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iTunes Editors’ Notes

As a consummate professional, Paul McCartney can play anything. But his ability to make it sound easy doesn’t mean it actually is. The '80s offered the experienced performer a few intriguing challenges, as many productions leaned toward the slicker, mechanical ways of drum machines and processed backing tracks that often blurred the sonic picture until a song’s simple beauty was lost in a mix of keyboards, horns, and hyperactive vocals. Here, McCartney works to keep a balance. “Stranglehold” starts things on an upbeat note and uses the extremely busy production to layer a nicely kept pop tune. “Good Times Coming/Feel the Sun” squares up a Caribbean new wave groove. “Only Love Remains” is a standard McCartney piano ballad that sounds so immediately familiar it seems to have always existed. “Press” immerses itself in the joys of synthesizer technology and McCartney’s never-failing pop instincts to keep things catchy and fun, using modern production techniques to his advantage. 

Customer Reviews

Incomplete Album Version

Why are the last (3) songs "Tough On A Tightrope", "Write Away" & "It's Not True" missing from this album?

Press to Play

This is one of my all-time favorite McCartney albums, and I had been hunting for it avidly. Thank you for adding it, iTunes, because it wasn't there before. As for the extra songs, they were never there on the original American release. I know because I listened to this thing on audio cassette until it was a part of my soul. Consequently, it was no loss to me. Needless to say, I squealed in delight to see it again. It's good to have an old friend in my music collection again.

One of Paul

This is a great album, albeit somewhat dated due to drum machines and an 80's sound on some of the songs. Regardless it's still great - very strong songwriting before he developed a tendency to play mid tempo middle of the road rock. It is a mystery why 3 songs that were on my US CD - Write Away, It's not True and Tough On a Tightrope - are missing.

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