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This album is quite simply, a crash course in brilliant songwriting and a musical odyssey that never really gets worse, only gets better the more you listen.
Right from the first song, Big Barn Bed, to the last track of the three song medley (Power Cut), you enter the world of McCartney circa 1972. You can really hear the freedom that being away from the Beatles has given Paul on this album, and its the first one since the split that really feels like a proper, together album, not just a group of ideas like Ram. It is also contemporary with the track he wrote for the bond film Live and Let Die, so that gives you a taster of the quality he was writing at that time.
The stand out tracks on this album for me begin with My Love - this is quite simply one of the greatest love songs ever written and deserves to be more widely known than it is, and it features a one tack guitar solo that it just inspired.
The next one is Get On The Right Thing - this is classic McCartney in semi mock elvis mode, except the track is amazingly fresh and unlike anything you'll ever hear. He has that skill of creating a song that seems rooted in a style but which is also completely original.
Little Lamb Dragonfly is also one to listen out for as it seems to be a bridge between the classic wings albums that would follow this one, and would not be out of place on Band On The Run or London Town. McCartney's voice is so sweet and clear on this song - in fact he's in fine voice throughout this album.
The surprise for me on this album was the medley at the end of the album, its so different from anything he had done since the second half of Abbey Road and really represents the vibe and style of early solo McCartney and the beginnings of Wings, with that sort of family atmosphere. With the track Power Cut it also evokes the sings of the times back then - I'm told there were a few power cuts around the early 70's!
All in all, the album gives you a real insight into McCartney's style in the early 70's and it really represents his solo coming of age - he had already written Maybe I'm Amazed and C Moon - but this album really sees his development into his independence away from the shadow of the Beatles and reveals that he was actually having fun with his own music.
Buy this album and get to listen to a genius at work.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Big Barn Bed
2 My Love
3 Get On The Right Thing
4 One More Kiss
5 Little Lamb Dragonfly
6 Single Pigeon
7 When The Night
8 Loup (1st Indian On The Moon)
9 Hold Me Tight
10 Lazy Dynamite
11 Hands Of Love
12 Power Cut
13 Mony Mony