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PMcC album Memory Almost Full
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Image by Antoon’s Foobar
Artist: Paul McCartney
Title: Memory Almost Full
Orignal Release: June 5, 2007

Label: Hear Music
Catalog #: 30348
Producer: David Kahne

1 Dance Tonight (Paul McCartney) 2:56
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:56
Release: 2007

2 Ever Present Past (Paul McCartney) 2:59
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:59
Release: 2007

3 See Your Sunshine (Paul McCartney) 3:22
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 3:22
Release: 2007

4 Only Mama Knows (Paul McCartney) 4:19
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 4:19
Release: 2007

5 You Tell Me (Paul McCartney) 3:17
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 3:17
Release: 2007

6 Mister Bellamy (Paul McCartney) 3:41
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 3:41
Release: 2007

7 Gratitude (Paul McCartney) 3:21
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 3:21
Release: 2007

8 Vintage Clothes (Paul McCartney) 2:24
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:24
Release: 2007

9 That Was Me (Paul McCartney) 2:16
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:16
Release: 2007

10 Feet In The Clouds (Paul McCartney) 3:26
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 3:26
Release: 2007

11 House Of Wax (Paul McCartney) 5:01
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 5:01
Release: 2007

12 End Of The End (Paul McCartney) 2:59
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:59
Release: 2007

13 Nod Your Head (Paul McCartney) 1:58
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 1:58
Release: 2007

14 * Why So Blue (Paul McCartney) 1:58
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 1:58
Release: 2007

14 * 222 (Paul McCartney) 1:58
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 1:58
Release: 2007

14 * In Private (Paul McCartney) 1:58
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 1:58
Release: 2007

17 Paul Talks About the Music of Memory Almost Full (Paul McCartney) bonus track
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time:
Release: 2007

Dance Tonight (Paul McCartney) CD single:Dance Tonight 2:56
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:56
Release: 2007

Dance Tonight (Paul McCartney) vinyl single:Dance Tonight 2:56
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:56
Release: 2007

Nod Your Head (new mix) (Paul McCartney) CD single:Dance Tonight 1:58
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 1:58
Release: 2007

Ever Present Past (Paul McCartney) single:Ever Present Past 2:59
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:59
Release: 2007

* – Bonus tracks not on original album but on reissue
Artist: Paul McCartney
Title: Memory Almost Full
Orignal Release: June 5, 2007

Label: Hear Music
Catalog #: 30348
Producer: David Kahne

Musicians:

All tracks written and composed by Paul McCartney
Produced and programmed by David Kahne

Paul McCartney played all instruments except:
Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens – keyboards;
Rusty Anderson – guitar;
Brian Ray – bass guitar;
Abe Laboriel Jnr. – drums;
Played on Only Mamma Knows, You Tell Me, Vintage Clothes, That Was Me, Feet In The Clouds, and House of Wax

Recorded at Hog Hill Mill Studios, Abbey Road Studios, Henson Recording Studios, Air Studios, RAK Studios
Mastered by: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering

Credits:

Recorded at Hog Hill Mill Studios, Abbey Road Studios, Henson Recording Studios, Air Studios, RAK Studios
Mastered by: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering

Memory Almost Full will be released on Friday 1st June This release will be the first ever Paul McCartney album
available digitally Memory Almost Full is Paul McCartney’s 21st solo album since leaving The Beatles

Tuesday, June 5th 2007

By Paul McCartney

I actually started this album, Memory Almost Full, before my last album Chaos And Creation In The Backyard (released September 2005). The first recording session was back in the autumn of 2003 at Abbey Road with my touring band and producer David Kahne. I was right in the middle of it when I began talking with Nigel Godrich about a brand new project (which became Chaos And Creation In The Backyard).

When I was just finishing up everything concerned with Chaos and had just got the Grammy nominations (2006) I realised I had this album to go back to and finish off. So I got it out to listen to it again, wondering if I would enjoy it, but actually I really loved it. All I did at first was just listen to a couple of things and then I began to think, ‘OK, I like that track – now, what is wrong with it?’ And it might be something like a drum sound, so then I would re-drum and see where we would get to.

I took it from there and built it up. I went through, track by track, making changes as I went along. I fixed things I wasn’t too keen on and it just evolved from there. Without me knowing, or really trying, it started to get its own theme, a sort of thread that holds it all together. So I suppose it’s about half new stuff and half old stuff from 2003.

In places it’s a very personal record and a lot of it is retrospective, drawing from memory, like memories from being a kid, from Liverpool and from summers gone. The album is evocative, emotional, rocking, but I can’t really sum it up in one sentence.

There is a medley of 5 songs towards the end and that was purposefully retrospective. I thought this might be because I’m at this point in my life, but then I think about the times I was writing with John and a lot of that was also looking back. It’s like me with ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – I’m still up to the same tricks!

I know people are going to look at some of the songs and interpret them in different ways but this has always been the case. The thing is that I love writing songs, so I just write and write. I never really get to a point where I start thinking I’m going to write about specific subjects. Inevitably though, what I am thinking is going to find its way into what I’m doing

The opening track of the album is ‘Dance Tonight’. I recently got myself a mandolin and I was just playing about with it and came up with the basis of this track. A couple of weeks ago we made the video, which was great fun. It’s directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) and stars Natalie Portman and Mackenzie Crook. I’m not going to give the plot away. You’ll have to go and watch it for yourself, but we had a good time doing it.

The album title came after I had finished everything. For me, that’s when they normally come, with the exception of maybe Sgt. Peppers, otherwise I don’t think I have ever made an album with The Beatles, Wings or solo where I have thought of a title and a concept. I was thinking about what would sum the whole thing up and ‘Memory Almost Full’ sprung to mind. It’s a phrase that seemed to embrace modern life; in modern life our brains can get a bit overloaded. I realised I had also seen it come up on my phone a few times. When I started bouncing the idea round with some friends they nearly all got different meanings out of it, but they all said they loved it. So the feedback helped solidify the title.

After completing the album I then started thinking about the album artwork and how I’d want it to look. I really wanted to make the CD a desirable object. Something that I know I’d want to pick up from the shelf, something that would make people curious. I hope our final concept has done that. The album sleeve itself includes an etching by a friend of mine, Humphrey Ocean. As with the album lyrics, I’m looking forward to seeing how people might interpret the artwork.

Currently I’m just starting out on the promo trail and beginning to get the first bits of feedback about the album and so far so good! It’s interesting now as I’m getting to hear what other people are making of the songs and what their feelings are. I’m also talking about the album myself and I’m really enjoying the discovery process.

I really enjoyed making this album with David Kahne and I’m proud of all the songs. We had a great time. I hope that the fun we had will communicate itself to the people who are going to listen to it.

All the best,
Paul McCartney, April 2007

Madam, At Ascot, I’m Adam
the pick up artist

Image by andyi
I’ve written before about Adam Hughes, and his wife and partner, Allie. He’s one of the top cover artists in the whole biz. She’s a wonderful artist herself. Together, their table is a must-visit destination.

If you’re there at the very start of the show, you can get on his sketch list. No pushing, no shoving, no rushing. Just get there in the first fifteen minutes or so and tell Adam what character you’d like him to draw. Instead of "first come, first serve" Adam simply picks and chooses subjects that happen to strike his fancy and he knocks himself out to completes as many as he can, while still making time to meet fans and sign books.

Adam and Allie are great folks, and they’re quite generous with their time. It’s clear that at any con, their first priority is meeting with fans, their second priority is completing whatever obligations they’ve made to the show (such as appearing on panels), Priority Three is keeping their con-stress down to a humanitarian level, and then Priority Four is completing sketches. Which is exactly right.

I continue to be impressed by how well they manage things. Only a few people got sketches, of course. But every last person who wanted to get a book signed or to pick up a print or a sketchbook got that opportunity over the course of the show.

As with the New York Comic-Con, I got into the hall early but I didn’t approach their table until the doors had opened to the general public and a line of civilians had already formed. Their rules are fair and unambiguous. And as with NYCC, I didn’t get a sketch, and I wasn’t disappointed. Getting an Adam Hughes con sketch should be considered a sign that on this day and at this place, you counted among Fortune’s beloved. If you consider it a Constitutional Right, then you’re clearly among of the one percent of the one percent of the one percent of the population that can never be satisfied.

Whoever asked Adam for "Audrey Hepburn" — that’s all Adam went from, just the name — is probably still dancing and jumping around. Adam’s amazingly inventive and creative. Who else would take that basic subject and come up with a poster for "My Fair Lady 2: Force 10 From Lisson Grove," featuring Liza in full Ascot finery and hefting a SAW gun?

(They posted a photo of the finished sketch here. Spiffy!)

It makes me wonder if a magazine entitled "Guns And Millinery" could have found some success before print publishing imploded. If they had Adam do the covers they were in with a chance, for sure.

[Update: well, BostonCon will be the last show in which Adam accepts sketch requests, thanks to some assclown who begged and pleaded and pestered and made a nuisance out of himself until Adam stressed himelf out and did a lovely Wonder Woman sketch for the guy at the end of the last day. Annnnnd the piece landed on eBay before the couple's plane home landed in Atlanta...with the bidding already at something like three to five times what this clown among asses, this ass of clowns, paid for it.

It certainly wasn't the first time someone professed to be a fan when in reality, they just saw Adam as a gifted ATM machine. It was merely the last straw.

(The full story is here.)

I'm disappointed that I'll never get one of his marker sketches but I'm glad that two of the nicest people on the con circuit have made a change that will let them keep attending these shows and keep meeting their fans while actually maintaining their sanity.

I will only say in closing: thanks, eBay assclown, on behalf of every true fan.]

Debilz Duo
the pick up artist

Image by midnightglory
Also picked up two of the new Debilz Series, designed by Mist (the same artist that designed Rouge le Fou).

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