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McCartney II [Special Edition] [Box]
0. DISC 1: REMASTERED ALBUM:
1. Coming Up
2. Temporary Secretary
3. On the Way
5. Nobody Knows
6. Front Parlour
7. Summer's Day Song
8. Frozen Jap
9. Bogey Music
11. One of These Days
0. DISC 2: BONUS AUDIO 1:
1. Blue Sway - (featuring Richard Niles Orchestration)
2. Coming Up [Live At Glasgow, 1979] - (live)
3. Check My Machine
4. Bogey Wobble - (previously unreleased)
5. Secret Friend
6. Mr H Atom/You Know I'll Get You Baby - (previously unreleased)
7. Wonderful Christmastime [Edited Version]
8. All You Horse Riders/Blue Sway
0. DISC 3: BONUS AUDIO 2:
1. Blue Sway [Full-length Version]
2. Front Parlour [Full-length Version]
3. Frozen Jap [Full-length Version]
4. Darkroom [Full-length Version]
5. Check My Machine [Full-length Version]
6. Wonderful Christmastime [Full-length Version]
7. Summer's Day Song [Original Without Vocals]
8. Waterfalls [DJ Edit]
0. DISC 4: BONUS FILM:
1. Meet Paul McCartney - (featuring Paul McCartney/Tim Rice)
2. Coming Up [Music Video]
3. Waterfalls [Music Video]
4. Wonderful Christmastime [Music Video] - (featuring Denny Laine/Laurence Juber/Linda McCartney/Steve Holly)
5. Coming Up [Live at Concert for the People of Kampuchea, 1979] - (live)
6. Coming Up [Taken from a Rehearsal Session at Lower Gate Farm, 1979] - (take)
7. Making the Coming Up Music Video
8. Blue Sway
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 32800
Personnel: Paul McCartney (vocals, various instruments); Linda McCartney (vocals).
Composer: Paul McCartney.
Personnel: Paul McCartney (vocals); Linda McCartney (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Paul McCartney.
Audio Remasterers: Steve Rooke; Guy Mossey.
Liner Note Authors: Allan Rouse ; Paul Du Noyer.
Recording information: Hammersmith Odeon, London (05/1980); Hog Hill Mill (05/1980); Lower Gate Farm, Sussex (05/1980); Replica Studio, London (05/1980); The Apollo, Glasgow (05/1980); Trillion Video (05/1980); Hammersmith Odeon, London (09/1986-10/1986); Hog Hill Mill (09/1986-10/1986); Lower Gate Farm, Sussex (09/1986-10/1986); Replica Studio, London (09/1986-10/1986); The Apollo, Glasgow (09/1986-10/1986); Trillion Video (09/1986-10/1986); Hammersmith Odeon, London (12/17/1979); Hog Hill Mill (12/17/1979); Lower Gate Farm, Sussex (12/17/1979); Replica Studio, London (12/17/1979); The Apollo, Glasgow (12/17/1979); Trillion Video (12/17/1979); Hammersmith Odeon, London (12/1979); Hog Hill Mill (12/1979); Lower Gate Farm, Sussex (12/1979); Replica Studio, London (12/1979); The Apollo, Glasgow (12/1979); Trillion Video (12/1979); Hammersmith Odeon, London (1979); Hog Hill Mill (1979); Lower Gate Farm, Sussex (1979); Replica Studio, London (1979); The Apollo, Glasgow (1979); Trillion Video (1979).
Photographers: Donald Milne; David Thorpe ; Linda McCartney.
Publishers: Nancy Jeffries; Dave Bogart; Jane Kett.
McCARTNEY II, like it's titular predecessor a decade earlier, is all Paul. He handles all the instruments and vocals here, and even produced and engineered the album himself. That's pretty much where the comparison ends, though. While many of the cuts do have a light-hearted feel a la McCARTNEY, this is a much more song-oriented album, and is an unjustly overlooked entry in the McCartney catalogue.
The hit "Coming Up" is McCartney at his most infectious and ebullient. "Temporary Secretary" is a humorous, very British-sounding tune that bears more than a little resemblance to the work of McCartney's former band (no, not Wings). McCartney gets to show off some bluesy guitar chops on the soulful "On The Way." Most importantly for as ballad-oriented as artist as McCartney, this album contains two of his most poignant '80s tunes, "Waterfalls" and "One of These Days."
Rolling Stone (p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[W]hat's striking is a kooky experimentalism -- see the leering, Kraftwerk-y 'Temporary Secretary' -- that foreshadows the current era of the laptop dance-pop auteur."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.95) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Waterfalls' is a beautifully sparse, surreal song that sees McCartney putting in the strongest vocal performance of the album..."
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