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Episode 17 – Press to Play

Mon Nov 06 2017 (02:13:18)

By 1985, Paul McCartney is lost, but finds his way with 'Press to Play.'

By 1985, Paul McCartney is lost. The critical and commercial bomb of Give My Regards to Broad Street severely shook his confidence. Paul jumps right back in the studio to record his "comeback album" with then in-vogue producer Hugh Padgham (Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, The Police) to turn in Press to Play in 1986. This eccentric "high 80s" album scored a few slightly successful singles including the featherweight "Press" and the #1 smash hit "Spies Like Us" for the John Landis movie of the same ...

Episode 16 – Denny Laine – Part 2 of 2

Fri Sep 15 2017 (01:51:17)

Part two of our exclusive interview with Denny Laine.

On Monday, August 6, 2017, we sat down with Denny Laine in Evanston, IL to talk about his entire career from the 1960s to present day. We discussed songs from The Moody Blues, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Balls, Wings, and Denny’s solo albums in this wide-ranging, two-part episode.Episode Includes:Wings Over America, Anyone Can Fly, Hometown Girls, Wings on my Feet, Lonely Road, Master Suite, All I Want is Freedom, The Rock Survivor, Reborn, Arctic Song, Colin Blunstone’s “Say You Don’t Mind,” Vall ...

Episode 15 – Denny Laine – Part 1 of 2

Fri Sep 08 2017 (01:32:44)

On Monday, August 6, 2017, we sat down with Denny Laine in Evanston, IL to talk about his entire career.

On Monday, August 6, 2017, we sat down with Denny Laine in Evanston, IL to talk about his entire career from the 1960s to present day. We discussed songs from The Moody Blues, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Balls, Wings, and Denny’s solo albums in this wide-ranging, two-part episode.Episode Includes:Magnificent Moodies, Denny Laine String Band, Balls, Trevor Burton, Wings Wild Life, Red Rose Speedway, Ahh…Laine, Band on the Run, McGear, Venus and Mars, Speed of Sound, Wings Over America, Holly Days, ...

In the 1980s, Paul experimented and took a few big risks. Sometimes risks don't pay off.

In the 1980s, Paul experimented and took a few big risks. Sometimes risks don’t pay off, and the movie Give My Regards to Broad Street was both a critical and box office failure. Failure is feedback though, and we’ll trace the effects of this flop on the rest of Paul’s career. Fascinatingly, “No More Lonely Nights,” arguably one of Paul’s biggest artistic and commercial achievements, is from the soundtrack. So are the lost Wings songs “No Values” and “Not Such a Bad Boy.” But hey, Ringo is in th ...

Episode 13 – Pipes of Peace

Fri Jul 28 2017 (01:46:00)

Paul McCartney and George Martin follow up the smash success of 'Tug of War' with a sequel.

Paul McCartney and George Martin follow up the smash success of Tug of War with a sequel in the also successful, if overlooked, Pipes of Peace. Denny has flown the coop, Michael Jackson shows up for a couple tracks, Ringo is back on drums, and Eric Stewart turns in stellar performances. This is “English country music” from the 1980s. Highlights include “Keep Under Cover,” “Say Say Say,” and “Through Our Love.” This is a fun episode you will want to check out. Miss it? It’s not on.

Episode 12 – Tug of War

Fri Jun 16 2017 (01:58:41)

After 'McCartney II,' Paul and the world suffered the horrible loss of John Lennon in 1980. 'Tug of War' picks up the plot.

After McCartney II, Paul and the world suffered the horrible loss of John Lennon in 1980. Tug of War picks up the plot in 1982 with Paul’s touching tribute to his brother Beatle “Here Today”; two duets with Stevie Wonder, including the smash hit “Ebony & Ivory”; and collaborators like former Beatles producer George Martin, Ringo Starr, Eric Stewart, and Carl Perkins. We named our podcast after a song on this album. You might want to stop and listen up to this one. Take it away, take it away ….

Episode 11 – McCartney II

Fri May 12 2017 (01:32:21)

After Wings' dissolution, Macca hid at home and recorded another truly solo album.

After Wings’ dissolution, Macca hid at home and recorded another truly solo album in the vein of 1970’s McCartney. Paul is responsible for nearly everything on this record. The real difference this time around? Synthesizers. Despite its experimental nature, the album birthed the number-one hit single “Coming Up” – a favorite of John Lennon’s. Believe it or not, the perennial “Wonderful Christmastime” originates from these sessions. Is this album true genius or absolute garbage? Nobody knows.

Episode 10 – Back to the Egg

Fri Apr 21 2017 (01:48:58)

As the 1970s come to a close, Wings takes its last flight.

As the 1970s come to a close, Wings takes its last flight with Back to the Egg. McCartney’s answer to New Wave, the album features a brand-new Wings lineup, a dizzying array of genres, and incredible LP artwork. Although commercially unsuccessful, Back to the Egg is revered in the McCartney canon as an underground fan favorite. Love it or hate it, Chris and Ryan give their spin (it on) on it.

Episode 9 – London Town

Fri Mar 31 2017 (01:50:51)

Chris and Ryan are back with Season Two and Paul's album recorded (mostly) on a boat.

Chris and Ryan are back with Season Two and one of Paul McCartney’s most unusual and yet rewarding and relaxing releases of the 1970s, London Town. With a working title of Water Wings, it is no surprise we find Paul and crew recording on a boat in the Virgin Islands. Album highlights include “Girlfriend,” “Don’t Let It Bring You Down,” as well as the number-one smash hit “With A Little Luck.”

Episode 8 – Wings at the Speed of Sound

Fri Dec 09 2016 (01:24:16)

In 1976, Paul McCartney triumphs with his new band Wings, enjoying number one hits and a blockbuster tour.

In 1976, Paul McCartney triumphs with his new band Wings, enjoying number one hits and a blockbuster tour. In the last episode of Season One, Ryan and Chris cover these Wings milestones and also find a moment to check in with George. Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs. What's wrong with that? Absolutely nothing.

Episode 7 – Venus and Mars

Fri Nov 25 2016 (01:47:49)

In a wide-ranging episode, Ryan and Chris cover Wings' excellent 'Band on the Run' follow-up.

In a wide-ranging episode, Ryan and Chris cover Wings’ great Venus and Mars. Along the way, they touch on Jimmy McColloch’s background, the “secret Wings album” McGear by Paul’s brother Mike, solo Beatles output from 1974, and even a little something from Paul’s dad.

Episode 6 – Band on the Run

Fri Nov 11 2016 (01:41:02)

Ryan and Chris dig into Paul McCartney's most celebrated solo album.

Ryan and Chris dig into Paul McCartney’s most celebrated solo album, Band on the Run. Released in 1973, it appears alongside a flood of high-quality solo Beatles material. Ryan and Chris place Band on the Run in the context of this peak period of solo Beatles output. We thought the only lonely place was on the moon.

Episode 5 – Red Rose Speedway

Fri Oct 28 2016 (01:23:28)

In 1972-73, Wings is making progress, and their second album is a considerable improvement over their first.

In 1972-73, Wings is making progress, and their second album is a considerable improvement over their first. Originally planned as a double LP, Red Rose Speedway is a modest hit and yields a number one single, “My Love.” As with Ram, however, the leftovers are as interesting as the album itself. Ryan and Chris provide a guided tour of the Red Rose Speedway that never was. Listen in and get on the right thing.

Episode 4 – Wild Life

Sat Oct 15 2016 (01:26:31)

During a difficult period in 1971-72, McCartney starts a new band.

During a difficult period in 1971-72, McCartney starts his new band Wings. Their first album, Wild Life, leaves fans and critics puzzled. The series of singles that follows does not help. Ryan and Chris dig into the details of this little-known material and take a quick look at John and Yoko’s Some Time in New York City.

Episode 3 – Ram – Part 2 of 2

Fri Sep 30 2016 (44:22)

Join us for part two of this fantastic two part episode.

In an explosion of creativity, McCartney produces enough material for his first solo masterpiece, Ram (1971), and has enough left over for singles, B-sides, and even future album tracks. In part two, Ryan and Chris look into the fate of Ram’s voluminous high-quality outtake material.

Episode 2 – Ram – Part 1 of 2

Fri Sep 16 2016 (01:20:14)

In an explosion of creativity, McCartney produces enough material for his first solo masterpiece, Ram (1971), and has enough left over for much, much more.

In an explosion of creativity, McCartney produces enough material for his first solo masterpiece, Ram (1971), and has enough left over for singles, B-sides, and even future album tracks. In part one, Ryan and Chris cover Ram and single “Another Day.”

Episode 1 – McCartney

Fri Sep 09 2016 (50:43)

While dealing with the break-up of The Beatles, Paul McCartney recorded his first solo album, McCartney, at home (mostly). In Episode 1, Ryan and Chris explore this difficult but fruitful period.

While dealing with the break-up of The Beatles, Paul McCartneyrecordedhis first solo album,McCartney,at home (mostly). In Episode 1, Ryan and Chris explore this difficult but fruitfulperiod for Sir Paul. Highlights include “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Every Night,” and “Junk.”

Episode 0 – An Introduction

Sat Sep 03 2016 (13:56)

Hello! Welcome to Take It Away: The Complete Paul McCartney Archive Podcast. Ryan Brady and Chris Mercer walk through every McCartney song.

Hello! Welcome to Take It Away: The Complete Paul McCartney Archive Podcast. Ryan Brady and Chris Mercer walk through every single Paul McCartney solo release from 1970 to present day. If you’re interested in The Beatles, Wings, or Paul McCartney the solo artist, you’ve come to the right place. Feel free to send any questions to our email at takeitawaypodcast@gmail.com. Thank you!