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.