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Paul McCartney – McCartney III (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Paul McCartney – McCartney III (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:42 minutes | 956 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Capitol Records

50 years following the release of his self-titled first solo album ‘McCartney’, featuring Paul playing every instrument and writing and recording every song, Paul McCartney releases ‘McCartney III’. Paul hadn’t planned to release an album in 2020, but in the isolation of ‘Rockdown,’ he soon found himself fleshing out some existing musical sketches and creating even more new ones. Before long an eclectic collection of spontaneous songs would become ‘McCartney III’: a stripped-back, self-produced and, quite literally, solo work marking the opening of a new decade, in the tradition of 1970’s ‘McCartney’ and 1980’s ‘McCartney II’. ‘McCartney III’ spans a vast and intimate range of modes and moods, as unexpected circumstances are turned into a personal snapshot of a timeless artist at a unique point in history.

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Paul McCartney – Flaming Pie (Archive Collection) (1997/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Paul McCartney – Flaming Pie (Archive Collection) (1997/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 03:08:13 minutes | 3,87 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Paul McCartney Catalog

This remaster of 1997’s Flaming Pie is a most pleasant surprise and includes, in addition to the original album, an array of demos, home recordings and acoustic versions. The album, which was as popular with the critics as it was with the public at the time of its release, totals forty-five tracks including plenty of surprises and variations. It’s the tenth album in Sir Paul’s solo discography, coming four years after its predecessor. During his four-year solo hiatus, Paul was preoccupied with The Beatles Anthology project from which he emerged with a renewed energy. In fact, the experience inspired him to record little pop tunes again as had been done during The Beatles era. Upon listening, one can truly feel an atmosphere of freshness and self-enjoyment in which things aren’t taken too seriously. It is not an entire success, but it is convincing overall and several critics hail this album as his most successful since Tug Of War in 1982… On the bluesy Really Love You Paul is joined by his old friend, Ringo Starr, who cowrote the track – in fact, its the first song to ever be cowritten by Paul and Ringo. We also find Starr on Beautiful Night… A special mention should go the outstanding closing track, Great Day, complemented by choirs and little syncopated percussion instruments which accentuate Paul’s beautiful vocal performance rooted in soul. For context, the title Flaming Pie references an anecdote from his friend John Lennon who explained in 1961 to Mersey Beat magazine the origin of The Beatles’ name: “It came as a vision… a man appeared on a flaming pie and said to us ‘from this day forward you are The Beatles with an A’”. As for the rest of the album, the demos and preliminary, often acoustic, versions of tracks are real gems which demonstrate the true talent of Paul McCartney, whose pleasant and down to earth personality makes us almost forget that he isn’t just any ordinary guy… A legend through and through.

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Paul McCartney & Wings – Wings Greatest (Remastered) (1978/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Paul McCartney & Wings – Wings Greatest (Remastered) (1978/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 54:23 minutes | 633 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Paul McCartney Catalog

International remastered edition of the first Wings hits collection was originally released in 1978 (the U.S. edition is long out-of-print) following the success of the album London Town. Wings Greatest rounds up McCartney and band’s greatest hits from 1971 to 1978 which means it skips ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ but touches on Ram. The main strength of this collection is that it includes hits that never appeared on any album and these are among McCartney’s very best solo singles: the eccentric domesticity of ‘Another Day’, ‘Junior’s Farm’, the Bond theme for ‘Live and Let Die’, the pile driving ‘Hi Hi Hi’ and the controversial b-side ‘Mull of Kintyre’, a Scottish-styled folk ballad that was McCartney’s biggest hit in England. EMI. 1993.

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Paul Mccartney – Home Tonight / In A Hurry (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Paul Mccartney – Home Tonight / In A Hurry (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 07:07 minutes | 154 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Capitol Records

Paul McCartney has an announcement sure to top fans’ Black Friday shopping lists: On 22 November, the legendary Beatle will digitally release two never-before-heard tracks, ‘Home Tonight’ and ‘In A Hurry’ – followed by a very limited Record Store Day exclusive double A-side 7-inch picture disc single through Capitol Records on 29 November.

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The Fireman (Paul McCartney & Youth) – Electric Arguments (2008) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

The Fireman (Paul McCartney & Youth) – Electric Arguments (2008)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 68:58 minutes | 1,27 GB
DAD to Hi-Res FLAC – Source: MPL Communication 1003de | Full Artwork

Electric Arguments is the third album by The Fireman, an experimental music duo consisting of Paul McCartney and producer Youth (Martin Glover). It is the first Fireman release to be publicly acknowledged by McCartney, and the album cover features the names of both contributors.

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Paul Mccartney – Paul Is Live (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96Hz]

Paul Mccartney – Paul Is Live (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:17:06 minutes | 1,56 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Paul McCartney Catalog

Newly remastered at Abbey Road Studios: Paul Is Live, recorded during the tour in support of Off The Ground, was Paul’s fifth live album and is famous for its title’s double meaning and the rumour-scotching cover art. Ever since the 1969 release of Abbey Road, there had been hoax-fuelled stories of Paul’s untimely death. The new title was a way of saying that this was most definitely not the case. The artwork is a play on the famous Abbey Road cover, with Paul crossing that same street but wearing shoes and using his left hand this time. (Originally, his bare feet and the holding of a cigarette in his right hand had supposedly been clues that it wasn’t him on the cover.) As well as a raft of solo, Wings and Beatles favourites, the album also offers an insight into the band’s sound checks, the final three songs all being improvised during rehearsals in various locations on the tour.

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Paul McCartney – CHOBA B CCCP (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96Hz]

Paul McCartney – CHOBA B CCCP (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:41 minutes | 797 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Paul McCartney Catalog

Newly remastered at Abbey Road Studios: The live-in-studio Choba B CCCP (Russian for “Back In The USSR”) was released in the Soviet Union in 1988, making Paul the first Western artist to issue an album exclusively for that market. In a conscious decision to get back to his roots, Paul spontaneously spent two days covering his favorite hits from the 1950s. The sessions produced 22 songs in total (and one of the outtakes being a version of The Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There”). Choba B CCCP was a deeply personal album and a way to acknowledge fans who had supported him and The Beatles since the start. “When I was very young I asked my dad if people wanted peace,” Paul explained at the time. “He said to me, ‘Yes, people everywhere want peace – it’s usually politicians that cause trouble.’ It always seemed to me that the way The Beatles’ music was admired in the USSR tended to prove his point, that people the world over have a great deal in common. In releasing this record exclusively in the Soviet Union, I extend the hand of peace and friendship to the people of Russia.” Choba B CCCP was released in the rest of the world following the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

All tracks recorded 20 July 1987 except “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Ain’t That a Shame” and “Crackin’ Up,” recorded on 21 July.

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Paul McCartney – Egypt Station (Explorer’s Edition) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Paul McCartney – Egypt Station (Explorer’s Edition) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:33:36 minutes | 1,88 GB | Genre:  Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Capitol Records

Egypt Station – Explorer’s Edition is comprised of the original record plus a second album, Egypt Station II. The bonus disc collects all songs released during the Egypt Station voyage, from studio tracks including the surprise single ‘Get Enough’ to live performances captured at stops such as Abbey Road Studios, The Cavern and Grand Central Station.’.

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Paul McCartney – Amoeba Gig (Live) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Paul McCartney – Amoeba Gig (Live) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:18:37 minutes | 997 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Paul McCartney Catalog

June 27th, 2007 at Amoeba music – the most popular record store in Hollywood – Paul McCartney steps on stage for an undisclosed, 90 minute performance, to a small but eager crowd. The venue is more like the Cavern Club than Wembley, which might have prompted this introductory statement: Welcome to Amoeba – it’s got to be the most surreal gig ever. The management has asked us to point out no shoplifting please”. Cue 21 songs, from his solo discography as well as his catalog as a Beatle. Four of these recordings would be released the same year in a limited edition: Only Mama Knows, C Moon, That Was Me, and I Saw Her Standing There. In 2009, these were republished in a CD version. But 17 other songs had yet to be made available to the public – until today. Backed by a very solid band, with Dave Arch (piano), Rusty Anderson (guitar), Brian Ray (bass) and Abe Laboriel, Jr. (drums), Macca is given free reign to sing his heart out. During the opener Drive My Car, his voice is strong and self-assured; as the show goes on, it is noticeably tinged with emotion. On an exceptional performance of The Long and Winding Road, the moment is crystallized – the sheer adoration of the crowd, and the clear enjoyment Paul seems to be taking out of the performance, clearly lend some sort of magic to the whole thing. Live at Amoeba 2007 is a grand slam from start to finish – usual business for Sir Paul McCartney.  – Alexis Renaudat

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Paul McCartney – Egypt Station (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Paul McCartney – Egypt Station (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 57:18 minutes | 1,165 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | © Capitol Records (US1A)

Not easy to be Paul McCartney in 2018… Anyone who listens to Egypt Station knows that at 76, the former Beatle has very little chance to deliver an album, or even just a handful of songs, that can match his masterpieces of the previous century. Sir Paul must be aware of that as well… And yet, this album hits the nail right on the head. And while his voice understandably has lost some of its haughtiness compared to his golden years, Macca is still a master at writing finely refined pop songs. After writing hundreds of them, he has no lesson to receive from anyone, but listening to Hand In Hand, Do It Now, Dominoes or Confidante, the imprints of his very singular craftsmanship shine through. And in terms of production, the Wings’ former front man was smart enough not to fall into the trap of trying to sound younger than he is. It’s indeed classicism that prevails throughout this Egypt Station, which will surely delight his die-hard fans!  – Clotilde Maréchal

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