Monday, January 15, 2018

ES-Say #106

I Read The Fake News Today...Oh Paul!!

Back In The Spotlight: Paul and Family interview for Life Magazine(1969), which led to even more photographic "Death Clues" apparently being proof of his demise in 1966.

Fake News. What does that mean to you? I mean, I know that it's a YUGE topic recently. Aside from the modern assumption, that the press, (or just CNN and The Wall Street Journal,) lie outright to the public on a daily basis, "Fake News" can simply be incorrect information. I'm pretty sure most people understand that errors can be reported, and are usually corrected by the sources reporting them.

So, why have I brought this topic up? It was actually a rumour this past weekend that Paul McCartney would be touring the UK to promote his upcoming new album in 2018. It came from one website source and was shared on social media platforms(mostly Facebook, but the story got around). But, with all the fanfare-like writing about Paul returning to the UK, the actual purpose of the article could be found at the end. It was advertising a link to concert booking service which calculates the "likelihood"(their word) of an artist touring a city, and then when(or if) it happens, you pay them and they get your tickets. Got all that. Translation: Paul McCartney could likely be touring the UK...or anywhere else...ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Now, many fans didn't get to the bottom of this article being "Fake News." It was an advertisement for a Ticket Broker and nothing more. I could get into my way-back machine and explain old skool ticket brokers and my ill-faded trip to Madison Square Garden for Paul's Driving USA Concert in 2002, but I have to save that story. In 2018, we rely on quick access to news via social media and the internet and it is very easy to lose sight as what is false or misleading sources.

Paul McCartney didn't actually die in the 1960s* or in May of 2014(see ES-Say #15- Save Us Or Is It Spare Us ) or some other time(there have been other times). The rich history of The Beatles that caused the world to believe that Paul McCartney "died" sold a lot of Vinyl based on reporting through radio, print media, and television. A lot of journalism was quick to spread but was generally written as factual based to inform the public. And the media was happy, to inform, that Paul McCartney was alive and well when Paul McCartney got around to tell them.

Recently, social media and the internet want one thing- YOUR ATTENTION! How else can we understand this when it takes hours or days to confirm that Tom Petty and David Cassidy were still alive when reported deceased. How is click-bait still a thing and legit news sources report it as truth? Can we understand that Ringo Starr did not reveal in 2015 that Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced? Or that Yoko Ono had a fling with Hillary Clinton?

Do you really want to see Paul McCartney, in 2018, along with his extended family, swimming and frolicking on an exotic beach? (Yeah, I do too but not enough to retweet and share, even the Daily Mail knows it's not news worthy to explain paparazzi photos in great detail on it's own so they say something like "Paul has finished his recent tour of...Stella just released a new perfume and look at Nancy's new yoga pants as she shows everyone she can catch a footb-I'm wrong, it's all BS about what they are wearing in great detail while walking and drinking cocktails.)

Other incorrect information about Paul McCartney or The Beatles can come Spam or Advertisements
Paul actually posed for this photo shoot with PETA
Have you seen another photoshopped version of this picture? Well, it's all over Facebook and will probably say something like "I LOVED JOHN LENNON" or "DON'T UNDERESTIMATE A BEATLE FAN BORN IN JANUARY 2018." It will be followed by a link to buy said-kind-of-shirt. You might get the shirt or you might get no shirt. All's I know is, that Paul McCartney did not approve those ads and I'm not going to click anything.

Finally, I get peeved when news stories get repeated with half-correct information. It is my understanding that McCartney recently settled a US lawsuit with Sony. This was interpreted by other websites and by many in the fan community that he finally, after years of trying to retain his copywrite ownership from Michael Jackson, that this legal matter was 100% over and Paul won back all the songs. That's not why McCartney sued Sony and his songs were not handed back to him six months ago.  Had this actually happened, I'm pretty sure Paul would have been fist pumping, Thumb UPping and releasing official statements.

If there is a UK tour, It will be posted officially on his website and many websites will be sending out related emails...some could even be "fake" messages...will we know the difference?

"I heard from a guy, who knows a guy, who knows another guy that sometimes is a Roadie in Tallahassee and Reykjavik for Pink Floyd that sometime in the Fall, or Spring, or Summer, Next Year"

Oh give it a rest!

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

ES-Say #105

This Holiday Doesn't Rule!(A Paul McCartney Christmas)

The latest Christmas-themed Paul McCartney song release(Holidays Rule V2, Capitol Records 2017)

Golf Digest, A Conde Nast-owned Golf Magazine, recently came out with an article bashing the 1979 version of "Wonderful Christmastime"
Here is the link- https://www.golfdigest.com/story/wonderful-christmastime-is-the-worst-christmas-songand-quite-possibly-the-worst-songever

(I dedicate ES-Say #105 to its author, Jeff Vrabel, with whom I do not agree with, despite his decent effort with cheap-shot humour. We all can gather he's a John Lennon fan who listens to "How Do You Sleep?" on repeat. Thanks For Rubbing It In, Mate!)

Here at Not Saying Anything To Paul McCartney, not only do we not make any money for writing entries in a blog, we also have been said to write "Stupid Articles"*  So, with that in mind, I can respond with just about anything and it won't make a difference(YAY!)

Mr Vrabel, was permitted to write about the music of Paul McCartney for "The Loop," a section of articles for Golf Digest about non-golf topics because he has written for Billboard. (Doesn't make a lot of sense, surely Golf Digest should stick to covering "Golf" or change it's name to Golf And More Digest).

Wonderful Christmastime. Written By Paul McCartney. A Classic Christmas Song. Period. Not the Worst Song Ever, if Golf Digest was to be taken seriously. Mr. Vrabel never heard the 1:27-minute cover of Wonderful Christmastime just released on the Holiday Rules, Vol. 2, 2017 album. If a bland singer like Jimmy Fallon is the lead vocalist, with The Roots on backing vocals(sounding like Rockapella), AND featuring Paul McCartney for a bar or two lasting 20 seconds, is an acceptable and better holiday song than the original, we must be living in another dimension.

Paul McCartney and The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon. Their working relationship is not working for me.(photo NBC).

I hadn't heard this cover version until hearing on it on Spotify today. I had asked for the Holiday Compilation CD for Christmas, after passing on the two different Record Store Black Friday 7" colour versions. Dodged a bullet with that one! I don't seem to agree with the idea that all my money has to go to any and all Paul McCartney records.

What has happened to my holiday spirit to enjoy, blissfully, A Paul McCartney Christmas? For the love of Christmas and Chanukah, I dance like a Muppet Show Character whenever, wherevever, I hear the 1979 single and the Jolly Cute B-side "Ruldolf The Red Nosed Reggae."

I've even been turned on to Pipes of Peace being Paul McCartney's best holiday song. So if we are keeping a list...and checking it twice...

NSATPM's Ranking of Paul McCartney Christmas Songs

1st Place- Pipes Of Peace (1983)   
2nd Place- Once Upon And Long Ago (1987)
3rd Place- Wonderful Christmastime (1979)
4th Place- Rudolph The Red Nosed Reggae (B-Side to 2nd Place)
5th Place- The Christmas Song- Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire(from Holidays Rule V1 and Kisses On The Bottom bonus track)
Tied with The Beatles Christmas Recordings despite never hearing them(yet)!

DNC(Did Not Chart): aforementioned brief Tonight Show rehashing of Wonderful Christmastime. (I cancelled the request for the Volume 2 and have a bigger interest in Holiday Rules, V1...oddly put out by Concord Music and MPL). Children, Capitol records promised Santa Clause(The "Paul McCartney")  top billing, for V2 and we got stuck with pants**(The "Jimmy Fallon").

Christmas songs can annoy people from time to time due to amount of times heard at the end of the year, but it doesn't necessarily equate to a bad song. I could sit here and negate all the points Jeff Vrabel made because it's fun and entertaining for me, but I don't get paid to do it. I think we can all agree that less time hearing Paul McCartney's voice on a song you expected to hear more of Paul McCartney on, is a big waste of time.

All of Us at Not Saying Anything To Paul McCartney (The Meredith, The Foot, The Paul McCartney, and The JoJo(The Lennon Fan on the 60s Beat), would like to wish all of our readers(including the ones who don't like me very much and can't comprehend that "Meredith" is also a girl's name***) a very Happy Holiday season 2017 and New Year! Don't forget to visit us in 2018 for more ES-Says at the blog and continue check out daily our Facebook group and Twitter account for all the latest news about Paul McCartney and The Beatles.


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*My articles may be stupid and you have your opinions, so why not comment about it here on the blog, so I can read it quicker! I might even publish it! (Spam Comments will be deleted).

**for our American readers, Pants=Underwear. The English basically call things underwear("Pants") when something is utterly terrible or S-H-I-Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon...



***Apparently somebody couldn't be bothered to check before complaining about a man at NSATPM. Last time I checked, The Foot(Our Official Blog Nemesis and a male, has never been allowed to write any kind of articles here, being a Macca-hating foot model and all). I am impressed that complaining about colour vinyl means I must be a man! (see ES-Say #104)







Sunday, December 3, 2017

ES-Say #104

A Dyeing Fad-When Coloured Vinyl Goes Wrong
My New Red and Yellow LP Copy of Wings' "Venus and Mars"(2017, Capitol)

Last week, when I received my limited edition colour vinyl(see above), it had been delayed by a week from the original November 18th, 2017 release day. On November 20th, the company I had ordered from said that they hadn't received stock from their supplier. The next day, it was changed to "a delay during the manufacturing process." In any event, I was past the point of caring when a "Sorry You Were Out" post office notice arrived in my mail box.

Coloured Vinyl. Yes, I moaned about this previously-ES-Say #101-but it seems like this is now a renewed industry fad. Supermarkets have returned to stocking vinyl in-store for about a few years now. How do you sell new pressing of old vinyl titles? Don't ask me, I don't work for a record company or a Tescos. But, I would guess, with the limited advertising space(ie. a single small display stand), it has to offer something appealing to sell. The music industry decided when you are picking up bread and milk, you'll also want a 30+ year old record (but only if it's updated aesthetically in a bright colour. Standard issue black vinyl is so 1980s).

Maybe we should be fortunate 2017 pressings aren't plexi-discs or triangle-shaped? Let's examine this 2017 coloured vinyl release of selected titles in The Paul McCartney Archive Collection(again, but on his recent switch to Universal Music Group). I'm avoiding the new standard issue vinyl or cds here(see ES-Say #101).

As a consumer and Beatles collector, I have to make buying decisions that meet my needs. With the coloured vinyl, at first, I didn't have much interest(I called it a "gag gift" in "piss-yellow"). But when I found out that the Venus and Mars LP would be dyed both half "piss yellow" AND half blood-red, this alone seemed to be unique or truly "limited edition." I didn't have any vinyl like this, so I spent the £29.99.

After the cock-up with the release day, I did something I wouldn't normally dream of doing when it finally arrived- I opened it.
But, wait, hold on...get out your magnifying glass....I'll give you a minute....

WHAT THE "£$% IS THAT? Yes, the red blood escaped from the left side of side 2 to mark through grooves between "Listen What The Man Said" and "Treat Her Gently-Lonely Old People." I then got a little more paranoid when I looked even closer...
It looks like the red side was unhappy with being delegated 50% of the disc and tried to take over the piss yellow side. It is noticeable like this(above, on both sides).  

Clearly Damaged. Why not return it? Simple solution? well...

I have decided to keep the vinyl. I'm experiencing my own fad, where I play vinyl that I buy rather than immediately filing it into storage(ie. not collecting). I have a low cost LP player and i'm slowly getting to grips with ruining the grading of vinyl just by physically pulling it out of the packaging. In a way, this damaged copy cannot get any worse by holding on to it, and despite the colour problems it doesn't skip because those lines aren't scratches. Plus, I completely knocked around the sleeve, pulling out all the inserts(posters and stickers) and even stuck the advertising sticker from the plastic to the actual cover, before noticing the obvious LP damage.

If I wanted to return it, I may have already lost the opportunity to do so in good faith. What I actually considered was this question- How many copies of the "Limited Edition" red/yellow was pressed? I figured if I spent all the hassle to return the vinyl, there would be no guarantee I could receive another available copy of the run. I mean, if it was a "delay in the manufacturing process" to begin with, I didn't expect to be quickly given a replacement. This is a whole bunch of assumptions but I have the feeling I would probably be offered a refund.

I still don't understand why coloured vinyl is continuing to be offered to customers. Even recently, the Christmas Rules V2.(Featuring Paul McCartney) album was released for Black Friday in two separate colours(one copy red, one copy green). The idea, that the colour version could be a rare issue doesn't seem to compare to other limited edition offerings with different remixes, cover sleeves, designs, etc. There is no way this is even on the same value level of Paul signing copies of Sweet Thrash remix labels on the 12" "Hope For The Future" release. 

If I was to advise anyone, I mean based on only on my own record collecting experiences(established sometime in the early 1990s), I would tell them to look beyond the shiny colours and words of "limited edition." Look for other qualities that would make a vinyl copy rare or desirable.
Maybe I don't own most of the recent special McCartney vinyl releases(especially those Hope For The Future records, believe me, I tried to look for it on Record Store Day and was disappointed to have no chance of getting it...at retail price...), but I still have some unopened, presumably rare vinyl that might surpass an industry fad.
I bought this 45 in Austria, a few years after the release day...who knows what riches it will bring?!? Priceless!


This colour vinyl trend will eventually dye out, just like the "180g pressing" record advertising lines. At best, the prices will have to be cut down and that's exactly what's happening, but for now, I'm opting out of getting more recent coloured vinyl unless it comes with 3D glasses. 

  

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

ES-Say #103

Keep Under Cover-NSATPM's "Secret Blog"

Oh Dear! What Are We Hiding?!? Read on...QUIETLY!

The Brief-If you are a regular visitor to the blog, well done! You have been rewarded with a special ES-Say of Not Saying Anything To Paul McCartney! So, sit back with the knowledge that this blog will only be advertised on our Twitter Page and Facebook Group. Maybe only 60 people, including you, knows that ES-Say #104 will be next and all those billions of casual visitors will think we stopped after #102! (I'm going to ask to you share our average blog about "The Paul McCartney" with your friends on social media but you don't have to direct them to ES-Say #103.)

The News- November 2017: Paul McCartney is currently(as of yesterday) still staying home in England and has been spotted in London. You may have heard that he showed up at Steven Van Zandt's Roundhouse show for a duet of "I Saw Her Standing There." This led us to confirm that the public photos from the official(and under-the-radar) launch event of Meat Free Monday's new documentary, took place in London(prior to McCartney's surprise appearance with Van Zandt.) 

On November 11th, NSATPM also accidentally came across The Daily Mail Story About Paul's Hair published online. Now, we had the print edition at home and only saw the article about how "Knickers The Dog" became "Martha, My Dear"* The story about Paul walking past a bin, seemed to get cut from the paper. All I know, is that nobody stopped the presses for the physical copy released on Saturday.


               You're Fooling No One Mate!!!! Even That Bin Wouldn't Wear Sunglasses In November!

The Daily Mail article tries to make the story about thinning hair despite the fact that this is no bombshell information for a 75-year-old person. They are at least 20 years too late to make this a notable story. They couldn't just say "We Got Paul McCartney taking a stroll in London!" so regardless of his hair follicles, it was nice to read the rest of the story about his current world tour.

Hidden Video Documents- For those of you who remember 1993, it will be no shock to you that Paul McCartney, and his slightly greying hair, was a guest star on SNL's Chris Farley Skit. Unfortunately, the full clip has rarely been seen outside the USA in years because NBC has a stranglehold on its rights. Long story short, We* found the full clip on You Tube, which had been uploaded October 2017. Take a look before it probably gets taken down from YouTube In The UK. 
The 1993 appearance of Paul McCartney on Saturday Night Live promoting his album "Off The Ground" is a dear memory for NSATPM because as a teenager in NYC, We did record the episode on VHS and watched it a lot before our Cat, Rocky Raccoon, destroyed it(or a DVD player was bought and the tape got lost). 20+ Years is a long time to have to wait to watch a non-grainy copy of this classic and be informed about the state of Paul's hair in modern times.(GET OVER IT, DAILY MAIL! He Used To Be Greying!)  

PSSST! 

George Harrison! We're looking forward to celebrating in memory of George Harrison's 75th Birthday. So, that means we're going back to Liverpool in February! FYI, GEORGE HARRISON WAS NOT THE WALRUS** so it's hush hush to talk about him in great detail as a solo artist here at Not Saying Anything To Paul McCartney, since this isn't a Quiet Beatle blog*.

Not so top secret- Liverpool Beatle Guide, Jackie Spencer, is planning a Birthday Celebration Bus Tour for George. For More Information Click Here: George Harrison Day

We're going to wear a George Harrison shirt(most of) the time that weekend and attempt to learn more about the "I got my mind set on you" hitmaker. It's going to be difficult to switch gears*** but rest assured, "The Paul McCartney" is always on our mind.

    
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*Daily Mail 11/11/17 "In Macca's arm's, pup he loved so much he wrote a hit about her" pg 11.
** The Walrus Was Paul
*** Gear Fab!
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

ES-Say #102

"These Little Dudes"-Meat Free Monday In The News


How Many Bathtubs Of Water Does It Take To Produce A Hamburger?!?


Meat Free Monday(MFM) is a charity that was started eight years ago by Paul, Stella, and Mary McCartney. This Friday, Paul, Stella, and Mary starred in a video to promote MFM and get the hashtag #OneDayAWeek (the title of the 5-minute video), trending. The reason given for releasing the video was due to this month's UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23). The video makes the argument(with The McCartneys and the help of Actors Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson) that climate change is strongly affected by animal agriculture. It is an appeal to the public: Try to not eat meat for one day a week and save the planet!


OK, YOU GOT ALL THAT? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? No, just become a Flexitarian!

Here at Not Saying Anything To Paul McCartney we supported the MFM Flexitarian campaign from the beginning as there are other reasons to eat a meatless meal, besides climate change. You might eat a meat free meal because, oh I don't know...because you are already a bloody vegetarian! YES, I AM ALREADY A BEEPING VEGGIE. I really only need the MFM website for recipe ideas and to win tickets to a Paul McCartney show* I don't need to be asked to give up meat for one day.

I do remember nearly twenty years ago, when Linda McCartney died, Paul McCartney publicly suggested that people who wished to honor her memory could "Go Veggie." I think it was asked as one of the things to do, including donating to cancer research, in lieu of donating flowers. Well, I actually felt horrible about hearing of Linda's passing and I just decided to try being a Vegetarian. I was a vegetarian for three years because of this reason, which now seems na├»ve, to do something solely suggested by famous person. At some point, an adult needs to make a decision based on what is beneficial to themselves, and by 2006, I became a vegetarian for my own reasons.

If you would like to be a Flexitarian(aka semi vegetarian), go and do it, but only because you want to do it. Meat eaters can still be active in fighting the cause of climate change and any suggestion that this is impossible or hypocritical is ludacris. Should animal agriculture as an industry be held responsible for climate change? I don't have an answer, all I have to go by is a five-minute suggestion that it does. I can agree what The McCartneys are saying about personal health and animal welfare, I just don't understand what happens when more people buy veggie burgers than beef burgers at the supermarket or at Burger King. If you chose to not buy a hamburger, either someone else buys it or they throw it away. Waste and garbage is a whole other major environmental issue. Even the issue of rejecting fossil fuels has come to light because Paul McCartney is a frequent flyer due to regular touring(the argument  is "Yeah, go veggie but stop touring for clean air!")

Paul McCartney is doing something positive, talking about vegetarian living, as well as donating and supporting numerous charities. He has no obligation to do so.  As much as we have no obligation to agree or support his causes. Meat Free Monday has been successful and their work has been documented. More awareness for the charity is a good thing and the PR that The McCartneys contribute is valuable. But, if I hear that "we almost ate our own farm animals" story one more time I'm going to buy some lamb chops....**

The question is now, what's next? I'm hoping the UN has the answer.

Not Saying Anything To Paul McCartney doesn't usually get this personal. We will probably review something Beatle related in our next ES-Say. Please don't try to convert me to veganism or send me lamb chops(I mean our blog nemesis, The Foot, would be set for life...). I am only accepting £67 Beatles Christmas Vinyl, OK?

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*I won a Meat Free Monday contest in 2015.
** Thanks A Lot, National Geographic
    








Saturday, October 7, 2017

ES-Say #101

Introducing...Paul McCartney(The Capitol Records Version)
No, I'm Good- past versions(above) of re-released McCartney CD titles up for new single-disc issues from UME next month.

Money. That's what Paul McCartney's new record label, Capitol, wants. Since returning to the label in the past year or so, it has been announced that a selection of his solo back catalogue will be released on CD and Vinyl in November 2017. Pretty exciting news for new fans who may have seen McCartney on tour in the USA, and want to get up-to-speed with his albums. 

For bitter American expat not-so-new-fans, like myself, who still haven't seen Paul's "One On One" tour overseas, all this news about new re-releases coming out in shiny colour vinyl gets a big "excuse me, I thought I was going to get another studio album, brand new or a re-release that has been held off for decades." (Oh dear, some crotchety fans can be really annoying but understandably so when it comes to parting with cash.)

Through my limited research, older established McCartney fans don't seemed that thrilled. Take one look at the Twitter feed for music site, Super Deluxe Edition. It seems like their website is having a heart attack, whilst I read the information about how I might be getting screwed over with pricing. For example, SDE recently revealed the individual colour vinyl would be brought down(! huh!) in price to £29.99 per title. The British would say "are you taking the piss?" meaning "Seriously?" (Ed Note: Aren't you glad I can translate transatlantic terms?) 

Yes, £29.99, 30-something dollars, for a single vinyl record in piss-colour yellow, the perfect gag gift for the holidays, especially when you've got the original vinyl that cost £3 last month in a charity shop. Sure the £3 vinyl skips, but that's what the CDs are for, casual listening. For nearly £240 for all of the new re-release 8 coloured vinyls, I could see Paul McCartney in concert for two nights in a row and he could sing all the hits. A much better value than stock pilling single vinyl editions when I own the CD bonus tracks from each of the eight selected solo titles. 

It sounds a bit complicated but I'll cut to the chase- I'm not re-buying Paul McCartney albums I have no room or interest in keeping. I have no clue what will happen when Untitled-New McCartney 2018 comes out, but if this move by Capitol works to revenue money from newbies, in style rather than substance, is their priority, is concerning. Concord, his last label, really didn't do so awful, it seems(at least they put out Memory Almost Full in a single promo disc for free with the purchase of The Mail on Sunday in 2007). 

Capitol is not trying to impress anyone who has consistently been buying Paul McCartney albums. There isn't even any news about the plans to re-release titles like London Town, Press To Play, Back To The Egg, or Red Rose Speedway. Can this mean that bonus material will be cut out in this new label switch? I mean, If bonus tracks are getting to the point of being reserved for higher paying customers who have to understand using music streaming service download access cards, I'm not going to get to hear a remastered "Mole Mix" of No More Lonely Nights anytime soon.

Plus, If any new Super Deluxe versions don't release Give My Regards To Broad Street on PAL(another far stretch for a proper UK release of the 1984 film), I'm going to go ballistic and throw that money into my "Paul McCartney UK Tour Fund". 

With all this saved up money avoiding Capital Records minimalistic song collections, It looks like I'm going to an soundcheck back in the United States when he returns for the 17th time on the same tour...

Bitterness prevails here at Not Saying Anything To Paul McCartney but at least we have plenty of old McCartney CDs to already to play that make everything alright.
Press To Play Holland 1993 ex-library copy has seen better days, but still doesn't skip!

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

ES-Say #100

No Sunday Rain Today-McCartney Not On Tap For Promoting His Guest Recordings

September 15th, 2017 Paul McCartney appears on New Ringo Starr And Foo Fighters Releases

Let's get one thing straight- I Love Paul McCartney! I don't think I need to explain this, but when I type on my blog about Paul McCartney, I'm not always making positive comments and observations about his career. That doesn't mean I'm against McCartney as a solo artist, or a Beatle. I'm only against pretending to like every single thing he has to offer to his fans, whether it be a song or a fashion statement, or even the manner of his self-promotion. In fact, I will champion any argument in favour of Give My Regards To Broad Street(The 1984 film, widely considered to be a Turkey), His 1970's creation of Wings, and commitment to Vegetarianism. I just can't get enough of 1980s-1990s Paul McCartney releases. So before, we begin my slaughter(sorry, bad choice), I mean pounding, of two new McCartney-related music offerings, please don't mistake the review as damaging to McCartney's image. It's only a review, folks, as usual, I'm not saying anything to Paul McCartney....

Ringo...RINGO!, and Dave Grohl- Both good friends with Paul McCartney. Not surprising at all that Paul would willingly go and record with each of them. In fact, all summer we have heard snippets and read articles, all about what he contributed to both artists new albums. Coincidently, both were released on the same day(this past Friday). I decided to download two of the songs in which Paul appears- Sunday Rain(Paul on Drums, Foo Fighters) and We're On The Road Again(Paul on Bass and Backing Vocals*).

First let's talk about We're On The Road Again from Ringo's Give More Love CD. It's produced to be a single(which I believe it actually is) and formulated to sound like an instant hit song, in that Ringo way, in which he sings these matter-of-fact type lyrics("...headed for the studio to finish this track.."). I don't actually own any Ringo Starr solo song, but this isn't "It Don't Come Easy" this new song is like a cross-between "It Don't Come Easy," Paul's "New"(title track from "New" 2013), and whatever a comedy impression of Ringo Starr would sound like with Paul chiming in("haaaaaaaaaaaaah" offering in the song was not missed or appreciated because it was equally formulated like Ringo's phoned in lyrics throughout).

One could argue New(single 2013) has more merit as a song, but is the only miss-step in an otherwise fresh and dynamic Paul album. I've listened to the New(single) with such reluctance over the years because it felt like a safe song for McCartney to release- no chance to not be a single, yet effortlessly presented without much care. Unless, I get a copy of "Give More Love" for free, I'm not going to buy four copies of it like I did for New(album, 2013). If Paul can't save Ringo's album, no one can. And, no, I don't feel like going into Ringo even more, but I'm not convinced he should be continuing to put out albums, just for the hell of it.

Music Promotion is in a brand new age. The old promotion tricks of getting an album sold in stores from a radio single has moved on. Your bound to buy a new album in 2017 because a) You heard it in a Christmas commercial for sweaters, or b) It's free in your local newspaper. Most new music has to have a catch or gimmick now for you to notice it's available. Record companies have to try new trends to get sales for established artists new offerings. That's why RCA records has taken this UK route of a POP-UP shop(In this case, an artist themed-Pub), for the Foo Fighters new album "Concrete And Gold."

Observe:
          Which gets your attention- a sign at HMV or an entire Pub. Choose Now(One serves Hard Alcohol-I'll give you a minute)

Sure, The Fighters Of Foo, are a great band. Our Blog Nemesis, The Foot, is a big fan. Myself, I like the greatest hits, and I like Grohl as an ex-member of Nirvana. So, even if The Foot has accused me of now just liking The Foo Fighters, because Paul McCartney has appeared as the drummer on their new song, Sunday Rain, he would be sorely mistaken. I like The Foo Fighters and they have teamed up a second or third time for a McCartney-billed recording. This time around Sunday Rain, isn't bad at all with McCartney drumming on it. What is bad, is that I spent my Sunday morning pretending to love The Foo Fighters to buy exclusive merchandise in Bethnal Green. Not a McCartney mention at all, just a bunch of looping queues to get into The Foo Fighters Arms. Where did my £60 go-
                       Some of what was left to purchase at the converted The Dundee Arms

I felt like the purpose in buying related Concrete and Gold merchandise was worth it as to have something from an album that McCartney was a part of. However, all the promotion in print and online has seemed to feature McCartney as the after thought. It doesn't seem likely that Paul had a huge hand to give his promotional push over to The Foos despite the connection of appearing on the album. Here's a big example of that lack of input(YouTube Video Below). Dave Grohl is only give the opportunity to name drop Paul it seems. (At least Ringo got a picture with Paul)
 
On Sunday Rain, instead of sticking out like a sore thumb with Ringo, Paul takes the task of drumming with more modesty. The singer isn't even Grohl, but surprise surprise, their own Foo Drummer, Taylor Hawkins. But, even though Paul didn't even seem to be in the same room to record for this, the improvised licks fit like a glove(do we even call drum beats licks? No idea). I'm proud of Paul here, but he's disposed to promote it for good reason..a little matter of a USA Tour...

....but that doesn't mean he shouldn't actually be promoting it...


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*he also plays Bass on track 3 of Give More Love.