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In 1971, after two stunning post-Beatles solo albums, Paul McCartney and wife Linda assembled Wings (with stellar guitarist Denny Laine) and released this quickly recorded debut. Within the breadth of a single listen, the album shows its intimacy; yet it was critically dismissed upon release. Paul and Linda wrote broadly interpreted songs about love’s confusion (the rollicking R&B throwback “Mumbo”), love’s redemption (the gentle “Some People Never Know”), empathy for all living things (the soft-rocking title song), and other concepts common to the McCartney canon. But Wild Life feels like a lazy country day, a worthy anomaly of ’70s-era Macca.

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Wing Wild Life (Remastered)

Incomplete album. "Little Woman Love" isn't included and its a great little ditty of a song.

The unknown side of Paul McCartney

Most of what is said about this album is crap. All reviews usually take an idea that Paul McCartney is a one-pony trick, and thus think they are going to listen to a "catchy" album, full of ballads and hits. This is not it.
This album is what happens when Paul decides not to give a crap about what's in fashion, what he is expected to do and what he should record. That's a rare glimpse of an adventurous Paul, who decided not to follow expectations and do whatever pleased him at the moment.
Wild Life would probably be praised as one of the lost gems of the early 70s, if recorded by anyone but Paul. A garagey effort, recorded on the spot, and brilliant for illustrating Paul as loose as one would hope to see him again doing that. Last times he went loose, he gave us the brilliant Flaming Pie.
So you say: why there are no tracks on the greatest hits? I say: greatest hits are not proof of quality, they are simply songs that sold well.
A few tracks can easily be included among his best ever: Some People Never Know, a heart-breaking song apparently answering to Lennon attacks, but it is so subtle and elegant, few people caught the references. Tomorrow was a hit in Brazil, and justifiably so: one of those little Macca pop gems but recorded as a garage band like The Flaming Groovies would. Great! Dear Friend is also allegedly directed to Lennon, but it is an actual outtake from RAM (notice the horns and a more polished production).
All singles and b-sides from this era are phenomenal and should have been included.
One small aside: there is a Steve Hoffman unreleased remaster of this album that is possible to be found somewhere that is a HUGE improvement to the current remasters (including this one), especially on Some People Never Know and Mumbo, which suffer from compression.
In sum: if you are looking for your average Paul McCartney, go elsewhere. But if you like when Paul McCartney doesn't do the obvious thing, get this one now.


"Dear Friend"
just beautiful


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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Wild Life, Paul McCartney & Wings
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Soft Rock, Arena Rock, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Dec 07, 1971

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