 'Temporary Secretary' -- that foreshadows the current era of the laptop dance-pop auteur."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.954 stars out of 5 -- "'Waterfalls' is a beautifully sparse, surreal song that sees McCartney putting in the strongest vocal performance of the album..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Coming Up
- 2.Temporary Secretary
- 3.On the Way
- 5.Nobody Knows
- 6.Front Parlour
- 7.Summer's Day Song
- 8.Frozen Jap
- 9.Bogey Music
- 11.One of These Days
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Blue Sway
- 2.Coming Up [Live At Glasgow, 1979]
- 3.Check My Machine [Edit]
- 4.Bogey Wobble
- 5.Secret Friend [Full Length Version]
- 6.Mr H Atom / You Know I'll Get You Baby
- 7.Wonderful Christmastime [Edit]
- 8.All You Horse Riders / Blue Sway
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 1.Coming Up [Full Length Version]
- 2.Front Parlour [Full Length Version]
- 3.Frozen Jap [Full Length Version]
- 4.Darkroom [Full Length Version]
- 5.Check My Machine [Full Length Version]
- 6.Wonderful Christmastime [Full Length Version]
- 7.Summer's Day Song [Original Without Vocals]
- 8.Waterfalls [DJ Edit]
Tracks on Disc 4:
- 1.Meet Paul McCartney
- 2.Coming Up Music Video
- 3.Waterfalls Music Video
- 4.Wonderful Christmastime Music Video
- 5.Coming Up [Live At Concert For the People of Kampuchea, 1979]
- 6.Coming Up [Rehearsal Session At Lower Gate Farm, Sussex, 1979]
- 7.Making the Coming Up Music Video
- 8.Blue Sway
Personnel: Paul McCartney (vocals, various instruments); Linda McCartney (vocals).
Composer: Paul McCartney.
Personnel: Paul McCartney (vocals); Linda McCartney (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Paul McCartney.
Audio Remasterers: Steve Rooke; Guy Mossey.
Liner Note Authors: Allan Rouse ; Paul Du Noyer.
Recording information: Hammersmith Odeon, London (05/1980); Hog Hill Mill (05/1980); Lower Gate Farm, Sussex (05/1980); Replica Studio, London (05/1980); The Apollo, Glasgow (05/1980); Trillion Video (05/1980); Hammersmith Odeon, London (09/1986-10/1986); Hog Hill Mill (09/1986-10/1986); Lower Gate Farm, Sussex (09/1986-10/1986); Replica Studio, London (09/1986-10/1986); The Apollo, Glasgow (09/1986-10/1986); Trillion Video (09/1986-10/1986); Hammersmith Odeon, London (12/17/1979); Hog Hill Mill (12/17/1979); Lower Gate Farm, Sussex (12/17/1979); Replica Studio, London (12/17/1979); The Apollo, Glasgow (12/17/1979); Trillion Video (12/17/1979); Hammersmith Odeon, London (12/1979); Hog Hill Mill (12/1979); Lower Gate Farm, Sussex (12/1979); Replica Studio, London (12/1979); The Apollo, Glasgow (12/1979); Trillion Video (12/1979); Hammersmith Odeon, London (1979); Hog Hill Mill (1979); Lower Gate Farm, Sussex (1979); Replica Studio, London (1979); The Apollo, Glasgow (1979); Trillion Video (1979).
Photographers: Linda McCartney; Donald Milne; David Thorpe .
Publishers: Nancy Jeffries ; Dave Bogart; Jane Kett.
McCARTNEY II, like it's titular predecessor a decade earlier, is all Paul. He handles all the instruments and vocals here, and even produced and engineered the album himself. That's pretty much where the comparison ends, though. While many of the cuts do have a light-hearted feel a la McCARTNEY, this is a much more song-oriented album, and is an unjustly overlooked entry in the McCartney catalogue.
The hit "Coming Up" is McCartney at his most infectious and ebullient. "Temporary Secretary" is a humorous, very British-sounding tune that bears more than a little resemblance to the work of McCartney's former band (no, not Wings). McCartney gets to show off some bluesy guitar chops on the soulful "On The Way." Most importantly for as ballad-oriented as artist as McCartney, this album contains two of his most poignant '80s tunes, "Waterfalls" and "One of These Days."
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