Paul McCartney rocks with the best of them on this wonderful album! It is full of energy and shows "the cute Beatle" has still got it. I love all the cuts on it. He gives a nice interpretation of Ricky Nelson's Lonesome Town and I love what he does with Brown-Eyed Handsome Man. He rivals Elvis with his rocking version of I Got Stung. McCartney shows us rock n roll is forever and he is its master. Buy this CD if you love classic rock n roll.
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Whenever Paul McCartney's storied life has hit personal or professional hard times, he's wisely returned--figuratively and literally--to his musical foundations. In theBeatles' final, troubled days, it wasGet Back, the aborted return-to-roots project salvaged asLet It Be, and during his late-'80s solo doldrums it was the '50s rave-upCHOBA B CCCP(a.k.a. the "Russian Album"). In the wake of Linda's passing, McCartney "gets back" to a motley dozen '50s hits, B-sides, and obscurities, and pens three surprising originals that neatly fit their mold. Using a band of seasoned British vets (includingPink Floyd's Dave Gilmour and Mick Green fromJohnny Kidd & the Pirateson guitars, andDeep Purple's Ian Paice on drums) whose own unbridled affection for this music radiates from every track, McCartney tackles the familiar (Gene Vincent's "Blue Jean Bop,"Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up") and unfamiliar (the Vipers' UK skiffle hit "No Other Baby,"Carl Perkins's "Movie Magg") alike with enthusiasm, if not slavish devotion, as witnessed by his nifty zydeco revamp ofChuck Berry's "Brown Eyed Handsome Man." The Mac originals "Try Not to Cry" and "What It Is" (and the choice ofRicky Nelson's "Lonesome Town") seem to deal not-so-obliquely with his love and loss, yet are delivered with an upbeat confidence that seem to belie his mourning. In the end,Run Devil Runmay be as much personal exorcism as it is loving musical recapitulation, and McCartney is in peak vocal form throughout.--Jerry McCulley