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Apr 30, 1970 • From Rolling Stone
Released in 1970, a month before The Beatles’ swansong Let It Be, McCartney was Paul’s first solo album. Notable for the fact that he performed all instruments and vocals himself, aside from some backing vocals performed by Linda, it’s an album rich in experimentation, and the original home of ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’. “The McCartney album was good fun,” Paul remembers, “because I got a machine from EMI, only a four-track, and I just had it in my living room where I lived in London at the time. I’d just go in for the day like Monsieur Magritte. Go in and do a little bit of stuff and make something up, and knock off in the evenings. It was very interesting to do and it had a certain kind of rawness, because I was breaking loose after The Beatles, we all got a feeling of that, I think. During the Beatles period I’d said to John, ‘I think I should do an album called Paul McCartney Goes Too Far”. He said, ‘That’s a great idea man, you should do it.’ Of course, I never really did. It was just, Well, I’ll do it one day.” In 2011, the album was remastered and reissued as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, with a bonus disc of outtakes, demos and live versions, as well as a DVD of documentaries and live performances.