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Paul McCartney|Band On The Run (Standard)

Band On The Run (Standard)

Paul McCartney & Wings

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Band on the Run is generally considered to be Paul McCartney's strongest solo effort. The album was also his most commercially successful, selling well and spawning two hit singles, the multi-part pop suite of the title track and the roaring rocker "Jet." On these cuts and elsewhere, McCartney's penchant for sophisticated, nuanced arrangements and irrepressibly catchy melodic hooks is up to the caliber he displayed in the Beatles, far surpassing the first two Wings releases, Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway. The focus found in Band on the Run may have to do with the circumstances of its creation: two former members quit the band prior to recording, leaving McCartney, wife Linda, and guitarist Denny Laine to complete the album alone (with Paul writing, producing, and playing most of the instruments himself). The album has the majestic, orchestral sweep of McCartney's Abbey Road-era ambition, with a wide range of style-dabbling, from the swaying, acoustic jazz-pop of "Bluebird" and the appealing, straightforward rock of "Helen Wheels" to the wiry blues of "Let Me Roll It" and the swaying, one-off pub sing-along "Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)." Though it lacks the emotional resonance of contemporaneous releases by John Lennon and George Harrison, McCartney's infallible instinct for popcraft overflows on this excellent release.

© Al Campbell /TiVo

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Band On The Run (Standard)

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1
Band On The Run (Remastered 2010)
00:05:12

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Denny Laine, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Linda Mccartney, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Unknown, Other - Wings, MainArtist

℗ 2010 MPL Communications Inc, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Jet (Remastered 2010)
00:04:08

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Denny Laine, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Linda Mccartney, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Wings, MainArtist - Howie Casey, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2010 MPL Communications Inc, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Bluebird (2010 Digital Remaster)
00:03:22

Remi Kabaka, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mccartney, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Denny Laine, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Linda Mccartney, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Wings, MainArtist - Howie Casey, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2010 MPL Communications Inc, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Mrs Vandebilt (Remastered 2010)
00:04:39

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Drums, Piano, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Denny Laine, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Linda Mccartney, Piano, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Wings, MainArtist - Howie Casey, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2010 MPL Communications Inc, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Let Me Roll It (Remastered 2010)
00:04:49

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Denny Laine, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Linda Mccartney, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Wings, MainArtist

℗ 2010 MPL Communications Inc, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Mamunia (2010 Digital Remaster)
00:04:50

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Denny Laine, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Linda Mccartney, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Wings, MainArtist

℗ 2010 MPL Communications Inc, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
No Words (2010 Digital Remaster)
00:02:35

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Denny Laine, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Linda Mccartney, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Trevor Jones, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Wings, MainArtist - Ian Horne, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2010 MPL Communications Inc, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me) (2010 Digital Remaster)
00:05:48

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Denny Laine, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Linda Mccartney, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Unknown, Other - Ginger Baker, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Wings, MainArtist

℗ 2010 MPL Communications Inc, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five (Remastered 2010)
00:05:31

Paul Mccartney, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Denny Laine, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Linda Mccartney, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Unknown, Other - Wings, MainArtist

℗ 2010 MPL Communications Inc, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album review

Band on the Run is generally considered to be Paul McCartney's strongest solo effort. The album was also his most commercially successful, selling well and spawning two hit singles, the multi-part pop suite of the title track and the roaring rocker "Jet." On these cuts and elsewhere, McCartney's penchant for sophisticated, nuanced arrangements and irrepressibly catchy melodic hooks is up to the caliber he displayed in the Beatles, far surpassing the first two Wings releases, Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway. The focus found in Band on the Run may have to do with the circumstances of its creation: two former members quit the band prior to recording, leaving McCartney, wife Linda, and guitarist Denny Laine to complete the album alone (with Paul writing, producing, and playing most of the instruments himself). The album has the majestic, orchestral sweep of McCartney's Abbey Road-era ambition, with a wide range of style-dabbling, from the swaying, acoustic jazz-pop of "Bluebird" and the appealing, straightforward rock of "Helen Wheels" to the wiry blues of "Let Me Roll It" and the swaying, one-off pub sing-along "Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)." Though it lacks the emotional resonance of contemporaneous releases by John Lennon and George Harrison, McCartney's infallible instinct for popcraft overflows on this excellent release.

© Al Campbell /TiVo

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