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.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Paul McCartney - Pipes of Peace (1983)

Note: this release was originally purchased as an LP, later replaced by the 2015 2 CD "Archive Collection" remaster.

Sometimes called a companion peace to its predecessor, Tug of War (many songs were recorded at the same sessions), I actually like this record a little better than Tug.  It's more poppy and cohesive to my ears.  All produced by George Martin. The critics disagree with me (below) but so what?

Billboard magazine, Nov 12 1983
According to that magazine,
this album's release date was
Thursday, October 28, 1983.

There's beautiful ballads, throwbacks to the previous decade and a #1 duet with MJ that had a creepy, incestuous video:

The 2015 remastering sounds great on my CD deck; your mileage may vary.  Could the material have fit on one disc?  Yes, but that's par for the course on these archive collection releases.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #15
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #49
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #12

Tracks:  All of what was Side 1 (tracks 1-5) is a winner, particularly the title track.  Side 2 (tracks 6-11) has some filler (The Man, Tug of Peace) but a solid listen.

The 33 minute "bonus disc" contains 5 demos (like most demos, they only need to be heard once, if that). This is followed by a needless 2015 remix of Say Say Say which confirms that they got it right the first time.  That's followed by Ode to a Koala Bear (b-side to Say Say Say), Twice in a Lifetime (a film theme) and an instrumental track.  In other words, nothing to see here; move along. Why wasn't the Jellybean Benitez remix of Say Say Say included?

early CD longbox

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  This got a fair amount of play during Christmas break of my senior year in high school, so it's become more of a cold weather album for me.  Also, my high school jazz band played a cheesy arrangement of Say Say Say which the world could have done without.

Previously revisited for the blog:
New (2013)
Chaos And Creation In The Backyard (2005)
Wingspan: Hits and History (2001)
Flaming Pie (1997)
Unplugged: The Official Bootleg (1991)
All The Best! (1987)
Tug of War (1982)
Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976)
Band On The Run (1973)

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