Paul McCartney – Back In The USSR

I wrote the other day about the 30 CD’s my wife found at a yard sale for $5.00.

In this batch of CD’s there was a Paul McCartney album I never knew existed.

Like just about everyone else who was a kid in the early sixties and became a teenager during the later part of that decade, I was a huge Beatles fan.

As a drummer I have been and still am a huge fan of Paul McCartney’s bass playing not to mention his singing and songwriting.  Although Beatles fans liked all the Beatles you always seemed to have two camps the Lennon camp and the McCartney camp.  I was in the McCartney camp.

Anytime I come across some of McCartney’s work that I am not already familiar with I give it a listen.

The CD was released in Russia.  I believe right around the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The liner notes state that is was recorded in two days.  And it sounds like it.  It’s pretty sparse.  You can tell it was setup, get levels and record a bunch of old rock and roll tune and standards.  I don’t think there were any over dubs or harmonies, just a simple raw live recording.

It’s really not too bad.  It’s not spectacular, but it’s not bad.

Some say that McCartney had an urge to return to his rock and roll roots and this was a gift to his fans in the Soviet Union.

The jaded side of me says this was a quick low cost product to cash in on burgeoning Soviet economy starving for any western culture they could get their hands on.

Evidently it did pretty well and was releases worldwide in 1991.

It didn’t make my iPhone because it has the same sound throughout the CD.  But it was another piece of music for me to listen to and keep expanding  my horizons.

I’m sure in the future I’ll pull it out and give it another listen.

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