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London town (1978) / Vinyl record [Vinyl-LP]

Paul McCartney, Wings Vinyl
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B005PQ2LVK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Macca's finest 22 Feb 2007
By Yovra
Format:Audio CD
The story goes something like this; just after it's release a journalist mentioned the fact that London Town was a weak album. McCartney didn't take this lightly and 'banned'him for a couple of years from interviews and press-conferences. After ten years they met up again and Macca admitted that London Town was indeed sh*t.

They were both wrong.

There IS some filler (as in all Wings/Macca-albums), but even the weak tracks are fun to listen to (Name and Adress, Famous Groupies). The best tracks are either acoustic (Deliver Your Children) or slow (London Town, With a Little Luck). Girlfriend is a nice, soulful track, I've Had Enough is your basic McCartney-rocker.

It sounds like a very relaxed album, most of the instruments played by McCartney and Laine (Wings were a trio again..).
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4.0 out of 5 stars And Then There Were Three 31 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
History shows that in 1978 Wings were on the downward curve. Within two more years the band was effectively defunct. Only two years previously they were all-conquering. Mr & Mrs Macca then took a year off to drop a sprog and go a-sailing in the Virgin Islands where the early work on London Town was done. By the time of its release the musical landscape had changed. Punk and New-Wave was putting some vim and vigour back into rock'n'roll. With hindsight London Town is the sound of a band breathtakingly out of kilter with the prevailing zeitgeist. As I recall it was initially derided, then largely ignored. That is a shame because there is a great deal to enjoy here. For much of the album Wings were clearly having fun and there is a sense of joyous escapism about `Children Children', `Name & Address' and `Famous Groupies'. But there was no escaping the fact the group had again fractured with the departure of Jimmy and Joe. A very real uncertainty seeps through the performances. "Don't let it bring you down," implores McCartney in one of the standout songs towards the end of the original record. The scorching and metropolitan `Cafe On the Left Bank' notwithstanding much of the best music is in the second half. `With A Little Luck' finds a hesitant McCartney reflecting that it's going to need some good fortune for this whole damn thing to work out. `Deliver Your Children' is one of Wings' best that should have ousted the lamentable `Girlfriend' for a place on the later Wingspan compilation (the latter was written for the Jackson 5 and should definitely have been left to them - it is the low point). `Morse Moose' is unique and superb, part sea-shanty, part wig-out. If you weren't listening in 1978 then there was probably a lot of other great stuff vying for your attention and that is fair enough. But try slipping a little London Town on now, perhaps after some Fleet Foxes, and you may be pleasantly surprised.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A hidden gem in the back catalogue 26 Nov 2009
By John W. Edelman VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well! What a surprise. This is much better than I remembered from when I bought it on LP "All Those Years Ago". Listening to it 30+ years after its release I'm really happy to report that it's another "must have" McCartney album. It sounds like fun was had making this. I've certainly had fun listening to it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definately worth a look 16 Sep 2002
Format:Audio CD
You may have heard the title track and "With a little luck" but this album has far more to offer. It definately ranks (in my humble opinion) as one of Wings' best. It's worlds apart from "Band on the run" with it's Irish folk/rock overtones (side two in particular) but by God it moves along nicely all the more for it. To me it lacks the self indulgent flavour of other Wings albums (not a bad thing), but its pure McCartney all the way. Make this album second choice after "Band on the run", then try "Red rose speedway" and "Venus and Mars", and the rest..........
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mccartney At His Laid Back Best 26 Jan 2005
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I may be a bit biased as this was the first Wings album I got into aged 14 but I will still adamantly defend it. It is not only underated but I believe contains many songs up there with the best in Paul's extensive canon. The title track is no less than a Top 5 contender from the afore mentioned canon. Superb melody, especially the "someone somewhere has to know" line. Who cares if the lyrics are a little strange? Paul's melody supercedes all this and it is simply an incredibly uplifting song. Which has not received the recognition it is utterly deserving. Up there with "Heart Of The Country" (1971) and "One Of These Days" (1980) in this respect. Maybe future generations will be more generous. "Cafe On The Left Bank" is great, particularly when played LOUD. McCartney's bass part an obvious highlight. "I'm Carrying" is simply as beautiful and moving a ballad as virtually ANYTHING he has written. And that, as you know folks, is saying something. "Girlfriend" the great song he gave to Michael Jackson, who inexplicably left out the superb middle eight which was about the highlight of the song. Michael? "I've Had Enough" is a good up tempo rocker but it HAS to be said, lest you think me totally subjective, Paul has done MUCH better than this. "With A Little Luck", the first single from the album and the eagerly awaited follow-up to "Mull Of Kintyre" is beautiful and will always have a soft spot in my book. **** what anyone else says. "Famous Groupies" is admittedly rather forgettable but ENJOYABLE all the same!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful album, with some great tracks.
Published 3 months ago by Alison Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful .....
Strange as it seems but it is one of my favorites Paul/Wings albums from the early period; I love it ...........
Published 9 months ago by bertold
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
THIS CD IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR MY COLLECTION BECAUSE I’M A BEATLE COLLECTOR MUSIC. GREAT SONGS IN THIS CD THANKS FOR THIS RECORD.
Published 11 months ago by Jose Molist Diaz
4.0 out of 5 stars Rich, somewhat isolated man smoking dope on a yacht writes some great...
What many don't seem to get about Paul is after the Beatles he continued to do what he always had, write about half an album's worth of classics. Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2011 by J. I. De Beresford
3.0 out of 5 stars When it is good, it is very good, but when it is bad...
There's a decent album struggling to get out here.

By this point in his career, McCartney appears to have had tunes being created at warp speed, and there are on this... Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2011 by Kenneth F. Mcara
3.0 out of 5 stars London Town
Not one of Macca's best. However there ae some great tracks that have stood the test of time and sound just as fresh today.
Published on 3 Mar 2010 by Sortean
4.0 out of 5 stars another McCartney album
A few really good songs, but not one of the best - how could it be with this guy?
Published on 6 Feb 2010 by B. Schuermann
4.0 out of 5 stars London Town
Initially - Pure McCartney genius. However the album starts off great then loses it towards the end. Still a "must have" as some tracks are truly brilliant.
Published on 10 April 2009 by Sortean
4.0 out of 5 stars Come down to LONDON TOWN!
I put off buying this album for years because of Statements by McCartney on the album and some overtly harsh reviews. Read more
Published on 4 July 2008 by B. Hazel
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