We'd like to thank everyone for preventing us of dead links. For the moment, we are note able to re-up them.

Feel free to keep on preventing us of those dead links. We will update them when we (I and Jeb-E-Diah) have more time to (understand : from september). Some of them will be partially or completely repacked considering albums which would have been issued thereafter and surely with new and improved artworks.

Stay tuned !

Wednesday, April 13, 2011



When Paul McCartney said in 1969 that he was leaving in the Beatles, there was no question that the band would no longer exist, but the group was so brilliant that it seemed obvious we would now have at least two great bands instead of one. What did we get from one of the greatest composers of the Twentieth Century? Mary Had A Little Lamb, We're So Sorry Uncle Albert and My Love whoa whoa whoa whoa. Paul had not been my favorite, but I knew he had written some very good songs in the past. As time went on, I became more disappointed. This year I decided that there weren't many Beatles left, and it was time to reconcile. I listened to all of the twenty-three studio albums from Wings and his solo rock career, ignoring the four classical works. I've also put aside his albums as The Fireman. I will tackle those at a later date. My goal was to produce a two disc Baistophe, and it was apparent that the studio albums would provide more than enough material and I would not be able to fit in anything from his seven concert albums. Because I disliked most of his hit songs, and because they are very well known and widely available on store shelves, I decided to leave those off the collection also. When It was done, I thought that only four of his albums were truly wretched and three of those were conceptual albums. The others could be counted on for at least one good song other than the hit single. I really liked six of them, and the rest fell somewhere in the middle. I am impressed with the songs that ended up in this Baistophe. McCartney is capable of equaling his former efforts but it seems that he only occasionally makes an effort. In my opinion, his work has improved greatly in the past ten years. Before I apply a rank to McCartney's albums, I will remove four of them from the running. Thrillington, Liverpool Sound Collage and Give My Regards To Broadstreet are concept albums and cannot be considered part of the canon. They are only for completists. Run Devil Run would be in my Top Three but for the fact that it is mostly covers of Fifties rock 'n' roll songs. I enjoyed it very much but it is unneccessary and listening to the originals would be a better use of your time.

Thanks to BURNS for having compiled this BAISTOPHE. This one is finally a 3CD set just because it deserves it... and I let BURNS say why :

"These are the three Paul McCartney discs that I made. My intention was to only make a two disc collection for Baistophe. It later was agreed on La Caverne d'Ali Baba that there should be three discs, with a third possibly containing concert recordings. I do not want to do that, but I had already made a third disc for myself that contained a few hits and what was left over from the Baistophe."

Extracts :

Little Willow
(from Flaming Pie, 1997)
It seems like an evidence that the recent edition of Bealtes' Anthology had taken Mcca in a nostalgical mood. This song must undoubtedly be compared with such beautiful songs like Julia

Run Devil Run
(from Run Devil Run, 1999)
The album is a full fifties' rock cover. This also might be considered like a tribute to Paul's early Beatles days.

Band On The Run
(from Band On The Run, 1973)
One of the only 3 hit singles included in this Baistophe is on of McCartney's best work : a 3-pieces tune recorded like a scenarized story. All 3 pieces are independantly great. The all 3 gathered are just excellent.

BURNS' Mcca Bottom 3 :
1. Wings At The Speed Of Sound (1976)
2. McCartney II (1980)
3. Flowers In The Dirt (1989)

BURNS' Mcca Top 3 :
1. Ram (1971)
2. Band On The Run (1973)
3. Driving Rain (2001)


Anonymous said...

Bonjour !

D'abord, un grand merci pour la qualité et l'éclectisme de vos sélections.

Elles constituent un point de départ très riche pour découvrir des artistes dont nous ne connaissons parfois que leurs titres les plus populaires.

Spécifiquement pour ce #418, bravo pour l'adoption du multi-sourcing (mirroring) qui permet les téléchargements parallèles à ceux qui n'ont pas de compte "Pro" ou "Premium" chez les hébergeurs.

Propositions de Baistophe à envisager: Bernard Lavilliers, Bob Marley, Patricia Kaas, Claude François, Bruce Springsteen ou THE King ...

Bon courage et au plaisir de vous suivre encore longtemps pour le bonheur que vous nous faites partager !

Anonymous said...

Lavilliers est déjà fait (sans le dernier album)

Springsteen, >Jeb-E-Diah a prévu de le faire, je crois

quant au reste, je botte en touche ;-)

Anonymous said...

Merci pour la réponse :-)

Concernant l'ABO202, le lien est down; c'est pour cette raison que je l'avais remis dans ma liste ...

Si tu réactualises le lien, c'est du tout bon !

Autres propositions: Soldat Louis, Louis Trio, Louis Chedid, Matmatah, voire même Mr 100.000 volts ...

Anonymous said...

J'ai Chedid dans les carton, mais j'ai peur d'avoir du mal à finir un bon Baistophe, non pas que ce soit mauvais, mais que je ne sais pas ce que ça pourrait donner...

Matmatah, trop peu d'albums et même si Petite Mort, en live aux Vieilles Charues tue grave avec ses 10 minutes, j'ai bien peur que ce ne soit pas assez pour remplir un simple CD

Anonymous said...

Je te renouvelle ici mes remerciements exprimés sur ABO202 pour le ré-up de Lavilliers.

Pour Matmatah, je confirme qu'il n'y a peut-être pas suffisamment de matériau pour construire un baistophe représentatif et équilibré.

Pour Chedid, c'est plutôt la cohérence qui serait difficile à obtenir, l'artiste étant assez éclectique et touche à tout ... (ce qui est aussi une qualité par la variété de ses aptitudes).

D'autres propositions qui seraient plus facile à explorer et à compiler: Pretenders, REM, Chris de Burgh, et peut-être des thèmes transversaux (rockabilly, disco, RnB, artistes engagés, par décennies, ...)

Par ailleurs, je n'ai pas vu de thème "Spring" parmi les saisons abordées, et on est en plein dedans ! ;-)

Bon allez, je vous laisse bosser là-dessus, pour notre plus grand plaisir :-))

Anonymous said...

Tu as raison, il y a beaucoup à faire, ce ne sont pas les idées qui nous manquent.

Pour la compil' spécial printemps, c'est là :