Album Review: “Run Devil Run” — Paul McCartney (1999)

Run Devil Run represents Paul McCartney’s second album of (mostly) cover tunes, after 1988’s Снова в СССР. While the latter was released as something of a lark — basically Paul and a bunch of musician friends  noodling around in the studio, recording a bunch of 50s/Broadway/R&B tunes, and releasing the album in the Soviet Union…

Album Review: “Driving Rain” — Paul McCartney (2001)

Paul McCartney’s Driving Rain is a problematic but intriguing record, probably the least-regarded of his much praised “later career rebirth” (which arguably began with 1997’s Flaming Pie and continued through 2013’s New). Whereas Flaming Pie was a strong artistic statement that seemed to invoke all the classic McCartney songcraft tropes to great effect, 2001’s Driving…

Album Review: “Hot Hitz Kold Kutz” — Paul McCartney (Bootleg)

There’s a reason I haven’t delved too deeply into blogging about and reviewing the extensive multiverse of Paul McCartney bootlegs, mostly because there is simply no getting out of that particular rabbit hole. I’m not kidding either. No matter what your opinion on McCartney’s solo material, there is no denying that the man’s output was…

Album Review: “Ram” — Paul & Linda McCartney (1971)

After the reasonable success of McCartney [his first post-Beatles solo album], Paul took a bit of a holiday and returned fresh to the studio in November 1970 to begin the Ram sessions. This time the approach would be a solidly studio effort, incorporating session musicians such as guitarists David Spinozza and Hugh McCracken (actual name). Through early…