On this day in music history: April 20, 1970 - “McCartney”, the solo debut album by Paul McCartney is released (UK release date is on April 17, 1970). Produced by Paul McCartney, it is recorded at 7 Cavendish Avenue, Abbey Road Studios in London and Morgan Studios in Willesden, UK from Late 1969 - March 1970. Following the recording of The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album, Paul McCartney works on his first solo release while The Beatles are in the process of breaking up, booking studio time under an assumed name and also recording at home on a Studer four-track recorder set up in his living room. The home recordings are done without the benefit of a mixing board, with McCartney literally plugging microphones directly into the back of the tape machine. Though no singles are issued from it, the album is very successful with the track “Maybe I’m Amazed” becoming a major airplay hit. Eight days prior to the albums UK release, advance copies of the album are received by the press. Inserted into the album is a short Q&A written by McCartney that in effect announces the break up of The Beatles, and publicly declares his departure from the band the next day on April 10, 1970. In June of 2011, a remastered version of the original album is reissued, including a 2CD + 1 DVD archival boxed set, featuring previously unreleased material from the recording sessions. “McCartney” spends three weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, number two on the UK album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
I’m currently working on adding some more songs to Bucky’s playlist which means I get to discover more amazing pop music. My inner 12 year old self is so happy about this.
If you’d like to check out what Bucky listens to when he needs to drown out the sound of Steve and Sam fighting over who gets to make a friendship bracelet for T'challa first, check out Bucky’s Pop Playlist and let me know what you think.
Lady Gaga’s Intro mashup (Monster, Donatella, Partynauseous, Dance in the Dark, Aura, Swine) + Scheisse (off Born This Way, 2011) which she actually did live for the first time in years. It was the Schiesse choreography that made caused her injury and hospitalized gaga.
Yes!!! The Opening was siiiiick. It was my favorite bit of the set.