Published on Jun 14, 2012
- Temporary Secretary (Faster Version) [00:00]
- On The Way (Faster Vesion) [03:12]
- Mr. H. Atom (Unreleased) [06:42]
- Summer's Day Song (Instrumental) [09:09]
- You Know I'll Get You Baby (Unreleased) [12:31]
- Bogey Wobble (Unreleased) [16:26]
Paul McCartney most assuredly has the largest catalog of unreleased songs of all the ex-Beatles, and perhaps more than most well-known rock stars (with the possible exception of Frank Zappa). Some of these tracks have surfaced on a few "collector's albums" such as the superb Cold Cuts. Virtually unknown until now, however, is another lost McCartney project, the album that you hold in your hands, the original version of the 1980 LP McCartney II, a two record, 18-track, 81-minute set.
The version of this album that you're all familiar with was Paul's first totally solo release in a decade. Recorded at home with little or no artistic or technical help, many of its tracks lapse into an experimental mode with much use of synthesizers and electronically-induced vocal tricks. The album was perceived as something of an oddball project, but it nevertheless managed to peak at #3 in Billboard, Cashbox & Record World, not to mention hitting #1 in England's New Musical Express.
This version, the album's originally conceived format, differs markedly from the already issued product. It contains a number of unreleased songs, original versions of a couple of songs that only found their way to B-sides, and different versions or mixes of most of the tracks that were subsequently released. Frankly, had this version of the album been released it is doubtful that it would have been very well-received or its concept even understood. Three of its first four tracks are instrumentals and the only vocal on side one appears in the form of a semi-voice-over narration. The album plays for nearly 20 minutes before a "proper" McCartney vocal performance takes place ("Temporary Secretary"). Considering the battery McCartney has frequently taken in the critical press, it's almost nightmarish to imagine what sort of reception this thing would have received.
What follows is a track-by-track break-down of the album with comparisons to the already released versions of particular songs where appropriate.
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