Film/Album Review: “Give My Regards To Broad Street” — Paul McCartney (1984)

This is a first for me. In a rare display of vertical integration in such a heretofore wholly insular blog such as this, I have decided to do a Two-For-Tuesday review (albeit one published on a Wednesday, and written in pieces over several days). Ahh… remember when Two-For-Tuesday was a big deal on AOR radio?…

Album Review: “Pipes Of Peace” — Paul McCartney (1983)

I’m not going to get too long-winded here. Sadly, this album’s just not worth that much discussion. So Tug of War was a BIG commercial success, and almost begrudgingly a critical one as well (even with the barbs tossed his way for the rather pedantic “Ebony and Ivory” single). So Macca’s got some momentum again, and to…

Album Review: “McCartney II” — Paul McCartney (1980)

There’s a few ways you can approach Paul McCartney’s 1980 album McCartney II. Was it the sequel to McCartney, his first solo LP released 10 years prior? Without question. It features Paul in a truly solo environment: no Wings, just a smidge of Linda here and there, him playing all instruments on the album, and noodling…

Album Review: “Back To The Egg” — Wings (1979)

Holy crap… Back To The Egg is the first McCartney/Wings album that actually sounds fresh and contemporary; it was so named as it was Paul’s attempt to “get back” to his rock roots. With Joe English and Jimmy McCullough gone (McCullough would sadly die from a heroin overdose in September 1979), he recruited guitarist Laurence Juber and drummer Steve…

Album Review: “London Town” — Paul McCartney & Wings (1978)

London Town represents the first Wings album to drop after their banner 1976 year. A hugely successful North American tour brought Paul back before American audiences to great acclaim, and the live album that was released at the end of the year also garnered big sales and (begrudgingly) critical praise. OK sure, the previous studio release Wings At…

Album Review: “Wild Life” — Paul McCartney & Wings (1971)

Well, he did it. Paul McCartney formed a brand new band. Unthinkable, but there it was. Energized after the modest creative and commercial success of Ram, Paul (and Linda) took drummer Denny Seiwell and added Moody Blues’er Denny Laine to the mix, and with that Wings was born. Sequestered in McCartney’s Scotland studios in August…

Album Review: “Tug Of War” — Paul McCartney (1982)

Paul officially goes ’80s, and dadgum it if it doesn’t actually work pretty well!! Well, Wings was done, at least as of April 1981. Funny thing was, the Tug of War sessions began as early as June of 1980 at Finston Manor in Kent, while Wings was still quite the viable entity (the solo MCCARTNEY II album notwithstanding). The summer of 1980 saw…