Paul McCartney released his self-titled debut solo LP “McCartney” in the US on A…
Written by megarock on April 20, 2018
Paul McCartney released his self-titled debut solo LP “McCartney” in the US on April 20, 1970. It had been released in the UK 3 days earlier.
It was issued on Apple Records in April after McCartney had resisted attempts by his fellow Beatles to have the release delayed to allow for Apple’s previously scheduled titles, notably the band’s “Let It Be” album.
McCartney recorded his eponymous solo album during a period of depression and confusion, following John Lennon’s private announcement in September 1969 that he was leaving the Beatles, and the conflict over its release further estranged McCartney from his bandmates. A press release in the form of a self-interview, supplied with UK promotional copies of McCartney, led to the announcement of the group’s break-up on 10 April 1970.
Apart from wife Linda’s vocal contributions, McCartney performed the entire album by himself, playing every instrument. Featuring loosely arranged (and in some cases, unfinished) home recordings, McCartney explored the back-to-basics style that had been the original concept for the “Let It Be” project in 1969. Partly as a result of McCartney’s role in officially ending the Beatles’ career, the album received an unfavourable response from the majority of music critics, although the song “Maybe I’m Amazed” was consistently singled out for praise. Commercially, McCartney benefited from the publicity surrounding the break-up; it held the number 1 position for three weeks on the US Billboard 200 chart and peaked at number 2 in Britain.
Here is our 2 part question about this LP: 1. Do you remember your feeling when you heard Paul had released a solo album? and B. When is the last time you listened to this record?
Happy 48th Birthday to Paul McCartney’s debut effort “McCartney”!!
Yes, we said 48 years……