Take It Away: The Complete Paul McCartney Archive Podcast

37 EpisodesProduced by Ryan Brady and Chris Mercer

Welcome to Take It Away: The Complete Paul McCartney Archive Podcast. Ryan Brady and Chris Mercer walk through every single Paul McCartney solo release from 1970 to present day. If you’re interested in The Beatles, Wings, or Paul McCartney the solo artist, you’ve come to the right place.

37 Episodes | 2016 - 2019

Episode 32 – Live

May 12th, 2019

1:58:21

Fancy a bit of rock'n'roll? If you're like us, the answer is yes. Join us as we walk through Paul's live albums and performances. Please note, this …

Special Announcement: "It's Good to Have You Back"

May 1st, 2019

7:26

Please listen to Ryan Brady’s new song “It’s Good to Have You Back,” available everywhere now here.

Special thanks:

Vocals, bass, keys: Ryan Brady / Abject Joy

Producer, guitar, vocals, keys: Chris Price

Drums: Ben Lecourt

Bonus Episode – The Bruce McMouse Show ft. Paul Kay

April 12th, 2019

45:32

On January 21, 2019, Paul Kay of the Yesterday and Today Podcast and The Third Men Podcast and Ryan Brady drove to the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood …

Episode 31 – Live at Northwestern University

April 5th, 2019

1:01:55

On February 28, 2019, Northwestern University Professor Jacob Smith hosted and led Ryan and Chris in discussion on campus in the Annie May Swift Hall …

Episode 30 – NEW

March 11th, 2019

1:52:49

After a six year wait, five if you count The Fireman project, Paul McCartney returned with 2013's NEW. Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth, Giles Martin, and …

Episode 29 – The Fireman

February 4th, 2019

1:44:15

Back in 1993 during the Off the Ground sessions, Paul McCartney and Youth formed The Fireman, an experimental electronic music duo. In this episode, …

Episode 28 – Denny Laine Returns and Luca Perasi

January 5th, 2019

2:18:57

Denny Laine returns to discuss the Wings Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway boxsets, his 2019 tour, his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, …

Episode 27 – Memory Almost Full

December 1st, 2018

1:47:21

After the smash success of Chaos and Creation, Paul McCartney followed up with Memory Almost Full, another excellent almost refreshing album produced …

Episode 26 – Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

November 3rd, 2018

2:26:03

In 2005, Paul McCartney released the acclaimed Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck, The Divine Comedy). …

Bonus Episode – Egypt Station and Iain Lee

September 13th, 2018

35:22

On 9/7/18, Paul McCartney released his Egypt Station LP. Iain Lee asked Ryan and Chris to weigh in with their initial reactions live on his show The …

Episode 25 – Driving Rain

August 1st, 2018

1:53:37

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... let's go for a drive through Paul McCartney's 2001 album Driving Rain on our Season 3 finale. Arguably a critical and commercial …

Bonus Episode – Egypt Station Singles: "Come On To Me" and "I Don't Know"

July 3rd, 2018

27:11

On 6/20/18, Paul McCartney released two singles off his upcoming album Egypt Station. In this bonus episode, Ryan and Chris give you their initial …

Episode 24 – Flaming Pie – Part 2 of 2

June 18th, 2018

1:20:00

We are back for the second helping of Flaming Pie. Chris and Ryan are joined by special guests Simon Barber and Brian O'Connor from the Sodajerker podcast on this two part mega-episode on 1997's Flaming Pie. Because of 

Episode 23 – Flaming Pie – Part 1 of 2

June 4th, 2018

1:41:03

This one is so big we turned it into two episodes. Chris and Ryan are joined by special guests Simon Barber and Brian O'Connor from the massive hit podcast Sodajerker on this two part mega-episode on 1997's Flaming Pie. …

Episode 22 – Songs Paul Gave Away

May 1st, 2018

2:39:52

Going back to his Beatle days, Paul McCartney wrote many songs for other artists. Join Chris and Ryan along with author and Beatles expert Andrew …

Episode 21 – Off the Ground

April 2nd, 2018

2:08:38

After the heavily produced and commercially successful Flowers in the Dirt, plus the well received The Paul McCartney World Tour in 1989-1990, Paul …

Episode 20 – Laurence Juber

March 1st, 2018

1:50:14

In 1978, Laurence Juber joined Wings for their final flight. His stellar guitar work on Back to the Egg and the supporting British tour still shines after all these years. On September 23, 2017, at Atlantic Records in …

Episode 19 – Flowers in the Dirt

February 1st, 2018

2:27:39

In 1989, after several years of creative struggle, Paul McCartney released Flowers in the Dirt, a critical and commercial success. From the …

Episode 18 – Return to Pepperland

January 5th, 2018

1:59:26

We are back for Season Three! From 1984 to 1987, Paul McCartney recorded an abundance of new material. Although not canon, Return to Pepperland is a …

Episode 17 – Press to Play

November 6th, 2017

2:13:18

By 1985, Paul McCartney is lost. The critical and commercial bomb of Give My Regards to Broad Street severely shook his confidence. Paul jumps right …

Episode 16 – Denny Laine – Part 2 of 2

September 15th, 2017

1:51:17

On Monday, August 6, 2017, we sat down with Denny Laine in Evanston, IL to talk about his entire career from the 1960s to present day. We discussed songs from The Moody Blues, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Balls, Wings, and …

Episode 15 – Denny Laine – Part 1 of 2

September 8th, 2017

1:32:44

On Monday, August 6, 2017, we sat down with Denny Laine in Evanston, IL to talk about his entire career from the 1960s to present day. We discussed songs from The Moody Blues, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Balls, Wings, and …

Episode 14 – Give My Regards to Broad Street

August 18th, 2017

1:27:07

In the 1980s, Paul experimented and took a few big risks. Sometimes risks don’t pay off, and the movie Give My Regards to Broad Street was both a …

Episode 13 – Pipes of Peace

July 28th, 2017

1:46:00

Paul McCartney and George Martin follow up the smash success of Tug of War with a sequel in the also successful, if overlooked, Pipes of Peace. Denny …

Episode 12 – Tug of War

June 16th, 2017

1:58:22

After McCartney II, Paul and the world suffered the horrible loss of John Lennon in 1980. Tug of War picks up the plot in 1982 with Paul’s touching …

Episode 11 – McCartney II

May 12th, 2017

1:32:21

After Wings’ dissolution, Macca hid at home and recorded another truly solo album in the vein of 1970’s McCartney. Paul is responsible for nearly …

Episode 10 – Back to the Egg

April 21st, 2017

1:48:58

As the 1970s come to a close, Wings takes its last flight with Back to the Egg. McCartney’s answer to New Wave, the album features a brand-new Wings lineup, a dizzying array of genres, and incredible LP artwork. …

Episode 9 – London Town

March 31st, 2017

1:50:51

Chris and Ryan are back with Season Two and one of Paul McCartney’s most unusual and yet rewarding and relaxing releases of the 1970s, London Town. …

Episode 8 – Wings at the Speed of Sound

December 9th, 2016

1:24:16

In 1976, Paul McCartney triumphs with his new band Wings, enjoying number one hits and a blockbuster tour. In the last episode of Season One, Ryan …

Episode 7 – Venus and Mars

November 25th, 2016

1:47:49

In a wide-ranging episode, Ryan and Chris cover Wings’ great Venus and Mars. Along the way, they touch on Jimmy McColloch’s background, the “secret …

Episode 6 – Band on the Run

November 11th, 2016

1:41:02

Ryan and Chris dig into Paul McCartney’s most celebrated solo album, Band on the Run. Released in 1973, it appears alongside a flood of high-quality …

Episode 5 – Red Rose Speedway

October 28th, 2016

1:23:28

In 1972-73, Wings is making progress, and their second album is a considerable improvement over their first. Originally planned as a double LP, Red Rose Speedway is a modest hit and yields a number one single, “My …

Episode 4 – Wild Life

October 15th, 2016

1:26:31

During a difficult period in 1971-72, McCartney starts his new band Wings. Their first album, Wild Life, leaves fans and critics puzzled. The series …

Episode 3 – Ram – Part 2 of 2

September 30th, 2016

44:22

In an explosion of creativity, McCartney produces enough material for his first solo masterpiece, Ram (1971), and has enough left over for singles, …

Episode 2 – Ram – Part 1 of 2

September 16th, 2016

1:20:14

In an explosion of creativity, McCartney produces enough material for his first solo masterpiece, Ram (1971), and has enough left over for singles, …

Episode 1 – McCartney

September 9th, 2016

50:43

While dealing with the break-up of The Beatles, Paul McCartney recorded his first solo album, McCartney, at home (mostly). In Episode 1, Ryan and …

Episode 0 – An Introduction

September 3rd, 2016

13:56

Hello! Welcome to Take It Away: The Complete Paul McCartney Archive Podcast. Ryan Brady and Chris Mercer walk through every single Paul McCartney …

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