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© MPL Communications/Capitol
Year of Release: 1997
The Song We
The World Tonight
If You Wanna
Heaven On A Sunday
Used To Be Bad
Really Love You
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Paul McCartney has proved that his age does not stand in his way in
recording new material. 1997's Flaming Pie captures Paul at his best
at the rocking and mellow styles. Sir Paul has always recorded great albums
in his heyday and beyond, after the Beatles. Flaming Pie definitely gets
the music lover's attention.
"The Song We Were Singing" is a common laid-back McCartney tune;
ELO's Jeff Lynne helps out on this song. The album's biggest hit was "The
World Tonight," in which Jeff Lynne helps again, yet from my recollections
Steve Miller helped out too. Speaking of Miller, he does help on "If You
Wanna," and like "The World Tonight" the style of Steve Miller is
heard in both songs.
"Somedays" has great musical arrangements, definitely the McCartney
style of the past. The musical arrangements has George Martin's name on it,
yet he did not participate. "Young Boy" also has the McCartney of the past,
especially his years with Wings. (Steve Miller helps again on this song.)
George Martin coproduces the accoustical "Calico Skies," yet McCartney's
voice shows his age, as it is a bit worn; maybe that's how he wanted his voice
to sound, the other songs on this album has Paul in his prime.
Jeff Lynne helps out on the title track -- "Flaming Pie" (the
song title was a reference to a joke John Lennon told about how the Beatles got
their name); it's a great rocking Paul song. "Heaven On A Sunday" is
a very nice mellow song, almost having a smooth jazz sound. Paul McCartney's
son, James, helps on electric guitar solo, and McCartney's wife Linda helps
on backing vocals.
Steve Miller helps out on the great blusey "Used To Be Bad", as
this blues style is heard on many songs on Miller's
Living In The 20th Century. This song is a
great one; it will easily get the repeat button, over and over. Jeff Lynne
helps on "Souvenir" as it has the classic Paul of the past, from the
"Little Willow" is a great accoustical ballad, it is pure Paul. Jeff
Lynne helps out again on this song. Another great rocker is "Really Love
You," featuring Jeff Lynne and Ringo Starr. Paul's bass playing is truly
phenomenal, as it always has been. Jeff Lynne, Ringo Starr and Linda McCartney
help out on the beautiful song called "Beautiful Night." The album's
closing song, "Great Day" brings back the musical styles heard on
Paul & Linda's Ram album.
Flaming Pie is an excellent album. Getting help from his musical
friends such as Steve Miller, Jeff Lynne, Ringo Starr and George Martin, this
album shines in many ways. It will have the listener listening to this album
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