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Album Review

Back to the Egg is Paul McCartney's attempt to get back to rock & roll after the soft rock of London Town. Assembling a new lineup of Wings, McCartney leads the group through a set of radio-ready songs, ranging from the arena rock of "Old Siam, Sir" to the adult contemporary pop of "Arrow Through Me." These are two of the more enjoyable moments on an uneven album that's nevertheless of interest to dedicated fans, due to McCartney's effortless popcraft, as well as the fact that this was the last record Wings ever released.

Customer Reviews

Critically trashed in 1979, deserves another look

I was a fan of McCartney back in 1979 when this album came out, even some of the schmaltz that he sometimes indulges in. I wasn't sure what to make of this album, but I liked it more than almost every critic that reviewed it. This album is a transitional work between his earlier 1970s work, and the "adult" sound of his 1980s albums beginning with Tug of War. The thing is, after more than 30 years this album sounds as fresh and perhaps even better than it did back then. In my opinion, better than everything he did in the 1980s.

McCartney Is Cutting Edge

The final album of Paul McCartney's band Wings is one that sounds like the music of the times. 1979 saw the emergence of punk-rock and Paul with his uncanny ability to produce excellent music, creates "Back To The Egg" a hybrid like none other in his catalogue. For fans of McCartney's trademark pop sound, there is much to offer. The track "Getting Closer" is romper pop classic, perhaps a little lost in the lyrics department, but still a darn good knee slapper. For the fans of the punk-rock scene, "Spin It On" is a prime example of the aforementioned punk sound, with biting guitar rifts and hard hitting bass lines, this song could be a softer punk song from the Sex Pistols. The cacophony of sound the exudes from the songs "Rockestra Theme" and "So Glad to See You Here" are thanks to the mass of musicians McCartney mobilized for the recordings including John Paul Jones and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, Pete Townshend of The Who and Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd. All in all a great album!

Better Than They'd Have You Believe

I agree with ssontario's review, word for word.


Genre: Rock

Following his second solo album, Ram, in 1971, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda, formed Wings, which was intended to be a full-fledged recording and touring band. Denny Laine, a former guitarist for the Moody Blues, and drummer Denny Seiwell filled out the lineup and Wings released their first album, Wild Life, in December 1971. Wild Life was greeted with poor reviews and was a relative flop. McCartney and Wings, which now featured former Grease Band guitarist Henry McCullough, spent...
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Back to the Egg, Paul McCartney & Wings
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Pop/Rock, Arena Rock, Soft Rock
  • Released: 1979

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