TVD is delighted to have been selected by the team behind the Paul McCartney Archive Collection to exclusively spotlight the meticulous work Paul has supervised personally with the reissue series from his stellar catalog—all newly re-mastered at Abbey Road Studios, and each featuring a bonus disc of rare and previously unreleased tracks.
In the spirit of the season, the entire Paul McCartney Archive Collection to date, as well as 2012′s Kisses on the Bottom will be available to TVD readers through a series of special giveaways during the month of December, courtesy of Sir Paul and his team. We’ll be selecting five winners for each 180 gram vinyl reissue package—and we kick it off today with Paul’s first solo release, McCartney.
“The record has a homespun charm, and a feel that suggests McCartney wasn’t putting too much pressure on himself to carry on the Beatles flame or make a statement,” Pitchfork noted with its review upon McCartney’s rerelease in June, 2011.
“Paul played everything on the record himself, apart from some backing vocals by Linda, recording much of it at home on a four-track…The highlights of McCartney’s later solo albums were often uptempo rock songs, or big, show-stopping tunes, but here, apart from “Maybe I’m Amazed,” the peaks include two versions of the same quiet song, “Junk.” The sparse vocal version features McCartney accompanying himself with acoustic guitar and a bit of bass and percussion, ticking through a nostalgic inventory of disused objects.”
“McCartney later reprises “Junk” in a “singalong” instrumental version, with mellotron and piano joining in for a pretty waltz. I’d be surprised if Elliott Smith didn’t learn something from it…”
Heralded as one of the most beloved solo debuts of all time, McCartney, the smash # 1 album, originally released April of 1970, yielded the timeless tracks “Every Night” and “Junk” along with the immortal classic “Maybe I’m Amazed.”
• Two disc 180 gram audiophile vinyl edition remastered at Abbey Road Studios
• Includes rare and previously unreleased tracks
• Downloadable audio of the original album and bonus tracks included
1. The Lovely Linda
2. That Would Be Something
3. Valentine Day
4. Every Night
5. Hot As Sun / Glasses
7. Man We Was Lonely
8. Oo You
9. Momma Miss America
10. Teddy Boy
11. Singalong Junk
12. Maybe I’m Amazed
Bonus audio CD Featuring rare tracks:
1. Suicide [Out-take]
2. Maybe I’m Amazed [From One Hand Clapping]
3. Every Night [Live At Glasgow, 1979]
4. Hot As Sun [Live At Glasgow, 1979]
5. Maybe I’m Amazed [Live At Glasgow, 1979]
6. Don’t Cry Baby [(Out-take]
7. Women Kind (Demo) [Mono]
Enter to win McCartney from the Paul McCartney Archive Collection by telling us in the comments below what this LP has meant to you over the years—briefly!—and why perhaps your well-worn LP could use a remastered upgrade.
Each contest among this special series will last a full calendar week. Five entrants with a North American mailing address will be selected as winners a week from today, 12/10.