LISTEN: They Say Its Macca’s Birthday

For Paul McCartney’s 78th, we day trip through his last 20 years of studio and live material

Happy Birthday Macca (Art: Ron Hart)

Little did Mother Mary know when she gave 0birth to Sir Paul McCartney on June 18, 1942 that he would be changing the way the world read, interpreted and performed music by the time he was barely out of his teens.

And there arguably hasn’t been a more consistently enjoyable period in the old man’s career than these last 20 years. He kicked off the new century satisfying his Stockhausen jones working in collaboration with Flood and Super Furry Animals on 2000’s Liverpool Sound Collage, cut two of his best solo albums back to back in 2001’s Driving Rain and 2005’s Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, jammed with Dave Grohln, collaborated with Kanye West and Rhianna and toured the hell out of the last two decades with a band he has been with longer than The Beatles and Wings combined. And that’s not even mentioning his monumental reissue series of his back catalog that continues this summer with the anticipated deluxe edition of 1997’s Jeff Lynne produced Flaming Pie.

To celebrate his 78th birthday, the Rock & Roll Globe put together this exclusive Spotify playlist chronicling Macca’s recorded and live album output from 2000 to 2020.

Happy Birthday to you!



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Ron Hart

Ron Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Rock and Roll Globe. Reach him on Twitter @MisterTribune.

2 thoughts on “LISTEN: They Say Its Macca’s Birthday

  • June 19, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    OK, Kanye is a horrible, rotten, no-good human being. F*** that Trump-loving, egotistical ass****. He’s no more than a boil on Paul McCartney’s ass when it comes to musical talent. So, let’s not celebrate that collaboration. That guy seriously needs to go away. Paul shouldn’t have to stoop to that level.

    And you put “Freedom” on the playlist? Ugh. Worst. Paul. Song. Ever. It makes “Bip Bop” and “Wonderful Christmastime” seem like “Yesterday” and “Let It Be.” Embarrassing.

    Anyhow, the past two decades have been pretty good to Paul and his fans. You neglected to mention some brilliant albums — Memory Almost Full, NEW, and Electric Arguments (The latter released as “The Fireman”) — that are among the very best albums of his post-Fab years (In fairness, your playlist includes a sprinkling of songs from those albums).

    Hell, I’d even put up those albums on a par with some of the Beatles stuff. There have been a number of other interesting side projects and one-offs along the way too.

    Egypt Station was hit and miss, but the man’s creativity in his twilight years has been incredible. No one else, maybe Dylan, even comes close. Where does he find the energy?

    Happy 78th, Paul… May your Long and Winding Road continue for years to come!

    • June 20, 2020 at 10:49 am

      I look forward to your playlist Guy Smiley! Thank you for reading as always!


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