DIPS INTO SOME POST-BEATLES CONTENTMENT
I used to ride on my fast city line
Singing songs that I thought were mine alone, alone
Now, let me lie with my love for the time
I am home, home, home
Compared to later Beatles’ works, McCartney can initially come across as slight, many tracks more sketches than fully fleshed songs, but let it spin and his palpable happiness creeps from the speakers. Begun in 1969 while The Beatles were in the process of crumbling, the album captures some of the weariness that was hitting McCartney, the fight to keep the “Fab Four” together ebbing. In their place, he finds a new voice, one less fraught with compromise or conflict, in this love note to his wife Linda McCartney, who contributes throughout. Released almost concurrently with Let It Be, this first solo salvo hit shelves just days after McCartney announced his departure from The Beatles. It is the sound of a man reminding himself of why he got into making music in the first place, and as such it remains one of his most sincere, unvarnished efforts.
McCartney track list:
1. The Lovely Linda
2. That Would Be Something
3. Valentine Day
4. Every Night
5. Hot as Sun/Glasses
7. Man We Was Lonely
8. Oo You
9. Momma Miss America
10. Teddy Boy
11. Singalong Junk
12. Maybe I’m Amazed
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