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BOXSET REVIEW: PAUL MCCARTNEY, “Pure McCartney” (various editions)

  What can you really say that hasn’t already been said about Paul McCartney?  This isn’t some “rock critic” trying to dissect the now 46-year solo career of the greatest (still living) pop musician of all time; this is simply an assessment of a very fine, albeit flawed, comprehensive compilation of the man’s works, picked by him. I plumped for the 4-disc, hardcover book edition of Pure McCartney and it is, indeed, quite a treasure trove that goes from 1970’s McCartney all the way to 2013’s New.  Of course, I find it flawed because aside from some glaring omissions which are personal favorites, he did leave off several essential tracks (certainly “My Brave Face” or “This One” from 1989’s Flowers In The Dirt should have been here or “Hope Of Deliverance” from 1993’s Off The Ground could have found a spot).  Nonetheless, according to the press release: ‘”Me and my team came up with the idea of putting together a collection of my recordings with nothing else in mind other than having something fun to …

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DVD & CD REVIEW: THE BEATLES, “1+”

Objectivity be damned; this is The Beatles we’re talking about.  The single, most important cultural entity to happen in my lifetime; merely a rock and roll band who re-shaped traditions – musically and on a grander, far deeper social scale.  But not to quickly digress, they also made the most memorable and beloved music in modern history.  Two of them are now dead and they continue to live on as new, younger generations are finding them/finding out about them and how crucial they were and are, most importantly, musically. So here’s another repacking with a neat addition.  The stripped down and wildly successful 1 collection (originally released in 2000) has now been remastered and reissued with a restored DVD/Bluray set of the band’s promo films – some actually shot when the Fabs were a going entity – to create 1+.  The pictures are sharper than before; the sound is dynamic and, of course, the music is just as thrilling now as it was then. From the CD edition, you get all the singles that reached …

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ALBUM REVIEW: PAUL McCARTNEY, “Tug Of War” (reissue)

A few things to get right out there:  I love this album.  I love Paul McCartney – from McCartney until this one.  This was the last album of his that I bought with anticipation, excitement and not feeling like he was mailing it in.  I grew up loving The Beatles and McCartney was always/will always be my hero.  And even though this album has one bona-fide piece of shit, the excruciating, god-awful torture known as “Ebony and Ivory”, I still think it’s one of his best overall albums.  And in a pedantic, roundabout way, this is his first “real” solo album –  McCartney and McCartney II don’t count; it’s him playing all the parts.  Ram was a “Paul and Linda McCartney” release.  And then came Wings.  This is Paul’s first titled album under his own name with other musicians and it’s a power-play goal. Set the table with the fact that it’s co-produced by George Martin.  Amongst the players, Ringo is in house, Eric Stewart of 10cc, Carl Perkins…  So that’s enough to have your …

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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 …