Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#140 in the Series) is Paul McCartney, Tug of War.
I had not purchased a new Paul McCartney album in years when Tug of War was released in 1982. I hadn’t even thought about it. Then my friend Phil Lucafo asked me if I heard the new McCartney album. He highly recommended it. So on his suggestion, I grabbed it.
I’m glad he did. This was some of the best music that Paul had done in many moons.
It was produced by former George Martin and it appears that he added nice motivation.
I was just looking back. Rolling Stone gave it 5 starts, Allmusic gave it 4.5. So it looks like many agreed.
Highlight, well there’s the title cut, Ballroom Dancing, Take It Away (with Ringo Starr on drums), the great ballad Someone Who Cares and of course Paul’s tribute to John Lennon, Here Today.
There’s also a duet with Carl Perkins called Get It.
Tug of War featured Denny Laine on guitar, Steve Gadd on drums, Andy MacKay on lyricon and Stanley Clarke on drums.
It was #1 on the Billboard Album charts for three weeks,
It received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.
We have a large number of musicians in our group. I KNOW they know this one!!
Stanley Clarke was on a roll in 1976 when this was released. Playing bass for Chick Corea’s Return to Forever will do that for you.
He had just released three albums. ‘Children of Forever, Stanley Clarke and Journey to Love’ had both faired quite well. But ‘School Days’ was a monster for him.
The title track has been hailed as one of the most influential songs by a lead bassist in jazz fusion.
He had a wonderful band with him at this time as well. Keyboard player David Sancious had just left The E Street Band. George Duke also played keys.
Drums: well how about Billy Cobham, Gerry Brown and Steve Gadd.
Guitars: Ray Gomez and John McLaughlin.
He headline toured in some great venues in the era. I was lucky enough to see this show at Chicago’s Auditorium theater.
Stanley Clarke’s “School Days.” Today’s WAY-Cool Album of the Day!!