jgkojak wrote:1) It contains one of the 10 best Macca tunes of all time, Listen To What the Man Said.
2) It contains one the 5 great Macca vocal performances, Call Me Back Again
3) Everything else on here is 4 star material- You Gave Me the Answer, Letting Go, Love in Song, the title track/Rock Show
4) Even the worst track, Spirits..., would be celebrated if it were part of MAF or this record-- I'd say Spirits is on par with "Get Me Out of Here"
5) I see it as the "last gasp" of Beatle McCartney - after VM, the songs and production seems more modern, some of the detail put into the production of every song (not just the singles) is lost.
Dim the lights and listen to the 5.1 version that came out a few years back (really just a tweaked Quad mix) - it will blow your mind.
See, listening to it when Rockshow came back out in the summer, it just came across as hugely lazy, pot-addled and unfocused. Apart from the opener (which is spoiled on the LP by the weedy production on Rockshow), Call me back and Listen... it just is almost insultingly tossed-off. For me, the fact that all the live versions (bar Listen...) are superior speaks volumes. It's exhibit A for the Lazy Paul prosecution