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Red Rose Speedway [4 Bonus Tracks]
     

Red Rose Speedway [4 Bonus Tracks]

by Paul McCartney
 

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All right, he's made a record with his wife and a record with his pickup band where democracy is allegedly the conceit even if it never sounds that way, so he returns to a solo effort, making the most disjointed album he ever cut. There's a certain fascination to its fragmented nature, not just because it's decidedly on the softer side of things, but because his

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All right, he's made a record with his wife and a record with his pickup band where democracy is allegedly the conceit even if it never sounds that way, so he returns to a solo effort, making the most disjointed album he ever cut. There's a certain fascination to its fragmented nature, not just because it's decidedly on the softer side of things, but because his desire for homegrown eccentricity has been fused with his inclination for bombastic art rock à la Abbey Road. Consequently, Red Rose Speedway winds up being a really strange record, one that veers toward the schmaltzy AOR MOR (especially on the hit single "My Love"), yet is thoroughly twisted in its own desire toward domestic art. As a result, this is every bit as insular as the lo-fi records of the early '90s, but considerably more artful, since it was, after all, designed by one of the great pop composers of the century. Yes, the greatest songs here are slight -- "Big Barn Bed," "One More Kiss," and "When the Night" -- but this is a deliberately slight record (slight in the way a snapshot album is important to a family yet glazes the eyes of any outside observer). Work your way into the inner circle, and McCartney's little flourishes are intoxicating -- not just the melodies, but the facile production and offhand invention. If these are miniscule steps forward, consider this: if Brian Wilson can be praised for his half-assed ideas and execution, then why not McCartney, who has more character here than the Beach Boys did on their Brother records? Truthfully.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0077775202625
catalogNumber:
52026

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul McCartney   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Celeste,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Chant,Mellotron
Denny Laine   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Chant,Vocal Harmony
Henry McCullough   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Chant,Vocal Harmony
Linda McCartney   Organ,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Chant,Electric Harpsichord,Vocal Harmony,Ding
Hugh McCracken   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Denny Seiwell   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Chant,Vocal Harmony
David Spinozza   Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Paul McCartney   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Glyn Johns   Engineer
David Hentschel   Engineer
Richard Lush   Engineer
Linda McCartney   Composer,Producer,Cover Photo
Alan Parsons   Engineer
Ian Horne   Roadie
Gordon House   Graphic Design
Dixon Van Winkle   Engineer

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