My mate Bob has compiled this ten year time line for Paul, i haven’t posted the full text of Bob’s mail but the main jist was to remind us fans just ‘what’ Paul has given us and that the last ten years may well be the most active and artistically successful ten year period of his career, hard to argue that point point when in an eighteen month period you get Chaos and creation and Memory almost full PLUS tour where he performed ‘Too many people’ when you look at the list Paul really has been a busy boy, even in his ‘off’ years.
1997 Flaming Pie- coming off the Beatle’s Anthology project, Paul delights his fan by a return of a very Beatle sounding album.
1997 Standing Stone- a classical work to show his more serious side
1998 The Fireman-Rushes…..a creative trip into ambient dance music (NB from Greg .. possibley one of Paul’s best albums ever)
1998 Web cast where Paul performs ambiant music live, one of the first cyber concerts.
1999 A Concert for Linda-Paul and star studded cast pay tribute to the ex-beatles late wife and delivers a sullen yet soulful performance
1999 Working Classical-some favorites with a classical twist
1999 Paul is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and despite still mourning his late wife, gets up during the rock roll jam and delivers a powerful performance
1999 Garland for Linda- classical ode to his late wife
1999 Run Devil Run- the perfect album to come off Linda’s passing. A return to songs from a happier childhood days. Paul & Band sounds like they’re having fun with a sprinkling of 3 new songs and a new
1999-Paul has a gallery showing in Seigen, Germany displaying his collection of paintings which is accompanied with a book
2000 Liverpool Sound Collage-Paul back to doing some sonic experimentation with those Super Furry Animals
2001-Blackbird Singing-Paul publishes his book of poetry and lyrics. Performs some of these on the Charlie Rose show
2001 Wingspan- a retrospective two disc look at the days of “Wings” as well as a DVD and a tv special
2001 Concert for New York-Paul gathers the biggest acts in the world to benefit the victims of 9-11-01. It is an emotional and healing event. I don’t think i’ve ever been at a concert packed with as much raw emotion and urgency. Despite critics, Paul does play new songs during his set.
2001 Driving Rain-first work with producer David Kahn and first set of original material since Linda’s death and start of relationship with Heather Mills. A very different McCartney album with darker lyrics and a very unfinished sound lacking the familiar harmonies.
2002-Back in the US & World- live sets to the world tour
2003- Touring the world
2004-Music & Animation Collection with Paul’s children animations…Rupert the Bear & Tropic Island Hum showing Paul’s love of cartoons and animation
2005 Twin Freaks-some experimental dance re mixes
2005 Chaos and Creation in the Backyard-Paul and producer (Nigel Godrich) combine on an ultra creative album with Paul playing all of the instruments. Result….a dark, moody, and sonically challenging album that fans learn to embrace
2005 Tour of America
2006-Ecce Cor Meum- Paul with yet another classical treat as he again shows a more serious side to his musical creativity
2007-Memory Almost Full- Paul returns with David Kahn for mirror side of Chaos. The songs and lyrics are light and fun and a return of the lush harmonies and fantastic instrumentation . Paul delivers again with a solid effort
2007 Multiple ‘small venue’ concert dates, fan friendly and free or low cost tickets, first in best dressed.
Here’s to another ten years of Macca music and fun.