Pure McCartney [Deluxe Version]

Pure McCartney [Deluxe Version]

by Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney

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Touted as a personally curated compilation by Paul McCartney, Pure McCartney is the first McCartney compilation since 2001's Wingspan: Hits and History. A full 15 years separated this and Wingspan, longer than the span between that double-disc set and 1987's All the Best, but the 2001 set also stopped cold in 1984, leaving over 30 years of solo McCartney recordings uncompiled on hits collections. In both its standard two-CD and deluxe four-disc incarnations, Pure McCartney attempts to rectify this, going so far as to include "Hope for the Future," his song for the 2014 video game Destiny. A fair chunk of the compilation rests upon songs heard on Wings Greatest, All the Best, and Wingspan -- "Jet," "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey," "Another Day," "Mull of Kintyre," "Let Em In," "Band on the Run," "No More Lonely Nights," "Live and Let Die," "Say Say Say," "Listen to What the Man Said," and "Silly Love Songs" are all de rigueur -- so the interesting things lie in the margins, or in the music made since 1984. The standard edition contains three selections from Flaming Pie -- the 1997 album that kicked off a latter-day streak of excellent records from McCartney -- and a couple of cuts from both Chaos & Creation in the Backyard and Memory Almost Full, but it bypasses Flowers in the Dirt entirely. Flowers is also entirely absent on the deluxe edition, which nevertheless offers plenty of room for digressions -- here, the new wave future shock of "Temporary Secretary," the rockers "Junior's Farm," the hippie come-on "Big Barn Bed" and "Hi Hi Hi," and the frivolous synth pop of Press can all be heard -- so it paints a much richer portrait of McCartney's solo work, but even then it feels slightly incomplete. Hits are missing, including the brassy Brit-pop of "Take It Away," "My Brave Face," and the seasonal "Wonderful Christmastime," as are electronic risks like "Check My Machine," but their absence only underscores one fact: McCartney made more great music than what can fit on even a four-disc box. Pure McCartney gets closer to capturing the full range of his career than any of his previous compilations, but it's still only an introduction to one of the richest bodies of work in pop music.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2016
Label: Hear Music
UPC: 0888072386990
catalogNumber: 38699
Rank: 21233

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul McCartney   Primary Artist,Conductor,Harmony
Alan Broadbent   Conductor
Howie Casey   Soloist
Ray Cooper   Percussion
Joby Talbot   Conductor

Technical Credits

Michael Jackson   Composer
Jeff Lynne   Producer
Paul McCartney   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Remixing
Alan Broadbent   Orchestral Arrangements
Denny Laine   Composer
George Martin   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Tony Dorsey   Arranger,String Arrangements
Geoff Emerick   Engineer
Tim Geelan   Engineer
Glyn Johns   Engineer
Clive Goddard   Engineer
David Hentschel   Engineer
Jon Jacobs   Engineer
Ethan Johns   Producer
David Kahne   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jon Kelly   Engineer
Bob Kraushaar   Engineer
John Leckie   Engineer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Richard Lush   Engineer
Giles Martin   Producer,Additional Production
Linda McCartney   Composer,Producer,Cover Photo
Phil McDonald   Engineer
Julian Mendelsohn   Producer
Kevin Mills   Engineer
Alan O'Duffy   Engineer
Steve Orchard   Remixing
Hugh Padgham   Producer,Engineer
Bill Price   Engineer
Mike Stavrou   Engineer
Fiachra Trench   Arranger
Tony Visconti   Orchestration
Ernie Winfrey   Engineer
Nigel Godrich   Producer
Chris Thomas   Producer
Alan Parsons   Engineer
Joby Talbot   Arranger
Andrew Dudman   Engineer
Paul Epworth   Composer,Producer
Darrell Thorp   Engineer
Pete Henderson   Engineer
Josh Blair   Engineer
Mark Ronson   Producer
Adam Noble   Engineer
Sam O'Kell   Engineer
Nicolas Essig   Engineer
Toby Pitman   Programming
Ben Foster   Arranger
Dixon Van Winkle   Engineer
Matt Wiggins   Engineer
Bill Rahko   Engineer
Dom Monks   Engineer

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