12 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
30 Ratings
30 Ratings
My2Cents ,

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.

Gaby79AD ,

One of Paul's Best Albums and...

I still have the original cd my parents bought me when this album was released in the US in May of 1993. I now have digital downloads and listen to this album often especially "I owe It All To You". The sound quality and musical arrangements of all these songs still blows me away!...Paul, I miss the happiness I heard in your voice back then...

I will always keep (and recommend to current and prospective Paul fans) the following albums I loved listening to as an adolescent and now as an adult:
1. Off The Ground(1993)
2. Flowers In The Dirt(1989)
3. Flaming Pie(1997)
4. Paul McCartney Unplugged (1990/1991. I believe this was MTV's first unplugged recording/concert. Please correct me if I am wrong.)
5. Press to Play(1986)
6. Give My Regards to Broadstreet(1984)
7. All The Best (1987)

mumpy 313 ,

Kicked around no more

Why can't I find "Kicked around no more"? :-(

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