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VARIOUS ARTISTS, The Art of McCartney (Capitol 2 and 1/2 stars) Sure, he's written a lot of great songs, but it's still hard to figure out why this double-disc tribute album needs to exist. Here's the concept: Producer Ralph Saul takes the cute Beatle's own road band into Abbey Road studios and lets the big-name likes of Billy Joel, Steve Miller, Corinne Bailey Rae (who does a nice job with "Blackbird"), Def Leppard, Kiss, and Chrissie Hynde take Macca's place on arrangements that rarely stray far from the originals. Pulling from both the solo years and Beatles songs that are mostly McCartney's, it succeeds when the singers have such indubitable...

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