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Press to Play [Bonus Tracks]
     

Press to Play [Bonus Tracks]

by Paul McCartney
 
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

Overview

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]."]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/1998
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0077778926924
catalogNumber:
789269

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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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