Ultimate Beatles Cruise Setting Sail This Fall on QM 2

Beatle fans, now you can cruise with Beatle Brunch host Joe Johnson from one Beatles historic port to the next, on board Cunard’s luxury liner, The Queen Mary 2.


Join Joe on board The QM 2 on a transatlantic cruise departing New York City, (the site of The Beatles first U.S. visit), on Tuesday October 28th, sailing across the pond to Southampton, where The Beatles famously played the Gaumont Cinema on The Roy Orbison tour, 1963, along with Gerry and The Pacemakers.


On this cruise, Joe will present several multi-media talks on the history of The Beatles, including an all-inclusive presentation of A Hard Day’s Night, which just had it’s 50th anniversary remastering for blu ray and DVD.


Hear and see behind the scenes stories on the making of this landmark film, a “Marx Brother’s” film of its day, via newly released photos and enhanced video.  Joe will also present two other Beatle talks and be looking for Beatle fans to interview for an upcoming Beatle Brunch program.


Also on board, legendary author Ivor Davis, who will talk about his new book, “The Beatles and Me on Tour”, a chronicle of that tour told by an insider, then a young reporter for the London Daily Express. Ivor traveled with The Beatles as the only British newspaper writer invited on the entire tour.


Through thirty-four days, Davis traveled with The Beatles watching them make rock history. He enjoyed unrestricted access to the four boys fresh from Liverpool—from their hotel suites to backstage at concert arenas to their private jet. He fended off excited girls, and their insistent mothers, attempts to hook up with the band. Ivor played all night games of Monopoly with John Lennon, became the ghostwriter of a newspaper column for George Harrison, and witnessed many other private happenings.


The Fab soundtrack on board will be provided by The Beatles Experience Tribute Band, performing on board in the  Royal Court Theatre.


This truly authentic tribute to Britain’s finest musical ensemble, The Beatles Experience  has been entertaining millions around the globe since they began in 2004. Their show covers the depth of The Beatles career from the heady days of the early sixties to their final farewell on a London rooftop at Saville row.

The band is regularly invited to play at Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club and was the official band for the launch of Beatles Rock Band music video game published by MTV Games which was held at the Cavern.

The highlight of their career was in 2013, when they played on the grounds of Buckingham Palace (a rare privilege indeed for a tribute act) and were then invited to tea and sandwiches!

Right now you can book this amazing luxury cruise on the QM2 by clicking here.

Queen Mary 2 is Cunard’s flagship and the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Booking a Transatlantic Crossing to or from New York on this incredible ship is a holiday like no other and her European cruises from Southampton are also very special.  Queen Mary 2, affectionately known by customers as, QM2®, offers so much space on board and such an array of state of the art facilities including a 3D Cinema, planetarium and a superb spa.


Included in your luxury cruise on the QM2:


All of your on board meals are included in the main restaurants or the self service buffet restaurants. A 24 hour room service menu is also available. Specialty restaurants can also be found on board and a nominal fee will apply for dining in these alternative restaurants.

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Tea, coffee, water and fruit juice are available 24 hours a day at the Lido Restaurants on board Queen Mary 2.

Alcoholic drinks and speciality teas and coffees will be charged to your on board account.

For a limited time, you can reserve a balcony stateroom for the same fare as an inside cabin.

Book today before this luxurious ship is sold out. Click here. 

Beatle Brunch is also presenting a Beatles themed cruise February 1-8, 2015 on The Allure of The Seas sailing out of Ft Lauderdale.

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New Paul McCartney Remasters Get Wings in September

VaM_0714_NewsBody2 Wings is landing once again.  Paul McCartney and his label, Concord Music Group, have officially announced the next two reissues to take flight.  Venus and Mars and Wings at the Speed of Sound will both see the remastered light of day on September 22nd in the UK and a day later in the U.S. Paul has always delighted fans with the stellar packaging of his remastered back catalog and these packages won’t disappoint.  Venus and Mars will sport its original lineup of 13 tracks (shown below), plus a bonus CD of 14 McCartney recordings, some alternate takes, a few from his TV special “One Hand Clapping” and some tracks that have only surfaced as bootlegs.  V&M will also come with a Wings Films DVD


Venus & Mars  – Remastered Album

CD 1 – Remastered Album
1. Venus and Mars
2. Rock Show
3. Love In Song
4. You Gave Me The Answer
5. Magneto and Titanium Man
6. Letting Go
7. Venus and Mars – Reprise
8. Spirits Of Ancient Egypt
9. Medicine Jar
10. Call Me Back Again
11. Listen To What The Man Said
12. Treat Her Gently – Lonely Old People
13. Crossroads

CD 2 – Bonus Audio
1. Junior’s Farm
2. Sally G
3. Walking In The Park With Eloise
4. Bridge On The River Suite
5. My Carnival
6. Going To New Orleans (My Carnival)
7. Hey Diddle [Ernie Winfrey Mix]
8.  Let’s Love
9. Soily [from One Hand Clapping]
10. Baby Face [from One Hand Clapping]
11. Lunch Box/Odd Sox
12. 4th Of July
13. Rock Show [Old Version]
14. Letting Go [Single Edit]

DVD – Bonus Film
1. Recording My Carnival
2. Bon Voyageur
3. Wings At Elstree
4. Venus and Mars TV Ad

See the Venus and Mars video here  

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Wings at the Speed of Sound

CD 1 – Remastered Album

1. Let ‘Em In
2. The Note You Never Wrote
3. She’s My Baby
4. Beware My Love
5. Wino Junko
6. Silly Love Songs
7. Cook Of The House
8. Time To Hide
9. Must Do Something About It
10. San Ferry Anne
11. Warm And Beautiful


CD 2 – Bonus Audio
1. Silly Love Songs [Demo]
2. She’s My Baby [Demo]
3. Message To Joe
4. Beware My Love [John Bonham Version]
5. Must Do Something About It [Paul’s Version]
6. Let ‘Em In [Demo]
7. Warm And Beautiful [Instrumental Demo]

DVD – Bonus Film
1. Silly Love Songs Music Video
2. Wings Over Wembley
3. Wings In Venice


Watch the Speed of Sound video here:

Wings History and more info on the releases: Wings are one of the most successful acts the UK has ever produced, achieving no less than 14 US Top 10 hits and 12 Top 10 hits in the UK. Following 1973’s Band on the Run the mid ‘70s were a commercial heyday for Wings. Venus and Mars, the band’s fourth studio album was released in May 1975 ahead of the legendary ‘Wings Over The World’ tour. Preceded by the US Number One single ‘Listen To What The Man Said’, Venus and Mars hit the Number One spot in the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic and went on to sell over 4 million copies worldwide to date. At The Speed Of Sound was recorded in the midst of the same tour and released in March 1976. In the US it enjoyed the same chart success as its predecessor. Including the international smash hit single ‘Silly Love Songs’, the album went on to become Paul’s most successful American chart album spending seven consecutive weeks at Number One. In the UK it charted at Number Two, narrowly missing out on the top spot. Sales to date exceed 3.5 million worldwide. As with all the Archive Collection, Paul has personally supervised all aspects of the reissues.  The remastering work was done at Abbey Road by the same team who have worked on all the reissues as well as The Beatles’ catalogue. Since launching the Paul McCartney Archive Collection in 2010 Paul has received two GRAMMY Awards for the releases.  In 2012 he picked up ‘Best Historical Album’ for Band on the Run and this year Wings over America picked up an award (‘Best Boxed or Special Edition Package’) on the same night that Paul set a personal best by picking up five awards in just one night. In 2013 RAM was nominated for ‘Best Historical Album’. Other titles released to date in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection are Band on the Run,McCartneyMcCartney IIRAM and Wings over America.

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Paul and Perry Team Up, “Aero-Beatles”?

It seems Sir Paul did quite a bit of recording while recuperating from the virus that derailed his recent Asian tour. In addition to some experimental computerized sessions, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry recalled that he and “Macca” joined forces for a new track, telling The Chicago Sun-Times, “I did a (recording) session with Paul McCartney a month and a half ago for a private thing. I met him once or twice (over the years) to say hello. To spend six or eight hours in studio with him recording! He makes you feel like (you’re recording with just another guy). He just happens to be a mother******g huge talent! Everyone’s in the room at once; you play until you get a good take.”


McCartney spoke about some of his recent experimental sessions to Rolling Stone, explaining, “Over a week, I did a couple of tracks, and that reawakened my musical taste buds. I was really happy with those. They were just funky little experimental things, instrumentals. The first one I did was kind of African, so I gave it the working title ‘Mombasa.’ The next one was faster, and that one I called ‘Botswana.’ It was a good week. It was funny, I was talking to Joe Walsh about this. He said, ‘Yeah, man, that’s the best ­when it’s for nothing and it’s not important and it’s just experimental, you have the most fun. It’s really good for your soul, that stuff.’ And I agree. It was very freeing.”

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  • He went on to talk about his future studio plans: “I’ve got a lot of songs that I’ve written, and some that I need to finish. There’s no fixed date, but at the back of my mind, I’ll be wanting to clear a few months for me to write up the most likely of the songs that I’ve got on the boil and figure out how I want to record them and what I want to do with them. But I haven’t booked any studio time. It’s all there as fun for the future.”


  • Paul McCartney’s latest album, New, was recorded in no less than six different studios in New York, Los Angeles, London, and at McCartney’s home-base studio in Sussex, England. McCartney says that it’s important switching it up during the recording process: “‘Cause, y’know, if you record in the same place all the time, it sometimes can become like a job of work and you don’t want music to become like that. You want it to always be playing. You feel like you’re playing at it and just fun really, ’cause I think you get the best results that way. And that’s how we all started. We didn’t get into it for a job. Y’know, we got into it to avoid a job, in truth. And get lots of girls — okay, that’s the other truth.”

Paul resumes his “Out There” tour August 2nd in Minneapolis, MN at Target Field.

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Some Things New From Beatle Brunch

Hey Beatle Brunchers, happy summer! It’s been a scorcher especially for Beatles’ news, and some of it’s pretty hot!


Paul got back “Out There” in Albany on July 5th and the fireworks could be seen from every state. Joe Johnson got a one-on-one with Paul’s bass player and guitarist Brian Ray, who told Joe what it was like to be back on the stage with paul. He hasn’t lost a lick, in fact, “as if” Paul had “something to prove”, which he doesn’t, he’s Paul!  See and hear Joe’s complete 16 minute interview with Brian here here . Paul’s even added a NEW show to his tour. Catch him in San Diego, September 28th at Petco Park.

Our buddy Brian Ray also has some news: His new song from his band The Bayonets is out and Joe thinks it’s fab. “Crash Boom Bang” will blast onto Beatle Brunch the weekend of July 26th, but if you can’t wait, download the song at http://www.thebayonets.com or on i-Tunes. Joe J says it’s got the flavorings of The Standells mixed in with some Dave Clark Five. Brian plays a mean guitar and sings lead, and for the first time, plays harmonica on a Bayonets tune. BTW Brian tells Beatle Brunch about his new double-neck Gibson guitar, that has yet to grace the McCartney stage, but stay tuned, it’s going to show up on a Bayonets tune soon. Oh, and Brian and the band are hosting a charity album release party at No Vacancy in L.A. on July 24th. It’s free and open to the public, they just ask that you kindly make a donation to Adopt the Arts, which puts musical instruments into the hands of inner city schools. See the details on The Bayonets site.

Many South Florida Brunchers attended the Miami screening of the newly remastered “A Hard Day’s Night” at The Gables Cinema on July 5th. This sold-out crowd got a chance to see and hear The Fab debut on the big screen in remastered clarity. Did you know the film is now SO clear, that you can read the words “Plaza Hotel” on the hangers holding The Beatles jackets when they dress for the final performance at the end of the film? Guess they nicked those from their trip to New York a few weeks before. Listen to WIN your DVD of A Hard Day’s Night on this weekend’s Beatle Brunch.




And Beatle fans couldn’t be more excited, though we’re not surprised, to hear that the CBS Beatles special, The Night That Changed America, has snagged six Emmy Award nominations. The star-studded program — which culminated with a live reunion of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr after each had performed their own separate sets, was taped in L.A. on January 27th — the day after the Grammy Awards, and aired on February 9th at 8 p.m. — exactly 50 years to the day and hour that The Beatles made their live debut appearance on American television on The Ed Sullivan ShowThe Night That Changed America has been nominated for Outstanding Variety Special Outstanding Direction for a Variety SpecialOutstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety SpecialOutstanding Music DirectionOutstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special; and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special.

In addition to those Emmy nods, Paul’s appearance in NBC’s Best Of Late Night special for his performance of “Scrambled Eggs” with Jimmy Fallon is vying against The Beatles special in the Outstanding Variety Special category. McCartney and Ringo — who’s performances were among the highlights of The 56th Grammy Awards — is up against The Night That Changed America in the Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special award.RSPMfeb9

Are you a member of the BBC? Well there’s reason to believe! Your membership in the Beatle Brunch Club allows you to hear every week’s show on demand, and each week’s show has bonus content NOT broadcast due to time constraints, so join up today at http://www.brunchradio.com.

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Paul & Ringo Still Rock it @ The Grammys as Invasion 50 Nears

There were some Daft Punks at The Grammys, but the originals stole the show at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Presentation in Los Angeles.


It was quite the way to kick off Invasion 50, with Sir Paul sweeping all five of his Grammy nominated categories, then being joined on stage by his not so daft and certainly NOT a punk, Ringo Starr, on Paul’s “NEW” song “Queenie Eye”, which takes us back to The Boys days as kids growing up in Liverpool playing an innocent game of ball.  But Beatle fans agree, the Bell of the Ball was Sir Paul, who looked fantastically happy with his sparkling gorgeous wife, Nancy.


In the audience, Paul and Ringo rubbed knees at their seats, as some of rock’s royalty rubbed elbows on stage and backstage.


Including Paul with Katy Perry and Steven Tyler. 


Yoko brought her up to date Walrus, Sean, who looked hauntingly like a 1969 version of his father.


Ringo, introduced by the hardly-coherent Ozzy Osbourne standing with his Black Sabbath band mates, later admitted that he completely F*d up the intro. He could use a full time interpreter (“Sharon!”).  Meanwhile, Ringo took the stage and sang his signature solo song “Photograph”, complete with renderings from his recent publication of the same name.

An hour later, Paul took the stage to perform “Queenie Eye” and was joined his mate of 50 plus years, Ringo Starr (check out the youtube video):



A nice night for music and Beatle fans, who are REALLY looking forward to all of the 50th Anniversary celebrations coming up, most importantly, the one that will air at the exact time as the original Ed Sullivan Show did back in 1964, 8:00 PM February 9th on CBS television with live cut ins from The Ed Sullivan Theater, today home of The Late Show With David Letterman.  The main part of the tribute is being recorded today in L.A. (1/27). Image

In addition to the Beatles grabbing the Lifetime Achievement Award, Paul took home Grammy hardware for:

BEST ROCK SONG: Cut Me Some Slack (McCartney, Grohl, Smear & Novoselic)

BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA: “Sound City Real to Reel” (includes Cut Me Some Slack)



BEST MUSIC FILM: “Live Kisses”

Well, love and kisses from Beatle Brunch. Listen as we begin our countdown to Invasion 50, and join us in South Florida for two amazing Beatle tributes:  Saturday and Sunday Feb 15-16th at The Deauville Hotel, Miami Beach as http://www.1964thetribute.com plays the same stage The Beatles did 50 years ago to the weekend. Get tickets at https://tickets.completeticketsolutions.com/1964/Online/default.asp then join me as host of the most note-perfect Beatle Band, http://www.thefabfaux.com who will play a special concert featuring all of The Beatles television music, including their Ed Sullivan performances, Shindig and the Our World satellite telecast. Get tickets for this MUST SEE concert at http://www.parkerplayhouse.com.

Thousands of Beatle Fans listen to Beatle Brunch every week on The Westwood One Radio Network.  Join The Beatle Brunch Club at http://www.brunchradio.com so you can hear every week’s Beatle Brunch program on demand, plus Old Brown Shows, Beatle Brunch programs from “20 Years Ago Today” and beyond, and remember to follow Beatle Brunch on Twitter and friend us on Facebook.

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Will Paul and Ringo COME TOGETHER Live for the 50th?

2014 is certainly panning out to be “Beatles Anniversary Year”. While The Beatles themselves pretty much ignored the 40th, 25th and all the other benchmark Beatle anniversaries, this one’s getting a full press court.  There are dozens of Beatle’ celebrations planned for the month of February, and we wish we could be at all of them.


The latest Beatle buzz is that Paul and Ringo will be on CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman, Friday February 7th, 50 years to the day that The Beatles landed in New York for the first time. Of course, Letterman is taped at The Ed Sullivan Theater, on the very stage that The Beatles played live to 73 million viewers that famous Sunday night.  Sources say Dave will spotlight Beatle tunes on his show all that week, then on Friday, Paul and Ringo will be on Letterman together (good luck getting a ticket for that one). There’s speculation that the two surviving Fabs will play live together on Letterman much like they did at Ringo’s 70th birthday at Radio City Music Hall just a few blocks away. 



No doubt fans would love love love to see Paul and Ringo play live together, but there are those who say “leave the legend alone”, they did their thing and anything new would only disappoint. That’s not my view. Of course, it’s not a “Beatles Reunion”, but the closest thing we could ever imagine save having the “sons” join in. Regardless, it’s a ratings juggernaut for Dave, whose been The Pete Best of late night hosts in the Neilsons the past few years. 


The Grammys will once again air on CBS Sunday night January 26th. The following day, CBS will tape a Beatles 50th Anniversary special from The Letterman set, with artists paying tribute to the Fab Four, including a reunion of Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox as The Eurythmics, Alicia Keys with John Legend, Maroon 5 and a special team of John Mayer and Keith Urban, with other performers expected to be announced soon. Whatever happens that night, it can never duplicate the magic of 50 years ago this February 9th, when “Four of the nicest youngsters” took America by storm. 

Next:  The best Beatles celebrations, and one you can certainly attend!  Stay tuned!


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Something NEW From Sir Paul to Please Please Us


Thanks for clicking on this McCartney review. For way more on The Beatles, and Paul’s NEW CD, visit http://www.brunchradio.com 

Paul McCartney’s up to “Something New”, and I don’t mean The Beatles release from June of ’64. But like the vintage Capitol album, this NEW release does include something new as well as some things he’s said before. Paul’s taken the past six years to venture out on his own again AND also partner up with someone new (everyone knows her as Nancy. More on that later). Paul says falling in love again was his conduit to writing this next batch of love songs, and he’s done so on New, out now from Concord Music Group.

New 1 coverThe liner notes on “New” say Paul’s been busy, “New songs needed to be recorded” he says. Some came to him after dropping his daughter Beatrice off at school. Some came with a cup of tea in one hand and a guitar in the other. However they came, Paul fans are glad they did. The “New” CD contains 12 tracks, but there are many others, including a hidden track and one from Japan.  I’ll explain shortly.

new 14 paul plays gutiarsPaul’s work on the songs on “New” included the work of four fab producers.

“The original idea was to go to a couple of producers whose work I loved, to see who I got on with the best – but it turned out I got on with all of them!  We made something really different with each producer, so I couldn’t choose and ended up working with all four. We just had a good time in different way”,  says Paul.

new 11 sheet musicThe producers are Mark Ronson, who produced Amy Winehouse’ records, and deejayed Paul and Nancy’s wedding reception on Lennon’s 71st birthday, “till 3 in the morning”, said Paul. Producer 2 is Paul Epworth, co-writer and architect of Adele’s monstrous “21”, and many cool indie records. The CD also bleeds Beatles’ DNA. Giles Martin, son of George, had his hand in 10 songs, the most of any producer on the album.  His famous father was probably enough to get him the gig, but he sealed his deal with the brilliant work he did remixing tracks from The Beatles catalog for the Love Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas. Then there’s “Let it Be’s” original producer, Glynn John’s son, Ethan, who made the Kings of Leon’s much loved, grittier early albums and more recently both Vaccines records. Together, the Fab Four 2013 & the Fifth Beatle made a rocking record that recoils with heavy riffs and hearty emotion.

new 12 paul singThere’s a lot of “new” love on the CD.  Most of the songs written while Paul’s relationship with Nancy was fun and fresh (and hopefully still is), and scary at times, like in the “hidden” track entitled “Scared”. Just Paul on piano, vocals, bass and vibraphone, telling, we assume Nancy, “I’m scared to say I love you. Afraid to let you know.” That title’s not printed on the CD, but appears as the album”s 13th track on the standard edition, and track 15 on the deluxe.

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Here are the 15 songs found on the Deluxe edition:

Track 1: Save Us. A rocking number that Paul’s been performing live recently. This one has tentacles reaching out to a “new” relationship too, but with power and oomph. Perfect, driving song to lead off the CD.New 4 guitarsTrack 2. Alligator.  This Mark Ronson produced track features Paul’s current band. Again, a song asking for his “new” love to “dare and find his key”, someone he can “give his alligator to.”

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Track3. On My Way to Work.  A track that seems to show Paul as the “everyman”, riding the bus to work, wondering when his dreams will come true, reminiscent of his days as a young boy riding the double decker.. The song has string sections, violas and cellos and Paul seems to take the bus to the far east.  His entire band, minus Abe Laboriel Jr, play on this track.

New 3 pianoTrack 4. Queenie Eye. Since he wrote his first song at 14, Paul has had a great talent for taking us on a journey through the memories of his childhood. Queenie Eye uses a rhyme in a game that Paul played with his mates as a boy. Beatle studies will hear a flashback to the 1967 Christmas Message to the Fans, Christmastime is Here Again, “O-U-T spells out”.  A great track. One of my favorites.

new 9 voxTrack 5. Early Days.  This one keeps coming back as the fan favorite. This Giles Martin produced track reminds us of the Beatle days in Hamburg, with a guitars strapped on their backs and hair slicked back with Vaseline, looking for and listening to the music that inspired them to write and perform. It’s the lyrics in this one that will grab you and take you back to the Cavern.  I can already hear it placed at just the right moment at an upcoming Macca concert. Listening to the words conjures up images of those smokey  early days.

Track 6.  New. This is the fun track that kicked off promotion for “New”. It clearly shows the fun and excitement of a fresh new love being drunken in by Paul. This one’s showed up at almost every performance of songs from “New”, and deservedly so. A great, romping track Paul says deserves to be played on one of those long drives in the family Caddy. “We can do what we want. We can live as we choose”.  Choose New love.

Track 7. Appreciate. Another Giles track that reminds us to pick your head up in the middle of a crisis. This one shows the great craftsmanship of Martin’s vision. It’s very UN-Beatlelike though tomorrow may never know this track is a comprised of spliced together tape loops and guitar loop sounds.  Giles convinced Paul to make those into a song that we can appreciate.

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Track 8. Everybody Out There.  This one has a Wings vibe, ala Band on the Run’s Mrs. Vandebilt.  It’s all hooks and beat with backup vocals reminiscent of Linda, and it’s no wonder, the liner notes list “McCartney Family Chorus” and the same string players as on   the On My Way to Work.  My favourite track on the CD.

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Track 9. Hosanna. This Ethan Johns produced track features only Paul vocals, guitar, bass, drums and tape loops and Johns playing an iPad Tambora app.  If the album needed one, this is the bathroom break.

Track 10. I Can Bet begs you to “listen to me, I’ve got no plan but I’m your man”.  Again it has the power and drive of the album’s opening track and an appeal to “New” love, a theme running through this work.  Great track with a lot of layers.

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Track 11. Looking at Her.  Another Giles Martin production features great rhythm and brilliant Macca rhymes, with his voice,  seemingly put through a leslie like John’s on Revolver, but this time, it’s programmed keyboards and tape loops being sung from the highest mountain. Great track.

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Track 12. Road.  The only co-writer on this CD is producer Paul Epworth, whose name makes its third appearance along side Paul McCartney’s on the writing credits.  I assume much of the writing might have been done in the studio as Paul and Paul play and program some electronic instruments on their three tracks. That being said, this a rather quietly sung ditty with pure Macca emotion, upbeat and headed for the light.

Track 13. (deluxe edition) Turned Out. Turns out Rusty, Brian and Abe show up on this one too, which could mean it could turn up at a future Macca show. A bouncy track reminiscent of Chaos and Creation’s Promise to You Girl. I like it.

New 5 paul windowTrack 14. (deluxe edition) Get Me Out of Here.  What I love about this song is the Rocky Racoon vocal vibe Paul delivers. You can almost hear him ask for a Gideon bible as he sings the song with a story-telling strum on acoustic, washboard and thimbles, while Rusty Anderson plays a water bottle.  You wonder if the name “Nancy” in the White Album track set him off on this journey. One of coolest songs on “New”.

Track 15. (hidden track) Scared. (see above). This track shows Paul’s vulnerability and insecurity, even with his success, at confirming he’s found reciprical love. A nice way to wrap up the disc.

There’s also a track found on the Japanese edition, Struggle, which we’ve posted in the Beatle Brunch Club for you to listen to, at http://www.beatlebrunchclub.com.


Now, where should you get it?  i-tunes is a good start, but if you’re like me and enjoy reading from the original package, Best Buy, Walmart or Target are your best bets.  Target’s Deluxe Edition is the only one that comes with a DVD, “A Rendezvous With Paul”, 22-minutes of behind-the-scenes from Paul’s “Out There Tour”.  If you’ve ever bought the VIP experience at Paul’s concert, you’ll love this tour. There’s no mention of the new CD, but you do get a feel for life on the road and backstage with Paul , and for the first time, we get to hear from his band members, who’ve been with Paul longer than “those other guys” played with Paul.  Now Beatle Brunch listeners, YOU can WIN the CD in our weekly Mind Games Contest at http://www.brunchradio.com.

All in all, “New” is fresh, fun and full of risk taking riffs.  Couple that with Paul’s willingness to appear almost everywhere and participate in some tongue in cheek chats and skits with the two Jimmys on late night TV, and his popping up randomly in Times Square and Covent Garden, give “New” a Wings-like spontaneity that Paul enjoyed in the early 70’s.


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