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Tug of War

Paul McCartney

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Paul McCartney entered the '80s regaining his focus. He’d dissolved his group Wings and began figuring out where his melodic pop fit within the spectrum of the emerging era. McCartney II showed signs of pop life, with its new wave synths and effortless hooks. Tug of War, with Beatles producer George Martin, refines McCartney’s craft ever so slightly. The hits tell the story. “Take It Away” and “Ebony and Ivory,” one of two duets with Stevie Wonder, are highly melodic and catchy tunes that capture McCartney’s mainstream appeal at its least forced, enjoying their sweet, professional productions without sinking into cloying sentimentality. “Somebody Who Cares” pulses with the cautious melancholy of Paul Simon. The heartfelt ballad “Here Today” pays tribute to his dear friend John Lennon. “Ballroom Dancing” skirts a playful early rock 'n’ roll sensibility. The other (and less famous) duet with Stevie Wonder, “What’s That You’re Doing,” packs a bit more funk than the average McCartney track without turning into parody.

Customer Reviews

Essential McCartney

I'm biased, I admit. After devouring my parents Beatles albums I made my first musical purchase of my life, using allowance money.
It was 1982, I was 7, Tug of War was newly released, and Paul was my current "favorite Beatle." (why does everyone have to have a favorite?)

After years of deeming it sort of cheesy during my 20's, I now love this album again. Some really good songwriting, including lyrics, which in my opinion are Paul's greatest weakness sometimes. And though it doesn't escape all the 80'sisms that the historical lens elucidates, it is still in many ways a timeless album.
Great production with George Martin. Wanderlust...Tug of War...Here Today (an ode to John) are all Deep McCartney tracks. And "whats that you're doing" with Stevie is very sweet.

I still remember bringing this vinyl up to the tall counter at Melody Music and handing the man all the money I had in the world. Not a bad investment at all.

Just Plain Classy

What an album. 1982 was a great year for Paul partnering with Stevie Wonder, Carl Perkins, George Martin, Ringo Starr and others. A beautiful album that is superbly produced. Wouldn't Take It Away be awesome live!!

Truley incedible

This is truley a incredible Album. McCartney is fanatastic in all areas! Vocals, Writting, And instrument playin I love! ever single song! Outstanding job hear Paul! I recommend this album to newer Paul McCartney fans, this is a great place to start. Top 5 songs: 1:Ebony and Ivory. 2: Here Today. 3: Tug of War. 4: Take it away. 5:Wanderlust

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