Paul McCartney

Pure McCartney

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Touted as a personally curated compilation by Paul McCartney, Pure McCartney is the first McCartney compilation since 2001's Wingspan: Hits and History. A full 15 years separated this and Wingspan, longer than the span between that double-disc set and 1987's All the Best, but the 2001 set also stopped cold in 1984, leaving over 30 years of solo McCartney recordings uncompiled on hits collections. In both its standard two-CD and deluxe four-disc incarnations, Pure McCartney attempts to rectify this, going so far as to include "Hope for the Future," his song for the 2014 video game Destiny. A fair chunk of the compilation rests upon songs heard on Wings Greatest, All the Best, and Wingspan -- "Jet," "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey," "Another Day," "Mull of Kintyre," "Let Em In," "Band on the Run," "No More Lonely Nights," "Live and Let Die," "Say Say Say," "Listen to What the Man Said," and "Silly Love Songs" are all de rigueur -- so the interesting things lie in the margins, or in the music made since 1984. The standard edition contains three selections from Flaming Pie -- the 1997 album that kicked off a latter-day streak of excellent records from McCartney -- and a couple of cuts from both Chaos & Creation in the Backyard and Memory Almost Full, but it bypasses Flowers in the Dirt entirely. Flowers is also entirely absent on the deluxe edition, which nevertheless offers plenty of room for digressions -- here, the new wave future shock of "Temporary Secretary," the rockers "Junior's Farm," the hippie come-on "Big Barn Bed" and "Hi Hi Hi," and the frivolous synth pop of Press can all be heard -- so it paints a much richer portrait of McCartney's solo work, but even then it feels slightly incomplete. Hits are missing, including the brassy Brit-pop of "Take It Away," "My Brave Face," and the seasonal "Wonderful Christmastime," as are electronic risks like "Check My Machine," but their absence only underscores one fact: McCartney made more great music than what can fit on even a four-disc box. Pure McCartney gets closer to capturing the full range of his career than any of his previous compilations, but it's still only an introduction to one of the richest bodies of work in pop music.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Paul McCartney 03:51 Amazon
2 Paul McCartney feat: Linda McCartney / Hugh McCracken / Denny Seiwell 02:24 Amazon
3 Paul McCartney feat: Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Wings 04:09 Amazon
4 Paul McCartney feat: Joe English / Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Jimmy McCulloch / Wings 03:14 Amazon
5 Paul McCartney feat: Joe English / Denny Laine / Dave Mason / Linda McCartney / Jimmy McCulloch / Tom Scott / Sid Sharp / Wings 04:03 Amazon
6 Paul McCartney feat: Linda McCartney / Denny Seiwell 02:15 Amazon
7 Paul McCartney feat: Howie Casey / Tony Dorsey / Joe English / Steve Howard / Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Jimmy McCulloch / Thaddeus Richard / Wings 05:55 Amazon
8 Paul McCartney feat: Jeff Lynne 03:55 Amazon
9 Paul McCartney feat: Linda McCartney / Hugh McCracken / Denny Seiwell 04:56 Amazon
10 Paul McCartney feat: Rusty Anderson / Ethan Johns / Abe Laboriel, Jr. / Brian Ray 04:08 Amazon
11 Paul McCartney feat: Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Henry McCullough / Denny Seiwell / Wings 03:51 Amazon
12 Paul McCartney feat: Linda McCartney / Denny Seiwell / David Spinozza 03:43 Amazon
13 Paul McCartney feat: Jeff Lynne 02:31 Amazon
14 Paul McCartney feat: Pedro Eustache 03:48 Amazon
15 Paul McCartney feat: Linda McCartney / Hugh McCracken / Denny Seiwell 04:11 Amazon
16 Paul McCartney feat: Denny Laine / Linda McCartney 04:50 Amazon
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Paul McCartney feat: Rusty Anderson / Dave Bishop / Abe Laboriel, Jr. / Brian Ray / Steve Sidwell / Jamie Talbot / Paul "Wix" Wickens 02:58 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Paul McCartney feat: Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Henry McCullough / Denny Seiwell / Wings 03:14 Amazon
2 Paul McCartney 02:13 Amazon
3 Paul McCartney feat: Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Wings 04:45 Amazon
4 Paul McCartney feat: Paul Epworth 02:41 Amazon
5 Paul McCartney feat: Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Henry McCullough / Denny Seiwell / Wings 04:10 Amazon
6 Paul McCartney feat: Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Denny Seiwell / Wings 04:13 Amazon
7 Paul McCartney feat: Howie Casey / Tony Dorsey / Joe English / Steve Howard / Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Jimmy McCulloch / Thaddeus Richard / Wings 05:11 Amazon
8 Paul McCartney feat: Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Wings 05:31 Amazon
9 Paul McCartney 02:32 Amazon
10 Paul McCartney feat: Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Henry McCullough / Denny Seiwell / Wings 03:09 Amazon
11 Paul McCartney 04:45 Amazon
12 Paul McCartney feat: Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Wings 05:13 Amazon
13 Paul McCartney feat: Rusty Anderson / Abe Laboriel, Jr. / Brian Ray 04:29 Amazon
14 Paul McCartney feat: The Fireman / Youth 03:45 Amazon
15 Paul McCartney feat: Steve Holley / Laurence Juber / Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Wings 03:38 Amazon
16 Paul McCartney 02:34 Amazon
17 Paul McCartney feat: Geoff Britton / Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Jimmy McCulloch / Wings 04:22 Amazon
18 Paul McCartney feat: Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Wings 04:40 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Paul McCartney feat: Michael Jackson 03:41 Amazon
2 Paul McCartney feat: Eric Clapton / Robert Hurst / Diana Krall / John Pizzarelli / Karriem Riggins 03:16 Amazon
3 Paul McCartney feat: James Kippen / Linda McCartney / Eric Stewart 03:56 Amazon
4 Paul McCartney feat: Jeff Lynne 04:06 Amazon
5 Paul McCartney feat: Dave Bishop / Chris "Snake" Davis / Jeff Lynne / Kevin Robinson 03:39 Amazon
6 Paul McCartney 02:56 Amazon
7 Paul McCartney feat: Stevie Wonder 03:46 Amazon
8 Paul McCartney feat: The Millennia Ensemble 03:07 Amazon
9 Paul McCartney feat: Keith Harvey / Ian Jewel / Bernard Partridge / Jack Rothstein 02:29 Amazon
10 Paul McCartney feat: Carlos Alomar / John "Brad" Bradbury / Simon Chamberlain / Jerry Marotta / Linda McCartney / Eddie Rayner / Eric Stewart / Gavin Wright 04:47 Amazon
11 Paul McCartney feat: Philip Jones / Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Adrian Sheppard / Ringo Starr / Eric Stewart 03:51 Amazon
12 Paul McCartney feat: Blair Cunningham / Linda McCartney / Robbie McIntosh / Hamish Stuart 05:27 Amazon
13 Paul McCartney feat: Jeff Lynne / Linda McCartney / Ringo Starr 05:07 Amazon
14 Paul McCartney feat: Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Jimmy McCulloch / Wings 04:42 Amazon
15 Paul McCartney 03:49 Amazon
16 Paul McCartney feat: Frog Chorus 04:25 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Paul McCartney 03:53 Amazon
2 Paul McCartney 03:26 Amazon
3 Paul McCartney feat: Carlos Alomar / John "Brad" Bradbury / Jerry Marotta / Eddie Rayner / Gavin Wright 04:56 Amazon
4 Paul McCartney feat: Steve Holley / Laurence Juber / Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Wings 04:22 Amazon
5 Paul McCartney feat: Steve Holley / Laurence Juber / Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Wings 02:51 Amazon
6 Paul McCartney feat: Joe English / Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Jimmy McCulloch / Wings 03:13 Amazon
7 Paul McCartney feat: Jeff Lynne 02:58 Amazon
8 Paul McCartney feat: Rusty Anderson / The Millennia Ensemble / Abe Laboriel, Jr. / Brian Ray 04:19 Amazon
9 Paul McCartney feat: Joe English / Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Jimmy McCulloch / Wings 04:36 Amazon
10 Paul McCartney feat: Linda McCartney / Hugh McCracken / Denny Seiwell 04:31 Amazon
11 Paul McCartney feat: Anne Dudley / Stuart Elliot / Herbie Flowers / David Gilmour / Linda McCartney / Eric Stewart 04:43 Amazon
12 Paul McCartney feat: Linda McCartney 02:09 Amazon
13 Paul McCartney feat: Joe English / Denny Laine / Linda McCartney / Jimmy McCulloch / Wings 03:47 Amazon
14 Paul McCartney 03:16 Amazon
15 Paul McCartney feat: Rusty Anderson / Caroline Dale / Abe Laboriel, Jr. / Brian Ray 04:09 Amazon
16 Paul McCartney 01:57 Amazon
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