TC 37462 (shrinkwrapped) cover Tug of War
Produced by George Martin
Released on April 1982
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #1 . . . PLATINUM RECORD (6/29/82)
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TC 37462 (shrinkwrapped) cover
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T o his credit I suppose, Paul seems to lose sight of his enormous talent and the responsibilities (?) that come with such prodigious gifts. Reuniting with estranged Beatles producer George Martin apparently shook Paul from a years-long reverie where the songwriter only sparingly invoked the production value synonymous with The Beatles. Although he had extra time to write material for Tug of War, the songs at their core are no more winning than what you’d find on London Town (which I always felt was an underrated album). The difference here is the production that Martin brings to the table, freeing McCartney to pay more attention to his performance. It’s easy to imagine songs like “The Pound Is Sinking,” “Here Today” and “Somebody Who Cares” as throwaways, but Martin instead tightens the loose ends and puts them in the pretty packaging they deserve. Better still, the hits shine even brighter: “Take It Away,” “Ballroom Dancing” and “Ebony And Ivory” are almost sublime in their pursuit of pop music perfection. The remaining songs achieve an interesting balance, from the playful collaboration with Carl Perkins (“Get It”) to the mature-sounding title track. The whole thing boded well for McCartney’s solo career in the new decade; McCartney II was no more than a placeholder anyway, and retaining the services of Denny Laine (as well as wife Linda) kept the skeleton of Wings intact while shedding the problems that come with maintaining a working band. As it turned out, Tug of War would be to Paul’s ‘80s efforts what Band on the Run was to the albums of a decade earlier: a shining stallion in an otherwise sleepy stable.

TC 37462 back cover TC 37462 lyric sleeve
TC 37462 back cover TC 37462 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. TUG OF WAR    4:21
  2. TAKE IT AWAY    4:13
  3. SOMEBODY WHO CARES    3:19
  4. WHAT'S THAT YOU'RE DOING?    (Stevie Wonder/Paul McCartney)    6:21
  5. HERE TODAY    2:26
  6. BALLROOM DANCING    4:06
  7. THE POUND IS SINKING    2:52
  8. WANDERLUST    3:50
  9. GET IT    2:30
  10. BE WHAT YOU SEE    0:32
  11. DRESS ME UP AS A ROBBER    2:40
  12. EBONY AND IVORY    3:43

    All songs written by Paul McCartney unless noted. Arrangements by Paul McCartney and George Martin.

CREDITS

PAUL McCARTNEY -- vocal, acoustic guitar, bass, piano, backing vocals, drums, electric guitar, synthesizers, Spanish guitar, percussion, vocoder
DENNY LAINE -- electric guitar, guitar synthesizer, acoustic guitar, bass, synthesizer
LINDA McCARTNEY -- backing vocals, photographs
ERIC STEWART -- electric guitar, backing vocals
Adrian Brett -- pan pipes
Jack Brymer -- clarinet gliss
Stanley Clarke -- bass
Steve Gadd -- drums, percussion
Keith Harvey -- cello
Ian Jewel -- viola
Philip Jones -- brass ensemble
Andy Mackay -- lyricon
Campbell Maloney -- military snares
Peter Marshall -- narration
George Martin -- electric piano
Dave Mattacks -- drums, percussion
Bernard Partridge -- violin
Carl Perkins -- electric guitar, vocal
Jack Rothstein -- violin
Adrian Sheppard -- drums, percussion
Kenneth Sillito -- orchestra conductor
Ringo Starr -- drums
Stevie Wonder -- synthesizers, vocals, electric piano, drums, percussion, backing vocals
Geoff Emerick -- engineer
Brian Clarke -- cover painting
Hipgnosis and Sinc -- cover coordination

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK April 1982 Parlophone LP/CS PCTC/TCPCTC 259 lyric sleeve
US April 1982 Columbia LP/CS TC 37462 lyric sleeve
AUS'L 1982 Parlophone LP PCTP 259 lyric insert
BRA 1982 Parlophone LP 066 64750  
CAN April 1982 Columbia LP TCX 37462 lyric sleeve
GER 1982 Odeon LP 1C 064 64750OT lyric sleeve
JPN 1982 Toshiba/EMI LP EPS-81485 lyric insert
MEX   EMI LP SLEM 1058  
YUG   Jugoton LP LSEMI 11001  
US 1985? Columbia CD CK 37462  
US January 19, 1988 Columbia CD/CS 46057  
JPN   EMI CD CP35-3001  
EUR 1993 EMI/Parlophone CD/CS 89266 digital remaster
JPN 1999 EMI/Toshiba CD TOCP-65513  
RUS   CD Maximum CDX CDM0999-332 repackaged w. BACK TO THE EGG

 

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