The other songs that Paul recorded in the time frame while making MEMORY ALMOST FULL.
(The first three recordings we discussed in a previous post- 2006. But now rated here!)
“The Very Thought Of You” (w/Tony Bennett). From DUETS: AN AMERICAN CLASSIC Lush, Gentle and tender ballad, led by Bennett, whose voice has only seemed to get better. Maybe this session and the previous Noel Coward inspired the future KISSES ON THE BOTTOM album. The two trade voices and harmonize on the phrase “my love.”, and Paul holds his own, but songs like this were made for Tony. Rating – 8
“Heal The Pain” (w/George Michael) A song that George did on his own (and wrote) but it truly comes to life with this re-make with Paul. The two harmonize brilliantly and each take alternating leads on this wonderful pairing. Outstanding track that should have been a major hit. Rating – 9
“I Want To Walk With You” (w/Allen Toussaint) For Fats Domino, and Paul does his best New Orleans Fats voice. Allen is on piano and his production gives the exact copy of the original hit. Nice, but nothing new is added. Rating – 7
“222” Opens with some nifty piano and Paul scats in a upper register, slowing for a breather then he picks up the drumming on the second verse and it slows with horns. 222”, released as a bonus track of the special edition version of “Memory Almost Full“. The song was written for his youngest child, his daughter Beatrice, when she was aged 2.
A promotional video was directed by Marco Sandeman. The song also appeared on the soundtrack of “Comes A Bright Day“, a film directed by Simon Aboud, the second husband of Mary McCartney, Paul McCartney’s oldest daughter. Paul plays all except for clarinet. A very jazzy piece for the little lady. Rating – 7.25
“I Want To Come Home” Written for the Robert De Niro film, “Everybody’s Fine.” A nice little piano and strings ballad that Paul plays all on for another film that failed to live up to the hopes of producers. Rating – 7.5
“I Want To Love You” A throwback 80’s sounding piano love ballad by Paul. A bit of an odd lyric about learning from “your school….” Nice, but we’ve heard this before. Rating – 6.75
“Why So Blue?” Acoustic ballad in the style of “Vanilla Sky” with lush orchestration. The tempo shift and overall piano playing gives it a CHAOS AND CREATION feel. Interesting sound and very nice lyrics.
‘Weary carriage horses stand in single file
Someone at a crowded bus stop
Wears a friendly smile
Touching nerves that
No one’s heard from in a while
Papers from the same old file
Why so sad
My fine young friend?’
A bonus track on the deluxe CD release. Rating – 7.75
“Nod Your Head” (Sly & Robbie Instrumental Mix) From the maxi CD of the single. Interesting, but only for completists like myself.
Rating – 6.5
“Nod Your Head” (Sly David short Mix) Sly David talks over the original track and gives it a reggae spin… See previous review
“Walk With You” (w/Ringo Starr) From Ringo’s Y NOT album. Paul plays bass and lends outstanding backing vocals. A very touching song from these two soulmates. Rating – 8
“In Private” Another from the deluxe CD version of the album. Paul plays all on this mid tempo instrumental that has a nice little uptempo ending. Not bad….
Rating – 7.5
After MEMORY was released Paul and his band performed a 20 song set at the Electric Ballroom on June 7th, 2007.
The next night the band performed 4 songs on Later…with Jools Holland.
On June 13th they performed in NYC at the Highline Ballroom.
On June 27th, They performed live at Amoeba Records in L.A.
Some screamed adulations. Others danced with religious fervor. Hundreds waved peace signs in the air with eternal devotion. Many wept at the sight of him. Outside the unfortunate were forced to stand and peer through windows just to get a glimpse of a living icon. Sir Paul McCartney was singing “Drive My Car”…inside a record store. Amoeba Music Hollywood was chosen as McCartney’s next stop on a promotional “mini tour” for his new album “Memory Almost Full.”
Only an hour after the official announcement on Monday the tried and true McCartney fans began to line up outside the store with lawn chairs and McCartney memorabilia in hand. By Wednesday night a lucky seven hundred fans, some coming all the way from Japan, were let into the show. Beatlemania descended upon Amoeba for the biggest show in the store’s history.
Fans camped out on the street for days for this once in a lifetime chance to get up close and personal with one of the most famous, beloved, and enduring musical icons of the last fifty years. Celebrities like Woody Harrelson and Alanis Morrisette could be found in the crowd but none could compare to the arrival of Ringo Starr.
Although only coming to lend support to a friend the former Beatle drummer was practically mobbed as he stood in the crowd to watch the show.
On July 5th they performed a 25 song set at the iTunes Festival in London.
They also did a 23 song set at The Olympia, in Paris on October 22nd.
Back in London on the 25th they did Electric Proms, a 24 song set at The Roundhouse.
The Electric Proms was a new festival organized and hosted by the British Broadcasting Company. In only the second year they managed to present Paul McCartney for this full length show. The artists who participate for the Electric Proms are encouraged to do something different and out of the ordinary. McCartney, like other artists, played some of the songs accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra along with his back up band.
Other 2007 events was Paul attending the 1st anniversary of The Beatles LOVE show in Las Vegas on June 26th.
On July 27th he again attended LIPA’s graduation ceremony.
On August 23rd, the DVD box set “The McCartney Years” was released. Spanning four decades THE McCARTNEY YEARS is a three volume DVD collection, featuring some of the world s best-loved music that has become the soundtrack to all our lives.
VOLUME ONE and VOLUME TWO contain the definitive collection of McCartney music videos. Starting in the 1970s with Paul McCartney’s first solo single Maybe I’m Amazed, the DVD includes the Wings promo video for Band On The Run as well as hits from the 1980s such as Say Say Say, and the 1990s with Biker Like An Icon. It finishes with 2005 s Fine Line.
The films can be viewed either in chronological order or as play-lists that have been personally arranged by Paul featuring his exclusive voiceover commentaries. VOLUME THREE includes live performances taken from three classic McCartney live shows; ROCKSHOW filmed on Wings 1976 World Tour, new edits of Paul s seminal UNPLUGGED in 1991 and Paul s now legendary headlining performance at 2004 s GLASTONBURY Festival.
THE McCARTNEY YEARS is also packed with bonusfeatures and extra never before seen footage and performances, including Let It Be from LIVE AID, archive interviews with Melvyn Bragg and Michael Parkinson, alternative versions of music videos and the full-length 2005 documentary Creating Chaos at Abbey Road.
My sister was so kind to send it to me, but for some reason it stopped being able to play a few years after that. I read that this was a common problem.
In early December he headed into his Hog Hill studio and started work on the next The Fireman album, ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS.
Whew…. A busy year for Paul and he headed into an eventful 2008 by performing “Dane Tonight” with Kylie Minogue on New Years Eve on Jools Annual Hootenanny.
Next…. 2008. Arguments abound.