In a difficult year filled with the passing of many great artists, another talent can be sadly added to the roster: Billy Paul, best known for his 1972 Philly Soul classic "Me and Mrs. Jones." His passionate reading of the lyrics, conveying the torment of an extramarital love affair, became his signature tune. Few may know that Paul's career dated back to the 1950s, and that he was steeply rooted in jazz. It wasn't until the 1970s that Paul reached a wider audience with his silky smooth voice and soulful delivery. Along with "Me and Mrs. Jones," one of his
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Best known for "Me and Mrs. Jones," the Philly Soul singer's recent death reminds listeners of his distinctive voice and artistic courage.
McCartney's follow-up to Tug Of War yields more hits and A-list guests.
In 1983, just one year after the commercial and critical smash Tug Of War, and with an abundance of leftover material from those sessions, Paul McCartney decided to strike while the iron was hot and release his next album, Pipes Of Peace. The album in many ways mirrors its predecessor. It has pretty much the same players, the same producer in George Martin and features two duets with a high profile pop star, this time Michael Jackson as opposed to Stevie Wonder. The album was a commercial smash, though not as successful critically as Tug Of War. Now it is
Paul McCartney's major return to form from 1982 is available in a remixed, special edition.
1982 was an important year for Paul McCartney. It had been two years since he released the experimental McCartney II to mixed reviews and, in the interim, John Lennon had been murdered. Perhaps sensing the need of another alpha male type to help focus his new album's material, McCartney called upon George Martin to produce for the first time since "Live And Let Die" and for his first full-length album since The Beatles broke up. The resulting album, Tug Of War, was a critical and commercial success, aided by his duet with Stevie Wonder on "Ebony And Ivory." The album
Live at Knebworth has been called "the best British rock concert of all time."
On June 30, 1990, a who's who of British rock royalty gathered at the Knebworth House in Hertsfordshire, England for a concert benefitting Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and The Brit School for the Performing Arts. The lineup, which was made up of prior recipients of the Nordoff-Robbins Silver Cleff award didn't disappoint. Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Robert Plant, Elton John, Phil Collins -- both solo and with Genesis -- Dire Straits, Tears for Fears, Cliff Richard & The Shadows and Status Quo made up the bill, making for a memorable day. The footage has been newly restored and is
The pinnacle of Wings' mid-1970s popularity, remastered and reissued.
After the major success of Venus And Mars and the accompanying 1975 tour, Paul McCartney and Wings cranked out a sister album the following year. The record was Wings At The Speed Of Sound and it spawned two major hits in "Let 'Em In" and "Silly Love Songs," continuing the roll the band had been on and leading into their first, and only, U.S. tour. This was to prove the high point of Wings' popularity. The album has been remastered as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection and is available in a number of formats, including a double LP,
A rerelease of the album that began Wings' most popular period.
The year 1975 saw the release of Paul McCartney and Wings' fourth album, Venus And Mars, and marked arguably, the beginning of their most popular phase as a band. New members Jimmy McCulloch and Joe English had replaced Henry McCullough and Denny Seiwell on guitar and drums respectively and became permanent, important fixtures of the band in the studio and on stage. This album and its follow-up, Wings At The Speed Of Sound, provided much of the material for the hugely successful world tour the band was soon to undertake, which spawned the triple-live album Wings Over America. The album
John Lennon was always credited as being the "avant-garde" Beatle, which rankled Paul McCartney to no end. McCartney was there first, but he did not publicize his affiliations, and had already moved on by the time Lennon got interested. When Lennon did discover the underground, he jumped in headfirst - and in a very public manner with Yoko Ono. In the new documentary Going Underground: Paul McCartney, The Beatles and the UK Counter-Culture, the full story of this fascinating era is told.The film begins with a discussion of the early days of the counter-culture in England, and the influence of
Sir Paul's latest mixes old and new touches with great results.
For Paul McCartney's new album, appropriately titled New, he worked with four producers with the intent on finding one he liked and finishing the record with that person. What McCartney didn't envision was liking them all equally -- but he did -- and so Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns and Giles Martin all have credits on the album. As all four producers have very diverse styles and credits from artists ranging from Adele to Kula Shaker to Ryan Adams to Duran Duran, it's not surprising that McCartney's album is very diverse as well, but then again, so were The
Up until now my picks have been fairly easy to make. There is almost always a stand-out that I want more than all the rest. This week, however, has taken me a long time to decide. That's kind of dumb, I know. It isn't like when I make my pick someone sends it to me for free, or that I get my picture along with my pick gets hung up in Times Square or some such thing. I mean it does get plastered onto this site and I am open to ridicule but we're not yet big enough for that
"New" shows the ex-Beatle in an upbeat mood as he previews his upcoming album.
Social media has been abuzz with news of Paul McCartney's latest single, aptly titled "New." The song previews McCartney's first album of original material since 2007's Memory Almost Full, and signals the approach the ex-Beatle is taking for his latest release. For the upcoming New disc, McCartney enlisted a number of producers including Mark Ronson (producer of Amy Winehouse and Adele, among numerous other notables). Ronson helmed this sunny track, which recalls "Got to Get You into My Life" in tempo and McCartney's last two albums (not counting the covers disc Kisses on the Bottom) Memory Almost Full and Chaos
Rockshow, the legendary Wings concert from 1976, finally gets the Blu-ray treatment
In 1976, Paul McCartney and Wings mounted their only U.S. tour, the aptly nicknamed Wings Over America. The tour was a massive success and spawned a live album of the same name. It had been 10 years since McCartney had toured the U.S. on the Beatles' final outing and, with Wings at the height of their popularity, the time was right to return to the States. Sensing the enormity of the tour, McCartney had shows in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle filmed with the hopes of putting together a concert film. The film was titled Rockshow, after the song
Wings' live document of their 1976 U.S. tour gets remastered.
By the time 1976 rolled around, Paul McCartney and Wings were at the height of their popularity, having amassed numerous hits and successful tours abroad. There was one thing left to do however, something McCartney had not done since 1966 while still a member of The Beatles -- tour America. After a tour of Europe and Australia, Wings traveled to North America for their first (and only) tour of the continent. The tour was a major success, with many cities hosting multiple sold-out nights. The live document of the tour, Wings Over America, also did well, reaching number one in
A slew of great new CDs (and also one from Bon Jovi) hit stores March 12, 2013...
There are so many interesting new releases this week but we must begin with The Return Of The Thin White Duke. It's been 10 years since David Bowie released a studio album and it was beginning to look as though Reality would be the final chapter but we rejoice because The Next Day is out today and Bowie is sounding as good as ever- at least from what I've heard from the two singles he's already released ("Where Are We Now?" and "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"). There is a standard and deluxe edition of the record, the deluxe including
An intimate performance at the legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.
Paul McCartney has always had an old-time sensibility that has come out in his music on numerous occasions. Songs such as “When I’m Sixty-Four” and “Honey Pie” have more to do with the music his father would have grown up with than the songs the Beatles were writing during the 1960s. There’s a reason for that – It was the music that McCartney heard as a young child via his father or through parties his family would have when people would get together to sing these songs around the piano. McCartney had wanted to do an album of standards for
The ex-Beatle's classic second solo album is the latest in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection.
When Paul and Linda McCartney released Ram in 1971 — the only album credited to both of them — it didn’t meet with the warmest of reviews from critics or McCartney’s former band mates in the Beatles. Fans of McCartney’s pop master craftsmanship in the Beatles were puzzled by the rough, unfinished quality of his first solo album, McCartney, and when Ram was more of the same, it was too much for some to take. As for the Beatles, Ram was written at the height of McCartney’s feud with ex-songwriting partner John Lennon, who believed many of the songs (correctly
May 22 New CDs: Garbage, Haley Reinhart, Kris Allen, McCartney, Albert King, Tedeschi Trucks, Bonamassa, Great White, John Mayer
Huge week of new releases and hot new reissues...
This week's New Music Tuesday is an optical illusion. You're going to skim what looks like a really long list of new CDs heading for music stores this week but that's not true: there's only one new album coming out this week and I've been yammering on about it no end for months now. Garbage is back with their first new album in seven years. It's called Not Your Kind Of People but it is definitely your kind of album if you have any sense at all. Shirley Manson & Co. are back to reclaim the title and I'll be damned if they haven't
Latest in the McCartney Archive collection...
The Paul McCartney re-issue campaign continues and this time it is his 1971 album Ram that's getting the deluxe, remastered treatment and will be released May 22. This is one I've anxiously awaited. I'm not alone in having a deep, abiding love for The Beatles and am probably not alone in being a little late to delve into the respective solo careers of the Fab 4, but I've indeed expanded my collection. Paul's solo catalog is easily the most voluminous and I held out buying more than a couple good compilations because one of the voices in my head
Macca tackles The Great American Songbook.
While making a name for himself as a pop rock musician, Paul McCartney has always been the least likely to shy away from a standard. Indeed, many of his own songs were written in this style from “When I’m 64” to “Honey Pie” to “You Gave Me The Answer” and he famously covered "Til There Was You" from the musical The Music Man. It is therefore not surprising that McCartney has finally decided to record his own tribute to the songs he heard his father play when he was growing up on his new album, Kisses On The Bottom. The
Van Halen, Coldplay, Macca, and Minaj also present on Valentine's week iTunes Chart Watch
It's been awhile since we last checked in with the world's largest digital music retailer and it turns out not much has changed since: you are all still crazy about Adele and her 21 record and I'm still not. The UK singer has three songs in the Top 10 Singles and both her albums are in the Top 10 on that chart. You've all gone all in on her and I'm still on the outside looking in on this phenomenon. Elsewhere, the passing of Whitney Houston has given the late, great vocalist the inevitable chart spike and we're sure
While Whitney Houston's death cast a pall over the ceremony, some memorable performances cut through the grief.
Earning some of its best ratings since 1984, Sunday's Grammy Awards telecast fluctuated between somber and joyful moments, between the “old guard” and the relative newcomers, and between the powerful and head-scratching performances. What follows is an overview of some of the best and worst, and the so-so moments of the telecast: The Best: The Beach Boys reunion: Sure, the aging band might not legitimately be called “boys” anymore. Yet the newly reformed group showed they could still deliver tight harmonies, and listening to the fragile Brian Wilson croon his solo parts tugged at the heartstrings. The enthusiastic crowd reaction proved that “Good Vibrations” still resonates