PAUL McCARTNEY iMac (2000)

iMac (2000)
A McCartney Compilation

Like all Beatles fans, I love Paul McCartney’s music… and like some, I sometimes grow tired of his overtly commercial solo work. The guy has proven himself to be The Beatles’ most prolific and experimental member, yet, virtually every Sir Paul CD comp is forced-filled with some of his most insipid work… his lesser hits. iMac was created to counter that. Miles @ Birds With Broken Wings, recently posted his own PM gathering (with typically expert commentary), which he admits is subject to the “cavernous gaps” on his McCartney shelf. iMac is similarly handicapped. Regardless, I felt compelled to share this turn of the century compilation with you, on the condition that we don’t have to hear any of that “how could you not include such & such” crap. It’s all subjective, and this is just one guy’s take on a portion of an impossibly dense catalog. Naturally, there’s a bias towards his post-Beatles, early 70s work and nothing, really, from his experimental (electronic, classical, avant garde) releases… or anything past 2000, when this was made. Take note of a few completely improvised, then overdubbed, tracks (“Mumbo,” “To You”) and the numerous “interludes” – those tiny bits that McCartney likes to pop in between songs. Without all those radio hits (there are some, of course), this might be considered slightly adventurous and may even provide a reminder of just how much fun Paul McCartney can be when he’s being his natural self. When I originally gave this comp to friends, it was without a track list… for the element of surprise. Which is how it should probably still be played now. (@320)


ONE
Interlude (0:34)
Spin It On (2:13)
Another Day
(3:42)
Dear Boy (2:14)
Keep Under Cover (2:32)
Hi Hi Hi (3:07)
Interlude (0:28)
The World Tonight (4:05)
Tomorrow (3:25)
Interlude (0:49)
Girl’s School (4:30)
Monkberry Moon Delight (5:22)
Good Times Coming/Feel The Sun (4:57)
3 Legs (2:50)
Every Night (2:33)
Oo You (2:50)
Interlude
( 0:28)
Maybe I’m Amazed
(3:50)
Don’t Let It Bring You Down
(4:35)
Footprints
(4:32)
Picasso’s Last Words (Drink To Me) (Excerpt) (1:11)
Hands of Love (Medley Excerpt) (2:36)
Some People Never Know
(6:35)

TWO
Broadcast (1:08)
To You
(3:13)
Interlude
(0:45)
Smile Away
(3:51)
Stranglehold
(3:37)
Talk More Talk (5:17)
Kreen-Akrore
(Excerpt) (1:04)
Eat At Home
(3:22)
Ram On (Reprise) (0:55)
Big Barn Bed (3:51)
Great Day (2:10)
Loup (1st Indian On The Moon) (Excerpt) (1:43)
Oh Woman, Oh Why (4:36)
Mumbo (3:55)
Helen Wheels (3:45)
Too Many People (4:12)
Junior’s Farm (4:22)
Interlude
(0:39)
Singalong Junk
(2:39)
Mamunia (4:52)
Mama’s Little Girl (3:42)
And I Love Her (Live)
(3:54)
Here Today (2:34)

40 Comments

  • 1
    Art Ducko
    March 15, 2010 - 01:27 | Permalink

    Groovy stuff there, Cap. Even groovier is hearing Carl Perkins' distinctive chuckle at the beginning interlude. He's our local boy who made good (and possibly made the Beatles who they was). Thanks for the mix. Great selections from our Paulie. And you saw fit to include 'Maybe I'm Amazed', arguably the greatest thing Paul ever wrote. It still makes my hair stand on end when I hear it, & I don't have that much hair left. Quite a feat.

  • 2
    wardo
    March 15, 2010 - 01:33 | Permalink

    Nice choices there. A couple of surprises, of course, but good on you for some of them deeper tracks.

  • 3
    Macca Fan
    March 15, 2010 - 01:43 | Permalink

    I'm always in favor of recasting Paul in a more fair light. Funny, because I made a 2-CD mix of Paul recently that covered much but not all of the same ground… I even put "Spin It On" as one of the first songs!

    I would add in "Put It There", "Looking For You," the b-side "Broomstick" and a lot more from his recent albums to round out what's here. I think "Driving Rain" and "Memory Almost Full" are among his very best works… in fact I probably play those two more than his earlier albums except RAM.

    Again, wonderful stuff, and thanks for the nice little "finds" included here! Paul is so prolific it's hard to gather them all, and this helps. Cheers from the South!

  • 4
    Capt. Willard
    March 15, 2010 - 02:22 | Permalink

    PJ: Couldn't agree more on "Maybe I'm Amazed." One of his most brilliant tunes. On par with anything he did in The You Know Whos. And he didn't even release it as a single.

    MAC FAN: This comp isn't very scientific or definitive. Just a bunch of tracks I like. The original plan was to fill it to the brim with interludes, but the more I put it, the weirder it got to listen to it, so I backed off some. There are a number of PM albums I don't even own anymore. But, I agree about some of his recent work – “Driving" and "Memory" are both excellent. Wasn't wowed by "Chaos," however. "Electric Arguments," on the other hand, is extraordinary. I wish he’d follow that spontaneous, experimental whim more often. This particular comp is a decade old though, so… its "missing" a lot.

    Thanks for the comments.

  • 5
    Art Ducko
    March 15, 2010 - 02:29 | Permalink

    Funny, sounds like it was mixed yesterday. Now if only someone would release the definitive version of 'A Love For You'. Great song.Why didn't it make the cut for 'Ram'?

  • 6
    Anonymous
    March 15, 2010 - 03:41 | Permalink

    Great up.
    PMC is a master musician.
    What a fabulous bassplayer, really!
    And the best singer in the band.
    Cheers

    Funkishbass

  • 7
    Anonymous
    March 15, 2010 - 03:53 | Permalink

    Thanks much for this! And, as always, for the MultiUpload!

    The live version of Maybe I'm Amazed is his finest song & performance, IMHO. Gives me chills every time. The band was synergistic on that one.

    –Crazed

  • 8
    Pete
    March 15, 2010 - 19:34 | Permalink

    Thanks for this, I just played it all through (while doing some rather routine work), with great pleasure. About a third of the way in, I was thinking this is the best McCartney album ever. By the end I wasn't so sure — then the first solo one came on as this ended and I figured out why: That's much weaker (except for the bits you included) but it's more of a unity. Just a problem with compilations. Overall, I do prefer him to share space (and harmonies) with another vocalist of comparable quality — one comes to mind but he's been unavailable for decades now — but Paul sure is a unique talent. Thanks again.

  • 9
    Capt. Willard
    March 15, 2010 - 21:13 | Permalink

    Hi Pete,
    Thanks for the assessment. And, I'll probably agree with you, because I remember spending a lot of time on the sequencing in the beginning and then, not so much in the end. You know how that goes. But, I appreciate the full listen and feedback. Maybe one day I'll redo the second half and include some newer material, which it probably deserves. Cheers.

  • 10
    Muddy
    March 15, 2010 - 21:41 | Permalink

    This is something great. I think if you tried to improve on the 2 discs you would go quickly mad.

    Perhaps a 3rd disc would be easier, as well as greatly appreciated.

    A rhetorical question: Why is his commercial stuff, the hits, not up to the standard of most of the things in this collection?

    Paul usually has a pretty good sense of what will sell. I believe it says more about the mass of the music buying public than it says about Paul.

  • 11
    Capt. Willard
    March 15, 2010 - 22:02 | Permalink

    I'll give you my two cents. First… a ton of Paul's commercial stuff is up to par with the rest of his work, despite my bitching about it in the text. But, the fact remains that commercial music, by definition, is designed to appeal to a larger base (not to mention the constrictions of radio) and must, by its nature, be a bit simpler, or basic, for "everybody." It's why "critics" often can't stand commercial music, because it often doesn't challenged their (usually) advanced knowledge of music. And it's also why those few artists that can create commercial music AND challenge the rest of us at the same time go on to become legends. It's a rare feat, though many have done it occasionally. The very few who can do it all, and then do it consistently for years and even decades, reach that rarified class The Beatles are in.

  • 12
    Anonymous
    March 15, 2010 - 23:50 | Permalink

    Thanks yet again Cap'n -a great idea and arouses my interest to listen to Macca who Gasp! I confess I have actively avoided over the years- must be all that day time airplay…

    A musical Education indeed

    SALUTE GIVEN….!!

    Censusloss

  • 13
    Anonymous
    March 16, 2010 - 00:20 | Permalink

    Great post! So many great songs to choose from. Glad to see "Dear Boy" on your list. One of my faves.

    For a 3rd CD:
    Big Boys Bickering
    Flying To My Home
    Kicked Around No More
    Don't Get Around Much Anymore
    Cafe On The Left Banke
    And the unreleased (gasp!) Waterspout.

  • 14
    Capt. Willard
    March 16, 2010 - 00:40 | Permalink

    Thanks for the comments and suggestions. A third could be a cool idea.

  • 15
    Jim Reed
    March 16, 2010 - 01:19 | Permalink

    Ooo yeah, great stuff! OK, since thoughts of a 3rd volume are brewing, here's a few thoughts…

    Arrow Through Me
    I've Had Enough
    I Wanna Cry
    Night Out
    The Song We Were Singing
    I Want You To Fly

    … but you already got in my fave Paul solo song: Some People Never Know. That could be a good title for any post-Beatles best-of-Paul… some people never know how good it is!

    And I agree with you about the latest Fireman record… Sun Is Shining is one of my fave Paul songs of all!

    Thanks Willard, this has been a fun one.

  • 16
    Capt. Willard
    March 16, 2010 - 01:43 | Permalink

    Thanks. Yeah… a lot of folks don't care for Wild Life, where "Some People Never Know" comes from. But, I've always liked it. In a way, it's PM's Plastic Ono Band – stripped and raw. Thanks for commenting.

  • 17
    Anonymous
    March 16, 2010 - 02:57 | Permalink

    The Pound is Sinking for volume 3

    Great choices

  • 18
    Ken K.
    March 16, 2010 - 02:57 | Permalink

    Excellent collection. I too feel that Wild Life was under-rated.

    I think he's been terrific "lately" and count "Flowers In The Dirt", "Flaming Pie" (especially the Steve Miller duet 'Used To Be Bad') "Off The Ground" and "Memory Almost Full" among his best work.

    Thanks again. I road-tested 'iMac' this afternoon on a fine Northern California pre-spring day and it works great in the car. Cheers and thanks as always

  • 19
    Muddy
    March 16, 2010 - 04:57 | Permalink

    Vol 3 suggestion – Motor Of Love

    I agree with your great response to my rhetorical question about the aptness of neglecting Paul's hits for your readers, who are surely much more musically sophisticated than the average listener. After all, Henry Kaiser is more of a presence in the boat than McCartney.

    and now… veering off topic. On the guitar jam in The End, the official version says that McCartney/Harrison/Lennon each take a series of short solos in sequence. Does anyone besides me think that the Harrison sections sound more like Clapton than anything else Harrison ever played? I have a hard time convincing myself that it isn't actually Clapton.

  • 20
    Pete
    March 16, 2010 - 06:00 | Permalink

    Two more comments: I love the Interludes (and they are so very Paulie). And I think the "iMAC" is more McCartneyesque than the "Memorable Moments" Miles put together, weirder and more varied. Oh, and a shout-out for "Run Devil Run" which is wonderful (another side of Paul).

  • 21
    Capt. Willard
    March 16, 2010 - 13:09 | Permalink

    Miles took a totally different approach (and a quarter of it is The Beatles). Again, it's all subjective. The beauty of McCartney's catalog is that you could take a dozen different approaches and hear something different each time.

  • 22
    paulofillinois
    March 16, 2010 - 14:38 | Permalink

    Thanks

  • 23
    Anonymous
    March 16, 2010 - 17:40 | Permalink

    Johnny Kinkdom sez thanx for the Macca. "Girls School" should have been an A side, if you ask me.

  • 24
    Anonymous
    March 17, 2010 - 03:11 | Permalink

    I like to imagine; when Lennon and McCartney seemed to be bickering through songs on their early solo records; McCartny hid is most poignant reflection on their relationship by covering someone else's song, and having his brother sing it… Bryan Ferry's "Sea Breezes"; which is the first cut on the Mike McGear album, produced by McCartney.

    Tom Wheeler

  • 25
    Capt. Willard
    March 17, 2010 - 03:36 | Permalink

    Heard both Bryan's and Mike's but have no idea what it's about.

  • 26
    Capt. Willard
    March 20, 2010 - 01:17 | Permalink

    I altered the first disc, too. But have no idea on The End. I don't remember Mark Lewisohn mentioning it.

  • 27
    Capt. Willard
    March 20, 2010 - 01:18 | Permalink

    Many thanks.

  • 28
    Muddy
    March 20, 2010 - 01:17 | Permalink

    I've never read anything by anyone, (Lewisohn's books are usually close by) suggesting it was anyone other than Harrison. But my ears say it had to have been Clapton. His bends and vibrato are unmistakable, and near inimitable.

    My ears are the only evidence I have. Thanks to a comment someone posted earlier (on the Ram post, I think) I was able to get the best sounding version of Abbey Road I've ever heard, better than the remasters. Thus, I've been re-listening to it as though it were a new album, and the sense that Clapton played on The End has been with me since.

    I suppose if one could find Clapton's schedule for July and August, 1969, he could possibly be ruled out.

    I've gone on long enough about my conjecture, and hope for support.

    Thanks again for all the amazing new music you've help your fans discover, and for the Friday Night At The Movies too.

  • 29
    Don
    March 20, 2010 - 13:38 | Permalink

    Thanks for this compilation. Although I'm very familiar with McCartney's hit songs, I've steadfastly refused to buy any of his albums.

    I'm a lifelong Beatles fan, but John was my guy. I thought Paul's songs were silly, and I guess I begrudged him his solo success since John frittered away his gift through drug addiction and self-involved claptrap.

    I had just been thinking the other day that it was time to accept Paul for who he is. Your comp will go a long way towards showing me his true talent.

  • 30
    Capt. Willard
    March 20, 2010 - 13:51 | Permalink

    Thanks for commenting. A know a lot of folks who think of McCartney the same way. Don't forget that one of Paul's most consistent partners when making music was pot. It stands to reason that its use might also enhance one's appreciation of his music – or, at least, get you into a similar mindset with the creator. Which helps… especially with the silly stuff.

  • 31
    Keanu Reeves
    March 22, 2010 - 08:50 | Permalink

    Dude, with the use of pot I can even appreciate my own movies. So, can this Paul guy hook me up?

  • 32
    jgc
    April 1, 2010 - 18:04 | Permalink

    Willard, thanks for posting this. I made a long Macca playlist myself, and we did some things the same (including using "Be What You See" and "Broadcast" as intros to other numbers). Very handy to have "Hands of Love" and "Smile Away" as stand-alones. You seem to like 'Press to Play' a lot more than I do, and it's too bad nothing from 'Chaos & Creation' made it (I think that's his best album of the past couple decades), but for the most part this is a well-chosen selection.

  • 33
    Capt. Willard
    April 1, 2010 - 19:47 | Permalink

    Thanks jgc. Yeah, I am a big fan of Press To Play (except for the absolutely horrible title track/single). I just like the way he allowed an outside producer so much latitude, especially with the drum sound. I haven't warmed up completely to Chaos, but its absence is only because this collection was put together in 2000. I think much of Paulie's work in the last decade is pretty damn good, even if my heart still lies with the early stuff. Thanks for commenting.

  • 34
    majorcurry
    April 2, 2010 - 23:23 | Permalink

    Thanks Captain

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    Willard
    July 24, 2011 - 11:39 | Permalink

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  • 36
    Ed Stephan
    January 21, 2013 - 19:00 | Permalink

    Second Link broken – can it be fixed? Also – thanks – your site is a Godsend! So much great stuff – how do I listen to it all!!

    • 37
      Willard
      January 21, 2013 - 20:03 | Permalink

      New link up, thanks.

  • 38
    Erik
    May 7, 2013 - 20:42 | Permalink

    I would suggest Summer’s Day Song for Disc 3, but I am just glad you chose Don’t Let It Bring You Down. What a terrific song.

  • 39
    Daniel
    July 10, 2013 - 00:38 | Permalink

    Please,can you re-up the link?

    Regards from Brazil!

  • 40
    Willard
    July 10, 2013 - 00:40 | Permalink

    Links are working fine.

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