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  • Audio CD (23 Dec. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Gold CD
  • Label: Dcc Compact Classics
  • ASIN: B000000189
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 704,937 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Big Barn Bed
2. My Love
3. Get On The Right Thing
4. Only One More Kiss
5. Little Lamb Dragonfly
6. Single Pigeon
7. When The Night
8. Loup (1st Indian On The Moon)
9. Medley: Hold Me Tight/Lazy Dynamite/Hands Of Love/Power Cut
10. C Moon
11. Hi, Hi, Hi
12. The Mess (Recorded Live At The Hague)
13. I Lie Around

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John Heaton on 11 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album is a mixed bag but contains enough McCartney magic to warrant this glowing review. At times, the melodies from Paul McCartney seem to be almost taken for granted. On this album, the melodies are up there with his absolute best work and it is only perhaps the lyrics which prevents this album from having a classier reputation than it has. But lyrics are not everything and I for one would stand up in court and defend this album on the basis of the melodies alone.
We had abundant examples of this melodic mastery of course in all Paul's Beatles work and then on his home spun debut solo album 'McCartney' (1970) and plenty more on the two subsequent albums 'Ram' and 'Wild Life' (both from 1971). But here on this album he reaches melodic heights not heard since 'Abbey Road'.
The first single 'My Love' needs no further introduction. It is absloutely up there in the Hall of Fame Best Ballads Ever. Sentimental? Yes. But then so was 'Three Times A Lady' and 'I'm Not In Love'. I am tired of defending such classic songs. Tired.
'Little Lamb Dragonfly' may probably not be described as a classic. But it has touches of melody that were made in heaven. The same goes for 'Single Pigeon', 'Hold Me Tight', and 'Hands Of Love'. The latter possibly containing the most beautiful harmony singing from Paul and Linda ever committed to vinyl. 'Power Cut' is another little hidden gem.
The other tracks are mostly memorable too. 'Big Barn Bed' is a raucous opener, far superior to Wild Life's also raucous opener 'Mumbo'. The main difference being that 'Big Barn Bed' features a daring and creative McCartney bass line, the like of which we had not seen since 'Abbey Road'. 'Get On The Right Thing' was apparently a 'Ram' leftover but it is pretty enjoyable all the same. If not a classic.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you are new to McCartney's solo stuff and are looking to be convinced by his post Beatle worth, stop reading now and look elsewhere. This is not the best place to start a collection of his work.
If however you are already a fan, and have avoided this album because of the received opinion which says My Love is pretty much the only tune of worth on board. Look again, because you will be missing a great deal of interest.
The opening Big Barn Bed picks up where Ram On leaves off, and goes off into a lovely ramshackle rocker. Get On The Right Thing follows a similar style and then the core of the album is provided by a number of really lovely ballads, which have never received anywhere near the respect they deserve. Single Pigeon, One More Kiss and the quite enchanting Little Lamb Dragonfly meander along with considerable charm.
The album draws to a close with a 12 minute medley of little fragments and again there is much to admire if you are prepared to stick with it. And believe me there is a great deal of stamina required to find your way to the core of this strange but enchanting record.
What Macca was thinking who can tell, this was never going to enhance his critical reputation, and it remains a curio which seldom gets a mention in the accepted history of the Beatles after The Beatles. It is an album which betrays more beauty with every listen and I hope that like McCartney and Ram, it will one day be given the critical respect it deserves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
"Red Rose Speedway", credited to Paul McCartney & Wings, was an undoubted improvement on 1971's "Wild Life", but still met with a mixed, predominantly lukewarm response from the music critics at the time. Originally planned as a double album, it was recorded throughout 1972, a year when Wings were busy touring universities and European venues and then, after being cut to a single album, was released in May 1973. The only single released from the album was "My Love", a tender love song which Paul wrote for Linda, featuring a blistering guitar solo from Henry McCullough. However, that certainly doesn't mean that it was the only great song on "Red Rose Speedway" - far from it.

Part of the appeal of this album is the eclectic quality of this collection of songs. There is a gentle country song, the pretty and melancholy "One More Kiss", a decent but slightly shambolic rocker with a great bass-line, "Big Barn Bed" and even a 11-minutes plus melodic medley which possibly has more ambition than substance, but it's still an enjoyable listen - "Power Cut" and the instrumental break, especially. Not everything works, though. I believe that "Get On The Right Thing" is a missed opportunity. It could have been a great track, but the production and arrangement do their best to mask the qualities of what is, essentially, a brilliant McCartney composition. The instrumental "Loup (1st Indian On The Moon)" is rather bizarre but is miles better than "Kreen-Akore", the instrumental from the 1970 release "McCartney".

"Little Lamb Dragonfly" is, for me, the highlight of the album. Incredibly beautiful with a fantastic vocal delivery, the music and Paul's voice just soar. This is one of the greatest Paul McCartney songs that most people simply don't know.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By fab4 on 5 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I love this album it's one of my favorite albums from Paul's solo/Wings career! I first heard this album in 1990 on my local clasic radio station when they used to play 7 classic albums by different music artists on Sunday nights. The DJ said we have a great,great album tonight and he played Red Rose Speedway. I loved it from the first time I heard it and I bought it soon after. Paul's melodies,harmonies,singing,bass and piano playing are all top notch. And I like this album better than the very good Band On The Run. His melodies and harmonies are even more beautiful on this record. I am so glad The All Music Guide online gave Red Rose Speedway the 4 star review it at least deserves!
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