Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Oobu Joobu - The Funky & Leftfield Side of Caul McPartney (2014)

01 - intro - caul mcpartney - oobu joobu - part 3
02 - caul mcpartney - let 'em in
03 - mings - letting go
04 - caul mcpartney - check my machine (edit)
05 - the hountry cams - bridge on the river suite
06 - caul mcpartney - blue sway (balearic rarities edit)
07 - caul mcpartney - goodnight tonight (disco single)
08 - cinda mclartney & the upsetters - mister sandman
09 - mings - arrow through me
10 - caul mcpartney - coming up
11 - mings - picassos last words (kmtr dub to me re-edit)
12 - caul mcpartney - oo you
13 - caul mcpartney - 222
14 - caul mcpartney - riding to vanity fair
15 - caul mcpartney & jichael mackson - say say say (instrumental)
16 - skit (intro from 'sunshine sometimes')
17 - caul mcpartney - waterfalls
18 - caul mcpartney - sunshine sometime (unreleased instrumental)

A main inspiration for making this ''mix'' was listening to Bill Brewster presents McCartney’s Left. A mix, by the co-author of the book Last Night A Dj Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey, which focuses on the overlooked funky side of Paul McCartney. (Also be sure to check out Bill Brewster's recent Boiler Room DJ Set on the beach in Croatia. Some nice tunes and lots of sunshine).

Paul McCartney, the laziest musical genius known to man, ''understood the funk better than all of the other Beatles. No surprise given how adept he was on the drums (John Lennon, when asked at the NME awards in the 60s whether Ringo was the best drummer in the world, famously replied: “He’s not even the best in the Beatles.”). (…) What I love about McCartney’s productions is the sense of joy he is having in the studio. You can tell it’s play and not work.'' (via Bill Brewster's Paul McCartney’s LEFT from his blog at djhistory.com). Flash from the great blog Flashstrap continues: ''Paul was, if the jauntiest and catchiest songwriter of the Beatles, simultaneously the most experimental and avant-garde''. Beside some eclectic choices from Paul McCartney's works with his band the Wings - his albums McCartney, Ram and McCartney II ''tower as beautiful, wild, and endlessly enjoyable masterpieces, a testament to and realization of all the promise and talent the 20th Century's most successful composer carried with him into his solo career''.

Music on this ''mix'' ranges from as early as 1970 until the late 00's. I have taken my time during the last 12 months listening to more or less Paul McCartney's whole discography. And I think I can say all Paul McCartney albums - even his more resent one's are worth a listen. Choosing songs for this ''mix'' - the only criteria was: They gotta be beautiful, have that special something. Hidden warm, soulful, groovy funky quirky pop moments from the depths of recorded musical history. There are some well-known songs included in this mix - as well as many lesser-known gems from a syrup of diversity and weirdness, which went unnoticed to the general public. You can feel what must’ve been an enormous sense of freedom pour through some of these songs. The recordings are reckless at times, almost always joyous, and rarely exactly what you’d expect...

After a short intro I am opening this ''mix'' with Let' Em In. Like waves lapping on a beach. On track #5 we got The Country Hams - Bridge On The River Suite. A mellow instrumental cut with some warm bass, sweet guitar playing and a bit of ''orchestral brass''. ''The Wings held sessions in Nashville, Tennessee from early June into July 1974. During the July sessions, the Wings were also joined by music legends Floyd Cramer and Chet Atkins. Together they recorded this McCartney-composed instrumental titled ''Bridge On The River Suite''. (via The Beatles Rarity) Next - on track #6 the mysterious Balearic Rarities deliver a nice edit of Paul McCartney's ''Blue Sway''. A moody synth-heavy track that features some bluesy guitar licks from Paul. Also check out the beautifully shot music video by award-winning surf filmmaker Jack McCoy from 2012. Track #7 - The Wing's Goodnight Tonight (Disco Version) combines a disco-groove with flamenco guitars. Taken from the book "Paul McCartney Solo Music Career 1970-2010 (John Cherry)": "Disco and dance music were the rule of the day, so Paul, reluctantly, decided to release "Goodnight Tonight" recognizing that people would hear it as a dance song. Becoming Wings' third best selling single, the pop song "had toes tapping, possessed an infectious chorus, and sounded great on the dance floor." I really like McCartney's bass playing on this one. Paul McCartney had expressed an interest in Reggae back in the 1960's and was said to have been a keen follower of Perry's work. The pair met a number of times in London and although McCartney never visited the Black Ark Studio in Jamaica, he did send some demo tapes to Perry and requested he create some rhythms for his wife Linda's debut solo album. One of the results is track #8, Linda McCartney cover of The Chordettes 1954 Doo Wop classic Mister Sandman with Paul McCartney on guitar. Beautiful stuff... Track #10, Paul McCartney & The Wings's Coming Up is a strange but pop-friendly disco track with massive compression and sped up vocals. Watch the video for a good laugh! How many Pauls can you see? On track #11 we got KMTR's brilliant dubby edit of the Wing's Picassos Last Words. Love this edit. It is just focusing on the best parts of the song - and taking it to new heights. Thanks for 6+ minutes of dubby pleasure! KMTR (aka Konstantin Timoshenko) is a collector, DJ, producer, remixer, musician from Sofia, Bulgaria. Check out his soundcloud page and his blog Flea Music Paradise for more good music. Next, on track #17 we have Waterfalls, a gentle Paul McCartney ballad from his first solo album after Wings, McCartney II. The song has a stripped-down sound, with McCartney only playing a synthesizer and singing. ''As with the McCartney album of 10 years earlier, Paul played all of the instruments, except for Linda's backing vocals on the last song ("One of These Days"). McCartney recorded it without a mixing console, with all microphones plugged directly into the back of a 16 track tape machine. And in almost every case, Paul laid down backing tracks with bass, drums and guitar and added the vocals subsequently'' (via Exquisitely Bored In Nacogdouches). I am tuning out this ''mix'' with ''Sunshine Sometime (Unreleased Instrumental)'', a slow, sun-kissed and somewhat haunting song with an incongruously speedy bass part, blessed with touches of electric guitar. Paul recorded it for the animated film Rupert and the Frog Song

Enjoy! DubMe