- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: June 4, 2007
- Label: Hear Music
Rolling Stone - p.1003 stars out of 5
-- "'Vintage Clothes' and 'Feet in the Clouds' incarnate his nostalgia and whimsy with some wit and considerable musical invention."
Rolling Stone - p.111
Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007" -- "[A]t once briskly modern and obsessively retrospective."
Entertainment Weekly - p.80
"It's his version of Bob Dylan's TIME OUT OF MIND...if TIME OUT OF MIND had cutthroat pop instincts and whistling solos....MEMORY is beautifully elegiac..." -- Grade: A-
Uncut - p.1063 stars out of 5
-- [W]ith a breezy determination not to take itself too seriously....He downloads random memories in his journey from Speke to superstardom with warmth and more than a dash of wry humour."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Dance Tonight
- 2.Ever Present Past
- 3.See Your Sunshine
- 4.Only Mama Knows
- 5.You Tell Me
- 6.Mr. Bellamy
- 8.Vintage Clothes
- 9.That Was Me
- 10.Feet in the Clouds
- 11.House of Wax
- 12.The End of the End
- 13.Nod Your Head
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.In Private
- 2.Why So Blue
- 4.Paul Talks About the Music of Memory Almost Full
Includes a bonus disc with audio commentary and 3 bonus tracks.
Personnel: Rusty Anderson (guitar); Paul "Wix" Wickens (keyboards); Brian Ray (bass guitar); David Kahne (programming).
Audio Mixers: David Kahne; Andy Wallace.
The first release from the Starbucks-backed Hear Music label, 2007's MEMORY ALMOST FULL, is a significant point in Paul McCartney's long and legendary career. Not only does it mark the end of his decades-long relationship with Capitol Records, MEMORY is easily one of McCartney's most Beatlesque solo outings, a notion particularly reinforced by the album's ABBEY ROAD-styled closing suite.
Even before that dynamic medley, however, McCartney offers up some of his most vibrant songs in years--most notably the jangly opener, "Dance Tonight," and "Ever Present Past," a wonderfully catchy ode to memory--and these tracks contrast well with the largely subdued numbers on CHAOS AND CREATION IN THE BACKYARD. As with that preceding pop-oriented outing, Macca plays almost all instruments himself, although instead of working with producer Nigel Godrich again, he goes back to working with David Kahne for a more muscular, straight-ahead sound. By the time the upbeat "That Was Me" signals the record's closing sequence, it is abundantly clear that this is top-shelf McCartney, and listeners can almost hear a hearty round of applause as "Nod Your Head" brings MEMORY to its majestic end.