Album review: Paul McCartney, All the Best (1987)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 12, 1988

By Steve Newton

Die-hard McCartney fans whose record collections aren’t already jammed with his solo and Wings projects may want to consider this two-album set featuring the biggest hits (but not necessarily best songs) of the “cutest” Beatle.

When McCartney is in prime songwriting form he can still churn out tunes that are nearly up to Beatles quality. Such tracks on All the Best are “Maybe I’m Amazed”, “My Love”, “Band on the Run”, and “Another Day”.

Unfortunately, when Paul gets wimpy, there are few wimpier–as you can hear on “Let ‘Em In”, “With a Little Luck”, and “Silly Love Songs”. S0mewhere in between his best and worst are the collaborations with Stevie Wonder (“Ebony and Ivory”) and Michael Jackson (“Say Say Say”).

This record would have come a lot closer to living up to its name if there were more tracks from his best albums–Band on the Run and Venus and Mars. It wouldn’t hurt to have tossed that rockin’ gem of a single, “Junior’s Farm”, on here either.

 

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