12 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This collaborative album by Paul McCartney and DJ/producer Freelance Hellraiser (a.k.a. Roy Kerr) was released in 2005 as a limited-edition double vinyl LP, plus as a download that was reissued in 2012. Kerr was known as a mash-up artist, someone who remixes two or more contrasting musical works and invents something new in the process. Kerr opened for McCartney’s 2004 tour, performing a half-hour set of McCartney’s music remixed into sometimes unrecognizable forms and sometimes modestly reworked versions. The results gave McCartney a new audience of fans who were more dance-oriented. The more famous songs here—“Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Live and Let Die,” “Coming Up”—generally have enough of their bones kept in place for fans to recognize them and sing along, while the lesser-known tunes provide a chance for Kerr to run wild and free. While this album may be shocking to some, McCartney has always been a fan of the avant-garde. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

This collaborative album by Paul McCartney and DJ/producer Freelance Hellraiser (a.k.a. Roy Kerr) was released in 2005 as a limited-edition double vinyl LP, plus as a download that was reissued in 2012. Kerr was known as a mash-up artist, someone who remixes two or more contrasting musical works and invents something new in the process. Kerr opened for McCartney’s 2004 tour, performing a half-hour set of McCartney’s music remixed into sometimes unrecognizable forms and sometimes modestly reworked versions. The results gave McCartney a new audience of fans who were more dance-oriented. The more famous songs here—“Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Live and Let Die,” “Coming Up”—generally have enough of their bones kept in place for fans to recognize them and sing along, while the lesser-known tunes provide a chance for Kerr to run wild and free. While this album may be shocking to some, McCartney has always been a fan of the avant-garde. 

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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
23 Ratings
23 Ratings
sylvan syrinx ,

Love this!

I'm glad to see this is finally on iTunes. There's nothing like it in Paul's catalog. It's a collaboration with Freelance Hellraiser, who did mashups of Paul's solo songs for his 2004 tour. If you're a Macca Maniac like me, then you'll have a lot of fun figuring out where all the bits of songs came from. Most of these songs bear little resemblance to the originals and a few (like Really Love You) are even improved. "Lalula" is a "new" song made from pieces of other songs like "Old Siam Sir" and "Oh Woman, Oh Why." One of my favorites is "Maybe I'm Amazed" which is slightly sped up and has added percussion, which I think makes an already perfect song even better. Now they need to release Paul's newer pre-show mashups!

wsjinames ,

Needs a listen

I thoroughly enjoyed this. I rate it 5 stars not because it’s Abbey Road but to encourage the more casual McCartney/Beatles fan that they really ought to listen to some of Macca’s more experimental side. There are aspects of this album (is that the right word) that make you think, “So THAT’s what that song might have sounded like if he had had another ‘Lennon’ around to kick his butt.” Maybe that isn’t entirely fair either, but the point is that these are some really interesting and daring takes on songs and extractions of songs that are really worth a listen.

I think a few of these truly are pretty great, such as Really Love You and the newly constructed Lalula. I am not such a fan of the Live and Let Die remix, but I can see that it would have worked well as a concert intro piece, which was the origin of this remix set.

Bottom line - this is a legit Macca collaboration work that more than deserves your time and a few bucks.

SirJeff1974 ,

Great!

Been dying to get a copy of this album for years!!

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