Album review: Paul McCartney’s “McCartney” reissue

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Published on July 10, 2011 with No Comments

By Cady Colosimo
Ames247 Staff Writer

Beatles fans rejoice!  Paul McCartney’s first solo album “McCartney” has been remastered.  The album was originally released in April 1970, right before The Beatles’ last album “Let It Be” was released in May of the same year. It’s notable for having every sound on it either played or sung by McCartney himself.

“McCartney” was released amid much controversy in 1970.  Before McCartney put the album out, the rest of The Beatles asked him to delay its release until after the release of “Let It Be.” Paul refused. Then, just as “McCartney” came out, Paul announced he would officially be leaving The Beatles.

The remastered version of the album is available in many formats.  The two-disc special edition, with its live and bonus tracks, is almost twice the length of the original.  Also available is a vinyl version,  a DVD and a hardcover book.

The album includes Paul’s hit “Maybe I’m Amazed,” which is still phenomenal and moving after all these years.  “Every Night” is another memorable track.  The plentiful instrumental tracks, such as “Hot As Sun/Glasses” make the album distinctive.

The overlap between McCartney’s style and that of the  Beatles is noticeable. This makes sense, because Paul was recording “McCartney” and “Let It Be” simultaneously.  There’s also an air of sadness that pervades the album —  perhaps because it was made during the dissolution of one of the most influential and loved bands of all time. 

Overall, the album is beautifully arranged and should already be in any Beatles fan’s collection.

Grade: A+

Recommended tracks: “Maybe I’m Amazed” and “Every Night”


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