"The McCartney Years" - Thoughts and Findings

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Re: "The McCartney Years" - Thoughts and Findings

Postby Jeremy K2 » Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:57 pm

I have to agree with jgkojak.

The Videos

Most of the excluded videos i.e. 'Mary had...', are not good and Paul was very wise not to include them. Over so much time not everything can be great and Paul has chosen very wisely what videos to present. The fact that he hasn't included all his video promos show that he has become more discerning. Like Paul, we only want the good stuff being put out. By the way a great song does not neccesarily entail a great video.

The Concerts

Furthermore, if Paul was to have included the entirity of the concerts then two possibilities would have arisen - either a 5 to 6 more expensive disc set (which would turn many non-hard core buyers off), or a much poorer quality 3 dsic set (you can only squeeze so much on a dsic without lossing considerable quality, both visual and audio).

Basically we get a great taste of these live shows and if Paul wants to release them indvidually later on, then we can buy them in their entirity in great recorded quality.

One reviwer I read said he found it too tiresome to sit through the entire package and then complained that not enough was included. I think Paul has done a brilliant job getting the balance right. I for one applaude his choices. :D
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Re: "The McCartney Years" - Thoughts and Findings

Postby EwaldK » Sat Dec 22, 2007 8:29 am

What bass guitar was Paul playing on the Junior's Farm Top Of The Pops clip?
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Re: "The McCartney Years" - Thoughts and Findings

Postby Lazarus_2 » Fri Dec 28, 2007 11:50 pm

I can only give 4/5 stars, cause the collection has plenty of songs I don't particularly think are
very good or even good at all.

Plenty of stuff on it I don't believe should ever
be on a McCartney Collection supposedly showing his best stuff?
I can name lots of songs I would rather have than the twelve bad ones hre.

C Moon: The intro is terrible and is a bad song.
Hi Hi Hi: Don't like it.
Wonderful Christmastime: Poorly
Brown Eyed Handsome Man: He didn't even write this one...
No Other Baby: As cheap as Brown Eyed Handsome Man.
All My Trials: SHould've stayed in the abyss
Off The GRound: bah
Biker Like An Icon: bah
Spies Like Us: Bah Bah Bah Bah humbug!
Put It There: jeez...
Figure of Eight:
C'mon People:

So, that's the worst of what's one the 3-disc set I believe.
p.s: I extremely dislike the stitched-together videos for
Band On The Run, Mamunia, and other songs...
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What's Best on the 3-disc set:-

*Superbowl Halftime Show
*Glastonbury
*Nuggets of Gold found in the menu-screens
*Rockshow
*5.1 dts mixes of the music
*PAul MCCartney
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Re: "The McCartney Years" - Thoughts and Findings

Postby Brainwashed » Sat Dec 29, 2007 11:30 pm

ferrante9 wrote:the question is....

where are :

LONELY ROAD
FROM A LOVER
FREEDOM
YOUNG BOY????


Yeah there's no stuff from Driving Rain, but other than that the DVD is really good. I'm also a little upset there was no "Band On The Run" performance from The Rockshow part. The DVD could of also included clips from the James Paul McCartney TV special, clips from the Concert For New York City, and clips from the Concerts for the People of Kampuchea, thats all but over all its a really good DVD, I really enjoy his videos from the 80's and 90's.
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Re: "The McCartney Years" - Thoughts and Findings

Postby piami » Sun Dec 30, 2007 12:19 am

Is it just me, or does Linda look damn, smokin'-hot sexy bopping her head all hot and sweaty in "I've Had Enough"? I always thought she was pretty, but I watched that video and was like, "Damn, boy!"
The Lights Go Down - They're Back In Town O.K.
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Re: "The McCartney Years" - Thoughts and Findings

Postby piami » Sun Dec 30, 2007 12:44 am

I wasn't really blown away by Glastonbury. Mainly due to the fact that the crowd resposne wasn't as enthusiastic as it is in "Paul" concerts.

Unplugged was really good. Wish he would have included "Junk".

Rockshow was terribly understated. IMO, should have included:
"Live & Let Die" (which was one of the 1st ever live performances to feature laser lighting)
"Let Em In" (Such a good performance-why didn't it make the cut? Too much Denny?)
"Soily" (Paul's all-time hardest rocker and should have retained its slot as the Rockshow closer over "Bluebird").

Ah but what the hell. Next time Paul calls me for advice, I won't let it go to voicemail.
All in all.....money very well spent, right?
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Re: "The McCartney Years" - Thoughts and Findings

Postby Awesoman » Mon Dec 31, 2007 3:18 pm

I finally got this for Christmas and skimmed through all the music videos. I've always felt McCartney's solo years were hit-or-miss despite some great songs like "Jet", "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Band On The Run". There was too much fluff and I never liked the way McCartney would flaunt his wife Linda to the public as if she were his own Yoko Ono. And McCartney has always tried to portray his 70's band Wings as being better than they actually were. I remember a few years back when they used to air a commercial for that Wingspan compilation and labeled Wings as "one of the greatest bands of all time". I guess if you could only compare them to bands like Styx or ELO that might be true. :wink:

On the plus side there are a hefty number of songs featured on these discs. Paul was never particular known for his music videos as none of them are particularly memorable (and some quite awful), but I never realized just how many of these he made. Despite the rather lame videos, far and away the best feature included here was having the songs mixed in 5.1 surround.

I think disc 3 is my favorite in the set as I've always been a fan of his live performances. I enjoyed the (abbreviated) Glastonbury concert and even though the set-list was kind of stale (especially after three recently released concert DVDs with the same songs), Paul and his band are in good form and highly entertaining. The Rockshow was nice although I preferred the live versions of these songs found on Wings Over America.

So overall this was a curious release for me. It didn't exactly blow me away but as my expectations weren't extremely high for it, it didn't disappoint me either. I think the best thing that can be said about this box set is that if this sells well enough it might pave the way for more interesting releases; such as more live concert performances through the years.
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Re: "The McCartney Years" - Thoughts and Findings

Postby Lazarus_2 » Sat Feb 09, 2008 7:39 am

If anyone could rip the "nuggets" in the menus for me?

I can't seem to find a decent Audio-Ripper to do it.
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Re: "The McCartney Years" - Thoughts and Findings

Postby ROCKSHOW24 » Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:07 pm

I can't find one either. There is a really good live version of Wild Life on the credits menu, but I haven't found a way yet to
get the audio.
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Re: "The McCartney Years" - Thoughts and Findings

Postby little lamb dragonfly » Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:19 pm

Lazarus_2 wrote:I can only give 4/5 stars, cause the collection has plenty of songs I don't particularly think are
very good or even good at all.

Plenty of stuff on it I don't believe should ever
be on a McCartney Collection supposedly showing his best stuff?
I can name lots of songs I would rather have than the twelve bad ones hre.

C Moon: The intro is terrible and is a bad song.
Hi Hi Hi: Don't like it.
Wonderful Christmastime: Poorly
Brown Eyed Handsome Man: He didn't even write this one...
No Other Baby: As cheap as Brown Eyed Handsome Man.
All My Trials: SHould've stayed in the abyss
Off The GRound: bah
Biker Like An Icon: bah
Spies Like Us: Bah Bah Bah Bah humbug!
Put It There: jeez...
Figure of Eight:
C'mon People:

So, that's the worst of what's one the 3-disc set I believe.
p.s: I extremely dislike the stitched-together videos for
Band On The Run, Mamunia, and other songs...
------------
What's Best on the 3-disc set:-

*Superbowl Halftime Show
*Glastonbury
*Nuggets of Gold found in the menu-screens
*Rockshow
*5.1 dts mixes of the music
*PAul MCCartney



Wait... oh my god... I believe completely with everything Laz just said (although I do like Hi hi hi and C moon). I am speechless :oops:
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