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Editors’ Notes

By 1976, Paul McCartney had successfully adapted to life after The Beatles. He'd amassed a formidable solo catalog that his new band, Wings, could easily execute with passion and professionalism. It also helped that McCartney's most recent albums at the time varied from excellent (Band on the Run, Venus and Mars) to decent (Wings at the Speed of Sound). So, while the mostly acoustic "side" of this live collection was an obvious highlight due to straightforward renditions of The Beatles' "I've Just Seen a Face," "Blackbird," and "Yesterday," it was also well-received due to strong solo performances of "Picasso's Last Words," "Richard Cory," and "Bluebird." There are a few oddities, such as the obscure "Soily" ending the set, but the considerable strengths of "Spirits of Ancient Egypt," "Maybe I'm Amazed," "Magneto and Titanium Man," "Band on the Run," and "Hi Hi Hi" prove beyond a doubt that in 1976, Paul McCartney was the one Beatle who was still punching hard. (John Lennon had retired and was raising his young son Sean.) McCartney's bass is pushed to the front of the mix for an added bonus.

Customer Reviews

The Best

This is Paul at his solo best. This album supported the "Wings at the Speed of Sound" Album. Most of these songs sound better than the studio versions. This is also where you will find the live version of "Maybe I'm Amazed", which was released as a single. This is an amazing time machine back to '76. Buy it!

Unresolved Audio Drop-outs, Buy the CD!

As promised, here is my follow-up to my earlier review pertaining to audio drop-outs at the end of several of these tracks. I contacted Apple. The helpful support representative advised me to delete the album and re-download it. I did so and the audio drop-outs were still there in all the same places. The support rep emailed me back again advising that she would submit it for investigation but could not say whether or not it would ever be fixed. But she did credit the purchase price back to my credit card.

So I gave it a couple of weeks and decided to follow the steps again and delete the tracks and attempt another re-download. Well apparently having credited the purchase price back to my card removed it from my purchases list and it is no longer available for me to re-download. Good thing it was synced with my iTunes so I still had the (faulty) tracks on my computer (original purchase was on my iPhone).

So I decided that I could no longer stand the drop-outs every time I listened to it and I broke down and went out and bought the physical CD from Best Buy. Boy am I glad I did! I ripped the tracks into iTunes at 192kpbs .mp3 format and they sound *so* much better than the .m4a format tracks from the digital downloads. Plus they are also smaller in size (go figure). The overall file size of the entire album of digital downloads is a whopping 263.9 MB whereas the ripped (and better sounding) mp3s is only 183.4 MB. In addition, there is the included Bonus disc of Live at the Cow Palace of another 8 tracks. And I also enjoy the physical booklet and inserts better than their digital copy versions. And the whole thing was only $4 more than on iTunes.

So my advice is to skip the digital downloads on this one and just buy the CD and rip it yourself. Unless you're lazy like I originally was and bought it from iTunes at 2am because I couldn't wait. I cannot say whether this experience will have me buying CDs again instead of digital downloads, but it does open my eyes to the possibility of poor quality control of digitized music tracks. Buyer Beware!

Also, I would not have gone to all of this trouble if this album were not worth it. It is a great album that I plan on listening to again and again!

Fix the audio drop outs Apple!

Great album but do not buy on iTunes until they fix the audio drop out problems on "Egypt", "Richard Cory" and "My Love".

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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