Take it Away – The Complete Paul McCartney Archive Podcast Review

We’ve been enjoying this podcast series by Ryan Brady & Chris Mercer. Each Episode picks apart a McCartney solo or Wings album, track by track, in chronological order.

For McCartney fans, this podcast promises “no more lonely nights” (yesss!) & car journeys from heaven. Ryan & Chris’ love for McCartney is palpable & they have clearly done their homework in prep for each episode. They have a good handle on the history of each track & comprehensive knowledge regarding the technical side of the recordings.

As well as the history, the recording details & the general Macca chit chat, they play generous snippets of each track they discuss. Which is always nice when people are discussing the details of a song. Whether it’s talking about music, a scene from a film or whatever, it’s helpful to have that instant reference. The show always begins with a nice cheesy, Macca friendly synth version of “Martha My Dear”, which is sure to kick off each episode for you with a smile.

I was surprised at which of the tracks they deemed as mediocre or disliked. You’re always gonna get that on a series like this though. It makes for a good back & fourth between you & the podcast. Throughout the series I would occasionally find myself responding to them in disbelief.. “what?? “That Would be Something?? I LOVE THAT!” or.. “the medley on Red Rose Speedway?? C’mon! Surely?”. I was particularly surprised at their kind of lukewarm summary of McCartney, Maccas 1970 debut solo album, one of my all time favourite albums.

The analysis is deep & well thought through & they have some interesting theories on where some of the lyrics may have come from & what they might mean. Personally I’m not usually too bothered about dissecting lyrics or finding meanings in them etc. Gobbledegook or not I just love the hooks Macca creates by piecing words together. It is interesting how opinions differ between fellow music enthusiasts though, we all look for different things in it of course.

I must say, the fact that they don’t hold back on their opinions adds to what makes this such an interesting listen. Much in the same way you would debate or disagree with your mates on these topics down the pub. Actually, that is what this series is like, like being with your mates, discussing every single Macca solo track in order. Singing the parts you like to each other, laughing, disagreeing. Not a bad idea that.. must text the lads.

In summary Take it Away is bloody great. Every Macca fan will enjoy it. Two thumbs up!

Listen to the series here…..

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