41 years ago, the world realized The Beatles were no more than Paul McCartney announced he would be leaving the group, which in turn ended the group. It was something that had been in the words for a long time, and McCartney saying no more marked the end of one incredible chapter, and the start of four very good individual ones. While John Lennon and George Harrison had dabbled in making and releasing music, both McCartney and Ringo Starr shied away somewhat from going out on their own (with the exception of McCartney releasing The Family Way soundtrack).
McCartney was the first sign of McCartney’s future, and people either loved it or hated it because it seemed so basic compared to the complexities the group had been known for. It was a “home” album, figuratively and literally, with McCartney recording, producing, and playing the entire album at his home in Scotland. For the next ten years he would become one of the biggest selling artists of the 1970’s, and eventually he followed it up with McCartney II, showing that he still had an ear to be innovative while taking risks. If Lennon had become known as “the weird one”, McCartney wanted to prove once and for all he could be quite innovative too, especially with songs like “Frozen Jap“, “Bogey Music“, and “Darkroom“.
In 1970 and 1980, it was still somewhat of an oddity for musicians to record everything at home, something only “hobbyists” did for fun. In 2011, everyone can record in any room (or non-room) at any time, so in a way, McCartney may have indirectly inspire people to break out of the boundaries of a proper recording studio in order to create the kind of music people want to create and thus hear. Both albums have hardcore fans, and many of those fans were happy to discover that both will be released this year as deluxe editions.
Each deluxe edition will feature the original album, remastered in its entirety, along with a wealth of bonus tracks. Here are the official track listings for both:
CD 1: The Original Album
The Lovely Linda
That Would Be Something
Hot as Sun/Glasses/Suicide
Man We Was Lonely
Mamma Miss America
Maybe I’m Amazed
Kreen – Akore
Maybe I’m Amazed [From One Hand Clapping]
Every Night [Live At Glasgow, 1979] [Live]
Hot As Sun [Live At Glasgow, 1979] [Live]
Maybe I’m Amazed [Live At Glasgow, 1979] [Live]
Don’t Cry Baby [Outtake]
Women Kind [Mono] [Demo Version]
Tracks 1, 3-7 previously unreleased
Track 2 from One Hand Clapping documentary, 1974, previously unreleased on CD
DVD contents will be updated as soon as they are available.
Paul McCartney, McCartney II (Parlophone PCTC 258 (U.K.)/Columbia FC 36511 (U.S.), 1980 – reissued Concord/Hear Music HRM 32798, 2011 as 2-CD, 2-LP and 3-CD/1-DVD)
CD 1: The Original Album
On the Way
Summer Day’s Song
One of These Days
Blue Sway [With Richard Niles Orchestration]
Coming Up [Live At Glasgow, 1979]
Check My Machine [Edit]
Secret Friend [Full Length Version]
Mr H Atom / You Know I’ll Get You Baby
Wonderful Christmastime [Edited Version]
All You Horse Riders / Blue Sway
Tracks 1-2, 4, 6, 8 previously unreleased
Track 3 from Parlophone single R 6037-B, 1980
Track 5 from Parlophone twelve-inch single 12-R-6039-B, 1980
Track 7 from Parlophone single R 6029-A, 1979
Here’s the interesting thing. McCARTNEY will be released as a 2CD/1DVD set, while McCARTNEY II will be released as a 3CD/1DVD set. Contents of the DVD for both editions have yet to be announced, nor have the contents of CD3 of McCartney II been hinted at. Some are hoping for more unreleased outtakes and alternate takes, while others are hoping it’s more of the Glasgow, Scotland live recording that was the source of the hit version of “Coming Up”, although some other songs are the bonus tracks.
More news as they are made known.