Tug of War [Remixed 2015]

Tug of War [Remixed 2015]

by Paul McCartney


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Like 1970's McCartney, 1980's McCartney II functioned as a way for Paul McCartney to clear the decks: to experiment and recalibrate in the aftermath of his band falling apart. This means 1982's Tug of War is, in many ways, the very first Paul McCartney solo album, a record recorded not at home but in a studio, a record made without Wings and not co-credited to Linda, who nevertheless is present as a backing vocalist. McCartney recognized this album as something of a major opportunity, so he revived his relationship with Beatles producer George Martin and brought in several heavy-hitters as guests, including his hero Carl Perkins, his Motown counterpart Stevie Wonder, fusion star Stanley Clarke, prog rock refugees Eric Stewart and Andy Mackay, and his old bandmate Ringo Starr, whose presence was overshadowed by "Here Today," an elegy written for the murdered John Lennon. Tucked away at the end of the first side, "Here Today" is bittersweet and small when compared to all the show pieces elbowing each other for attention throughout Tug of War: the grave march of the title track, the vaudevillian "Ballroom Dancing," the stately drama of "Wanderlust," and sincere schmaltz of "Ebony and Ivory," the Wonder duet that helped turn this album into the blockbuster it was intended to be. As good as some of these numbers are -- and they are, bearing an ambition and execution that outstrips latter-day Wings -- much of the charm of Tug of War lies in the excess around the edges, whether it's the rockabilly lark of the Perkins duet "Get It," the later-period Beatles whimsy of '"The Pound Is Sinking," the electro-throwaway "Dress Me Up as a Robber," or the long, electro-funk workout of "What's That You're Doing?," a track that's a fuller collaboration between Paul and Stevie than "Ebony and Ivory." Such crowd-pleasing genre-hopping finds its apotheosis on "Take It Away," a salute to eager performers and the crowds who love them, which means it summarizes not only the appeal of Tug of War in general -- it is, by design, a record that gives the people old Beatle Paul -- but McCartney in general. [The 2015 remixed version of Tug of War from the Paul McCartney Archive Collection series was released in a stand-alone single-CD edition in 2017.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2017
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0602557567540
catalogNumber: 002708502
Rank: 44148

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Performance Credits

Paul McCartney   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocoder,spanish guitar
Laurie Lewis   Violin
Carl Perkins   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Ringo Starr   Drums
Chris Spedding   Guitar
Denny Laine   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar
Eric Stewart   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
George Martin   Electric Piano
Peter Marshall   Narrator
John Barclay   Horn
Adrian Brett   Pan Pipes
Jack Brymer   Clarinet
Stanley Clarke   Bass
Steve Gadd   Drums
Steve Gold   Percussion,Drums
Patrick Halling   Violin
Keith Harvey   Cello
Ian Jewell   Viola
Alexander Kok   Cello
Andy Mackay   Lyricon
Campbell Maloney   Snare Drums
Dave Mattacks   Percussion,Drums
Linda McCartney   Piano,Background Vocals
Bernard Partridge   Violin
Michael Rennie   Violin
Jack Rothstein   Violin
Kenneth Sillito   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Galina Solodchin   Violin
Ray Swinfield   Saxophone
John Underwood   Viola
Peter Willison   Cello
Stevie Wonder   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
David Ogden   Violin
Philip Jones Brass Ensemble   Brass Ensemble
George Turnlund   Viola
Ken Essex   Viola
Adrian Sheppard   Percussion,Drums
Dennis Vigay   Cello
Nicolas Reader   Bassoon
Alan John Peters   Violin
Thomas Whittle   Horn
Alan Peters   Violin
David Willis   Saxophone
Peter Williams   Cello

Technical Credits

Paul McCartney   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Remixing
George Martin   Arranger,Producer
Geoff Emerick   Engineer
Steve Orchard   Remixing
Stevie Wonder   Composer

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