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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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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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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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Review: 1964 The Tribute 50th Anniversary Concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater

When the Beatles played Red Rocks Amphitheater 50 years ago, it was one of the few shows on that first tour that didn’t sell out. At a $6.50 general admission price—about $50 in today’s dollars—the concert was simply too expensive for many fans (or at least for their parents). But last Friday night, there wasn’t an empty seat in the 7,000 seat house, as an excited multigenerational crowd packed in to relive the Beatles’ only live Colorado appearance with 1964 The Tribute, a look- and sound-alike band that plays pre-Sgt. Pepper era Beatles music.

These guys did not disappoint, giving the crowd as close to an authentic experience as you can get.
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The 10 best Paul McCartney albums you may have never heard: #3—McCartney

Mccartney cover

As John and Paul’s musical partnership dissolved in the late ’60s, their romantic partnerships blossomed; “John and Paul” quickly split into “John and Yoko” and “Paul and Linda.” But though they both dealt with the loss of the Beatles by finding solace in love, how they expressed themselves afterwards couldn’t have been more different. Where John and Yoko turned outward, engaging with the world through performance art, experimental music, and their famous bed-in, Paul and Linda retreated to Scotland to seek solace in nature and domestic life, as Paul battled near-debilitating depression. The McCartney album was the result of that retreat.
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