CHOBA B CCCP (1988)

 
1. Kansas City 2. Twenty Flight Rock 3. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 4. I'm in Love Again 5. Bring it on Home to Me 6. Lucille 7. Don't Get Around Much Anymore 8. I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday 9. That's All Right 10.Summertime 11.Ain't That a Shame 12.Crackin' Up 13.Just Because 14.Midnight Special

 

The translation of this title to English is "Back in the U.S.S.R.". For whatever reason, the initial intention of this record was to only release this album in Russia. Fortunately someone got smart a couple of years after its release and threw that idea out the window. There's not really anything "Russian" about the album. This is Paul McCartney doing arguably what Paul McCartney does best. He's showing us what he did for a living before The Beatles, and he's showing us in a big, big way.

The late John Lennon put out a similar release with 1975's "Rock 'n' Roll". The differences between the two albums were that Lennon went with a more contemporary feel, whereas Paul seems to want to relive the past and play these songs as he would have had thirty years earlier. Both approaches work just fine, since both are tremendously gifted artists playing incredible songs.

Contrary to what some think, the two albums are not similar in song selection. The only thing here that was on Lennon's was Fats Dominos' Ain't That a Shame. (The song Just Because is a different song than the one on Lennon's with the same name. Lennon was doing the Lloyd Price song, whereas Paul is doing the Elvis one).

This is an album that plays best when loud. Usually at a party. It's a "feel good" record. Some of the songs at the end kind of kill the feel. I'm not sure why he's doing George Gershwin's Summertime, and Crackin' Up and Midnight Special seem a bit out of place. But this record ultimately shows us that, yes, ladies and gentlemen, Paul McCartney can rock.

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