My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: McCartney was recorded during the beginning of 1970 and released in April of the same year. Although, McCartney didn’t come out and explicitly say that The Beatles had broken up in the press release for the album, the media took it that way and it became the official end of the band.
What I think:
It obvious from this album that you were going through some rough times coming to terms with the inevitable end of The Beatles. You can just hear the depression and lack of creativity in the songs. Really what you put out here was an album that consists of eleven tracks of unfinished demos or obvious outtakes. “Momma Miss America” and “Maybe I’m Amazed” were the two exceptions and are all really exceptional songs. As a fan, I would have been very upset if I had spent my hard earned money on an album that should have just been a 45 single.
If you could go back and do it again would you have put this out, or would you have waited until the creative juices were flowing again? I would have advised you to wait, because those two previous mentioned songs were stellar and a whole album of that would have been legendary. But maybe you just needed to get it out and get this one out of your system.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? There is no way this album should be listed in this book. It isn’t here because it is good, it is here because of its novelty.
Rating (Out of 5): 2
McCartney Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (167/212)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 79%