Release Date: Oct 2, 2015
Record label: Universal
It was late in 1980, and Paul McCartney had been in the studio recording the album that would become Tug Of War. Then the news came that John Lennon, his friend and collaborator in one of the most revered songwriting partnerships in rock music history, had been senselessly killed. On top of that, it’s not as if McCartney had been riding high on adoration from the press at that point in his career.
Paul McCartney's team-up with Rihanna and Kanye West on "FourFiveSeconds" earlier this year was met with surprise and bewilderment by some, but if you go back far enough you'd see it's just par for the course in the mind of Macca. Ever since the Beatles covered the Cookies back in '63, McCartney has been testifying to his love of R&B. "Smokey Robinson was like God in our eyes," he once said.
The new frontier for Beatlemaniacs: reclaiming Eighties Paul. It's one of the weirdest areas of the man's career, full of buried treasures ripe for discovery. On the map of McCartney's music, fans usually avoid the Eighties as the zone marked "Here Be Broad Street." But the newly reissued Tug of War and Pipes of Peace prove it's worth the search, even if it means tiptoeing around a few toxic-waste dumps.
It’s funny how the roads to greater discovery oftentimes present themselves. Many years ago, as a youngster quickly developing an affinity for rock ‘n’ roll sounds greater and wiser than the chart toppers of my middle-school era, my gateway to the Beatles proved to be two well-worn copies of Paul McCartney solo albums filed away unobtrusively in the cabinet located below our rarely used LP player that remained anchored to our family’s living room stereo system. Rather than unearthing old copies of Sgt.