Press to Play [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At the time, Press to Play was occasionally promoted as Macca's response to punk -- which we all better hope is not true, since that means he was responding ten years after the fact, signaling just how out of touch he was. But McCartney wasn't that disconnected from reality (he did talk about punk in interviews from the late '70s), so a more accurate view of Press to Play is to see it as McCartney trying to reconnect with his classic strengths, from orchestral pop and whimsy to driving rockers and sweet love songs. All this is apparent on the record, often in pretty charming fashion. "Stranglehold" has an offhand charm, "Good Times Coming/Feel the Sun" feels ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At the time, Press to Play was occasionally promoted as Macca's response to punk -- which we all better hope is not true, since that means he was responding ten years after the fact, signaling just how out of touch he was. But McCartney wasn't that disconnected from reality (he did talk about punk in interviews from the late '70s), so a more accurate view of Press to Play is to see it as McCartney trying to reconnect with his classic strengths, from orchestral pop and whimsy to driving rockers and sweet love songs. All this is apparent on the record, often in pretty charming fashion. "Stranglehold" has an offhand charm, "Good Times Coming/Feel the Sun" feels like a forgotten Red Rose Speedway medley, "Move Over Busker" has a brisk gait (better than its cousin, "Angry," anyway), and "Press" is a terrific mid-'80s drum machine-driven slice of synth-pop, utterly featherweight in the best possible way. Each of these captures a different side of McCartney, and that's the overriding impression of Press to Play -- McCartney is dabbling in each of his strengths, just to see what works. It doesn't wind up as one of his stronger albums, but it's more interesting than some of his more consistent ones, and those aforementioned cuts demonstrate that he could still cut effective pop records when he put his mind to it. [EMI's 1993 edition included the bonus tracks "Spies Like Us" and "Once Upon a Long Ago [Long Version]."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/1998
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 077778926924
  • Catalog Number: 789269

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stranglehold (3:36)
  2. 2 Good Times Coming/Feel the Sun (4:56)
  3. 3 Talk More Talk (5:17)
  4. 4 Footprints (4:32)
  5. 5 Only Love Remains (4:16)
  6. 6 Press (4:43)
  7. 7 Pretty Little Head (5:13)
  8. 8 Move over Busker (4:05)
  9. 9 Angry (3:36)
  10. 10 However Absurd (4:58)
  11. 11 Write Away (3:01)
  12. 12 It's Not True (5:53)
  13. 13 Tough on a Tightrope (4:51)
  14. 14 Spies Like Us (4:48)
  15. 15 Once upon a Long Ago (4:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul McCartney Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Musician
Phil Collins Musician
Pete Townshend Musician
Nigel Kennedy Violin
Eric Stewart Harmony, Musician, Vocal Harmony
Carlos Alomar Musician
Gary Barnacle Musician
Simon Chamberlain Musician
Ray Cooper Musician
Nick Glennie-Smith Musician
Steve Jackson Spoken Word
Ruby James Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Neil Jason Bass
Jerry Marotta Musician
Linda McCartney Harmony, Spoken Word, Vocal Harmony
Dick Morrissey Musician
Eddie Rayner Keyboards
Graham Ward Musician
Gavyn Wright Musician
Matt Howe Spoken Word
Eddie Klein Spoken Word
Kate Robbins Harmony, Vocal Harmony
James McCartney Spoken Word
Technical Credits
Phil Collins Contributor
Paul McCartney Producer
Pete Townshend Contributor
Eric Stewart Contributor
Anne Dudley Orchestral Arrangements
Carlos Alomar Contributor
Gary Barnacle Contributor
Haydn Bendall Engineer
John Bradbury Contributor
Simon Chamberlain Contributor
Tony Clark Engineer
Ray Cooper Contributor
Nick Glennie-Smith Contributor
Steve Jackson Engineer
Jon Kelly Engineer
Jerry Marotta Contributor
Peter Mew Engineer
Dick Morrissey Contributor
Hugh Padgham Producer, Engineer
Lenny Pickett Contributor
Phil Ramone Producer, Engineer
Tony Visconti Orchestral Arrangements
Graham Ward Contributor
Gavyn Wright Contributor
Matt Howe Engineer
Gary Barnale Contributor
Matt Butler Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    McCartney experimenting

    When Mccartney began putting this album together, he clearly was experimenting with new sounds, as if he were creating another incarnation of 'McCartney 2' , but this time with the studio polish and edge of 'Tug of War' thrown in for good measure. Without a doubt, the first single, 'Press', is an excellent piece of work which I'm suprised didn't do better comercially, and the beautiful simplicity of the ballad 'Footprints', co-written with Eric Stewart, is classic McCartney. Oddly enough, McCartney released remixes of a number of tracks as singles &amp B- sides, such as 'Only Love Remains', 'Pretty Little Head', 'It's Not True', and others--all of which are superior versions to the ones that appear on the disc. That's the only reason I didn't give this CD 4 or 5 stars. In spite of this, 'Press to Play' is an interesting album that's worth checking out, especially with the bonus tracks, 'Once Upon a Long Ago', and 'Spies Like Us'.

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