Thursday, January 08, 2009

On my turntable: The Fireman - Electric Arguments

The digital and CD versions of Electric Arguments (2008), The Fireman's 3rd LP, were released later last year, but the vinyl came out just this week. Considering how rare the first two Fireman albums have become, I bought this one on the spot. It's not cheap ($30), but you get a good amount for the money: 2-200 gram LPs in a nice gatefold sleeve, a booklet, custom labels and inner sleeves, plus a CD of the full LP.

In case you don't know, The Fireman is Paul McCartney with Youth (Paul plays most of the instruments, and Youth co-produces & collaborates). The thirteen songs on Electric Arguments were each written and recorded in one day (thus the album was basically done in 13 days). This isn't the first time Paul has worked this way (Wings' first album, Wild Life (1971) was recorded in something like a week), but this album doesn't sound like a rushed affair. It's actually an interestingly eclectic album with some very good songs. On first listen my favorite is definitely "Sun is Shining" which sounds so much like a Wings track that I could swear Denny Laine is singing one of the harmonies.

Here's an interview with Paul & Youth talking about the new LP:

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