#798: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Make no mistake about it, any fears that a Paul McCartney tribute album by various artistes would somehow come up short of the mark and disappoint are dispelled as soon as Billy Joel launches into a rasping "Maybe I'm Amazed", Heart deliver an impressive "Band On The Run" and Steve Miller adds his familiar take on "Juniors Farm" well before Jeff Lynne's much anticipated "Junk" arrives on the scene.
"Junk", a song written by McCartney in 1968 and featured on his first solo album "McCartney" in 1970 [alongside an instrumental version entitled "Singalong Junk"], sees Jeff performing all instruments bar the keyboard contribution of Steve Jay with Executive Producer Ralph Sall overseeing a track, just 2:13 in length, which sees the ELO maestro seem to recover that lost octave and deliver a stunning version that could truly be said to be ELO Beatles Together!
If there is a problem with this album, it's that it is difficult to single out too many favourites due to the quality of the thirty eight  tracks included therein. If I mention Paul Rodgers' "Let Me Roll It", then I have to also recommend the storming "Jet" by Robin Zander and Rick Neilsen of Cheap Trick or Allen Toussaint's rendition of "Lady Madonna" or the surprising "Eleanor Rigby" by Alice Cooper. This album not only showcases the immense and familiar songwriting of 'Macca', it reminds the listeners how this particular Beatle [with his Wings and solo songbooks too] are well and truly rooted in modern music culture. Add to that the contributions by Jeff's Wilbury buddy Bob Dylan, Yusuf [Cat Stevens], Roger Daltrey if not all thirty or so artistes [who all deserve a mention] and you really do a have a release here that should only really be reviewed one-on-one by buying it yourself. [10/10]
"The Art Of McCartney" features 36 songs on two CD's plus an excellent DVD on the making of the album with the Amazon Deluxe Exclusive edition sporting two  bonus tracks. Find out more about the album, the songs and the artists via the official web site thus:
ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "The Art Of McCartney: The Songs of Paul McCartney sung by the World's Greatest Artists" to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELO & Jeff Lynne, The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Roy Wood, Wizzard, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat' and related artistes.
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 17-Nov-2014