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24 August 2015
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An outtake from the album sessions.

Vastly different to the released version.

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Geez, Louise. What a difference. I’m glad he released the one he did.

*smiles proudly at her location*

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I really like the vibe of this album

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One of his best albums. Similar in a way to Lennon’s Walls And Bridges . Very lush. Hope of Deliverance is a classic. Was lucky enough to be given press box tickets via the man himself for the 1993 Melbourne Australia concert at the MCG. Easily the best concert I’ve seen or will ever see. Gold standard. Paul in his prime. Master of ALL ceremonies.

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Well this album has been a slow burn for me. On my first tour through his albums* I listened to it once and moved on. There was another album I liked less that I listened to a few times to try to give it a chance, but this one just didn’t really register with me.

I’ve been listening to it again, and I’m starting to suspect it will become a real comfort album for me.

Off The Ground . Great opener for a chill comfort album. Seemed insubstantial on first listen, but it’s a grower.

Looking for Changes is almost great. The verse is too on the nose, and it front loads the worst lyrics. Makes me wish he’d had John to help him paul-mccartney

Hope of Deliverance. Great song. Have you ever noticed the way Paul’s line on “Someday, one day” stays level and Linda’s harmony rises for the second phrase?derek-taylor_01_gif

Mistress and Maid. Very evocative. I want to give that dude a kick. The “Look At Me ” reminds me of a couple of John lyrics ahdn_paul_02

I Owe It All to You. There’s something really lovely about hearing Paul talk about being happy. I spend a lot of time listening to (and thinking about) his songs of longing, but I like him and I love this for him. (I want a Linda Smiley).

Biker Like an Icon is not nearly as close to great as LfC, but I like some of the phrases he’s playing with. Should have let it stew for longer.

Peace In the Neighbourhood. I’m not a huge fan of his delivery on this one, but it’s a nice song.

Golden Earth Girl. “In eggshell seas”/”In excelsis”. In toto some of his better lyrics imo, not necessarily very meaningful in a way you could pin down, but they capture something.

The Lovers That Never Were got a much better treatment than any of the Costello numbers on Flowers (though I still prefer the demo). One of my favourite Paul songs.

Get Out of My Way is … fine. I don’t think I’d bother skipping it, but meh. I think part of my problem with it is that it doesn’t fit the vibe of the album, but it’s produced like it does.

Winedark Open Sea is one of those ones where he connects to something so deep. Beautiful.

C’Mon People. Nice closer. This adds to the feeling that the core of this album is Paul saying “let’s have another go at making the world a better place”. (Which is supported by the snippet of “Consciously Conscious” at the end.)

 

* I say my first tour through, but of course I keep finding albums I missed. The man is a machine!

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This has always been a solid Macca album for me, nothing wrong with it but also nothing that really stands out, at least not to the degree of the top songs on his top albums. Last time I listened to it in the bath I liked it better than ever, I Owe It All To You and Winedark Open Sea might now be the standout trcks in terms of musical beauty.

Hope Of Deliverance, for some weird reason, must be one of his most famous songs in Switzerland. Other than Live And Let Die (because I’m a Bond fan) it was the only Macca song I already clearly knew when I became a fan, having heard it on the radio quite often as a kid without knowing who sings. But among the fans I never got the impression the song (or the whole album) are that well known and well regarded.

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She loved her singer a-hard-days-night-paul-7 like an icon – gazing at his picture every day.

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Golden Earth Girl. “In eggshell seas”/”In excelsis”. In toto some of his better lyrics imo, not necessarily very meaningful in a way you could pin down, but they capture something.

I always hear that “In excelsis” over the “In eggshell seas” also.  I suppose he did this on purpose, but I’m not entirely sure?  This is actually my favorite song on the album, such a nice melody.  IMO it’s about a painting, maybe inspired by his painting.  The “eggshell finish” gives it away.  If  I’m right.

Today I was feeling silly and singing “Pigs in a sunbeam”.  Sorry Paul, no disrespect intended, it’s a lovely song.

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I think it’s mostly a fine album and with a remix (certainly of the title track) would be one of Paul’s best. ‘Looking For Changes’ is embarrassingly naff but aside from that there isn’t much which is bad. 

I always remember ‘BLAI’ getting criticism from a magazine due to the title but it’s a very dark song which I like.

Like with ‘FITD’ there are also a number of b-sides etc that make up a fabulous bonus disc, which actually exists as the second disc of ‘Off The Ground – The Complete Works’ (it was a non-UK European release I think but could be wrong)

1. ‘Long Leather Coat’ 
2. ‘Keep Coming Back to Love’ 
3. ‘Sweet Sweet Memories’
4. ‘Things We Said Today
5. ‘Midnight Special’
6. ‘Style Style’
7. “I Can’t Imagine
8. ‘Cosmically Conscious’ (Complete)
9. ‘Kicked Around No More’
10. ‘Big Boys Bickering’
11. ‘Down to the River’
12. ‘Soggy Noodle’

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Aw, that doesn’t seem to be on Apple Music. I guess I’ll have to find it on the high seas ahdn_john_08_gif

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Kick off your shoes and have a listen meaigs…

00:01 Long Leather Coat
03:35 Keep Coming Back to Love
08:34 Sweet Sweet Memories
12:38 Things We Said Today
16:17 Midnight Special
21:08 Style Style
27:08 I Can’t Imagine
33:48 Cosmically Conscious
36:31 Kicked Around No More
41:58 Big Boys Bickering
45:20 Down to the River
48:53 Soggy Noddle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?…..8;index=13

 


From: The Paul McCartney Project

[…] Off The Ground : The Complete Works is a two-disc set released in Germany and the Netherlands. This edition included McCartney’s rare use of swear words in the song “Big Boys Bickering”, a protest song. Other notable songs on this edition are “Long Leather Coat” (a Lady McCartney composed protest song) and “I Can’t Imagine ”. Even though the album is called the “complete works”, it is missing two B-sides and three promo remixes. Those tracks are “Deliverance” and “Deliverance (Dub Mix)”, dance-oriented reworkings of the song “Hope of Deliverance”, released as B-sides of the “C’mon People” CD single #1, and the three promo remixes of “Off The Ground ” released to American radio, namely the Bob Clearmountain remix, the Keith Cohen remix, and the Keith Cohen AC remix. Also, when the iTunes Store added his catalogue of music in 2007, they included “I Can’t Imagine ” as an exclusive bonus track on the album. […]

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Disc 2

1.

Long Leather Coat

Written by Paul McCartney , Linda McCartney

3:35 • Studio version • A

Paul McCartney : Backing vocals, Bass (?), Electric guitar (?), Producer, Vocals Linda McCartney : Backing vocals, Tambourine (?) Robbie McIntosh : Backing vocals, Electric guitar Hamish Stuart : Backing vocals, Electric guitar Paul Wickens : Keyboards, Synthesizers Blair Cunningham : Drums Julian Mendelsohn : Producer Bob Kraushaar : Recording engineer
Session Recording: December 1991 – July 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK
Session Mixing: September – October 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK
Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney : Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

2.

Keep Coming Back to Love

Written by Paul McCartney , Hamish Stuart

5:00 • Studio version • A

Paul McCartney : Backing vocals, Bass, Electric piano (?), Producer, Vocals Linda McCartney : Tambourine (?) Robbie McIntosh : Electric guitar Hamish Stuart : Electric guitar, Vocals Paul Wickens : Keyboards, Piano (?) Blair Cunningham : Drums Julian Mendelsohn : Producer Bob Kraushaar : Recording engineer
Session Recording: December 1991 – July 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK
Session Mixing: September – October 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK
Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney : Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

3.

Sweet Sweet Memories

Written by Paul McCartney

4:04 • Studio version • A

Paul McCartney : Backing vocals, Bass, Producer, Vocals Linda McCartney : Backing vocals, Tambourine Robbie McIntosh : Backing vocals, Electric guitar Hamish Stuart : Backing vocals, Electric guitar Paul Wickens : Backing vocals, Keyboards Blair Cunningham : Drums Julian Mendelsohn : Producer Bob Kraushaar : Recording engineer
Session Recording: December 1991 – July 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK
Session Mixing: September – October 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK
Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney : Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

4.

Things We Said Today

Written by Lennon – McCartney

3:45 • Live • L3

Paul McCartney : Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocals Linda McCartney : Harmonium Robbie McIntosh : Acoustic guitar Hamish Stuart : Acoustic bass, Vocal harmonies Paul Wickens : Piano Blair Cunningham : Drums Geoff Emerick : Mixing engineer, Recording engineer Eddie Klein : Assistant engineer Gary Stewart : Assistant engineer Peter Craigie : Assistant engineer Gary Bradshaw : Monitor engineer
Concert From “MTV Unplugged” in Wembley, United Kingdom on Jan 25, 1991

5.

Midnight Special (Prisoner’s Song)

Written by Traditional

4:55 • Live • L1

Paul McCartney : Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocals Linda McCartney : Percussion Robbie McIntosh : Acoustic guitar Hamish Stuart : Acoustic bass, Vocal harmonies Paul Wickens : Piano Blair Cunningham : Drums Geoff Emerick : Mixing engineer, Recording engineer Eddie Klein : Assistant engineer Gary Stewart : Assistant engineer Peter Craigie : Assistant engineer Gary Bradshaw : Monitor engineer
Concert From “MTV Unplugged” in Wembley, United Kingdom on Jan 25, 1991

6.

Style Style

Written by Paul McCartney

6:00 • Studio version • A

Paul McCartney : Acoustic guitar (?), Backing vocals, Bass, Producer, Vocals Linda McCartney : Backing vocals, Tambourine (?) Robbie McIntosh : Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar Hamish Stuart : Backing vocals, Electric guitar (?) Paul Wickens : Backing vocals, Keyboards, Piano (?) Blair Cunningham : Drums Julian Mendelsohn : Producer Bob Kraushaar : Recording engineer
Session Recording: December 1991 – July 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK
Session Mixing: September – October 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK
Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney : Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

7.

I Can’t Imagine

Written by Paul McCartney

4:37 • Studio version • A

Paul McCartney : Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Producer, Tambourine, Vocals Linda McCartney : Backing vocals, Tambourine Robbie McIntosh : Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Spanish guitar Hamish Stuart : Backing vocals, Electric guitar Paul Wickens : Keyboards, Synthesizers Blair Cunningham : Drums, Percussion Julian Mendelsohn : Producer Bob Kraushaar : Recording engineer
Session Recording: December 1991 – July 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK
Session Mixing: September – October 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK
Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney : Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

8.

Cosmically Conscious

Written by Paul McCartney

4:41 • Studio version • A

Paul McCartney : Acoustic guitar, Ocarina, Producer, Sitar, Vocals Linda McCartney : Backing vocals, Harmonium Robbie McIntosh : Mandolin Hamish Stuart : Backing vocals, Bass Paul Wickens : Piano Blair Cunningham : Drums Julian Mendelsohn : Producer Bob Kraushaar : Recording engineer
Session Recording: December 1991 – July 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK
Session Mixing: September – October 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK
Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney : Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

9.

Kicked Around No More

Written by Paul McCartney

5:24 • Studio version • A

Paul McCartney : Backing vocals, Bass, Piano, Producer, Vocals Linda McCartney : Backing vocals, Keyboards Robbie McIntosh : Backing vocals, Electric guitar Hamish Stuart : Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar Paul Wickens : Keyboards Blair Cunningham : Drums Julian Mendelsohn : Producer Bob Kraushaar : Recording engineer
Session Recording: December 1991 – July 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK
Session Mixing: September – October 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK
Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney : Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

10.

Big Boys Bickering

Written by Paul McCartney

3:20 • Studio version • A

Paul McCartney : Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocals Linda McCartney : Backing vocals, Tambourine Robbie McIntosh : Backing vocals, Slide guitar Hamish Stuart : Backing vocals, Bass Paul Wickens : Accordion, Backing vocals Blair Cunningham : Drums Julian Mendelsohn : Producer Bob Kraushaar : Recording engineer
Session Recording: December 1991 – July 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK
Session Mixing: September – October 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

11.

Down to The River

Written by Paul McCartney

3:31 • Studio version • A

Paul McCartney : Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Harmonica, Lead vocal, Producer Linda McCartney : Tambourine Robbie McIntosh : Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar Hamish Stuart : Backing vocals, Bass Paul Wickens : Accordion Blair Cunningham : Drums Julian Mendelsohn : Producer Bob Kraushaar : Recording engineer
Session Recording: December 1991 – July 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK
Session Mixing: September – October 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

12.

Soggy Noodle

Written by Paul McCartney

0:28 • Studio version • A

Paul McCartney : Electric guitar, Producer Julian Mendelsohn : Producer Bob Kraushaar : Recording engineer
Session Recording: December 1991 – July 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK
Session Mixing: September – October 1992 Studio : Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

 

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Wow, I can see why that didn’t get a wider release mal-evans (sorry to yuck your yum, but it’s definitely not for me). Did the woman kill the man in Long Leather Coat? a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

The lyrics of Sweet Sweet Memories are possibly his worst (closely followed by Style Style).

I really like Cosmically Conscious though, and Kicked Around No More is great. Big Boys Bickering needs more oomph, but has potential.

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I listen to this one quite a lot. Worth a spot in his top half dozen I’d say. Certainly of the post-Wings period.

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Long Leather Coat is a solid song, great showcase for Paul’s vocal abilities.

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