Picks and Pans Review: Back to the Egg

updated 07/30/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/30/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Paul McCartney

McCartney can pretty much record what he wants, and this LP ranges from welcome hard rock (Getting Closer) to elaborate "power pop" to touching ballads and, mercifully, few silly love songs. His voice is a marvelously tuned transmission that allows effortless switching of gears from track to track. Rockestra Theme opens side two with a thudding instrumental jam featuring John Paul Jones and John Bonham (Led Zeppelin's bass/keyboard and drum players), Elton John's percussionist, Ray Cooper, and Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. That's followed by a jaunty pop tune (To You), then a gospel-like hymn (After the Ball/Million Miles) sung to woeful accordion chords. Later a lulling number with a twinkling acoustic guitar, We're Open Tonight, is followed by crashing chords and a furious drum intro in Spin It On. The McCartneys (wife Linda is harmonizing better than ever) do it all, and no one will complain when they do it this well.

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