After purchasing "New" from McCartney, I held off on buying "Egypt Station" in the hope that it would be reissued quickly with bonus material. I was rewarded for the wait. Although McCartney has a largely successful run of come back albums, I was cautious as some of McCartney's work has been a bit hit or miss (largely hit) when it comes to the quality of the material.
I'm happy to say that "Egypt Station" is remarkably good. McCartney checks in with some terrific songs and, while the second disc of outtakes has some very good material on it, it is hardly essential IMHO. The album itself contains the bulk of the best material.
The sad part of this set is that the release has poor dynamics. Why Paul continues to release albums without much dynamics (perhaps in a bid to continue to sound "contemporary"), his reissued albums all sound very good with nice mastering. It's a pity that he hasn't applied that to his new material including the CD, vinyl, lossy and lossless downloads. All sound over bearing and LOUD compared to the nicely done reissues by the band.
The album has a nice selection of strong material and, although Paul's voice sounds pretty ragged (not a surprise given all of his touring over the years and his age), he sounds surprisingly better than some of his contemporaries. I just wish that McCartney would get the message that dynamics are BACK on recordings. Given the sinking sales that most artists are facing, it seems to me he could cater to those of us who still want to buy his music and give us something that sounds as nice as remastered deluxe editions.
- Audio CD (17 May 2019)
- Original Release Date: 17 May 2019
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Audiobook, Import
- Label: USA IMPORT
- ASIN: B07PXNKGW4
- Other Editions: Vinyl
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,042 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)