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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
According to Paul McCartney, working on the Beatles Anthology project inspired him to record an album that was stripped-back, immediate, and fun, one less studied and produced than most of his recent work. In many ways, Flaming Pie fulfills those goals. A largely acoustic collection of simple songs, Flaming Pie is direct and unassuming, and at its best, it recalls the homely charm of McCartney and Ram. McCartney still has a tendency to wallow in trite sentiment, and his more ambitious numbers, like the string-drenched epic "Beautiful Night" or the silly Beatlesque psychedelia of "Flaming Pie," fall a little flat. But when he works on a small scale, as on the ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
According to Paul McCartney, working on the Beatles Anthology project inspired him to record an album that was stripped-back, immediate, and fun, one less studied and produced than most of his recent work. In many ways, Flaming Pie fulfills those goals. A largely acoustic collection of simple songs, Flaming Pie is direct and unassuming, and at its best, it recalls the homely charm of McCartney and Ram. McCartney still has a tendency to wallow in trite sentiment, and his more ambitious numbers, like the string-drenched epic "Beautiful Night" or the silly Beatlesque psychedelia of "Flaming Pie," fall a little flat. But when he works on a small scale, as on the waltzing "The Song We Were Singing," "Calico Skies," "Great Day," and "Little Willow," he's gently affecting, and the moderately rocking pop of "The World Tonight" and "Young Boy" is more ingratiating than the pair of aimless bluesy jams with Steve Miller. Even with the filler, which should be expected on any McCartney album, Flaming Pie is one of his most successful latter-day efforts, mainly because McCartney is at his best when he doesn't try so hard and lets his effortless melodic gifts rise to the surface.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/1997
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724385650024
  • Catalog Number: 56500

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul McCartney Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Harpsichord, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Double Bass, Mellotron, Vibes, spanish guitar, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Vocal Harmony
Jeff Lynne Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Ringo Starr Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Levine Andrade Viola
John Barclay Trumpet
Dave Bishop Baritone Saxophone
Belinda Bunt Violin
Michael Cox Flute
Chris Davis Saxophone
Snake Davis Saxophone
Richard Edwards Trombone
Andy Findon Alto Flute
Roger Garland Violin
Skaila Kanga Harp
Gary Kettel Percussion
Chris Laurence Double Bass
Adrian Levine Violin
Martin Loveday Cello, Celli
Rita Manning Violin
Linda McCartney Background Vocals
Robin McGee Double Bass
Steve Miller Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals, Track Performer, Vocal Harmony
Bernard Partridge Violin
Anthony Pleeth Cello, Celli
Maciej Rakowski Violin
Johnathan Rees Violin
Kevin Robinson Trumpet
Robert Smissen Viola
David Snell Conductor
Stephen Tees Viola
David Theodore Oboe
Richard Bissill French Horn
Steven Orton Cello, Celli
Peter Lale Viola
Julian Tear Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
David Ogden Violin
Jeremy Williams Violin
Andrew Crowley Trumpet
Mark Bennett Trumpet
Marcia Crayford Violin
Philip Dukes Viola
Andy Fawbert Trombone
Keith Pascoe Violin
John Pigneguy French Horn
Richard Watkins Horn, French Horn
Peter Manning Violin
James McCartney Electric Guitar
Susan Milan Flute
Martin Parry Flute
Christian Kampen Cello, Celli
Briony Shaw Violin
Jeremy Smissen Viola
Nigel Black Horn
Robert Bailey Cello, Celli
David Woodcock Violin
Michael Thompson Horn, French Horn
Ivo Jan van der Werff Viola
Jacqueline Hartley Violin
Graeme Scott Viola
Roy Carter Oboe, Cor anglais
Technical Credits
Jeff Lynne Producer
Paul McCartney Producer, Contributor
George Martin Producer, Orchestration
Greg Calbi Mastering
Geoff Emerick Engineer
Frank Farrell Engineer
Jon Jacobs Engineer
Bob Kraushaar Engineer
Mark Lewisohn Liner Notes
Geoff Baker Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my favorite CD's

    Although I like Paul Mccartney I have honestly not bought anything past his "Wings" days. I saw this at Barnes and Noble while browsing with my son, bought it on a whim and am happy I did. Although most of the songs are more "soothing", there are a few faster tracks. It has alot of variety. My favorites are "Young Boy", "Heaven on a Sunday" and "Beautiful Night". The words to the songs are included as are short explanations as to why the songs were written. Jeff Lynne (ELO) is on many tracks and his contributions are noticable. Out of the whole CD, there are only 1 or 2 tracks that are "OK", the rest are great. Not really dancable but I originally bought it to listen to on my drive to work (long and all interstate). My son also loves to sing along with it and he's only 5. I bought some of McCartney's Cd's that were released after this since I liked this CD so much but this one still tops my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Macca's 2nd best album (2/17/06)

    Flaming Pie is Pauls second best album ever in my opinion next to Band On The Run. The songs are very Beatle-esque in their sound and production which is great and it is a fun and fresh album from musics greatest genius of all time, Paul McCartney!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tasty Classic McCartney

    As one of the outstanding songwriters of the 20th century, much of Paul McCartney's solo work has been at minimum underappreciated, and many times, been unfairly compared to his Beatles work. This 1997 release has proven to be one of Sir Paul's classic albums. Much of the recording was done by himself, with guest appearances by Ringo and Steve Miller. Jeff Lynne does a superb job bringing a fresh sound to McCartney's work by not smothering the production with ELO style horns. Much of this is a solid combination of rock and roll and the usual magnificent McCartney ballads. Standouts include "The World Tonight", a good rocker with some clever word play ("I go back so far I'm in front of me"), the title track inspired by John Lennon's comment on how he got the name "Beatles" including nonsense images John would be proud of, "Used To Be Bad", a rocker with Miller, and the marvelous ballads "Calico Skies", "Heaven On A Sunday"(featuring son James on guitar) and the George Martin produced "Somedays", a marvelous reflection on the passing of time. Ringo drums on 2 songs, "Beautiful Night", and "Really Love You", a track made up on the spot and the first McCartney-Starkey credited song. If Paul were still a Beatle, "Beautiful Night" and "Somedays" would be considered classics. This record shows Paul is still capable of writing great music and that he remains one of rock's masters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Overdue Comeback!!!!!!!!

    In the 80s, post-Wings McCartney often left something to be desired. With the exception of a few albums, such as Tug of War and Flowers in the Dirt, McCartney hit the 70s too late or the 90s too early. Even through the early 90s, McCartney just could not get a winning album. Until now. Filled with beautiful melodies and harmonies, along with sometimes sparce, sometimes overwhelming accompianiaments, Flaming Pie is an album to buy, and then play again and again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best album i have ever listened to

    not a bad song on this. in fact this is the best album i have ever heard. paul at his best and he plays all the instruments!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Listener: 15-year-old Beatle Fan

    This has got to be Paul's best solo album yet! I cannot even place the album into words! Every track is just....incredible! The man hasn't lost his touch! It's as is he's never left The Beatles! The song Somedays is like a modern version of Yesterday! And like Yesterday Somedays just gives me goosebumps! And also let's not forget that Ringo plays with him on two of the tracks! This album is a MUST have for any Beatle or McCartney fan! I also recommend it to kids my age. Believe me, at first I thought it was going to sound Babyboomery, but it doesn't sound like that at all. I think any teenager would dig this album and I highly recommend it! I don't know what else to say about this album! It's just THE BEST HE's ever done! You're in for a real treat!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Paul McCartney-musical beauty!!

    My, my, my. Paul McCartney isn't just an ex-Beatle, you know. With FLAMING PIE, he comes out with what is possibly his greatest solo effort, and certainly on par with classics like McCARTNEY and RAM. If The Beatles were still together, this is what they might sound like (obviously with a decidedly Paul-ish bent...not much John here). Tunes like ''The Song We Were Singing,'' ''Somedays,'' and ''Beautiful Night'' recall the melodies and magic of those times past. Paul rocks a bit, too (though if you're looking for rock'n'roll from McCartrney, you'd be better off with RUN DEVIL RUN), with songs like ''The World Tonight,'' ''Flaming Pie,'' amd ''Really Love You.'' Then there's the near-perfect, simplistic, acoustic beauty of ''Great Day,'' ''Calico Skies,'' and ''Little Willow.'' He even throws in a soul-styled track called ''Souvenir''! And if you really need a Beatles connection, Ringo plays on a few of the tracks! This album is...incredible. What else can I say? All You Need Is Love, I guess.

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