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Paul McCartney’s 1975–76 U.S. tour with Wings was the first chance many Americans got to see a solo Beatle play live. The sense of occasion is palpable, especially when McCartney plays affecting versions of Beatles ballads “Blackbird” and “Yesterday.” The versatility of the musicians—including multi-instrumentalist Denny Laine and a buoyant horn section—is obvious in their ability to translate everything from soaring ballads (“Maybe I’m Amazed,” “My Love”) to widescreen pop extravaganzas (“Live and Let Die,” “Band on the Run”).

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sounds good!

Really enjoying this blast from the past!

Why McCartney matters

First, I have to disagree with the official iTunes reviewers who argued that Band on the Run wasn't filled with great tunes (as part of their inclusion on Wings Over America). Are they smoking something they shouldn't? Band on the Run was McCartney's greatest solo album, coming as it did in an era when most critics wrote him off as a lightweight talent.

Aside from "Let Me Roll It," "Jet" and of course, Band on the Run," (all great songs), this is a definitive live album of Wings with McCartney at his most ebullient. True, there are some slow spots when Paul indulges his longtime sideman Denny Laine, but then, McCartney's been accused of such tyrrany that this expansive set is a sign of his generosity, so enjoy every moment. This is what big arena rock shows sounded like in the 1970s, and McCartney, having been freed from the burden of the Beatles break-up, sounds refreshed and ready to roll. Some ten years after the Fab Four called it quits on live performances, you can hear how good Paul's voice is on every kind of song: belted out rocker (Venus and Mars/Rock Show), ballad (My Love), lively pop tune (Let "Em In) and music hall ditty (You Gave Me the Answer).

The musicianship is augmented by one of the better Wings lineups, with Jimmy McCullough on lead guitar and Denny Laine on backup vocals. Paul's fluid bass shows what an underrated player he is: simple, to the point and never showy — a classic example of the instrument, especially in a live set.

For me, much of what McCartney set out to do post-Beatles is represented here, summed up in the Band on the Run story: the maligned figure triumphing over his detractors. This live set is Paul at the zenith of his 1974-77 comeback, and judging from the atmosphere at the time, it's why he matters most.

Tunes Do Not Download

Fantastic Concert, but only the 1st few seconds of each tune downloads. Fix or refund, choice is yours. Expect as quick response either fixing or refunding as Apple did TAKING my money.


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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Wings over America (Live), Paul McCartney & Wings
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  • $14.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Arena Rock, Pop, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Dec 11, 1976

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