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

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All Music Guide - Kenneth Bays
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Kenneth Bays
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2001
  • Label: Oglio Records
  • UPC: 790058912522
  • Catalog Number: 89125

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Band on the Run - Owsley (5:14)
  2. 2 My Brave Face - SR-71 (3:00)
  3. 3 Junk - Kevin Hearn (2:56)
  4. 4 Jet (4:15)
  5. 5 No More Lonely Nights (4:11)
  6. 6 Let Me Roll It - Robyn Hitchcock (4:21)
  7. 7 Too Many People (3:43)
  8. 8 Dear Friend - The Minus 5 (4:45)
  9. 9 Every Night (2:56)
  10. 10 Waterfalls - Sloan (4:21)
  11. 11 Man We Was Lonely (2:59)
  12. 12 Coming Up - The John Faye Power Trio (3:43)
  13. 13 Maybe I'm Amazed (4:14)
  14. 14 Love in Song (4:04)
  15. 15 Warm and Beautiful - Linus of Hollywood (3:08)
  16. 16 Ram On (2:40)
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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
The 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
The 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
The Soft Boys Producer
Matthew Sweet Producer, Engineer
Scott McCaughey Producer, Engineer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Mike Corbett Producer
Steve Wright Engineer
Sloan Producer
Albert Caiati Engineer
Jeremy Darby Producer, Engineer
Fats Domino Composer
Neil Finn Producer
Jack Hill Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
John Keaney Producer
Linda McCartney Composer
J.R. McNeely Engineer
Organized Noize Composer
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
Tjinder Singh Composer
Marqueze Etheridge Composer
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes Composer
Mac Manus Composer
Fred Paragano Digital Editing
Todd Gunnerson Engineer
Sam Gibson Engineer
Dave Nachodsky Mastering
Brad Kern Engineer
Cliff Hillis Engineer, Mastering
Sylvia Massy Shivy Producer
Anders Hellgren Producer, Engineer
Linus of Hollywood Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    songs that stand the test of time

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Paying Tribute to Paul!

    (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

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