Paul McCartney, Press To Play (1986)
I’m not going to go telling you that Press To Play is some misunderstood/forgotten Paul McCartney classic. If I did you wouldn’t listen anyway. And you’d be right not to. But it is an album that does deserve an ear from sympathetic fans – and anyone curious about the whim and wonder within McCartney’s solo career. It does have a few good songs on it. A couple of really good songs on it even. I’ve been playing it a heap lately. Because it’s not one of the albums I knew all that well. And a friend recently gave me a copy, a gift. A lovely gift because, as I say, I never really spent a huge amount of time with the album. I had the cheap and nasty CD reissue from the early 1990s. But I didn’t give it much stereo-time. Spotted one or two okay songs, recognised some of the players involved and moved on. I might never have gone back to it. But I’ve been playing it on the turntable a lot lately, one of the last missing pieces in the McCartney solo-album puzzle for me. When we hated Macca, and hated him strong, it was never really for what he had done though right? Always for not doing what we thought he should be doing. There’s far more depth and eccentricity in his catalogue than most are prepared to acknowledge.
Sample Track: Talk More Talk
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