Friday, October 14, 2011
"To The Macs" : THE WEEKEND MIX
It seems unlikely that Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello will ever finish what they started some time back in 1987. For those who don't know, The Macs wrote some songs together for a proposed album. You can find those demos HERE.
Some of those tracks found homes on each of their records. What I've put together for this "Weekend Mix," is just what that record might have sounded like.
Here are all the finished tracks written by Paul McCartney and Declan MacManus, but recorded separately, with the exception of "You Want Her Too," which is a duet. I've also included one bonus demo, as it was featured on a commercial Elvis release.
The demos are, quite simply, fantastic. More often than not, Elvis and Paul sound eerily like John & Paul. What I find interesting is how a few of the master takes seem to abandon that Beatlesque vibe, almost as if both parties wanted to "just not go there." This is most noticeable on "The Lovers That Never Were," and even a bit on "My Brave Face." Both demos feature Costello on a low, Lennon-like harmony that Paul just doesn't recreate on his solo versions. Elvis takes "Playboy To A Man" from a harmony-filled demo that wouldn't be out of place on "Beatles For Sale" or "Help," and kitchen sinks it with carnival sounds and affected (and annoying) lead vocals for his solo take.
Still, the finished product culled from Sir Paul's "Flowers In The Dirt" and "Off The Ground" LPs, as well as songs from EC's "Spike," "Mighty Like A Rose," and "All This Useless Beauty" albums, makes for one fine listen.
I hope I didn't forget anything.
My Brave Face
Pads, Paws, & Claws
Mistress & Maid
You Want Her Too
Back On My Feet
That Day Is Done (EC)
The Lovers That Never Were
So Like Candy
Don't Be Careless Love
Playboy To A Man
That Day Is Done (PM)
Mistress & Maid (demo)