ポールのソロ・アルバム第1作。すべての歌と演奏をポールひとりで担当し（ごく一部だけ彼の妻リンダが参加）、自家製の味がぎっしり詰まった作品となった。当時の期待は高かったが、結果はどうだったか？ すべてに納得できるわけではないにせよ、伝説を継続させるには充分な佳曲がそろっていた。「That Would Be Something」、「Man We Was Lonely（男はとっても寂しいもの）」、「The Lovely Linda」、いずれも及第点に達している。
しかし、「Maybe I'm Amazed（恋することのもどかしさ）」の前ではすべてがかすむ。ポールのレパートリー中もっとも色あせない魅力を持つ1曲として今なお人気があり、ビートルズ時代のどのナンバーと比べてもひけを取らない。ビートルズの『Let It Be』（邦題『レット・イット・ビー』）にこの曲が入っていれば、ぐっとアット・ホームなアルバムになっていたことだろう。（Chris Nickson, Amazon.co.uk）
１９７０年、”Let It Be”に先駆けてリリースされたソロ第一作だけあって、
後年、ライブでも演奏される"Maybe I'm Amazed"はビートル期の曲にも劣らない名曲です。
”Man We Was Lonely”、”Momma Miss America”も聞いていくほど耳に馴染みます。
with its environmental overtones was ahead of its time , it also alerted us to Pauls drum skills. This home grown back to basics album is very natural and one that has lasted nearly 50 years. As the cover says ....life is a not a bowl of cherries or is it ?
it is an honest down to earth homemade album with some great tracks that may have been overlooked ,
tracks like - THE LOVELY LINDA ,MAN WE WAS LONELY, EVERY NIGHT and of course the classic MAYBE I"M AMAZED in it"s bare bones vocals and musical first attempt ,
this remaster has made it much more enjoyable , bringing out Paul"s vocal more clearly , the album was made in jan.1970 and released on April 17th 1970 much to the dissatisfaction of the other three Beatles as it was going to clash with the BEATLES LET IT BE album and Paul was asked to delay the release of his McCartney album by the rest of the band but Paul was stubborn and went ahead with the release and LET IT BE was re-scheduled to Nov. 1970.
and the McCartney went to the number 2 slot in the charts and enjoyed a total of 32 weeks overall , Paul had a hit album and a very good album it is indeed, i am glad to have purchased this album and you shall be to ...go on treat yourself to the raw power of McCartney and enjoy.
If ever there's ever an album where it seems to be the product of a mad scientist, this is it. Paul McCartney is a genius. There is no question about it. His imagination and musical abilities have made him the most successful songwriter ever and this record shows him as close to the edge as I think he's ever been.
Written during and in the immediate aftermath of the break up of the Beatles. Macca went away and recorded and produced this all by himself, and it serves as I say, as a portrait of a man in crisis.
At times the beauty of McCartney comes out, at times the darkness of despair comes out. The world at this point seemed to be against him. The world was against him for breaking up the Beatles (as it had been claimed) and his three best friends, the other Beatles, were all seemingly against him too. All he had was Linda.
I think a lot of drink was drunk, a lot of tears shed, and he responded the only way he knew how, by making a record.
Don't by any means expect a polished record.. this is not polished! Its rough, raw, and the most exposed Paul McCartney has ever allowed himself to be. The whole record though is sprinkled by his effortless magic. He sounds like he was on the brink but still its clear, musically, he's a genius.
This album is such a little gem. It bristles with cool ideas and at least three great songs, and it sounds just like it was supposed to sound, like a glorified 'bedroom tape'. It was quite a brave move to supplant the elegance of Abbey Road with this rough and ready cobbled-together collection. Maybe I'm Amazed is obviously the most famous and deservedly so. The said Abbey Road would have so benefitted from this instead of, for instance, Maxwell. It is, however, very atypical of this debut. Every Night is such a beautiful little song, as is Junk. Teddy Boy is a little too twee for me (listen to Lennon's asides on the Anthology Beatle version lol) and the rest is basically filler, instrumental or both. Yet the whole adds up to far more than the parts, there's an unspoken lament about it, one of two of the most famous songwriters of all time trying to find his feet and his voice. I think Ram is probably his 70's masterpiece, but this quiet and understated affair is without a doubt his most intimate statement.
The instrumentals might not be that special, but tracks like "Man We Was Lonely" and "That Would Be Something" are catchy tunes. The highlights of the album though are "Every Night" and the wonderful "Maybe I'm Amazed".
This edition also features a 2nd CD with material from some live performances and unreleased songs in the studio.
Overall I find this a must buy for any Beatle/McCartney fan and I hope you find like me that it is a good album, and possibly one of Macca's best post-Beatle ones too!