22 Songs, 1 Hour 26 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This album is Mastered for iTunes. Paul McCartney's second solo album expands on the homemade charm of McCartney but retains its rough edges, despite being recorded in professional recording studios. Tracks such as "Too Many People," "3 Legs," and "Dear Boy" showcase McCartney the rocker and popster at his most relaxed—and he's still a better craftsman than the nearest competition, many times squared. The most carefully sculpted tunes ("Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey," "Monkberry Moon Delight," and the underrated and majestic "The Back Seat of My Car") prove that his talents didn't leave him just because he left The Beatles. Added to the album's expanded edition are a number of previously unreleased outtakes, including remixes, the eight-minute fiery rocker "Rode All Night," the "Another Day" single, its b-side "Oh Woman, Oh Why," and "Little Woman Love," the b-side to the "Mary Had a Little Lamb" single. "Eat at Home/Smile Away" and "Uncle Albert Jam" are exclusive digital bonus tracks that further make this 2012 remaster the real McCoy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This album is Mastered for iTunes. Paul McCartney's second solo album expands on the homemade charm of McCartney but retains its rough edges, despite being recorded in professional recording studios. Tracks such as "Too Many People," "3 Legs," and "Dear Boy" showcase McCartney the rocker and popster at his most relaxed—and he's still a better craftsman than the nearest competition, many times squared. The most carefully sculpted tunes ("Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey," "Monkberry Moon Delight," and the underrated and majestic "The Back Seat of My Car") prove that his talents didn't leave him just because he left The Beatles. Added to the album's expanded edition are a number of previously unreleased outtakes, including remixes, the eight-minute fiery rocker "Rode All Night," the "Another Day" single, its b-side "Oh Woman, Oh Why," and "Little Woman Love," the b-side to the "Mary Had a Little Lamb" single. "Eat at Home/Smile Away" and "Uncle Albert Jam" are exclusive digital bonus tracks that further make this 2012 remaster the real McCoy.

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About Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney

As Beatlemania was transforming rock ’n’ roll from passing teen fad to permanent pop-cultural movement, Paul McCartney (born in Liverpool in 1942) became the driving force behind the band’s rapid, dramatic maturation. In just two years, he had graduated from the Little Richard worship of 1963’s “I Saw Her Standing There” to the exquisite orchestral balladry of “Yesterday”—a shift that intensified the contrast between McCartney and his increasingly acerbic songwriting partner, John Lennon. But as The Beatles’ entered their late-’60s experimental phase—during which Lennon’s avant-garde impulses came to the fore—McCartney’s traditionalism constituted its own form of radicalism. Within the band’s psychedelic milieu, his embrace of pre-rock forms, like classical (“Eleanor Rigby”) and English music-hall serenades (“When I’m Sixty-Four”), felt no less surreal than The Beatles' use of tape-loop freak-outs and sitar drones. (And this is to say nothing of Paul's sublime bass playing, which elevated the four-string from rhythmic undercurrent to melodic focal point.) His post-Beatles albums have proven equally uncanny and influential: 1971’s art-folk opus Ram provided the lo-fi schematic for future generations of DIY home-recording artists, while the arena-rattling roar of “Jet,” from McCartney's subsequent band Wings’ 1973 LP Band on the Run, shows why he’s become a muse to hard rockers such as Dave Grohl. And by continually collaborating with the hitmakers of the day—from Michael Jackson in the 1980s to Rihanna and Kanye West in the 2010s—he has remained a voracious pop omnivore, as connected to music's past as its future.

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