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Paul McCartney – Off the Ground (1993)

History: Paul recorded this album with his touring band, largely recording all the tracks together at once to get a degree of a live feel. Some songs were rejects from Flowers in the Dirt including two he wrote with Elvis Costello, though Costello himself did not record with them this time. My own personal history […]

Ringo Starr – Time Takes Time (1992)

History: Ringo started working with a few different producers on tracks to see who he might want to record his next album with, but in the end he decided to keep all of them to put the best songs together on one album. Perhaps most interesting is that these sessions included one song he co-wrote […]

The Traveling Wilburys – Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 (1990)

History: George, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, and Tom Petty all gathered together again in 1990 to make another album, this time without the late Roy Orbison. It was once again a project of collaboration with all of them sharing writing credits and George and Jeff producing. It was George’s idea to title it volume 3 […]

Paul McCartney – Flowers in the Dirt (1989)

History: Paul took the failure of Press to Play to heart, trying out different producers to get a better feel for his own sound and also assembling a new band that he planned to tour with. He chose to collaborate with Elvis Costello at this time as well, a songwriter not too different from his […]

Paul McCartney – CHOBA B CCCP (1988)

History: In 1987 after a jam session with other musicians, Paul decided to record an album of old rock and roll songs. His initial idea was to make the album look like a bootleg, with its Russian name on the cover to make it look falsely like an import. When EMI nixed that idea, he […]

Traveling Wilburys – The Traveling Wilburys vol 1 (1988)

History: While recording Cloud Nine George and Jeff Lynne kicked around the idea of forming a band together. George initially chose Bob Dylan as someone he would want to work with, and Lynne chose Roy Orbison who was his musical idol. Tom Petty also ended up joining because he was touring with Dylan around that […]

George Harrison – Cloud Nine (1987)

History: After taking the time off to work with his film production company, George was ready to make music again in 1987. He asked his friend Jeff Lynne to help him with production. Jeff also performs on the album, adding both instrumentation and backing vocals. Ringo, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Jim Keltner and Gary Wright […]

Paul McCartney – Press to Play (1986)

History: After Give My Regards to Broad Street proved to largely be a commercial failure, Paul turned to producer Hugh Padgham to help give him a more contemporary sound. Padgham had worked with bands like XTC, The Police, and Genesis and helped give the album his signature sound. Paul also cowrote many of the songs […]

Paul McCartney – Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984)

History: Paul, as a lover of film all his life, was given the opportunity to write a screenplay. He chose to pursue it much in the way the Beatles’ films were done, being primarily a music based film with a thin plot to tie the songs together. The critics hated it and the crowds did […]

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