Sunday, December 02, 2007

Memory Almost Full

CD Review
Paul McCartney Memory Almost Full
CD/DVD Deluxe, Super Duper, Special Edition

This was better than I expected when I popped it in. I'm also surprised because I'm not that big of a fan of Beatle solo stuff. Memory gave me a sense of who Paul is as a songwriter and as a human. He much more than the charming Beatle that complimented the rebel (John), the quiet one (George) and the "lovable mascot" (Ringo). For 65, he's a phenomenal composer and musician - as if we didn't know already! Memory talks about his parents, Linda, Heather and so on in a surprisingly moving way. You hear bits of Sgt. Pepper, Abbey Road, "The White Album," etc. and have a few Wings moments in this enjoyable combination (see what it says in the parentheses what songs, didn't do specific Wings references but they're present). Plus there's two great instrumental tracks ("In Private" and "222") that's quite nice and am pleased Paulie has them on here.

Verdict: B+
Stocking stuffer approved.

Tracks (CD)
1. Dance Tonight ("Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds")
2. Ever Present Past ("Baby You're a Rich Man")
3. See Your Sunshine
4. Only Mama Knows ("Eleanor Rigby")
5. You Tell Me ("Golden Slumbers")
6. Mr. Bellamy ("She Came In Through the Bathroom Window," "Eleanor Rigby," "Strawberry Fields" piano ending)
7. Gratitude ("I've Got a Feeling")
8. Vintage Clothes
9. That Was Me ("Flying," "A Day in the Life," "Cry Baby Cry")
10. Feet In The Clouds
11. House Of Wax
12. End Of The End ("Golden Slumbers")
13. Nod Your Head ("Helter Skelter")
14. In Private
15. Why So Blue
16. 222

DVD (the first five tracks were taken from London live)
1. Drive My Car
2. Dance Tonight
3. House of Wax
4. Nod Your Head
5. Only Mama Knows
6. Dance Tonight (music video - see below!)
7. Ever Present Past (music video - see below!)

"Dance Tonight" (Yes, you see Natalie Portman)

"Ever Present Past"

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