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Paul McCartneyMcCartney II

Genre:Rock, Pop
Style:Pop Rock, Experimental
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Tracklist

Coming Up3:52
Temporary Secretary3:13
On The Way3:36
Waterfalls4:41
Nobody Knows2:51
Front Parlour3:30
Summer's Day Song3:24
Frozen Jap3:38
Bogey Music3:25
Darkroom2:18
One Of These Days3:33

Credits (8)

Notes

This album was recorded at McCartney's private studios in Rye (The Mill) and Campbeltown (Spirit of Ranachan - former Rude Studio) between June and July 1979. Wings did not participate in any of the songs.

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    Cover of McCartney II, 1980-05-00, VinylMcCartney II
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    Parlophone – PCTC 258, Parlophone – 0C 064-63 812, MPL (2) – PCTC 258UK1980UK1980
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    Parlophone – 2C 070 63812, MPL (2) – 2C 070 63812France1980France1980
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    Cover of McCartney II, 1980-05-22, VinylMcCartney II
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    Columbia – FC 36511, MPL (2) – FC 36511US1980US1980
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    Parlophone – 7C 062 63812France1980France1980
    Cover of McCartney II, 1980, VinylMcCartney II
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    Parlophone – 1A 062-63812, MPL (2) – 1A 062-63812Netherlands1980Netherlands1980
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    Columbia – FC 36511, MPL (2) – 36511US1980US1980
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    Parlophone – 2C 070-63.812, MPL (2) – 2C 070-63.812France1980France1980
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    Odeon – 1C 064-63 812, MPL (2) – 1C 064-63 812Germany1980Germany1980
    Cover of McCartney II, 1980-05-00, VinylMcCartney II
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    Parlophone – 7C 062-63812, MPL (2) – 7C 062-63812Scandinavia1980Scandinavia1980
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    Parlophone – 3C 064-63812, MPL (2) – 3C 064-63812Italy1980Italy1980
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    Parlophone – PCTC 258, Parlophone – 0C 064-53-612, MPL (2) – PCTC 258, MPL (2) – 0C 064-53-612New Zealand1980New Zealand1980
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    MPL (2) – 31C 066 63812DBrazil1980Brazil1980
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    Parlophone – PMC 9516Argentina1980Argentina1980
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    Columbia – XFC 36511, MPL (2) – XFC 36511Canada1980Canada1980
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    EMI – 11756Colombia1980Colombia1980
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    EMI – EMIs-7630Venezuela1980Venezuela1980
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    Parlophone – PCTC 258Australia1980Australia1980
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    Parlophone – PCTCJ (D) 258, MPL (2) – PCTCJ (D) 258South Africa1980South Africa1980
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    Odeon – 10 C068-063.812, Odeon – 10C 068-063812, MPL (2) – 10 C068-063.812Spain1980Spain1980
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    Parlophone – 1A 062-63812, MPL (2) – 1A 062-63812Netherlands1980Netherlands1980
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    Odeon – F 667 559, MPL (2) – F 667 559German Democratic Republic (GDR)1980German Democratic Republic (GDR)1980
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    Reviews

    • Blutryforce762's avatar
      The German pressing has been topped!

      This pressing sounds warm, wide and buttery smooth. It basically takes the fuller sound of the German pressing and combines it with the wide soundstage of the Canadian pressing, creating what is essentially the best pressing of this album I've listened to so far. I believe this is because, unlike other pressings, there is barely any dead wax in the center of both sides of the record. This probably means that that there's much less compression here compared to the other pressings I've reviewed so far.

      Highly recommended for those wanting a high quality pressing of McCartney II, or those who want to upgrade from their previous version.

      The 1980 Japanese pressing is next!
      • ralfbrand50's avatar
        ralfbrand50
        The pressing is indeed good! But to add, I don’t have anything to compare to
        • Blutryforce762's avatar
          Canadian pressing time!

          Alright, so now we have my home and native pressing of the album. This is the variant that comes with the "Coming Up (Live at Glasgow)" 7" single.

          This pressing sounds really good, it has a wider soundstage compared to the German pressing, however I feel the top end is a bit too silenced, giving this album a more soft profile. This softness does work for slower numbers like "Summers Day Song" and "One of These Days", but can take away the impact from more energetic tracks like "Temporary Secrerary" and "Frozen Japanese" (I'm not saying it's original title).

          The quieter top end, along with the wider soundstage do give this pressing a more open and air-y sound which is very pleasant to my ears and I do recommend it for those who prefer that kind of sound to their records.

          P.S.

          I personally prefer the German pressing, as I feel it's direct sound makes it a lot more exciting to listen to and despite it being more closed in, it's nowhere near as bad as the 2017 Clear vinyl pressing.
          • Tedster41's avatar
            Tedster41
            Edited 3 months ago
            I picked up this album a couple days ago and from the first playing I absolutely loved it. I'm a big electronic fan and a big Beatles fan, so to hear McCartney's touch played on a synthesizer like this is just great. I knew 'Coming Up' and 'Temporary Secretary' going into it, but beyond that I found more of Paul's genius. From the highs of tracks like 'Bogey Music' and 'Nobody Knows' to tracks like 'Waterfalls' and 'Summer's Day Song', this album is just great.

            The first side boasts 'Coming Up' as it's opener, and no wonder as it's a great track. It even made a rather miserable post-Beatles Lennon famously say, "Fuck a pig! It's Paul!" Not much needs to be said about it. Following it is Temporary Secretary, which has had mixed opinions from Macca fans. I personally really like it, although that's probably just because I like electronic music, since that synth line that runs through the whole track sounds like it belongs in an early 90s acid track. I would really like to hear what it sounds like on a Roland TB-303, because I imagine it'd be mad.

            Following it is 'On the Way' which is a nice piece of work once again. A bassy track with a filtered Paul, which tends to be the standard for this album. After that is 'Waterfalls' which is a nice little ballad, although I feel it drags on for a little too long. A very sombre track which Paul's overdubbed harmonies work very well with. Closing the side off is 'Nobody Knows', Paul’s signature “Granny music shit” as a certain friend of his called it. It is, like basically everything else on this album, just an overall good song.

            Paul obviously felt it would be best to open the second side on a high note, as some of my favourite tracks on the album appear here. First is 'Front Parlour', which once again sounds very ahead of its time. To me, it sounds like the background music of a PlayStation 1 game like Spyro the Dragon or something, and might just be my favourite on the album. It's a lovely little diddy with a melody that I can't help but smile when I hear it. Then it's 'Summer's Day Song', which I think is probably a development of a lullaby Paul sang to his kids. It's a great ballad, possibly better than 'Waterfalls', and most of it is once again an instrumental. I'm very happy Paul had the guts to release an album with instrumental tracks on it, because they sound great and fit perfectly well on the album. I also can't help but notice what sounds like the Mellotron flute playing throughout the track, possibly harkening back to Lennon's 'Strawberry Fields Forever'. The lullaby nature combined with this inclusion I think gives the song a new meaning after Lennon's death just 7 months after the release of the album.

            After these first Side 2 tracks, we have 'Frozen Jap', another nice little instrumental and 'Bogey Music', which was inspired by a children's book called 'Fungus the Bogeyman'. Again, I wouldn't be surprised if it was Paul's youngins who influenced this track. It's a big dance number with Paul's vocals drowned in echo, but it still sounds great. 'Darkroom' is the weakest track on the album which I'll likely skip on plays after this. 'One of These Days' is what you'd expect at the end of a McCartney album. A nice ballad with an acoustic guitar and maybe some backing vocals. Not the best ballad on the album, but definitely very nice.

            This album is great in my opinion because of how experimental it is and all the sounds there are. It's very much a 'Paul messes around for a while and makes an album out of it' sort of thing, but I really like the sound of it, especially the Lo-Fi element that it has to it, as it was all recorded at his house. It also shows Paul at his fullest with complete creative control. It's right there on the back, "Instruments and Voices by Paul McCartney. Produced, Engineered and Composed by Paul McCartney". This album is Paul at his rawest, and it's great like that.
            • millertek's avatar
              millertek
              WOW - why has the value of this item increased so much?
              • vinyl_solution's avatar
                Lovely gatefold package, looks really nice, but the remastering? Oh dear. You only need to compare "Coming Up" to either an original 1980 LP or 7" single and you will notice how horribly compressed the remaster is. The brass doesn't jump out as on the original, it should be a chaotic delight, instead its a compressed dull bore.
                Buy it if you need the extra tracks, but don't expect to be blown away with the sound.
                • Jbennymusic's avatar
                  Jbennymusic
                  As strange and inconsistent this album is it is still full of some great songs.

                  Also all the clipping you hear on the vocals is part of the recording, my copy is NM and even my CD distorts on parts, Paul really went DIY on this one along with McCartny I
                  • musicjunky1967's avatar
                    Is this an original version or a 1984 reissue version???
                    • Svartedal666's avatar
                      Svartedal666
                      Edited 3 months ago
                      I have this one but the label is pure white coloured (no writing or logo) on one side and missing on the other side. Test pressing?
                      • Jbennymusic's avatar
                        Jbennymusic
                        It says one of those days instead of one of these days haha

                        Playing this on my Magnavox CD from 87 and it sounds really great, everyone needs a vintage and modern CD player imo

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