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After the success of the studio-intensive Flowers in the Dirt and the mega-success of the extensive tour that followed (captured on Tripping the Live Fantastic), Paul McCartney opted to bring his road band into the studio and, after a few rehearsals, record the new songs live with as few overdubs as possible. Two leftovers from his collaboration with Elvis Costello on Flowers show up here (“Mistress and Maid,” “The Lovers That Never Were”), alongside several pointed political songs, including the excellent and rocking anti–animal cruelty anthem “Looking for Changes” and the prayers for a better world heard on “Hope of Deliverance” and “C’mon People.” This direct way of recording benefits McCartney greatly. He’s a natural musician with impeccable pitch and timing. Therefore, he doesn’t need much (any?) practice, and songs like “I Owe It to You,” “Peace in the Neighborhood,” the piano ballad “Golden Earth Girl,” and the hard rocker “Get Out of My Way” sound fresh and exciting because McCartney is still fresh and excited.

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Several gems on this one, typical McCartney talent

Bought this CD when if first came out. McCartney is certainly high on most folks lists of musicians that you would buy a new album from, ears unheard. You are rarely disappointed from such talent. I love the opening track "Off the Ground" ... infectious and great melody. "Hope of Deliverance" is an uplifting promise delivered in song; I disagree with the base reviewer on "Biker like an Icon" ... that song rocks, has a melody and style that delivers spurts of acceleration like a motor bike. "Peace in the Neighbourhood" (is that a British spelling?) is a lighter deliverance of hope, but offers a return to focus on the basics, like, peace, man. And Paul can't (shouldn't) cut an album without a hefty, solid rocker, either ... hence, "Get Out of my Way." Very good album.


McCartney at his best. That is all there is to say

Solid effort

Strong effort from Paul with many good songs.


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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Off the Ground, Paul McCartney
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Jan 01, 1993

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