Memory Almost Full is the 14th solo studio album by Paul McCartney, released in the United Kingdom on 4 June 2007 and in the United States a day later. The album was the first release on Starbucks' Hear Music label. It was produced by David Kahne and recorded at Abbey Road Studios, Henson Recording Studios, AIR Studios, Hog Hill Mill Studios and RAK Studios between October 2003 and February 2007.
The grammy-nominated album has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide and has been certified gold by the RIAA for shipments of over 500,000 copies just in the United States. Shortly after the release of the album, it was reported that McCartney was aiming to sign a long term deal with Starbucks due to the success that Memory Almost Full had enjoyed, but with the demise of Hear Music in July 2008, McCartney had to seek another deal, with One Little Indian Records.
A CD/DVD deluxe edition was released on 6 November 2007.
Started before and completed after the downbeat-yet-still-satisfying Chaos And Creation In The Backyard, Memory Almost Full is a perfect capture of Paul McCartney, the pop star. With a huge sweep of his musical past at his fingertips and fully aware that he is the most newsworthy he's been for years, McCartney returns with the first album in his career for a company other than EMI.
The fact that we're talking Hear Music, the label of Starbucks, as his main partner almost takes music full circle right back to the coffee bars that were all so much the rage in Macca's youth. But this is no skiffle record; but there's certainly a whiff of straightforward, direct pop with the unabashed wistfulness of its predecessor left to one side. This is his first album that marries the globe-trotting crowd-pleasing McCartney of late with his huge, adoring live audience as opposed to the dark stuff of Driving Rain and Chaos. But then, let's be frank, it has been something of a tumultuous decade for the old boy.
What we have is clean, clear, upbeat McCartney, referencing virtually every part of his 45 years as a recording artist with some very strong song writing (although “Mr Bellamy” actually manages to sound like 10cc). “See Your Sunshine” has that lovely summer feel that evokes “Arrow Through Me” or “Heaven On A Sunday”; “Gratitude” could have been on the White Album. “That Was Me” fully acknowledges his Fab past. He strolls back to the medley of Abbey Road to close, climaxing with the moving “House Of Wax” before writing his own funeral song in “End Of The End”.
When you see Paul McCartney in concert, there is that moment when you see his old footage behind him and you are amazed that it's the same guy there in front of you. Memory Almost Full has the same effect ”“ unashamedly nostalgic and not without its flaws, it still sounds very much of the now, something that a Macca album hasn't done in a while. User Comments