Thursday, December 4, 2014

"Take It Away" by Paul McCartney

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1099
Date:  07/10/1982
Debut:  55
Peak:  10
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  McCartney followed-up his big hit duet with Stevie Wonder, "Ebony and Ivory," with this second single from his "Tug of War" LP. It was another Top 10 hit for him in the US (and #6 AC), but the tune only managed a #15 showing in the UK.

ReduxReview:  I think most folks bought the "Tug of War" album due to "Ebony and Ivory." I didn't. It wasn't until this song came out that I wanted the LP.  It's a hit that kind of gets ignored now. I've always liked it. When I hear the song I always thing about driving to high school. My senior year there was no busing, so I had to drive. I picked up a couple of friends each day on the way. One morning, folks were tired and practically half asleep in the car. I had the album playing and this song came on. The tune starts off quietly and then kicks in. In the quiet part I was singing along quietly and when the song got loud, I started singing extremely loud and scared the crap out of everyone. That woke 'em up! We laughed the rest of the way to school. Ah...good times.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  For his first solo project after dissolving Wings, McCartney enlisted an old friend to guide him. Beatles producer George Martin came on board to help shape the songs and album. Also lending a helping hand was Ringo Starr who played drums on this track.


1 comment:

  1. That is a cool song! I have a good memory for music, but I'd forgotten it.