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Paul McCartney - "Mc CARTNEY II" - (Unreleased 2 lp version - Original 1979 Test Pressing).

Hi!, once again. let´s go with more an better!. This time with a stranger album from Paul McCartney recorded in the summer of 1979 after the release of what turned out to be Wings' final album, "Back to the Egg", 

Here I bring you the original "McCARTNEY II" before Paul decided that the album was too advanced by then and reduced it to a single lp. So we-re going to know a little better the history about this lp.

Reference cover for the final lp

"McCartney II" was the second solo studio album by Paul McCartney, released on 16 May 1980. It was recorded mostly alone by McCartney at his home studio and. It ushered in a new era for the ex beatle shortly before the dissolution of his band Wings in 1981. Recorded with a 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.

When it was released the reviews by the specialized press where to mostly unfavourable. "The worst from Paul" was the better that they said.But time has done justice and it has become a classic.

In June 1979 McCartney get back to his farm in North Scotland to begin with new recordings. By the end of next mounth , Paul had recorded more than 20 songs. These songs were mixed at Abbey Road Studios in London between September 25 and October 16. by Paul with assistance Eddie Klein. At the end of these mixing sessions at Abbey Road, Paul as a producer made a double album with this line-up bit.ly/3d6PmG Some of these tracks have surfaced an a few “collector´s albums”, such as the superb:“Cold Cuts”. The original 2 lp version from McCartney II, with 18 track, It is another lost McCartney project,

Side A: 21:09

1 FRONT PARLOUR. 5:15 (Full-length version)

2 FROZEN JAP. 5:42 (Full-length version)

3 ALL YOU HORSE RIDERS. 3:52

4 BLUE SWAY. 6:19

Side B: 19:11

5 TEMPORARY SECRETARY. 3:13

6 ON THE WAY. 3:37

7 MR.H ATOM. 2:23

8 SUMMER´S DAY SONG. 3:26 (Original without vocals)

9 YOU KNOW I´LL GET YOU BABY. 3:32

10 BOGEY WOBBLE. 2:59

Side C: 21:16

11 DARK ROOM. 3:46 (Full-length version)

12 ONE OF THESE DAYS. 3:35

13 SECRET FRIEND. 10:29

14 BOGEY MUSIC. 3:25

Side D: 22:08

15 CHECK MY MACHINE. 8:58 (Full-length version)

16 WATERFALLS. 4:42

17 NOBODY KNOWS. 2:52

18 COMING UP. 5:35 (Full-length version).

All songs by Paul McCartney. Recording: Home Studio Peasmarsh, ,Sussex, UK. and Spirit of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Soctland. June / July 1979 Mixing at Abbey Road Studios, London England. Between September 25 and october 16.1979 Original Test Pressing made at Abbey Road Studios. October 1979. Produced by Paul McCartney. Technical assistance by Eddie Kelin. Cutting by Malcolm Davies Additional vocals: Linda McCartney.

After the Abbey Road mixing sessions, he embarked on Wings' farewell tour. On November 15 Paul released his first solo single since 1971, "Wonderful Christmastime", recorded on August 30 at Lower Gate Farm, while his other side "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reggae" was cut in 1975. But things They changed in mid-January 1980, when Paul McCartney had 219 grams of marijuana discovered in his luggage during Wings' tour of Japan. Was arrested. jailed for nine days and the tour canceled. Affected by the bad experience, he returned to his farm and resumed his work at McCartney II, while deciding what to do with Wings. The original two-disc version was reduced to one.

"McCartney II" was named in follow-up to his debut album McCartney (1970) because McCartney plays all instruments on both Paul wanted history to repeat itself and the publication of this new record on May 16, 1980 marked the end of his band Wings, like McCartney with The Beatles. The album was met with mostly negative reviews. Many critics found it bored, with its experimental synth-based compositions and handful of instrumentals. That's why Paul McCartney reduced it from two albums to one, as it was feared that it would not be understood.

Lead single "Coming Up" was released on April 11 with two B-sides "Coming Up (Live at Glasgow)", recorded during Wings' December 1979 show there, and the instrumental "Lunch Box/Odd Sox" from "Venus and Mars" era. "Waterfalls" was the next single on June 13 with the outtake "Check my machine" on side B. It was successful in the UK, reaching number nine in the singles chart. "Waterfalls" went virtually unnoticed in the US. " initial sales were strong based on the strength of the hit single "Coming Up". The last single "Temporary Secretary" backed with the experimental non-album track "Secret Friend." was released on september 15.1980.

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.Paul McCartney did well editing the album to one.

That's all for now, I hope you like it. Don´t forget, take care and see you soon.

Boston - "Greatest Hits" - (Unreleased 1980 lp).

Hi!.., here we go again with more and better.

This time with Boston, an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, US. which had its most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. A super band has sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

This is the story of an unreleased album from Boston called. "Createst Hits", that should have been released in the summer of 1980. In August, and it says like this...

17 million records were sold from the debut album, Boston, released on August 25, 1976, ranks as one of the best-selling debut albums in U.S. the album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and remained on the charts for 132 weeks. From this work spawned three singles:

-"More Than a Feeling": released by Epic Records in September 1976, with "Smokin'" on the b-side. The single peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. From this song there is a three versions: 3:25 (single edit/video version) - 4:45 (album version) and 5:03 (full version).

- "Long Time”: it was the second single on Epic Records released Jannuary 7.1977.. without instrumental introduction. “Foreplay” that was the B side from next single. Meanwhile “Long Time” was edited to 3:05 for radio stations with “Let me take you home tonight” on B side. Peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100

- "Peace of Mind": released in April 1977 as the third and final single from Boston álbum debut, peaked at number 38 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 From this song there are three known versions too: 5:02 (album version) - 3:38 (single version) and 5:31 (full version).

Tom Scholz completed the second Boston album two years after the debut album's release in August 1978.. It was recorded under a not very good environment, with problems with manager Paul Ahern, Ahern and his business partner Charles McKenzie. Finally Scholz doing most of the recording work alone. Only sold about half as well as the debut album, eventually selling over 7 million records.However, making the group one of the world's best-selling artists.

The original title was “Arrival” but it had to be changed because Abba had already released an album with that name. Tom was unhappy with the album's second side in particular because Epic record pressured him to publish a new album as soon as possible, as it had been a long time since the first. Another three songs were released as singles: -

“Don´t look back”: with “The Journey” on B side. Both songs were released as single on August 2.1978. Billboard Magazine rated the song one of the best cuts from the second album. This single sold more than a million copies in the first two weeks or so following its release. Peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. From this song there are two known versions: 5:58 (Album Version) and 4:05 (Radio Edit)

The second single was: “A man I´ll never be” with “Don´t be afraid” on B side. Released on November 1978. Reached No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100.; and the next and last single from this first era was: “Feelin´satisfied” with Wused to bad news” on b side Released in early 1979. It was release for 7 years, until "Amanda".

In late 1979, Scholz began writing new material for the next Boston lp. but he was involved in legal problems with Paul Ahern for copyright of the songs, which delayed the recording of a possible new album for the group. bit.ly/Bst321A Tom Scholz suggested that in the meantime the individual members should work on whatever other projects they might be considering.Goudreau then decided to record new album with Delp and Hashian, and which was recorded with Paul Grupp as engineer and producer Tom was asked for some of the new material that he already had recorded to accommodate it in the album and thus publish a new Boston lp but he suggested to Goudreau that he better release it as his first solo album.

Meanwhile, Epic attempted to release a greatest hits album compiling all of the group's singles. The album would be called "Greatest Hits", destined for the summer of 1980, but it was canceled it by Goudreau´s the first solo album released instead on August of that same year. Here's Boston's original "Greatest Hits" LP rebuilt for you with a slightly different and expanded second version.

ORIGINAL MIX

Side One: 19:54

1 - The Journey (single version) 1:44

(B side “Don´t Look Back ” single - August 2.1978)

2 - More Than A Feeling (single version) 3:26

3 - Peace Of Mind (single version) 3:31

4 - Feelin' Satisfied (single version) 3:25

5 - Don´t Look Back (single version) 3:53

6 - A Man I'll Never Be (single version) 3:53

 

Side Two : 19:45

7 - Smokin´ (single version) 3:07

(B side “More Than A Feeling ” single - September 1976)

8 - Used To Bad News 2:56

(B side “Feelin´Satisfied” ” single - April 1979)

9 - Foreplay (single version) 1:57

(B side “Peace Of Mind ” single - June 18 1977)

10 - Long Time (single version) 3:15

(A side “Long Time” U.S promo single - March 1977)

11 - Let Me Take You Home Tonight 4:42

(B side “Foreplay/Long Time ” single - January 7 1977)

12 - Don't Be Afraid 3:46

(B side “A Man I´ll Never Be” single - January 1979)

 

REMIXED AND EXPANDED

Side One: 22:07

1 - The Journey 1:43

(B side “Don´t Look Back ” single - August 2.1978)

2 - More Than A Feeling 4:44

3 - Peace Of Mind (alternate version) 3:42

4 - Feelin' Satisfied 4:10

5 - Don´t Look Back (alternate version) 3:53

6 - A Man I'll Never Be (alternate version) 3:53 Side Two : 22:05

7- Smokin´ 4:19 (B side “More Than A Feeling” ” single - September 1976)

8 - Used To Bad News 2:56

(B side “Feelin´Satisfied” ” single - April 1979)

9 - Foreplay (single edit) 1:56

(B side “Peace Of Mind ” single - June 18 1977)

10 - Long Time (alternate version) 5:00

(A side “Long Time” U.S promo single - March 1977)

11 - Let Me Take You Home Tonight (alternate version) 4:05

(B side “Foreplay/Long Time ” single - January 7 1977)

12 - Don't Be Afraid 3:46

(B side “A Man I´ll Never Be” single - January 1979)

 

Bonus track:

13 - Shattered Images (live edit) 3:14

(Proposed to be the B side “Peace Of Mind ” single - June 18 1977)

Recorded live at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA, USA. December 18.1976.

Taken from the Canadian promotional CD “Don´t Look Back” April 2006

Mistitled “Help Me” on the packaging.

 

All songs recorded: October 1975 – April 1976.

Studio Foxglove (Watertown, Massachusetts), Capitol (Hollywood, California)

and Record Plant (Los Angeles).

except: 1, 4 - 6 & 8 recorded between 1977–1978

Studio Tom Scholz's Hideaway Studio,

except for the piano on "A Man I'll Never Be",which was recorded

by engineer Dave Butler at Northern Studio, Maynard, Massachusetts.

 

all songs by Tom Scholz

“Smokin´” by Brad Delp & Tom Scholz

“Let Me Take You Home Tonight” & "Used to Bad News"

by Brad Delp

Producer by Tom Scholz, John Boylan and Tom Scholz.

 

The Band:

Tom Scholz – electric guitars, lead guitar, acoustic guitars, clavinet, organ, bass guitar, design consultant, remastering, liner notes, production, engineering

Brad Delp – lead and harmony vocals; acoustic guitar on "Let Me Take You Home Tonight"

Sib Hashian – drums all tracks except "Rock & Roll Band"

Jim Masdea – drums on "Rock & Roll Band"

Barry Goudreau – rhythm guitars, lead guitars on "Foreplay/Long Time" and "Let Me Take You Home Tonight". Rhythm guitar on "Don't Look Back", "The Journey", "Used to Bad News" and "Don't Be Afraid"

Fran Sheehan – bass guitar on "Foreplay" and "Let Me Take You Home Tonight"

Time after that, in 1997 the "Greatest hits " project was re-worked and expanded and it was released on August 1997. 18 years after and two new albums more from Boston released in 1986 "third stage" and "Walk on" in 1996.

That´s all, see you soon, meanwhile, take care.