All posts tagged: Paul McCartney

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CD REVIEW: Paul McCartney & Wings, “Venus & Mars”, “Wings At The Speed Of Sound” (reissues)

That much of Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles efforts have been unavailable for so long remains something of a mystery to me.  His output with Wings and his solo albums during the Columbia Records years (1979 to 1984) were issued briefly in the early ’90’s and then gone.  You had to do a lot of footwork and pay a fair amount to somehow get hard copies.  However, since his signing with Hear Music a few years ago, he’s re-released a fair portion of his classics – with deluxe packages, bonus tracks and enticements than any self-respecting fan of McCartney would want to have. Now comes the re-appearance of two of his biggest hits with Wings – 1975’s opus Venus And Mars and 1976’s Wings At The Speed Of Sound.  Coming off the astounding worldwide success with Band On The Run (1973), the first thing Macca did was re-tool the Wings lineup, bringing in ex-Thunderclap Newman guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and drummer Geoff Britton (soon to be quickly replaced, in turn, by New York drummer Joe English).  The debut …

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Spotify Playlist: Night Ranger Picks Their Favorite Tunes

Veteran rockers Night Ranger might be celebrating their 31st year as a band, but that doesn’t mean that they’re slowing things down one bit. The band just released their 11th studio album High Road on June 10 and they’ll be on the road playing shows around the globe for the rest of 2014. For some good road trippin’ music, we asked bassist/vocalist Jack Blades, drummer/vocalist Kelly Keagy and guitarist Brad Gillis to give us a Spotify playlist of some of their favorite songs and they were happy to oblige. They chose a rockin’ list of tunes with some of their favorite songs from their own catalog spiked in, including several songs from the new album. Enjoy the playlist and read the band’s comments on each song below! “White Room” – Cream Love the timpani in the intro. It is one of the most unusual sounding vocal tracks. One of the coolest ‘Wah Wah’ solos in the history of rock ‘n roll in the 2nd verse…”I’ll wait in the cue”….. love it! “Burn” – Deep Purple Glenn Hughes and …

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AJOBO: Why I Quit The Beatles

This upcoming weekend marks a milestone in music history; unless you live under a rock, you already know that it was 50 years ago Sunday that the Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show. Unfortunately for them, after that appearance, they faded into obscurity and are now largely known as the biggest disappointments ever. Except for that Ringo. Hit after hit after hit! Not to mention his knighting… (Okay, I’m done.) I can’t remember how long it’s been since I’ve intentionally listened to a Beatles album. I’m inclined to say, like, eight years? Maybe more, maybe less. Folks who knew me in the “before times” will be shocked to hear that, since I was probably qualified to be institutionalized at one point for how Beatle-crazy I was. And we’re talking at least a decade here. (Nothing compared the first generation, but considering that’s a pretty substantial chunk or my life at this point, it probably warped my brain forever.) As with any fandom, a natural ebb and flow of interest is totally normal. Kind of …

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The Popdose Interview: Julian Lennon

It’s never easy to grow up in your father’s shadow, no matter who you are, so you can only imagine how it was for Julian Lennon, given that not only was his dad one of the Beatles but also there’s a distinct physical and vocal resemblance between the two of ’em. After grabbing the attention of listeners with his 1984 debut, Valotte, Lennon continued to release new albums every two or three years – The Secret Value of Daydreaming in 1986, Mr. Jordan in 1989, and Help Yourself in 1991 – before taking a break for a few years. When he returned in 1998, it was with Photograph Smile, an unabashedly Beatle-esque album which found Lennon seemingly comfortable at last with embracing his heritage. Unfortunately, it proved to be the last thing listeners would hear from him for many years. Finally, in 2011, Lennon emerged with a new album: Everything Changes. The only problem, however, was that its emergence was limited to the UK and Ireland. At long last, however, the album has finally found …

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Inside the Art of Outside Lands

Outside Lands came and went last weekend, blowing in and out of the Golden Gate Park with the signature stomp, rock, and dazzle that’s it’s become equanimous with since Another Planet first unleashed it upon San Francisco six summers ago. This year, the dazzle was bigger and brighter than ever, the rock louder, the stomp harder, and widespread and whimsical art lavished the weekend with a warmth and brightness that superseded the grey skies.

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You’re Dead To Us…Medleys

In which we look at once common curiosities of pop culture that don’t exist anymore, be it because of changing tastes, the fragmentation of culture, or merely the fickle nature of fads.  In the late ’70s in the Netherlands, most disco music came in bootlegged medleys on 45, in which popular dance songs were strung together with a cohesive beat, or the music of one band, say, the Beatles, was remixed with a generic 1-2 drum beat and some synthetic hand claps. Dutch music publisher Willem Van Kooten got wind of this trend when he heard a mix that included a danced-up version of “Venus,” of which he owned the copyright. He decided to record a legit dancebeat-assisted disco medley, using “Venus” as well as some Beatles songs as recorded by studio musicians who he thought sounded like John Lennon and Paul McCartney. (They didn’t.) Because of copyright reasons with the Beatles’ songs, Van Kooten and Stars on 45 had to list the name of every song in the medley in the song’s title: “Intro”/“Venus”/“Sugar, …