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I'm glad you said it first mmm.  I love the guy, but wont bother with this LP, nor did I with the "New" LP. paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif

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Unlike many here I cannot say I'm excited about this in the slightest. I'll pick it up eventually but not paying full price for an album from an artist that I cannot remember the last time I was impressed by one of his latest songs.

I bought 'New' (oh, how I hate that title) the weekend it came out and I've listened to it twice in four and a half years. 

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I'm glad you said it first mmm.  I love the guy, but wont bother with this LP, nor did I with the "New" LP. paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif

  

It costs no more than a six-pack of premium ale. I say "What the Hell - why not?". mccartney-shrug_01_gif

I've spent $14 on dumber things. My Three Stooges necktie springs to mind. a-hard-days-night-paul-3

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It costs no more than a six-pack of premium ale. I say "What the Hell - why not?". mccartney-shrug_01_gif

I've spent $14 on dumber things. My Three Stooges necktie springs to mind. a-hard-days-night-paul-3  

Regardless of the cost, if it's not something you wish, want, require on need, then it's not a productive purchase.

The new Ray Davies, Mondo Cozmo and Draag albums are coming out tomorrow and I'm not buying those either.

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For different reasons 'Nasty' and 'Mean'....just sound mean and nasty......So negative.

I'm excited by both new releases....Thought I'd pop my head back in the Beatles room and imbibe in the shared joy...Sheesh how things have changed here! 

On a brighter note....

I watched the Car pool thingy........Loved it and the reaction to the 'pub surprise' by ladies and gentlemen of all ages brought a lump to my throat. Lovely what Paul has achieved..................  Though I'm sure, reading MM he'd have walked out when Paul dared to play a new one....(Once he'd finished his drink of course).

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For different reasons 'Nasty' and 'Mean'....just sound mean and nasty......So negative.

I'm excited by both new releases....Thought I'd pop my head back in the Beatles room and imbibe in the shared joy...Sheesh how things have changed here! 

Indeed, I assumed most people here were McCartney completists and would buy the album regardless (I'll be buying it digitally; I haven't bought a physical album in over 6 years now). It's particularly puzzling since I've felt Paul has stepped up his game since Flaming Pie and think every album he's released since then (except maybe Driving Rain -- and his covers albums don't count) is at least generally better overall than any of his '80s output. Different strokes, I guess.mccartney-shrug_01_gif

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Wigwam said
For different reasons 'Nasty' and 'Mean'....just sound mean and nasty......So negative.
I'm excited by both new releases....Thought I'd pop my head back in the Beatles room and imbibe in the shared joy...Sheesh how things have changed here! 

Indeed, I assumed most people here were McCartney completists and would buy the album regardless (I'll be buying it digitally; I haven't bought a physical album in over 6 years now). It's particularly puzzling since I've felt Paul has stepped up his game since Flaming Pie and think every album he's released since then (except maybe Driving Rain -- and his covers albums don't count) is at least generally better overall than any of his '80s output. Different strokes, I guess.mccartney-shrug_01_gif  

I don't believe in love-ins, i dont believe this forum should consist of only positives, the negatives are required too so it's balanced and folk can be honest about how they feel and what they think when expressing themselves. As long as it's not aimed at individuals or breaks a rule then let the people speak.

I had typed a reply about Carpool but here is not the place to submit and my thoughts do not fit in with those expressed by others on the forum. 

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Wigwam said
For different reasons 'Nasty' and 'Mean'....just sound mean and nasty......So negative.

I'm excited by both new releases....Thought I'd pop my head back in the Beatles room and imbibe in the shared joy...Sheesh how things have changed here! 

On a brighter note....

I watched the Car pool thingy........Loved it and the reaction to the 'pub surprise' by ladies and gentlemen of all ages brought a lump to my throat. Lovely what Paul has achieved..................  Though I'm sure, reading MM he'd have walked out when Paul dared to play a new one....(Once he'd finished his drink of course).  

1) Nice to see you again @Wigwam but 2) Do you have to announce your re-entrance to the lovely Fab Forum by making uncharitable remarks (which, frankly, have little basis in reality) about some of our most esteemed members whose opinions are valid and usually quite valuable?

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a coffee dessert, yes you know it's good news...

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I'll be positive when there is a positive. I'll be negative when there is not - or Apple or Paul's monthly Q&A are involved - I'm looking forward to learning what his favourite piece of cheese is when writing songs (first call on it being a nice mature cheddar if ballads, brie if upbeat, and a particularly strong stilton if he's feeling experimental).

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I commented on the negativity that struck me when after hearing both songs I expected to join in the room and share in some welcome BB 'positivity.' They're good songs. 'He's having a go'......He's 76...He's having a go. He's not expecting allowances.......for age.......He knows he won't get that......He'll face comparisons to 50 years ago, when he could hide away on a farm in Scotland, supping fine wine and knoshing on a veggie sausage.  He know he's changed....The muse is more elusive..... His voice is thinner in live concerts and the range smaller......But here he sounds great to me. To me! 

Paul's a National Treasure that continues to re-invent himself. I'll judge him how I see him and not jump on a band-wagon heading in a negative direction......Unless I see it and feel it that way......I don't, so I won't.

 

As for personal attacks? Hardly! I'll criticise other people's views if I want to and always accepted the double standards applied when I do.......Or previously did. I appreciate that there are BM's here that know much much more than I do and contribute greatly to the board. 

Mean and Nasty chose their own board names.....(from a myriad of other possibilities )...I come back to the board for the first time in years... read my first topic and 'mean' towards Joe and 'nasty' towards Paul is what came over to me.

'Mean and nasty'.......  made a suitable by-line to explain my 'clutching at pearls' reaction.

OK I've explained myself. Won't satisfy perhaps.

I'm looking forward to 'Egypt Station'......I'll give it the time it will need to appreciate the greatest songwriter of a few generations....(I can say that even though I was a 'John guy')........Maybe I won't like it all. Maybe I won't like any of it. I'll let you know....AFTER I"VE HEARD IT!.

 

Cheers and good luck to everyone.......I'll close the door quietly after me.

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I commented on the negativity that struck me when after hearing both songs I expected to join in the room and share in some welcome BB 'positivity.' They're good songs. 'He's having a go'......He's 76...He's having a go. He's not expecting allowances.......for age.......He knows he won't get that......He'll face comparisons to 50 years ago, when he could hide away on a farm in Scotland, supping fine wine and knoshing on a veggie sausage.  He know he's changed....The muse is more elusive..... His voice is thinner in live concerts and the range smaller......But here he sounds great to me. To me! 

Paul's a National Treasure that continues to re-invent himself. I'll judge him how I see him and not jump on a band-wagon heading in a negative direction......Unless I see it and feel it that way......I don't, so I won't.

 

As for personal attacks? Hardly! I'll criticise other people's views if I want to and always accepted the double standards applied when I do.......Or previously did. I appreciate that there are BM's here that know much much more than I do and contribute greatly to the board. 

Mean and Nasty chose their own board names.....(from a myriad of other possibilities )...I come back to the board for the first time in years... read my first topic and 'mean' towards Joe and 'nasty' towards Paul is what came over to me.

'Mean and nasty'.......  made a suitable by-line to explain my 'clutching at pearls' reaction.

OK I've explained myself. Won't satisfy perhaps.

I'm looking forward to 'Egypt Station'......I'll give it the time it will need to appreciate the greatest songwriter of a few generations....(I can say that even though I was a 'John guy')........Maybe I won't like it all. Maybe I won't like any of it. I'll let you know....AFTER I"VE HEARD IT!.

 

Cheers and good luck to everyone.......I'll close the door quietly after me.  

You believe they are good songs. Great. Post away and share the love towards Paul, others do to and they feel that they can. However, there has to be the other side where folk can say they do not like a song or album otherwise it's not a genuinely open forum where people can post freely. I don't mean be constantly negative towards Paul - if you don't like him then, as has happened before on the forum, leave or talk about something else.

I'm sorry your expectations for the replies were not what you were expecting and I genuinely mean it when I type that I hope 'Egypt Station' is everything you want in a Paul album. I will, at some point, purchase it, listen to it and maybe I will be surprised. I hope so.

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Going back to the album itself. Wogblog has a list of the formats that 'Egypt Station' will be available thru

(note: all the information below is from Wogblog, formatting when inserted in quotes ruins the layout and makes it look weird.)

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Okay, so we promised a breakdown of the full array of editions of the album, here goes:

  • An album with 16 tracks as download
  • 140 gram black double vinyl, single jacket with 16 tracks (14 songs + 2 interludes)
  • Same on coloured double vinyl 
  • Same from Barnes & Noble on coloured double vinyl, likely a unique colour to this store
  • From Spotify and other stream providers 
  • 180 gram black deluxe double vinyl unique tri-gatefold packaging with 16 tracks
  • Same, on coloured double vinyl
  • CD with 16 tracks
  • CD with 18 tracks, but only from physical stores
  • Target (USA) / HMV (UK) edition with two extra tracks
  • Luxury boxed set with 26 tracks and various ephemera (Coming in October)
  • And when that one sells out, expect a re-release without the ephemera

Oh, and we guess there's going to be high resolution files from select download providers and probably shm-cds in Japan. Actually, when it comes to vinyl, we have previously found that the 140 gram British pressings from the sixties of Beatles albums surpass the deluxe 180 gram albums of late, in fidelity and resistance of crackling.

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It costs no more than a six-pack of premium ale. I say "What the Hell - why not?". mccartney-shrug_01_gif

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Regardless of the cost, if it's not something you wish, want, require on need, then it's not a productive purchase.

The new Ray Davies, Mondo Cozmo and Draag albums are coming out tomorrow and I'm not buying those either.  

I was only providing my own logic for ordering it. To each his own. apple01

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Greg Kurstin on working with Paul McCartney http://ultimateclassicrock.com.....kurstin-2/

Greg Kurstin, who produced Paul McCartney ’s upcoming album Egypt Station, revealed how he tackled the challenge of telling the Beatles icon to change his songs.

Kurstin – a lifelong Beatles fan – spent two years working on the record with McCartney and his band in Los Angeles, Sussex in England and London’s Abbey Road Studios.

Responding to the observation that “It must have been odd telling a Beatle how to improve a song,” the producer told Rolling Stone, “It was. It is strange, but I know that’s what he really wants from me. I just have to take a breath and say it. Sometimes it might not go over very well, but he was always really cool."

Kurstin recalled "a couple of times where I might have suggested something that might have been challenging." "I can’t remember specifically, but I remember him just sort of carrying on, and I’m wondering, ‘Did he hear me?’" he said. "Then maybe half an hour would go by and I’d say, ‘Hey, Paul, what about that idea I mentioned a little while ago?’ He said, ‘Oh, I heard you. I was just pretending to ignore you.’ We’d just laugh about it. Then sometimes two days later he’d try the idea, and I’d be like, ‘Wow, okay.’ I thought I failed miserably with the idea, but he came back to it and really tried. I think he’s always listening, always absorbing.”

The producer noted that McCartney recorded more than just bass and vocals in the studio. “His touring band is on the album, but I’d say a lot of it is him playing a lot of the instruments," he said. "He’s a great drummer. He played a lot of the drums on the record. … There was a lot of time where it was just me, Paul and the engineers in the studio, and I would occasionally play here or there. The bass, obviously, is pretty much all Paul. He also played piano a lot of the times and sometimes guitar. There’s a few songs that have his band and there’s a lot where Paul is playing most of the instruments.”

One of Kurstin’s favorite memories is the experience of working in Abbey Road . “I mean, it was amazing,” he said. “He’d tell stories and you could visualize him and John [Lennon] and the band there as kids. … He told countless stories about the echo chamber. He said he’d hide out there with John, kind of giggling and laughing when there would be another session in another studio. If you soloed any of those tracks, you’d probably hear them laughing.

“There were also lots of stories about the console. There’d be a setting for classical and a setting for pop. They’d have the switch set to pop when the Beatles recorded and John and Paul would be like, “Why do they get classical? What do they do that we don’t?” They thought they were getting short-changed or something.”

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A quote from the article I posted above: "The producer noted that McCartney recorded more than just bass and vocals in the studio. “His touring band is on the album, but I’d say a lot of it is him playing a lot of the instruments,""

Almost could have been McCartney III like I hypothesized. I bet he could have played the rest of the instruments on the record.

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I'm not sure what to make of this story. I'm conflicted.

Paul McCartney chose concept album over hits collection

No conflict over the picture though. Ahhhhhem...

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I endorse that so much I'm spitting on my screen. I love an album that rolls all the way through.

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The Titanic - despite repeated warnings - lol

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Anyone else think this song might be about The Beatles/John?

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@Ahhh Girl said

Anyone else think this song might be about The Beatles/John?

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He played it at Abbey Road . It's about his guitar (though, more widely, I'd suggest it's about his relationship with music, and how he can say and express things through music that he would feel uncomfortable with in conversation).

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