Album Review: “With The Beatles” (1963) / “Meet The Beatles!” (1964) — The Beatles

Introduction I’m not gonna hype this post as some kind of EPIC SHOWDOWN when comparing two essentially similiar Beatles records, because in almost any configuration, the UK Beatles albums were superior to their US counterparts, and that’s pretty much all there is to it. Except for Rubber Soul, which may be the only exception, and…

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…

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Robber’s Ball” — Paul McCartney (1978)

Well, welcome to the Robbers’ Ball Both gentlemen and ladies all Are welcome to the revelry tonight… Hey lookee here, Hokeyblog is hyping some Paul McCartney. I am sure you’re quite shocked. And stunned. And that will be the last Rutles reference of the evening… But bear with me here, because Robber’s Ball is strongly…

Album Review: “Снова в СССР” — Paul McCartney (1988)

I’m not going to spend too much time discussing Снова в СССР, Paul McCartney’s 1988 album of cover tunes. It’s not even so much because it’s a bad record, or a boring, uninspired collection of mostly 1950s rock standards (with some Duke Ellington and George Gershwin thrown in for good measure). Your enjoyment of his…

Album Review: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” — The Beatles (1967)

As of when this album review was published, it has been just around 50 years since the legendary Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released in North America (it was released a week earlier in the UK), and I’m going to avoid the easy “It was 50 years ago today…” H1 headline because that…