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Paul McCartney’s second solo album to feature him playing all the instruments came ten years after the first McCartney solo record. Times had changed but McCartney, curious as ever, plays with the latest technology in his home studio. “Coming Up” is an enthralling piece of modernist pop, as catchy as any pop song he has written. “Temporary Secretary” is a mind-melt of synthetic textures, a delightful piece of Kraftwerk-like ephemera. “Waterfalls” is the chilling ballad that while not as well known as many McCartney songs still stands the test of time. “Nobody Knows” is a catchy barroom rocker. “Summer’s Day Song” is an interesting piece of synthesizer work. The Deluxe Edition includes the “Live at Glasgow, 1979” version of “Coming Up,” the impressively orchestrated “Blue Sway” (and a version without orchestration), the B-sides “Check My Machine” and “Secret Friend” in different edits and the maniacal workout, “Mr. H Atom / You Know I’ll Get You Baby” where McCartney turns into Gary Numan.

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some people don't like this album but other's seem to so if your a old fan or a new fan I reccomened this one to you

McCartney II is full of musical ideas but a big disappointment

I will always appreciate the fact that Paul McCartney, the greatest songwriter of all time, took chances and released a wide variety of music in his amazing career. This album seems to be a collection of musical ideas that did not fit the radio-friendly, big arena sound of Wings. The end of Wings seems to have left Paul in a creative slump so he decided to gather the bits and pieces he had "filed away" and put them onto a record. There is a lot of creativity here and many experimental ideas but most of the songs are not very good. Given the choice, I am happy he released these songs because I want to have all of his music, both good and not so good. A rejected song in his mind could be a "classic" to some people. I am disappointed that he did not throw in other unreleased songs that could have made "McCartney II" so much better. For example, "Yvonne's The One" is probably the best unreleased song I have had the opportunity to hear. In addition, the album would have been better with the inclusion of, "Did We Meet Somewhere Before?", "Cage" and the instrumental masterpiece, "Flying Horses". These songs can be heard on various bootlegs. Another great song, "Mama's Little Girl" would have fit in here nicely. It was released as the B-side of the single, "Put It There" about 10 years after this album was released. Although the album is disappointing, every listener will find some songs they like. So, if you are a McCartney fan, enjoy it for what its worth. Think of this collection of throw away songs as his opportunity to share more of his creativity with us while his creative juices built up and flowed extraordinarily on his next album, and one of his best, "Tug Of War".

Sort of a disappointment….

Compared to his other music this is nothing, but I suppose it has a few good songs. Everybody has their opinions but if you wanna get into McCartney music listen to "The Beatles" or "Paul McCartney & Wings" as a McCartney fan for a long time, I understand on this album he's just widening his musical horizons. Worst song? Temporary Secretary!


Genre: Rock

Out of all the former Beatles, Paul McCartney by far had the most successful solo career, maintaining a constant presence in the British and American charts during the '70s and '80s. In America alone, he had nine number one singles and seven number one albums during the first 12 years of his solo career, and in his native United Kingdom, his record was nearly as impressive. McCartney's hot streak began in 1970, when he became the first Beatle to leave the group. A little more than a year after the...
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McCartney II (Deluxe Edition), Paul McCartney
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  • $19.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Arena Rock, Pop, Soft Rock, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Jun 14, 2011

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