Our sister site MP3.com has been home to digital music discovery since it first hit the Web in 1997. The site relaunches today with a fantastic Free MP3 of the Day feature that focuses on high-quality songs, each available for a limited 24-hour period. Today the site is showcasing the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] song “Coming Up,” from the newly remastered version of his 1980 album McCartney II.
Who knew that Paul had the funk? “Coming Up” – easily one of the best track off of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul McCartney[/lastfm]’s 1980 release McCartney II - sounds like nothing in [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm]’ catalog.
Paul always had a way with melody, and during his solo career he was able to try out a lot of different styles. McCartney II is his third solo album and his first release after a run with the band [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wings[/lastfm]. Upon its release McCartney II was heralded as a return to form for the great songwriter.
Now the classic album has been remastered and reissued as a two-disc Special Edition. It features the original remastered album plus eight bonus tracks including B-sides and alternative versions. A four-disc (3 CD, 1 DVD) Deluxe Edition is also available that includes an exclusive bonus DVD featuring rare and previously unseen footage (including performances of “Coming Up” and the new video for the unreleased track “Blue Sway”), plus an additional seven rare bonus audio tracks exclusive to this edition.
During the McCartney II recording process, which took place at the studio in his Scotland farmhouse, McCartney experimented with different instruments and production techniques. He embraced the use of synthesizers and other new technology and was influenced by relatively new genres such as new wave.
“Coming Up” doesn’t use any synths, nor is it a new wave song, but there is a lot of kazoo and one of the funkiest bass lines McCartney ever laid down. Above all else though, “Coming Up” is a fresh, effortless pop song.
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Check out a sneak peak of the rest of McCartney II below and see how good all the remastered tracks sound: