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The 10 best Paul McCartney albums you may have never heard: #6—Venus and Mars

When I was thinking about ranking the 10 best McCartney solo albums, Venus and Mars didn’t initially cross my mind. I immediately connected it to “Listen to What the Man Said,” one of those McCartney songs that felt engineered to become a radio single, but not terribly authentic.

But with the upcoming re-release of this album (in addition to a remastered Wings at the Speed of Sound), I took another look and found that, other than that one song, it’s one of the best in the catalog, a strong followup to Wings’ mega-hit Band on the Run, and a nice precursor to McCartney’s first world tour since the Beatles’ early days.
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Another Edition of “New” Is On The Way

Very exciting, and I’m so glad to get even more New! Check out my related post on why New is one of the top 10 McCartney solo albums you may have never heard, and another on the Japanese television broadcast of the Out There tour from November 2014. Enjoy the new New!

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Paul McCartney has confirmed that his 2013 album New will be reissued (again) on CD and DVD.

This time around it’ll be as a special three disc collector’s set on October 28, exactly 12 months on from its original release date.

This ‘new’ edition of New will be a 2CD+DVD set. It comes in hardback book packaging. The first CD repeats the deluxe edition of 2013 with 14 tracks plus the ‘hidden’ track “Scared”.

The second audio disc will contain “Struggle” – previously a Japanese-only bonus track – plus two brand new previously unreleased tracks from the album sessions: “Hell To Pay” and “Demons Dance”. Four live tracks from McCartney’s Tokyo Dome gig in 2013 complete this CD.

The final disc is a DVD that is effectively an expanded version of the video disc that came as part of the 2014 Japan Tour Edition of New (although it doesn’t include everything…

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The 10 best Paul McCartney albums you may have never heard: #5—Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

“There is a fine line between chaos and creation if you don’t say which one it is you’re gonna do…” 

The album's cover photo, taken by Paul's brother Mike McCartney
The album’s cover photo, taken by Paul’s brother Mike McCartney

Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, released in September 2005, has a bit of both—but creation wins out, making it one of my 10 favorite Paul McCartney solo albums.

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The 10 best Paul McCartney albums you may have never heard: #4—Flowers in the Dirt

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The 1980s are generally regarded as Paul’s least productive period in terms of quality output. Between the relentless negative critical reception to earlier albums and his extended absence from touring, popular opinion was that his most creative years were behind him. But Paul proved this critics wrong with Flowers in the Dirt, a brilliant album that re-established his creative prowess and served as a launch point for his first world tour since the late ’70s.
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Will the 2013 Paul McCartney Japan tour DVD be released?

The Out There tour, Summer 2013
The Out There tour, Summer 2013

Nothing’s better than the chance to see a real live Beatle in concert—especially when it’s Paul McCartney! The current “Out There” tour is especially good, since it contains a few more solo songs from his new album (New), as well as some Beatles and Wings songs that haven’t been performed live until now. Of course, price, location, and timing means even the most hardcore fans sometimes can’t make it…or if you have gone, you might just want to see it again and again.
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