27 Songs, 1 Hour 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Coming after Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles breakthrough album Band on the Run, 1975's Venus and Mars was met with great expectations. Notably, guitarist Jimmy McCulloch joined the group, while McCartney’s muse didn't abandon him; songs like “Rock Show,” “Magneto and Titanium Man,” “Letting Go,” and “Listen to What the Man Said” proved his knack for superior songwriting and musicianship. This remaster was done at Abbey Road studios with McCartney overseeing the team that worked on the exquisite 2009 Beatles remasters. The deluxe edition includes b-sides, demos, and unreleased tracks for a complete picture of Wings circa 1975. 

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Coming after Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles breakthrough album Band on the Run, 1975's Venus and Mars was met with great expectations. Notably, guitarist Jimmy McCulloch joined the group, while McCartney’s muse didn't abandon him; songs like “Rock Show,” “Magneto and Titanium Man,” “Letting Go,” and “Listen to What the Man Said” proved his knack for superior songwriting and musicianship. This remaster was done at Abbey Road studios with McCartney overseeing the team that worked on the exquisite 2009 Beatles remasters. The deluxe edition includes b-sides, demos, and unreleased tracks for a complete picture of Wings circa 1975. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
39 Ratings
39 Ratings
RockyRoots ,

The McCartneys Very Cool Classic-Rock Mix, Circa 1975/76

Venus & Mars is a very cool classic-rock album taking the listener through a stylistic mix that ranges from bluesy to rock to artsy to pop - Some of McCartney's best post-The Beatles work can be found rightch-here. "Letting Go" and "Call Me Back Again" are worth the visit to this album alone, the former (my favorite song on this album) is a classic-rock gem that is straight-down a Beatles rock song that starts off with Paul's bass lines setting the stage for the coming rock guitar leads and amazing harmonies (better than the Beatles) that permeate the album. This LP begs to be played loudly over and over again (this Deluxe version is one of the albums best releases sonically (the many additional songs tacked onto this 2014 release deter from the original version synergism - although by themselves, many are excellent, I usually don't play them as part of an V&M album-listening session); the later song a classic bluesy raspy-voiced McCartney rocker - a place where McCartney is certainly a distinctive standard-bearer of the genre. "Venus & Mars" opens the album and reprised in the middle. It's a well-done memorable artsy-flavored melody with a Sgt. Peppers-like sound, and it helps bind the overall flow and tone of this album together. Mostly gems with a few songs that move into the too-calculated pop-song sound (somewhat whimsical "silly pop-rock songs" as McCartney might say, and as he certainly included in several Beatles albums), but woven into the flow of the album, they serve to enhance the change-up of the Mix, and add contrast to the standouts rockers. A VERY popular album for tokers in 1975-76 with its double album cover fold often-used by many baby boomers as an ad hoc production table (many of those surviving vinyl albums probably still contain a few remnant grassy substances in the center seam). The album dominated FM radio in 75-76 during the "last days of classic rock", and its sometimes ethereal sound/feel was certainly part of the daily soundtrack for baby boomers.

NirkOne ,

His best

I have always thought Venus and Mars was his best. I have the original LP with the stickers and posters. I'm sure there are many out there still. There are many like this one but this one is mine..............

Mac Badger ,

GREAT STUFF!!!!This album

This LP and Band on the Run, are without a doubt the best WINGS stuff ever! also Back to the Egg and Speed of Sound Were pretty darn good also, what great songs and memories-Letting go-Spirits -Medicine Jar-Rock show-I still get CHILLS.

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