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EDITORS’ NOTES

The second official collection of Paul McCartney's solo efforts originally came out in 1987 and gives a good overview of his songwriting triumphs, post-Fab Four. Not only does this collection boast great solo and Wings tracks like "Band On the Run" and "Let 'Em In", it also dives into his popular duets with Stevie Wonder ("Ebony and Ivory") and Michael Jackson ("Say Say Say"). The inclusion of reggae-tinged B-side "C-Moon", the James Bond theme "Live and Let Die" and the 1979 live version of "Coming Up" make this a well-rounded selection.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The second official collection of Paul McCartney's solo efforts originally came out in 1987 and gives a good overview of his songwriting triumphs, post-Fab Four. Not only does this collection boast great solo and Wings tracks like "Band On the Run" and "Let 'Em In", it also dives into his popular duets with Stevie Wonder ("Ebony and Ivory") and Michael Jackson ("Say Say Say"). The inclusion of reggae-tinged B-side "C-Moon", the James Bond theme "Live and Let Die" and the 1979 live version of "Coming Up" make this a well-rounded selection.

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4.6 out of 5
189 Ratings
189 Ratings
beatles96 ,

A great compilation!

This is a perfect collection of paul mccartney and wings tracks, seeing as how itunes took the individual LPs off. Paul is great and will forever be a legend!

opera-singing-platypus ,

Paul McCartney ROCKS!!!!!

Amazing voice. Amazing musician. Probably the best Beatle!!!

Ewonguyen ,

A Must-Have Album!

First off, because of its sheer importance, today - June 18, 2010 - is Paul McCartney's 68th birthday! So happy birthday, Paul McCartney! You're my hero! :) Okay, now about this album. It's great. It has a bunch of his best works. Every song is a masterpiece. The ones you just GOTTA have are "Band on the Run," "Silly Love Songs," and "Live and Let Die." But if you have the money, just buy the whole thing! You won't regret it. Again, happy birthday, Sir Paul McCartney. :) <3

About Paul 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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