Paul McCartney, McCartney II (1980)
I gave this album the full track-by-track over at my other blog just recently. So I won’t repeat a lot of that. This album used to fascinate me when I was young – when it was released. It’s due to this, Ram and Band On The Run – and later Back To The Egg – that I became more of a Paul McCartney fan than a John Lennon fan. It was interesting in the comments to my track-by-track discussion of McCartney II that people felt the need to dive in to attack Paul and defend John and vice versa. I’m more a McCartney fan – which, these days, makes me a McCartney apologist. Sure. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like a lot of the Lennon material post-Beatles either. But every time I listen to McCartney II I feel like a weird world of sound was partially discovered, partially left hanging there. Our friend Ian stayed with us recently and his koha was a copy of McCartney II on vinyl. I had it at one point and have no idea where it had gone. So it was a lovely gift. And we gave it a damn good workover one night – which of course informed the track-by-track. More recently than that my brother-in-law was visiting and we were playing Foo Fighters’ Rare Meat (see The Vinyl Countdown # 1989). The version of Band On The Run sidetracked us to Back To The Egg and then McCartney II. I’d never played them back to back before; it’s a very good thing to do. Unless of course you’re not a fan at all – then it would be very, very bad. I felt like I’d done a good duty sharing McCartney II. It’s about to be reissued and I think it will be welcomed by many who shunned it 31 years ago – or by those that never heard it. I still maintain that Darkroom is an absolute banger; destined for the dancefloor and modern remixes. And there is so much other weird and wonderful stuff on McCartney II. Weird and wonderful seems (to me) the perfect description. Both facets.
Sample Track: Darkroom
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