Paul McCartney Releasing 50th Anniversary Edition of 1970 ‘McCartney’ LP for Record Store Day

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In April 1970, Paul McCartney released his self-titled debut solo record, which would grow to become a much-celebrated addition to his catalog, and spark the solo career that the legendary singer/songwriter has enjoyed since the dissolution of the Beatles.

He’ll commemorate the 50th anniversary of that record on April 18, when the album receives a limited-edition vinyl reissue for Record Store Dayvisit the RSD website for full information regarding participating retailers.

More on the album’s legacy, via a news release:

Originally released in April 1970, one month before The Beatles’ swansong Let It Be, McCartney saw
Paul getting back to basics. Writing every song and playing every instrument (with backing vocals
from Linda McCartney), the eponymous album represented a creative rebirth, bursting with new
ideas, experiments, playfulness and freedom. Sonically, McCartney’s bare-bones home recording
aesthetic imbued the album with an authentic lo-fi spirit, a much sought after sound that continues to
retain a contemporary edge 50 years on.

In contrast to the professional difficulties that came with the demise of the world’s most iconic band,
Paul was personally enjoying the contentment of family life as a newly married father. In a Q&A
released at the time, Paul described the theme and feel of the album as, “Home, family, love.” This is
obvious from the opening notes of Lovely Linda throughout the album, with tracks like Every
Night and Man We Was Lonely musing on how much Paul’s life had improved—and nowhere more
poignantly than on the tour de force Maybe I’m Amazed. Paul’s timeless tribute to Linda would be
recognized as one of contemporary music’s great love songs, and remains a staple of Paul’s live set
to this day, never failing to inspire tears of joy with its refrain of “Maybe I’m a man in the middle of
something that he doesn’t really understand. Maybe I’m a man. Maybe you’re the only woman who
can ever help me. Baby won’t you help me understand”.

And regarding this specific vinyl edition:

The 50th anniversary Record Store Day limited edition of McCartney was pressed from a master cut
by Miles Showell at half speed using the original 1970 master tapes at Abbey Road Studios. It was
made as a vinyl specific transfer in high resolution and without digital peak limiting for the best
possible reproduction.

Side one:
“The Lovely Linda”
“That Would Be Something”
“Valentine Day”
“Every Night”
“Hot as Sun/Glasses”
“Man We Was Lonely”

Side two:
“Oo You”
“Momma Miss America”
“Teddy Boy”
“Singalong Junk”
“Maybe I’m Amazed”

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