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Tug Of War (Deluxe) (Archive Collection)

Paul McCartney

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Like 1970's McCartney, 1980's McCartney II functioned as a way for Paul McCartney to clear the decks: to experiment and recalibrate in the aftermath of his band falling apart. This means 1982's Tug of War is, in many ways, the very first Paul McCartney solo album, a record recorded not at home but in a studio, a record made without Wings and not co-credited to Linda, who nevertheless is present as a backing vocalist. McCartney recognized this album as something of a major opportunity, so he revived his relationship with Beatles producer George Martin and brought in several heavy-hitters as guests, including his hero Carl Perkins, his Motown counterpart Stevie Wonder, fusion star Stanley Clarke, prog rock refugees Eric Stewart and Andy Mackay, and his old bandmate Ringo Starr, whose presence was overshadowed by "Here Today," an elegy written for the murdered John Lennon. Tucked away at the end of the first side, "Here Today" is bittersweet and small when compared to all the show pieces elbowing each other for attention throughout Tug of War: the grave march of the title track, the vaudevillian "Ballroom Dancing," the stately drama of "Wanderlust," and sincere schmaltz of "Ebony and Ivory," the Wonder duet that helped turn this album into the blockbuster it was intended to be. As good as some of these numbers are -- and they are, bearing an ambition and execution that outstrips latter-day Wings -- much of the charm of Tug of War lies in the excess around the edges, whether it's the rockabilly lark of the Perkins duet "Get It," the later-period Beatles whimsy of '"The Pound Is Sinking," the electro-throwaway "Dress Me Up as a Robber," or the long, electro-funk workout of "What's That You're Doing?," a track that's a fuller collaboration between Paul and Stevie than "Ebony and Ivory." Such crowd-pleasing genre-hopping finds its apotheosis on "Take It Away," a salute to eager performers and the crowds who love them, which means it summarizes not only the appeal of Tug of War in general -- it is, by design, a record that gives the people old Beatle Paul -- but McCartney in general.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Tug Of War (Remixed 2015)
Kenneth Sillito
00:04:23

John Underwood, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Harvey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Laurie Lewis, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mccartney, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Denny Laine, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Linda Mccartney, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kenneth Sillito, Violin, Leader, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Stewart, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Denis Vigay, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Kenneth Essex, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - David Ogden, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Galina Solodchin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Willison, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Halling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Campbell Maloney, Snare Drum, AssociatedPerformer - George Turnlund, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Rennie, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Kok, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Alan John Peters, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nicholas Reader, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

2
Take It Away (Remixed 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:04:16

Paul Mccartney, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Gadd, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Linda Mccartney, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Stewart, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

3
Somebody Who Cares (Remixed 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:03:19

Paul Mccartney, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Gadd, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Denny Laine, Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Linda Mccartney, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - STANLEY CLARKE, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Stewart, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Adrian Brett, Panpipes, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

4
What’s That You’re Doing? (Remixed 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:06:23

Paul Mccartney, Drums, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Stevie Wonder, Vocals, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Linda Mccartney, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Stewart, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Mackay, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Wonderlove, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

5
Here Today (Remixed 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:02:29

John Underwood, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Harvey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Laurie Lewis, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mccartney, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Denis Vigay, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Kenneth Essex, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Rothstein, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Jewel, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Galina Solodchin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Willison, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Halling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Partridge, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - George Turnlund, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Rennie, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Kok, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Alan John Peters, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

6
Ballroom Dancing (Remixed 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:04:09

Peter Marshall, Spoken Word, AssociatedPerformer - David Willis, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mccartney, Drums, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Denny Laine, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Linda Mccartney, Piano, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - John Barclay, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Spedding, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Brymer, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Stewart, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - David Ogden, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Raymond Swinfield, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Whittle, Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd, under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
The Pound Is Sinking (Remixed 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:02:56

Paul Mccartney, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Denny Laine, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Linda Mccartney, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - STANLEY CLARKE, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Stewart, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

8
Wanderlust (Remixed 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:03:49

John Underwood, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Harvey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Laurie Lewis, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mccartney, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Denny Laine, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Linda Mccartney, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, Brass Band, AssociatedPerformer - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Stewart, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Denis Vigay, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Kenneth Essex, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - David Ogden, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Galina Solodchin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Willison, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Adrian Sheppard, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Peters, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Halling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - George Turnlund, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Rennie, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Kok, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

9
Get It (Remixed 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:02:28

Paul Mccartney, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Synthesizer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Carl Perkins, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

10
Be What You See (Link) (Remixed 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:00:34

Paul Mccartney, Guitar, Sound Effects, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

11
Dress Me Up As A Robber (Remixed 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:02:43

Paul Mccartney, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Denny Laine, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Linda Mccartney, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Mattacks, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd, under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Ebony And Ivory (Remixed 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:03:46

Paul Mccartney, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer, Sound Effects, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Stevie Wonder, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

13
Stop, You Don’t Know Where She Came From (Demo / Remastered 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:01:44

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

14
Wanderlust (Demo / Remastered 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:01:46

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

15
Ballroom Dancing (Demo / Remastered 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:02:04

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd, under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
Take It Away (Demo / Remastered 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:05:37

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

17
The Pound Is Sinking (Demo / Remastered 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:02:35

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd, under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
Something That Didn’t Happen (Demo / Remastered 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:02:17

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

19
Ebony And Ivory (Demo / Remastered 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:01:46

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

20
Dress Me Up As A Robber / Robber Riff (Demo / Remastered 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:03:42

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

21
Ebony And Ivory (Solo Version / Remastered 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:03:50

Paul Mccartney, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer, Sound Effects, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Stevie Wonder, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

22
Rainclouds (Remastered 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:03:13

Paddy Moloney, Uilleann Pipes, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mccartney, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Denny Laine, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

23
I’ll Give You A Ring (Remastered 2015)
Paul McCartney
00:03:09

Paul Mccartney, Drums, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Linda Mccartney, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Stewart, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Coe, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 MPL Communications Inc/Ltd

Album review

Like 1970's McCartney, 1980's McCartney II functioned as a way for Paul McCartney to clear the decks: to experiment and recalibrate in the aftermath of his band falling apart. This means 1982's Tug of War is, in many ways, the very first Paul McCartney solo album, a record recorded not at home but in a studio, a record made without Wings and not co-credited to Linda, who nevertheless is present as a backing vocalist. McCartney recognized this album as something of a major opportunity, so he revived his relationship with Beatles producer George Martin and brought in several heavy-hitters as guests, including his hero Carl Perkins, his Motown counterpart Stevie Wonder, fusion star Stanley Clarke, prog rock refugees Eric Stewart and Andy Mackay, and his old bandmate Ringo Starr, whose presence was overshadowed by "Here Today," an elegy written for the murdered John Lennon. Tucked away at the end of the first side, "Here Today" is bittersweet and small when compared to all the show pieces elbowing each other for attention throughout Tug of War: the grave march of the title track, the vaudevillian "Ballroom Dancing," the stately drama of "Wanderlust," and sincere schmaltz of "Ebony and Ivory," the Wonder duet that helped turn this album into the blockbuster it was intended to be. As good as some of these numbers are -- and they are, bearing an ambition and execution that outstrips latter-day Wings -- much of the charm of Tug of War lies in the excess around the edges, whether it's the rockabilly lark of the Perkins duet "Get It," the later-period Beatles whimsy of '"The Pound Is Sinking," the electro-throwaway "Dress Me Up as a Robber," or the long, electro-funk workout of "What's That You're Doing?," a track that's a fuller collaboration between Paul and Stevie than "Ebony and Ivory." Such crowd-pleasing genre-hopping finds its apotheosis on "Take It Away," a salute to eager performers and the crowds who love them, which means it summarizes not only the appeal of Tug of War in general -- it is, by design, a record that gives the people old Beatle Paul -- but McCartney in general.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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