Originally released exclusively in the U.S.S.R. on vinyl in 1988 by the Melodiya label.
Personnel: Paul McCartney (vocals, guitar, bass); Nick Garvey (vocals, bass); Mick Green (guitar); Mick Gallagher (piano, keyboards); Chris Whitten (bass); Henry Spinetti (drums).
Recorded in June & July 1987. Includes liner notes by Roy Carr.
Recorded in 1987 for exclusive release in the USSR, this was rock & roll diplomat McCartney's attempt at international relations. Regardless of the non-musical circumstances surrounding it, this recording is a powerful document of McCartney's life-long love affair with '50s rock & roll. Each tune here is a gem from rock's golden age, material of the kind that inspired a young Lennon & McCartney to begin their life's work.
Despite being labeled "the fluffy Beatle" by Lennon-centric detractors, McCartney always had a gift for interpreting R&B-based tunes, particularly those of Little Richard, and his emotive, soulful voice sound right at home on spirited versions of Fats Domino's "I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday" and "Ain't That a Shame." Even non-rock diversions like the Gershwin classic "Summertime" are full of grit and passion.