Listen to What the Man Said: Popular Artists Pay Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney

Listen to What the Man Said: Popular Artists Pay Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney

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Covering the songs of Paul McCartney's solo career is a daunting task. Not only is there a certain stigma attached to the material (sometimes deservedly, sometimes not), but there's also the fact that McCartney's buoyant melodies beg to be sung by a powerhouse vocalist; a band with a singer of average range risks masking the elegance of McCartney's best popcraft. In a

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Covering the songs of Paul McCartney's solo career is a daunting task. Not only is there a certain stigma attached to the material (sometimes deservedly, sometimes not), but there's also the fact that McCartney's buoyant melodies beg to be sung by a powerhouse vocalist; a band with a singer of average range risks masking the elegance of McCartney's best popcraft. In a way, then, it's surprising that Listen to What the Man Said works as well as it does. Modern rock acts sift through nearly two decades of Sir Paul's music, embracing hits and relative obscurities with equal frequency (though it's rather telling that the producers chose to include only two of McCartney's post-1980 numbers). Semisonic gets "Jet" exactly right, capturing all the fuzzy brilliance of the original, while Linus of Hollywood makes "Warm and Beautiful" one long, contented sigh of billowy harmony vocals ricocheting Brian Wilson style across the a cappella arrangement. Even better is Owsley's "Band on the Run," which remains vital while staying relentlessly faithful to McCartney's vision -- not an easy feat considering the jigsaw-like nature of the suite's various parts. To be sure, the disc isn't free of filler. Punk-pop outfit SR-71's take on "My Brave Face" is hopelessly stylized and feels bland and contrived as a result, the overblown psychedelia of the Minus 5's "Dear Friend" brings to mind McCartney's own excesses, and They Might Be Giants' instrumental reworking of "Ram On" ends up surprisingly devoid of life. Perhaps it says something about McCartney's skill as a pop arranger that the best covers here are those that don't experiment too much; either way, Listen to What the Man Said isn't going to go down as a timeless album, but it has enough moments of pop pleasure to be recommended to the more adventurous McCartney fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2001
Label:
Oglio Records
UPC:
0790058912522
catalogNumber:
89125

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tim Finn   Vocals
Robyn Hitchcock   Guitar,Vocals
Matthew Sweet   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
World Party   Track Performer
Stephen Duffy   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Judybats   Track Performer
Scott McCaughey   Bass,Harmonica,Percussion,Pedal Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Robert "Kool" Bell   Bass
Peter Buck   Organ,Guitar
Dave Catlin-Birch   Band
Neil Finn   Guitar,Vocals
John Flansburgh   Synthesizer
Jeff Heiskell   Synthesizer,Vocals
Dan Hickey   Drums
John Linnell   Accordion
Chris McHugh   Percussion,Drums
Ric Menck   Drums
Kimberley Rew   Guitar
Matthew Seligman   Bass
Karl Wallinger   Band
Dan Wilson   Guitar,Vocals
Morris Windsor   Drums,Vocals
Brenndan McGuire   Organ,Bass,Synthesizer Bass
Steven Page   Banjo,Drums,Vocals
Finn Brothers   Track Performer
John Faye   Guitar,Vocals
John Allen   Vocals
John Munson   Bass,Vocals
Joachim "Joggi" Schmidt   Bass
Jacob Slichter   Drums,Vocals
Patrick Pentland   Guitar
Merrymakers   Track Performer
John Painter   Trombone,Trumpet,Chimes,Flugelhorn,Timpani
Mitch Allan   Guitar,Vocals
Andrew Scott   Drums
Kevin Hearn   Keyboards,Vocals
Virgos Merlot   Track Performer
Chris Dickerson   Bass
Brett Hestla   Guitar,Vocals
Ted Deacon Ledbetter   Guitar
Jeff Reid   Drums,Vocals
Christopher Joyner   Synthesizer,Piano
Brad Kern   Tambourine
Mark Beauchemin   Bass,Vocals
Dan Miller   Guitar,Piano
Cliff Hillis   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Anthony   Drums
Jonathan Hamby   Synthesizer
Anders Hellgren   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals
Linus of Hollywood   Vocals

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Composer
Tim Finn   Producer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Soft Boys   Producer
Matthew Sweet   Producer,Engineer
Scott McCaughey   Producer,Engineer
Mike Corbett   Producer
Steve Wright   Engineer
Sloan   Producer
Albert Caiati   Engineer
Jeremy Darby   Producer,Engineer
Neil Finn   Producer
Jack Hill   Engineer
John Keaney   Producer
Linda McCartney   Composer
J.R. McNeely   Engineer
Tristan Powell   Engineer
Karl Wallinger   Producer
Dan Wilson   Liner Notes
Brenndan McGuire   Producer,Engineer
Semisonic   Producer
Kelly Richards   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Mitch Allan   Liner Notes
James Flaherty   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Mac Manus   Composer
Todd Gunnerson   Engineer
Sam Gibson   Engineer
Brad Kern   Engineer
Cliff Hillis   Engineer
Sylvia Massy Shivy   Producer
Anders Hellgren   Producer,Engineer
Linus of Hollywood   Producer,Engineer

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Listen to What the Man Said: Popular Artists Pay Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
(From the September 24, 2001 edition of Entertainment Tonight, By Jill Ward) From Reggae to the world of Bluegrass, many have paid homage to the astounding career of England's Fab Four. Yet, you might be surprised to know that there has never been a major musical tribute to the post-BEATLE years of SIR PAUL McCARTNEY. That is, until now. On October 9, Oglio Records will release the first leg of just such a collection. Entitled, Listen To What The Man Said, the project employs some of today's top acts to walk you through the 30-plus years of McCartney's solo career. And although some of the contributing artists were donning diapers when these classics first emerged, it doesn't dampen their respect for one of the world's most legendary artists. Kicking off the collection is former SHANIA TWAIN and BEN FOLDS' affiliate, OWSLEY, who masterfully re-creates the many time changes of the early gem, ''Band on the Run.'' But the Alabama-born artist had polished his skills long before, playing air guitar to Paul McCartney & WINGS tunes when he was just a kid. ''During the summer of '74, I remember running around the local swimming pool while a sunbather had her AM radio blasting 'Band on the Run,''' says the artist. ''And I think it was at that moment that I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.'' Lucky for Owsley, he was able to snatch the rights for the remake from Baltimore alt-rockers, SR-71, a band who also cited the track as inspirational. ''The first time I remember hearing Paul McCartney I was about two. My father loved 'Band on the Run' and would play that record over and over,'' says SR-71 frontman MITCH ALLAN. ''(My fellow band members) all feel as I do. Without Paul McCartney there would not have been an SR-71.'' As a result, the band had no qualms adding some grit and chaos to another cut, ''My Brave Face,'' from McCartney's 1989 album, Flowers In The Dirt. Hot off a new album earlier this year, Minnesota-bred SEMISONIC also ring in with the McCartney & Wings hit, ''Jet.'' ''The first time I heard 'Jet' I was a child and I think it was before I really discovered the Beatles and I was completely amazed by the song'' says Semisonic guitarist, DAN WILSON. ''At that time it defined Pop for me. Later, I started to wonder, 'What is that song about anyway?''' Unfortunately we don't have Mr. McCartney on the phone to find out, but nevertheless, Wilson and the boys add some contemporary guitar riffs and a slightly slower tempo to the tune's cryptic lyrics. The quirky, often humorous Boston team known as THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS also ''make a little birdhouse in their soul'' for Mr. McCartney. Taking purely an instrumental approach, the guys add a series of space-age effects to Paul's ukulele ditty, ''Ram On,'' from 1971. ''It is daunting to try to reinterpret any McCartney song, but it's especially so when it is such a spirited track,'' says Giants member JOHN FLANSBURGH. Even so, the Giants fit the bill just fine. Also known as somewhat of a prankster band, BARENAKED LADIES members KEVIN HEARN and STEVEN PAGE team up with STEPHEN DUFFY of the Brit pop act LILAC TIME, to add some ''big top'' sounds to the otherwise smoky cut, ''Junk.'' Coincidentally, Naked members Hearn and Page had an up close and personal experience with the icon to whom they now sing an ode. ''In 1996, Barenaked Ladies were playing at the Phoenix festival in England. The headliner that night on the main stage was one of our heroes, NEIL YOUNG,'' recalls Page. ''We ended up sneaking up on to the side of the stage, and who was standing there watching the show with us but Paul and LINDA McCartney and their kids.... I wanted to tell him that I was in a band and that I do what I do only because he did what he did.'' Other top artists sharing in the sentiment include ROBYN HITCHCOCK (''Let Me Roll,'') MATTHEW SWEET (''Every Night''), THE MERRYMAKERS (''No More Lonely Nights'') and WORLD PARTY (''Man We Was Lonely''). These, along with t
Guest More than 1 year ago
although its taken this long to come out with a solid tribute to one of the best lyricists of our time-i think everyone would agree-its been well worth the wait. while no one can do a mccartney hit like mccartney, to hear modern artists do ''junk'' and ''every night'' proves that these hits stand the test of time very well--what better compliment to their creator