CDP 7 46269-2 Press To Play
Produced by Paul McCartney and Hugh Padgham
Released on September 19, 1986
UK CHART POSITION #8 . . . US CHART POSITION #30
Find it at GEMM
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K ronomyth 16.0: A REFRESHING PAUSE. With producer Hugh Padgham (Phil Collins, The Police, XTC, etc.) to give his music a tug in the right (read: modern) direction, Paul released his best album in several years, Press To Play. Unfortunately, after two mediocre records (Pipes, Broadstreet), people weren’t buying the idea of a new Paul McCartney album. It had been almost three years since his last album of new material, and while Paul clearly hadn’t spent all of that time writing songs (one can only assume he wrote the title track for “Spies Like Us” on the ride over to pick up the check), the fact that the three original CD bonus tracks were anything but filler suggests that Paul was still very much alive. The opening pair, “Stranglehold” and “Good Times Coming/Feel The Sun,” are classic McCartney, and the arguably overproduced “Press” is still a personal favorite of mine. Paul has always been the most forward-looking of The Beatles, and the decision to adopt an edgy, modern sound on Press To Play is gimmicky to the point of distraction sometimes (“Talk More Talk,” “Pretty Little Head,” “Angry”). Better left to Andy Partridge and XTC, I say, though leftover relics like “Move Over Busker” reveal that living in the past wasn’t an option either. Honestly, the ten elpee tracks themselves are slightly underwhelming on their own; it’s the three “bonus” tracks that push Play into the context of a comeback. “It’s Not True,” originally pressed into service as a B side, “Write Away” and “Tough On A Tightrope” are the sort of smart and winning songs that bolstered many a McCartney album in the past, and it’s here especially that Paul makes a last, favorable impression. The 1993 remaster brings more of Play’s mechanical habits to the fore and includes a pair of bonus tracks that manage to add nothing.

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TRACK LISTING

  1. STRANGLEHOLD    (Paul McCartney)    3:35
  2. GOOD TIMES COMING/FEEL THE SUN    (Paul McCartney)    4:54
  3. TALK MORE TALK    (Paul McCartney)    5:17
  4. FOOTPRINTS    (Paul McCartney/Eric Stewart)    4:31
  5. ONLY LOVE REMAINS    (Paul McCartney)    4:12
  6. PRESS    (Paul McCartney)    4:42
  7. PRETTY LITTLE HEAD    (Paul McCartney/Eric Stewart)    5:12
  8. MOVE OVER BUSKER    (Paul McCartney/Eric Stewart)    4:04
  9. ANGRY    (Paul McCartney/Eric Stewart)    3:35
  10. HOWEVER ABSURD    (Paul McCartney/Eric Stewart)    4:55

    Original CD bonus tracks
  11. WRITE AWAY    (Paul McCartney/Eric Stewart)    2:59
  12. IT'S NOT TRUE    (Paul McCartney)    5:52
  13. TOUGH ON A TIGHTROPE    (Paul McCartney/Eric Stewart)    4:42

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  14. SPIES LIKE US    4:45
  15. ONCE UPON A LONG AGO (LONG VERSION)    4:37

CREDITS

PAUL McCARTNEY -- illustrations
CARLOS ALOMAR --
GARY BARNACLE --
JOHN BRADBURY --
SIMON CHAMBERLAIN --
PHIL COLLINS --
RAY COOPER --
NICK GLENNIE-SMITH --
RUBY JAMES -- harmonies
JERRY MAROTTA --
LINDA McCARTNEY -- harmonies, spoken word
DICK MORRISEY --
LENNIE PICKETT --
EDDIE RAYNER --
KATE ROBBINS -- harmonies
ERIC STEWART -- special contribution, harmonies
PETE TOWNSHEND --
GRAHAM WARD --
GAVIN WRIGHT --
Anne Dudley -- orchestra arrangement (10)
James McCartney -- spoken word (3)
Tony Visconti -- orchestra arrangement (5)
Hugh Padgham -- engineer, mixing
Haydn Bendall -- additional engineering
Bert Bevans -- mixing (6)
Matt Butler -- additional engineering
Tony Clark -- additional engineering
Steve Forward -- mixing (6)
John Hammel -- additional engineering, spoken word
Matt Howe -- additional engineering, spoken word
Steve Jackson -- engineer, spoken word
Trevor Jones -- additional engineering
Jon Kelly -- additional engineering
Eddie Klein -- additional engineering, spoken word
Julian Mendelsohn -- mixing (12)
Peter Mew -- additional engineering
George Hurrell -- photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK September 19, 1986 Parlophone LP/CS PCSD/TCPCSD 103 gatefold, lyric sleeve
US/CAN September 19, 1986 Capitol LP PJAS 12475 gatefold, lyric sleeve
UK/US September 19, 1986 Parlophone/Capitol CDX CDP 7 46269 w. bonus tracks
ARG 1986 EMI LP/CS 58453/68453 gatefold, lyric sleeve
AUS'L/GER 1986 Parlophone LP PCSO 240598 gatefold cover
BRA 1986 EMI/Odeon LP C-066 240598 gatefold cover
COL 1986 EMI LP 111076 gatefold cover
JPN 1986 EMI LP EPS-91180 gatefold, lyric sleeve
JPN 1986 EMI CDX CP32-5156 w. bonus tracks
MEX 1986 EMI LP SLEM-1408  
NET 1986 EMI LP 062 240598-1 gatefold, lyric sleeve
YUG 1986 Jugoton LP LSPAR 11160  
UK August 1993 MPL CDX CDMCOL 15 digital remaster w. more bonus tracks
NET 1993 MPL/Parlophone CDX 89269-2 digital remaster w. more bonus tracks
JPN September 30, 2002 EMI/Toshiba CDX TOCP-65516 digital remaster w. bonus tracks

 

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