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Friday, April 27, 2018

Yup you know it bought when it came out and maybe this is a prime example of where Paulie's beginning to cloy somewhat I mean 'Ebony and Ivory'?! Sheesh! Am I embarrassed I bought it? Nope!
This is frothy light and poppy and yes I liked it then. . . . . see who you can spot in the vid . . . . . . most notable omission from the notes below, Eric Stewart of The Mindbenders and 10CC fame on guitar. With McCartney II the end of Wings . . . . . 

On this day in music history: April 26, 1982 - “Tug Of War”, the fourth solo album by Paul McCartney is released. Produced by George Martin, it is recorded at AIR Studios in Montserrat and London and Strawberry Studios South in Dorking, UK from June, October - December 1980, February - December 1981. After the solo effort “McCartney II” in 1980, Wings reassembles to record their first album since 1979’s “Back To The Egg” in October of 1980. When it becomes clear that the sessions are not going well, it leads to McCartney disbanding Wings in 1981. Starting again fresh, McCartney calls upon producer George Martin for guidance. Once reunited, the sessions are very productive, producing enough material for not one but two albums, with the remaining tracks are released as the follow up album “Pipes Of Peace” in October of 1983. It features guest musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Carl Perkins, Steve Gadd, Ringo Starr and Stanley Clarke. Upon its release, it is McCartney’s best received album both critically and commercially in many years, receiving five Grammy nominations including Album, Record, and Song Of The Year. It spins off three singles including “Ebony & Ivory” (#1 Pop) and “Take It Away” (#10 Pop). The album is remastered and reissued in 2015 on CD and vinyl, with a three CD/DVD deluxe archive edition that features a newly remixed version of the album, along side the original 1982 mix. It also includes two booklets containing copious amounts of previously unpublished photos documenting the making of the album. The DVD features the music videos for the three singles, as well as a documentary featuring rare  and previously unseen footage of the recording sessions. The vinyl release of the album is also available with a bonus 7" of “Ebony And Ivory”, as an exclusive through Barnes & Noble. In December of 2017, “Tug” is reissued again on vinyl, on standard black and limited edition blue vinyl. “Tug Of War” spends three weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

thanks to the most excellent Jeff Harris' blog 'Behind The Grooves

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