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McCartney II (Archive Edition)

Paul McCartney

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Entitled McCartney II because its one-man band approach mirrors that of his first solo album, Paul McCartney's first record since the breakup of Wings was greeted upon its release as a return to form, especially since its synth-heavy arrangements seemed to represent his acceptance of new wave. In retrospect, the record is muddled and confused, nowhere more so than on the frazzled sequencing of "Temporary Secretary," where McCartney spits out ridiculous lyrics with a self-consciously atonal melody over gurgling synths. Things rarely get worse than that, and occasionally, as in the effortless hooks of "Coming Up," the record is quite enjoyable. Nevertheless, the majority of McCartney II is forced, and its lack of memorable melodies is accentuated by the stiff electronics, which were not innovative at the time and are even more awkward in the present. At least McCartney II finds Paul in an adventurous state of mind, which is a relief after years of formulaic pop. In some ways, the fact that he was trying was more relevant than the fact that the experiments failed.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Coming Up (2011 Remaster / Full Length Version)
00:03:54

Paul Mccartney, Drums, Guitar, Vocals, Recording Engineer, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Ltd

2
Temporary Secretary (2011 Remaster)
00:03:16

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Banjo, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Recording Engineer, Bass, Synthesizer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Klein, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

3
On The Way (2011 Remaster)
00:03:40

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

4
Waterfalls (2011 Remaster)
00:04:46

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer, Rhodes , MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Klein, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 MPL Communications, Inc

5
Nobody Knows (2011 Remaster)
00:02:54

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

6
Front Parlour (2011 Remaster)
00:03:33

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

7
Summer's Day Song (2011 Remaster)
00:03:26

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

8
Frozen Jap (2011 Remaster)
00:03:41

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

9
Bogey Music (2011 Remaster)
00:03:28

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Ltd/Inc under exclusive license to StarCon, LLC

10
Darkroom (2011 Remaster)
00:02:22

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

11
One Of These Days (2011 Remaster)
00:03:38

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

DISC 2

1
Blue Sway [With Richard Niles Orchestration] (2011 Remaster)
00:04:36

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

2
Coming Up [Live At Glasgow, 1979] (Live At Glasgow, Scotland / 1979 / 2011 Remaster)
00:04:10

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

3
Check My Machine (2011 Remaster / Edit)
00:05:51

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Banjo, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Synthesizer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Klein, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Ltd

4
Bogey Wobble (2011 Remaster)
00:03:01

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

5
Secret Friend (2011 Remaster / Full Length Version)
00:10:32

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

6
Mr H Atom / You Know I’ll Get You Baby (2011 Remaster)
00:05:56

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Ltd/Inc under exclusive license to StarCon, LLC

7
Wonderful Christmastime (2011 Remaster / Edited Version)
00:03:48

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Bass, Synthesizer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Ltd

8
All You Horse Riders / Blue Sway (2011 Remaster)
00:10:14

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

DISC 3

1
Coming Up [Full Length Version] (Remastered)
00:05:37

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Ltd/Inc under exclusive license to StarCon, LLC

2
Front Parlour [Full Length Version] (Remastered)
00:05:16

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

3
Frozen Jap [Full Length Version] (Remastered)
00:05:44

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Ltd/Inc under exclusive license to StarCon, LLC

4
Darkroom [Full Length Version] (Remastered)
00:03:47

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

5
Check My Machine [Full Length Version] (Remastered)
00:08:59

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

6
Wonderful Christmastime [Full Length Version] (Remastered)
00:04:17

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

7
Summer’s Day Song [Original without vocals] (Remastered)
00:03:28

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

8
Waterfalls [DJ Edit] (Remastered)
00:03:23

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

Album review

Entitled McCartney II because its one-man band approach mirrors that of his first solo album, Paul McCartney's first record since the breakup of Wings was greeted upon its release as a return to form, especially since its synth-heavy arrangements seemed to represent his acceptance of new wave. In retrospect, the record is muddled and confused, nowhere more so than on the frazzled sequencing of "Temporary Secretary," where McCartney spits out ridiculous lyrics with a self-consciously atonal melody over gurgling synths. Things rarely get worse than that, and occasionally, as in the effortless hooks of "Coming Up," the record is quite enjoyable. Nevertheless, the majority of McCartney II is forced, and its lack of memorable melodies is accentuated by the stiff electronics, which were not innovative at the time and are even more awkward in the present. At least McCartney II finds Paul in an adventurous state of mind, which is a relief after years of formulaic pop. In some ways, the fact that he was trying was more relevant than the fact that the experiments failed.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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