Paul McCartney – McCartney II (1980) [Remaster 2011] {UNLIMITED Edition} [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Paul McCartney – McCartney II (1980) [Remaster 2011] {UNLIMITED Edition}
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 127:29 minutes | 2,63 GB | Genre: Rock
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The third release from the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, an ambitious reissue program that encompasses 41 years of cherished, classic material from the most successful songwriter and recording artist in music history. McCartney II originally issued in May of 1980 was McCartney’s return to solo work after nine years touring and having released several massively successful albums with Wings. Reaching #1 in the UK, and #3 in the U.S., the album produced enduring classics such as “Coming Up,” “Waterfalls,” & “Temporary Secretary”.

Entitled McCartney II because its one-man band approach mirrors that of his first solo album, Paul McCartney’s first record since the breakup of Wings was greeted upon its release as a return to form, especially since its synth-heavy arrangements seemed to represent his acceptance of new wave. In retrospect, the record is muddled and confused, nowhere more so than on the frazzled sequencing of “Temporary Secretary,” where McCartney spits out ridiculous lyrics with a self-consciously atonal melody over gurgling synths. Things rarely get worse than that, and occasionally, as in the effortless hooks of “Coming Up,” the record is quite enjoyable. Nevertheless, the majority of McCartney II is forced, and its lack of memorable melodies is accentuated by the stiff electronics, which were not innovative at the time and are even more awkward in the present. At least McCartney II finds Paul in an adventurous state of mind, which is a relief after years of formulaic pop. In some ways, the fact that he was trying was more relevant than the fact that the experiments failed.

01 – Coming Up
02 – Temporary Secretary
03 – On The Way
04 – Waterfalls
05 – Nobody Knows
06 – Front Parlour
07 – Summer’s Day Song
08 – Frozen Jap
09 – Bogey Music
10 – Darkroom
11 – One Of These Days
12 – Blue Sway [With Richard Niles Orchestration]
13 – Coming Up [Live At Glasgow, 1979]
14 – Check My Machine [edit]
15 – Bogey Wobble
16 – Secret Friend [Full Length Version]
17 – Mr H Atom / You Know I’ll Get You Baby
18 – Wonderful Christmastime [Edited Version]
19 – All You Horse Riders / Blue Sway
20 – Coming Up [Full Length Version]
21 – Front Parlour [Full Length Version]
22 – Frozen Jap [Full Length Version]
23 – Darkroom [Full Length Version]
24 – Check My Machine [Full Length Version]
25 – Wonderful Christmastime [Full Length Version]
26 – Summer’s Day Song [Original without vocals]
27 – Waterfalls [DJ Edit]