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Two Essential Paul McCartney Solo Albums Being Reissued This Week In 2CD, 2LP, & Deluxe Formats

Posted by Billyjam, June 12, 2011 01:30pm | Post a Comment
Good news for Paul McCartney and Beatles fans. This week will see the reissue of two must-have solo albums by Sir Paul; 1970's McCartney (his first post Beatles solo release) and 1980's McCartney II (his first solo album following the final Wings release).

Similarly to the recent re-issue of Wings' 1973 tour de force Band On The Run, these two new remastered reissues, available from Amoeba on Tuesday June 14th,  are being re-released in a variety of formats (2CD, 2LP, & Deluxe) with lots of great bonus material.  Paul himself personally supervised these two reissues for which the remastering was done at Abbey Road with same team responsible for recently working on the complete Beatles' back catalog.

While these two McCartney albums were originally released a full decade apart they actually have a lot in common since each were solo releases coming on the heels of a break from bands: McCartney came right after the Beatles breakup while McCartney II came a year of the final album by Wings; 1979's  Back to the Egg.- and a year before they officially dissolved. Essentially then, these 1970 and 1980 solo McCartney albums bookend his work with Wings. Furthermore each were largely experimental spontaneous, freeform recordings (with the obvious exceptions of such songs as the infectious pop of "Coming Up" and the soulful, timeless "Maybe I'm Amazed" - Paul's moving love letter to Linda), and each  were recorded in a home studio with Paul playing much of the instrumentation himself and clearly just doing exactly what he felt like doing without the constrictions of working within a band structure. For example on McCartney II he fully explored the use of electronics and experimental sounds, incorporating lots of synthesizers which he was very attracted to at the time.

McCartney II is a special edition 2CD remastered version of the classic 1980 solo album from Paul McCartney and comes with lots of extras, that Beatles & McCartney fans will no doubt be fiending for, found on the bonus second audio CD which features B-sides and alternative versions of songs. These anticipated bonus tracks include a live concert version of "Coming Up" from a show in Glasgow, Scotland in 1979, "Blue Sway"  wiith Richard Niles Orchestration, "Bogey Wobble," "Secret Friend," a medley of "Mr H Atom / You Know I'll Get you Baby." and an edited version of "Wonderful Christmastime." Priced at just $13.98 with free shipping in US.

The remastered vinyl version of  McCartney II is a 2LP 180 gram audiophile special edition of the 31 year old recording by the former Beatle. This newly remastered double album set includes both rare and previously unreleased tracks. Additionally it. comes with a download card so you can get free digital file copies of all the songs found on the four sides of vinyl. Priced at $29.98 the heavy double record set ships free from Amoeba to anywhere in the US. Purchase here.

The Deluxe version of McCartney II is a four disc set containing both a bonus audio CD and a bonus DVD with the videos for Coming Up and the unreleased Blue Sway. Additionally the set comes complete with a hardback book with Linda McCartney photographs and background text on the making of the album.

The CD reissue of McCartney is a 2CD special edition remastered edition of the legendary 1970 post Beatles solo debut album from McCartney with the. bonus audio CD featuring seven rare and previously unreleased tracks.
And at just $13.98 price tag for the double CD set (with free shipping) it is quite a good deal! Purchase here

The vinyl reissue of McCartney is a 2 LP 180 Gram audiophile special edition set of the classic 1970 debut solo album from Paul McCartney. Includes rare and previously unreleased tracks. Newly remastered. Includes download card so you can additionally get quality digital file copies of all the same songs. Nice! Also good news for US shoppers: the 2LP set, priced at $29.98, ships for free from Amoeba anywhere in the US. Purchase here.

The Deluxe reissue of McCartney features the two CDs plus a DVD and a hardcover 128 page book with lots of great photos by Paul and Linda. This Deluxe version includes, downloadable hi-res audio versions of the remastered album and bonus audio tracks, plus a nicely illustrated recounting of the recording of the 41 year old album.

The 2CD and 2LP reissue versions of McCartney and McCartney II can be purchased online while the Deluxe versions of each, both priced at $74.98,  can only be purchased in store at all three of the Amoeba Music locations (Hollywood, Berkeley, and San Francisco)

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