The Paul McCartney Project

Press To Play

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Released in 1986 and featuring collaborations with 10cc’s Eric Stewart, Pete Townshend and Phil Collins, Press To Play is an album that is both of its time and timeless. Produced with Hugh Padgham, known for his work with The Police and Genesis, its first single ‘Press’ is a feather-light, drum-machine driven slice of pure ’80s pop joy, while ‘Move Over Busker’ mixes in more guitar-driven elements for a brisk burst of energy. As Paul himself put it at the time, “Some of the tracks are completely live – with real people! But the bass on ‘Press’ for example, that’s a machine playing it.” The album cover was taken by famed Hollywood photographer, George Hurrell, who took the sepia image of Paul and Linda using the same box camera he had used 40 years earlier.

The album

Press To Play

By Paul McCartney • Official album

Special editions

Press To Play (1993)

By Paul McCartney • Official album

Related bootlegs

Press To Play Sessions

By Paul McCartney • Unofficial album


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