There isn’t much , if anything. that Paul McCartney hasn’t seen or done. His accomplishments are second to none and he could easily rest on his laurels and not even bother to write or record another song. The greatest living songwriter of any generation decided not to do that. He has spent the last few years writing his 18th studio effort titled “Egypt Station.” This album can almost be considered a double album as the standard release contains 16 tracks and the deluxe contains an additional two tracks. The album was recorded in 3 separate places which were London, Sussex and Los Angeles. The album was produced by Greg Kurstin and co-produced by Sir Paul McCartney himself.

Even though McCartney had his band contribute to the album he is still credited on both acoustic and electric guitar, piano, harpsichord, drums, Wurlitzer, synths, percussion, harmonica, Moog, bass and vocals. The record begins with the sounds of traffic and crowd noise, changing over to brilliant orchestral sounds of the introductory track “Open Season” before seguing into “I Don’t Know,” an exquisite piano driven lament. McCartney quickly changes the pace with the crunching guitar of “come On To Me,” a great rocker complete with “do, do, do” background vocals to complement Paul’s signature vocal tones. Listeners will enjoy the laid back vibe of “Happy With You” before getting the chance to rock out again with the distorted guitars of “Who Cares.” Sir Paul makes a simple yet perfect statement with “People Want Peace” and sings of love on “Hand In Hand.” Birds chirping and Brazilian rhythms define “Back In Brazil” before “Do It Now” closes the album in epic style.

There’s a reason why Paul McCartney is a legendary and iconic musician and singer/songwriter. Take a listen to “Egypt Station” to remind yourself why.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.