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7 March 2015
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Von Bontee
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I meant "the only 'pudlian" who hates it.

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!"
-- Paul McCartney

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8 March 2015
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Yeah, an uninspired album.  I liked "Temporary Secretary "; but that's about it.

   Yeah, an uninspired album.  I love "One Of These Days"; but that's about it.

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8 March 2015
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Havent said it recently and a couple of LP non-likers have posted so why not repeat that I love this album from the opening to the closing. 'Bogey Music' and 'Frozen Jap' would be the ones i would highlight as the clunkers but even those i can easily enjoy and get into when playing the album thru. For me it just works and has done since i first heard it on vinyl when i was a young kid. 

Same as with 'Wild Life '.

I must be an odd Paul fan. Don't get the hoopla for 'New' (God how i hate that title) or 'Chaos and Creosote in the Front Living Room', which most rave over with fierce devotion and hate 'Jet ' yet adore 'Wild Life ', 'McCartney II ' and 'With A Little Luck'.

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8 March 2015
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I love With a Little Luck (and I've Had Enough). Especially the terrible video they shot for it which looks like your parents reliving their past at a boomers reunion (its so clunky and hilarious). Yet another single cut down for radio (like Coming Up but I'm not sure that suffered too much for it). Like you, @meanmistermustard I seem to be drawn to the odd experiments.

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8 March 2015
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The single edit of 'With a Little Luck' is horrible, one of the worst i've heard of those, as it cuts out most of the instrumental passages that draw me to the song in the first place (one such part reminding me of the theme tune for 'Thomas The Tank Engine').

The video is ghastly. Makes you want to hate the song.

The full 'Coming up' on the other hand i find is too long to the point where it begins to overstay its welcome, most of what got omitted being superfluous. Works far better in its 3:54 edit, tho i am glad Paul included it complete on one of the bonus discs of the remaster.

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"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

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8 March 2015
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I find myself laughing at that video honestly, everything about it is incredibly amateur. You seriously wouldn't know it was one of the top draws in rock at the time, like a nightmare from the Top of the Pops. Linda's relentless bouncing. The anonymous band members. The vaguely dancing audience who are a cross-section of department store fashion. The ghastly orange gel light on everything like a faded Kodak slide. The only thing recommending it is that it's the edit and not the full song, imagine the instrumental parts in THAT. I'm just as glad the video for Coming Up is the edit, that would have been a drag, even as superior an effort it is compared to WALL.

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8 March 2015
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I might have been tempted to watch the 'WALL' (oooh, that spells wall) video if it was unedited. Even Paul in the opening clip looks awful with the face he is making. And the dancers, what song are they dancing too as it certainly doesn't fit with 'With A little Luck'?

Here's the offending piece if anyone wants to see it.

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8 March 2015
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"With a Little Luck" to me sounds like bubble gum music like "Yummy Yummy Yummy I got Love in my Tummy" by the Ohio Express or anything by the 1910 Fruitgum Company.

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8 March 2015
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The full song has some nice instrumentals, it's practically the best thing Linda ever got to do in the band, and the space makes sense of Paul's returning vocals which in the edit makes you wonder why he's so over the top. But if that video is your predominant memory, writing it off is probably an understandable reaction. :D

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15 May 2015
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NME blog post:

Paul McCartney's 'McCartney II' Turns 35 Years Old: How It Foretold The Sound Of 1980s Pop

A little bit of the article's introductory paragraph

...Macca has always been an experimenter and a technological first-adopter, keen to embrace new techniques and unafraid to appear a little silly in the process. That, in a nutshell, is the story of ‘McCartney II ’, his quirky, synth heavy second solo album, released 35 years ago this weekend. In 1979, with Wings gradually disintegrating, McCartney sat alone at home in his farmhouse in East Sussex surrounded by some state-of-the-art equipment – new synths, sequencers, and a hired Studer 16-track tape machine. The self-produced and largely self-performed result was playful, experimental – and greeted with a decidedly mixed reception. Here's its story...

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15 May 2015
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Nice article @Ahhh Girl. Good to see the album get some positive attention, it deserves it.

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17 November 2015
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So I did some googling around and came up with what is believed to be some of the equipment Paul used, which is of interest because this was all in the pre 80's FM synth days with DX7's etc:

  • Yamaha CS-80 (also used on With A Little Luck) - very expensive and really heavy. Blade Runner sound track is practically all CS-80.
  • ARP Pro-Soloist, designed as a lead instrument with organs!
  • Roland Jupiter 4, the goto band synth in the 70's
  • Moog Minimoog Model D
  • Unknown drum machines, sequencers

It's believed by some that Paul made a tape loop from the Jupiter 4's arppegiator for Temporary Secretary , but Paul said he loved sequencers and it could have been this one, as it would have worked fine with the Jupiter. Here is a pic which enabled gearheads to recognise some of the stuff:

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That's a Minimoog Model D next to the Soloist with the drink on it (compare here), but we don't know what drum machines Paul used.

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It's the best Macca album ever in my opinion. Temporary Secretary is my favorite track from the album (It's still stuck in my head). But the best track is Frozen Jap because you listen to it while your working on something.

 

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