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is the sixth solo studio album by Press to Play Paul McCartney, released August 1986. It is notable for being his first album of entirely new music since 1983's and his first album released internationally by long-time label Pipes of Peace EMI after a brief alliance with Columbia Records in the US and Canada.
History [ edit ]
After the box office flop of the film
, McCartney decided that it was time for a change of pace in his career. In an attempt to give his music a more contemporary sound, he joined forces with Give My Regards to Broad Street Hugh Padgham, an in-demand producer famed for having recorded Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Phil Collins, The Police, and XTC. Beginning in March 1985, McCartney began recording Press to Play, having written several new songs, many with current collaborator, former 10cc member Eric Stewart. Guesting on the album would be Pete Townshend, Phil Collins, Eddie Rayner ( Split Enz's keyboard maestro) and Stewart himself.
The album would not be finished until the end of the year, by which time only one song would see release from its sessions – the title track to the film
, joined by Spies Like Us Phil Ramone in the producer's chair. " Spies Like Us", a non-album single backed by Wings' 1975 recording "My Carnival", proved to be a US top 10 hit (and McCartney's last), setting the stage for Press to Play. In 1993, Press to Play was remastered and reissued on CD as part of series with his 1985 hit "Spies Like Us" and an alternate mix of impending 1987 UK success " The Paul McCartney Collection Once Upon a Long Ago" as bonus tracks. [7 ]
The album's cover photograph was taken by
George Hurrell, using the same box camera that he used in Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s. [7 ]
Singles [ edit ]
Press", a slick up-tempo pop song, was released in July 1986 and became only a Top 30 hit in the UK and US. Press to Play itself appeared in September to the most positive reviews McCartney had received in years, However it proved to be his weakest-selling album of his solo career. Peaking at number 8 in the UK, its chart life was brief, while in the US, Press to Play failed to even go gold, cresting at an underwhelming number 30 and selling only 250,000 copies. Follow-up singles, " [8 ] Pretty Little Head" and " Only Love Remains" performed poorly at retail.
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs written by
Paul McCartney and Eric Stewart, except where noted.
Stranglehold" – 3:36 "Good Times Coming/Feel the Sun" (McCartney) – 4:44
"Talk More Talk" (McCartney) – 5:18
"Footprints" – 4:32
Only Love Remains" (McCartney) – 4:13
Press" (McCartney) – 4:43 "
Pretty Little Head" – 5:14 "Move Over Busker" – 4:05
"Angry" – 3:36
"However Absurd" – 4:56
"It's Not True"
"Tough on a Tightrope"
(12" Bevans/Forward dub mix) McCartney
Personnel [ edit ]
Production [ edit ]
Produced by Paul McCartney & Hugh Padgham
Bonus tracks: "Once Upon a Long Ago" produced by Phil Ramone, "Spies Like Us" produced by McCartney, Ramone & Padgham
Engineer: Hugh Padgham, assisted by Tony Clark, Matt Howe, Steve Jackson, Jon Kelly, Peter Mew, and
Haydn Bendall Mixing: Hugh Padgham; except "Press" mixed by Bert Bevans and Steve Forward; and "It's Not True" mixed by Julian Mendelsohn. (And on CD reissue, "Once Upon a Long Ago", mixed by
Chart positions [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Italian Albums Chart
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Certifications [ edit ]
Until January 1987, Japanese albums chart had been separated into LP, CD, and cassette charts. ^ Press to Play also entered the cassette chart at number 21, and peaked at number 8 on the CD chart.
References [ edit ]
^ Ramone is credited as producer for the CD reissue bonus tracks.
^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Press to Play at AllMusic. Retrieved 30 August 2009.
^ Van Matre, Lynn (12 September 1986). "No Silly Love Songs On `Press To Play`". chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune . Retrieved 20 October 2011.
^ Atkinson, Terry (31 August 1986). "Paul: Signs Of Hope Before The Letdown". articles.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times . Retrieved 31 August 2011.
^ Palmer, Robert (29 August 1986). "PAUL McCARTNEY GOES BACK TO THE HARD SOUND". nytimes.com ( ) The New York Times . Retrieved 21 October 2011.
^ DeCurtis, Anthony (23 October 1986). "Review of . Press to Play" Rolling Stone . Retrieved 30 August 2009. "one of the sturdiest LPs of McCartney's post-Beatles career"
^ Soto, Alfred (8 February 2005). " Press to Play – On Second Thought — Stylus Magazine" . Retrieved 21 October 2011.
^ a b "Paul McCartney – Press To Play (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com . Retrieved 7 June 2012.
^ Grein, Paul (28 May 1989). "McCartney: Low-Key With New Album". article.latimes.com. The Los Angeles Times . Retrieved 21 October 2011.
^ Kent, David (1993). . Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
^ "dutchcharts.nl Paul McCartney – Press to Play". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). MegaCharts . Retrieved 21 October 2011.
^ a b "Hit Parade Italia – Gli album più venduti del 1986" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it . Retrieved 21 October 2011.
^ "Paul McCartney Japanese Album Chart listings". Original Confidence . Retrieved 29 August 2011.
^ a-ビートルズ "– Yamachan Land (Archives of the Japanese record charts) – Albums Chart Daijiten – The Beatles" (in Japanese). 30 December 2007 . Retrieved 21 October 2011.
^ "norwegiancharts.com Paul McCartney – Press to Play". VG-lista . Retrieved 21 October 2011.
^ "swedishcharts.com Paul McCartney – Press to Play" (in Swedish) . Retrieved 31 August 2011.
^ "Paul McCartney – Press to Play – hitparade.ch" . Retrieved 21 October 2011.
^ "Chart Stats Paul McCartney – Press to Play". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013 . Retrieved 21 October 2011.
^ "The Pop Life – The New York Times". nytimes.com (The New York Times). 5 July 1989 . Retrieved 21 October 2011.
^ "Album Search: Paul McCartney – Press to Play" (in German). Media Control . Retrieved 21 October 2011.
^ "British album certifications – Paul McCartney – Press to Play". British Phonographic Industry. Enter Press to Play in the field Search . Select Title in the field Search by . Select album in the field By Format . Click Go
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