I think Beatlelarry has a point about Rusty. When he copies George guitarplaying in the live version of "Something", he does a fine job. It comes very close to the original. You could even think it's George playing with the band. But..when he does the solo on "Let it be" he ruins it always. The original guitarsolos of "Let it be" are a very thrilling part of that song and take it to a higher level. That doesn't mean Rusty has to copy it exactly, but his improvisation of this solo reveals his weakness.
I just can't listen to it.
In 1980 I had high expections about McCartney II. I thought that he picked up where he left "McCartney I and "RAM". I bought it on the day it was available and it left me with a big disappoinment. I played it over and over but it didn't catch me although I liked "Temporary Secretary", "Nobody Knows" and "Bogey Music". With "Tug of War" my confidence in Macca was restored ("The pound is sinking" and "Tug of War" were the healing sounds).
But...Macca was ahead of its time.
When I heard "Twin Freaks" in 2005 it regained my interest. Wow. And for the first time I listened to songs ( extendend versions) as "Mr H Atom", "All You Horse Riders", "Check My Machine" which were not on the album I bought.
In my opinion at this moment "McCartney II" is as good as "Mccartney I"
We should not forget that "McCartney I" has an echo of the Beatles. Do me a favor and play "Momma Miss America".
Especially the guitar bridge in het middle of that instrumental song shows who the genius is.
Play the whole song loud and than listen to his new album "New".
Macca has made a lot of jewels since 1980, you just have to search for it. I'll make my list in another post.
If not "McCartney III" than there should be "Twin Freaks II" if you get my point.
For now I recommend you to listen to the McCartney II sessionshttp://maccaspan.podomatic.com/entry/in ... 5_23-07_00