Off the Ground


Off the Ground
Off the Ground
Studio album by Paul McCartney
Released 1 February 1993
Recorded November 1991 - July 1992
Genre Rock
Length 50:25
Label Parlophone/EMI
Producer Paul McCartney, Julian Mendelsohn
Paul McCartney chronology
Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio
(1991)
Off the Ground
(1993)
Paul Is Live
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune (Favourable)[2]
Entertainment Weekly 4/12 stars (C-) [3]
Houston Chronicle 3.5/5 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[5]
The New York Times (Favourable)[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
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Off the Ground is the ninth studio album by Paul McCartney, released in 1993. As his first studio album of the 1990s, it is also the follow-up to the acclaimed Flowers in the Dirt (1989).

Contents

Recording and structure

When the sessions for the album began in the autumn of 1991, McCartney decided to use his current touring band as session musicians, most of whom had already appeared on Flowers in the Dirt.[citation needed] In addition, "Mistress and Maid" and "The Lovers That Never Were", which emerged from his songwriting collaboration with Elvis Costello, made their appearance on this album. Unlike Flowers in the Dirt, however, Costello would not appear on Off the Ground.

One of the main differences between Flowers in the Dirt and Off the Ground is the leaner, more direct sound. With the musicians sounding less studied than they had on the previous release, Off the Ground has a relaxed, natural feel by comparison. Another change is McCartney's increased interest in social issues, be it the scathing anti-animal cruelty rocker "Looking for Changes" (McCartney and his wife Linda long-time vegetarians by this time) or paeans for a better world ("Hope of Deliverance" and "C'Mon People").

Release

The lead single, "Hope of Deliverance", was released in the last week of December 1992 and the album followed in February 1993. While Off the Ground hit #5 in the UK and reached #17 in the US, where it eventually went gold, it was the first Paul McCartney album to not contain a sizeable US hit single since Wings' Wild Life in 1971. While "Hope of Deliverance" floundered there, it managed to reach #18 in the UK, where "C'Mon People" would become a minor hit as well. The album spent only 6 weeks inside the Top 100 in the UK, eventually reaching #5 there. In Germany, the album was particularly successful and certified platinum with "Hope of Deliverance" reaching #3 on the singles chart and the album spending four weeks at #2.

Some weeks after its release, McCartney launched "The New World Tour", taking in many successful shows across the globe during the summer months. These gigs were documented on the album Paul Is Live, which followed at the end of 1993.

Although generally considered a slightly weaker successor to Flowers in the Dirt and now somewhat overlooked, Off the Ground is prized by many McCartney followers.

The feet on the album cover are actually of McCartney, his wife Linda and his touring band.

Track listing

All songs composed and written by Paul McCartney, except "Mistress and Maid" and "The Lovers That Never Were" co-written by Declan MacManus.

  1. "Off the Ground" – 3:40
  2. "Looking for Changes" – 2:47
  3. "Hope of Deliverance" – 3:22
  4. "Mistress and Maid" – 3:00
  5. "I Owe It All to You" – 4:51
  6. "Biker Like an Icon" – 3:26
  7. "Peace in the Neighbourhood" – 5:06
  8. "Golden Earth Girl" – 3:45
  9. "The Lovers That Never Were" – 3:43
  10. "Get Out of My Way" – 3:32
  11. "Winedark Open Sea" – 5:27
  12. "C'Mon People" – 7:42
    • Followed by a hidden excerpt of an unlisted song called "Cosmically Conscious", originally written by McCartney in 1968 during The Beatles' stay in Rishikesh.

Off the Ground: The Complete Works

Off the Ground: The Complete Works is a two-disc set released in Japan and the Netherlands. This edition included McCartney's rare use of swear words in the song "Big Boys Bickering", a protest song. Other notable songs on this edition are "Long Leather Coat" and "I Can't Imagine".

Track listing of CD2

  1. "Long Leather Coat" (McCartney/McCartney)
  2. "Keep Coming Back to Love" (McCartney/Stuart)
  3. "Sweet Sweet Memories"
  4. "Things We Said Today" (Lennon/McCartney)
  5. "Midnight Special" (Arranged by "Lead Belly" Ledbetter/Alan Lomax)
  6. "Style Style"
  7. "I Can't Imagine"
  8. "Cosmically Conscious" - 4:39
  9. "Kicked Around No More"
  10. "Big Boys Bickering"
  11. "Down to the River"
  12. "Soggy Noodle"

Interestingly, even though the album is called the "complete works," it is missing two b-sides and three promo remixes. Those tracks are "Deliverance" and "Deliverance (Dub Mix)", dance-oriented reworkings of the song "Hope of Deliverance", released as b-sides of the C'mon People CD single #1, and the three promo remixes of "Off the Ground" released to American radio, namely the Bob Clearmountain remix, the Keith Cohen remix, and the Keith Cohen AC remix.

Also, when the iTunes store added his catalog of music in 2007, they included "I Can't Imagine" as an exclusive bonus track on the album.

Charts

Chart positions

Chart (1993) Position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[8] 8
Austrian Albums Chart[9] 4
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[10] 22
Dutch Mega Albums Chart[11] 5
French SNEP Albums Chart [12] 13
German Media Control Albums Chart[13] 2
Hungarian Albums Chart [14] 21
Italian Albums Chart[15] 5
Japanese Oricon Weekly Albums Chart[16] 5
New Zealand Albums Chart[17] 4
Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart[18] 2
Swedish Albums Chart[19] 10
Swiss Albums Chart[20] 5
UK Albums Chart [21] 5
United States Billboard 200[22] 17

Year-end charts

Chart (1993) Position
Austrian Albums Chart[23] 23
Italian Albums Chart[15] 34

Certifications and Sales

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[24] Gold 25,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[25] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[26] Gold 167,400[27]
Germany (BVMI)[28] Platinum 500,000^
Japan (Oricon Charts) 92,000[29][30]
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[31] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[32] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[33] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

External links

References

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