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CD Review: Paul McCartney

McCartney II (MPL/Concord)

Paul McCartney's two self-titled solo albums — 1970's McCartney and 1980's McCartney II — were effectively declarations of independence from his bands. The first fired the final shot that ended the Beatles; the second put an end to Wings. Faced with this freedom, McCartney used his new solo stature to play around in the studio and tinker with tunes that most likely never would have gotten an OK from his old groups. There are a few gems — "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Every Night" (from McCartney), "Coming Up" and "Waterfalls" (McCartney II) — buried on these deluxe reissues, which include a disc of leftover songs and a DVD. But they're generally self-indulgent albums filled with unfinished sketches and experimental throwaways. — Gallucci

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