Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

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Paul McCartney says he was looking to make a back-to-basics album when he entered the studio to record Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, and there's no question that he's managed to re-create the easygoing-but-charged atmosphere of his embryonic solo work. As on 1970's McCartney, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer did just about everything himself on the disc, picking up instruments as varied as guitar, flugelhorn, and harmonium. That process of sonic spelunking led him into some intriguing territory -- like the sultry Brazilian beaches that imbue the lightly bossa nova–brushed "A Certain Softness" with, well, just what its title implies. Equally intriguing is "How Kind...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Paul McCartney says he was looking to make a back-to-basics album when he entered the studio to record Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, and there's no question that he's managed to re-create the easygoing-but-charged atmosphere of his embryonic solo work. As on 1970's McCartney, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer did just about everything himself on the disc, picking up instruments as varied as guitar, flugelhorn, and harmonium. That process of sonic spelunking led him into some intriguing territory -- like the sultry Brazilian beaches that imbue the lightly bossa nova–brushed "A Certain Softness" with, well, just what its title implies. Equally intriguing is "How Kind of You," with its enveloping drones, an addition that McCartney credits to au courant producer Nigel Godrich best known for his work with Beck and Radiohead. Godrich makes his mark elsewhere, daubing "Riding to Vanity Fair" with strings 'n' things that transform the song from Brit-folk nostalgia into timeless pop that's hard to pigeonhole. For all the forward-looking touches, however, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard finds McCartney more comfortable with his past than he has been in years. In addition to slapping a photo of his teenage self on the disc's cover, he borrows -- by his own admission -- from some of his classic work, returning to "Blackbird"-styled finger-picking on the flute-dappled "Jenny Wren" and summoning up the spirit of Magical Mystery Tour on the bouncy "Fine Line." There are moments -- "English Tea," for instance -- where Sir Paul tries to get away with skating by on a half-finished idea remember "Bip Bop," anyone?. But for every such moment of chaos, there's a passel of wonderful creations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 094633795921
  • Catalog Number: 337959

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fine Line (3:05)
  2. 2 How Kind of You (4:47)
  3. 3 Jenny Wren (3:46)
  4. 4 At the Mercy (2:37)
  5. 5 Friends to Go (2:43)
  6. 6 English Tea (2:11)
  7. 7 Too Much Rain (3:24)
  8. 8 A Certain Softness (2:41)
  9. 9 Riding to Vanity Fair (5:06)
  10. 10 Follow Me (2:31)
  11. 11 Promise to You Girl (3:09)
  12. 12 This Never Happened Before (3:24)
  13. 13 Anyway (7:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul McCartney Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Autoharp, Cello, Cymbals, Drums, Flugelhorn, Glockenspiel, Gong, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Maracas, Electric Piano, Recorder, Tambourine, Triangle, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Melodica, Spinet, Classical Guitar, Loops, Shaker, Tubular Bells, Wurlitzer, Floor Tom, Piano (Grand), Piano (Upright), Vibrachime, Hammond B3
Rusty Anderson Acoustic Guitar
Pedro Eustache Duduk
Jason Falkner Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar
James Gadson Drums
Brian Ray Acoustic Guitar
Nigel Godrich Loops
Joey Waronker Bongos, Drums, Shaker
Joby Talbot Conductor
Abe Laboriel Jr. Percussion, Tambourine, Blocks
The Los Angeles Music Players Strings
The Millennia Ensemble Strings, Brass
Technical Credits
Paul McCartney Composer, Art Direction
David Campbell Arranger
Alan Yoshida Mastering
Nigel Godrich Producer
Joby Talbot Arranger
Darrell Thorp Engineer
Brian Clarke Drawing
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