The Beatles were very much influenced by 1950's rock and roll, and their early work shows plenty of proof of this. They honed their musical skills playing songs from the era in their live shows and had a great respect for the artists whose music they covered. Paul McCartney in particular was a huge fan and several rock and roll tunes were included in early Beatles albums with Paul doing most of the vocals. Over the years he has included a selection in his own concerts.
"The Russian Album" was originally released in 1991 and it's where Paul pays tribute to his favourite rock and roll artists and their hit songs. It's one of those albums that will have you bopping from the opening notes and ideal for your next party.
Amazon Review - CHOBA B CCCP--that's "Back in the USSR" to you and me--is a loose and loopy bit of rock & roll nostalgia that's at least as much fun to listen to as it was to make. Originally intended as a cold-war-busting Soviet Union-only release, popular demand finally brought it to Western ears, and it's a good thing it did. McCartney was always the Beatles' best Little Richard-inspired shouter, and this album allowed him to revisit those days on covers of "Kansas City," "Lucille," "Ain't That a Shame," and "Crackin' Up," among others. Most of the tracks sound like first takes, but that's in keeping with the vintage material, which was originally recorded in much the same way. Who says they no longer make 'em like they used to? --Daniel Durchholz
1. Kansas City
2. Twenty Flight Rock
3. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
4. I'm In Love Again
5. Bring It On Home To Me
7. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
8. I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday
9. That's All Right Mama
11. Ain't That A Shame
12. Crackin' Up
13. Just Because
14. Midnight Special