Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Paul McCartney - Flaming Pie (1997)


An above average post-1983 McCartney album.  While working on the Beatles' Anthology series, McCartney was inspired by memories of his time with that group and wanted to get back to their early, no-nonsense way of making an album.  In his words, "to have some fun and not sweat it."  This album features work with Ringo Starr, George Martin, Jeff Lynne, Steve Miller, and longtime Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick.  Bonus points for great liner notes.  Besteveralbum.com's algorithms rate this as McCartney's third best post-Beatles album.  That's close, but even if I didn't go quite that far, I'd still say its damn good, one of McCartney's most consistent albums, and certainly one of the best pop releases of the second half of the 1990's.  I'm always amazed at how McCartney's songwriting is so good, yet seemingly effortless.  You often see cover albums titled "The Lennon/McCartney Songbook;" albums named "The McCartney Songbook" are overdue. Long overdue.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #2

Tracks:  Many more hits than misses here.  In fact, the only one of the 14 tracks worth skipping is Really Love You.  My favorite track is the closer, Great Day.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  None

Previously revisited for the blog:
Chaos And Creation In The Backyard (2005)
Unplugged: The Official Bootleg (1991)
All The Best! (1987)
Tug of War (1982)

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