Take It Away: The Complete Paul McCartney Archive Podcast
Join us for our initial 'Egypt Station' reactions.
On 9/7/18, Paul McCartney released his Egypt Station LP. Iain Lee asked Ryan and Chris to weigh in with their initial reactions live on his show The Late Night Alternative on talkRADIO that evening at 11 pm BST. Join us as we discuss the album and share that broadcast. Iain and Katherine, thank you for having us! Please stay tuned for our full episode onEgypt Station.
Enjoy our Season 3 finale on Paul's first album from the new millennium.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... let's go for a drive through Paul McCartney's 2001 albumDriving Rainon our Season 3 finale. Arguably a critical and commercial failure (although possibly not), this episode walks through what some feel is the nadir of Macca's cannon. Highlights include "From a Lover to a Friend," "Magic," Your Way," and "Your Loving Flame." Stick around for a few interesting extras. Anyone tries to take it away, they'll have to answer, 'cause this is my right, we're talkin' aboutDriving Rain.Cl ...
We discuss the new and timely Paul McCartney singles.
On 6/20/18, Paul McCartney released two singles off his upcoming album Egypt Station. In this bonus episode, Ryan and Chris give you their initial reactions to the two songs, "Come On To Me" and "I Don't Know." Keep your eyes and ears open for the full episode on Egypt Station coming soon!
We finish the second half of 'Flaming Pie' and dig into the extras.
We are back for the second helping of Flaming Pie. Chris and Ryan are joined by special guests Simon Barber and Brian O'Connor from the Sodajerker podcast on this two part mega-episode on 1997'sFlamingPie. Because ofThe BeatlesAnthology, Paul McCartney refreshed his record making approach on this album. We close out the second half of Flaming Pie and dig deep into the extras. We always came back to the songs we were ... talking about. Yes, we always came back.Click here for the Episode 24 song l ...
The Beatles reunite and Paul rediscovers his roots.
This one is so big we turned it into two episodes. Chris and Ryan are joined by special guests Simon Barber and Brian O'Connor from the massive hit podcast Sodajerker on this two part mega-episode on 1997'sFlamingPie. Because ofThe BeatlesAnthology, Paul McCartney refreshed his record making approach on this album. We touch on "Free as a Bird," "Real Love," "Now and Then," and dive head first intoFlamingPie and all of its extras. Go ahead. Have a vision. This is the one onFlamingPie.Click here f ...
We walk through all the songs Paul gave away.
Going back to his Beatle days, Paul McCartney wrote many songs for other artists. Join Chris and Ryan along with author and Beatles expert Andrew Grant Jackson (Still The Greatest) for this special episode on the songs Paul gave away. We venture back to The Beatles' humble beginnings and walk through every song we could uncover up to present day. Artists discussed include Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, The Fourmost, Cilla Black, The Rolling Stones, Peter & Gordon, P.J. Proby, Mary Hopkin, Badfin ...
Paul follows up 'Flowers in the Dirt' with a "live in the studio" album.
After the heavily produced and commercially successful Flowers in the Dirt, plus the well received The Paul McCartney World Tour in 1989-1990, Paul decided his follow-up would be recorded “live in the studio.” 1993’s Off the Ground, the fruits from the 1991-1992 recording sessions, is a mixed bag.Off the Ground: The Complete Works, a collection of B-sides and songs that didn't make the album, reveals many great songs lurking under the often flimsy surface of the official album. Highlights of the ...
Our exclusive and comprehensive interview with composer and guitarist Laurence Juber.
In 1978, Laurence Juber joined Wings for their final flight. His stellar guitar work onBack to the Eggand the supporting British tour still shines after all these years. On September 23, 2017, at Atlantic Records in North Hollywood,Laurence found time between rehearsals to talk Wings, his incredible solo albums (includingStandard Time,LJ,and Mosaic), his work with "yacht rock" icon Al Stewart, his television music career, as well as his fantastic bookGuitar With Wings. Without question, Laurence ...
Paul McCartney rediscovers his voice and his commercial success on his last 1980s album.
In 1989, after several years of creative struggle, Paul McCartney released Flowers in the Dirt, a critical and commercial success. From the Beatlesesque pop of "My Brave Face" to the golden-era Hollywood glamour of "Distractions," or the paternal whimsy of "Put It There," Paul is in strong writing and performing form. Also, enter Elvis Costello, his acerbic wit balancing and enhancing McCartney's creative yet cloying compositions from the 1980s. Was Elvis Paul's finest collaborator since John Le ...
We are back for Season Three with an album Paul did not release.
We are back for Season Three! From 1984 to 1987, Paul McCartney recorded an abundance of new material. Although not canon, Return to Pepperland is a canceled album (some say) originally slated for release in 1987 to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Now mainly a curio, this bootleg album makes for a convenient catch-all for the stellar (and less than stellar) material from this period—songs written in the early '70s, polished gems not released until ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.Click here for ...
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 ….Th ...
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.Clic ...
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.Click here for the Episode 10 song list.
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.”Click here for the Episode 9 song list.
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.Click here for the Episode 8 song list.
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.Click here for the Episode 7 song list.
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.Click here for the Episode 6 song list.
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.An error regarding the attribution of the saxophone solo on "Leave It" is corrected in E ...
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.Click here for the Episode 4 song list.
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.Click here for the Episode 3 song list.
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.”Click here for the Episode 2 song list.
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.”Click here for the Episode 1 song list.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!