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Venus and Mars Double CD


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  • Audio CD (3 Nov 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: UMC/Hear Music
  • ASIN: B00M2OZLQK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 618 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Venus and Mars
2. Rock Show
3. Love In Song
4. You Gave Me the Answer
5. Magneto and Titanium Man
6. Letting Go
7. Venus and Mars - Reprise
8. Spirits Of Ancient Egypt
9. Medicine Jar
10. Call Me Back Again
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Junior's Farm (previously released as a single)
2. Sally G (B - side of Junior's Farm single))
3. Walking In The Park With Eloise (previously released as a single)
4. Bridge On The River Suite (B - side of Walking In The Park With Eloise)
5. My Carnival (B - side of Spies Like Us single, 1985) 6. Going To New Orleans (My Carnival) (previously unreleased)
6. Hey Diddle [Ernie Winfrey mix] (previously unreleased)
7. Let's Love (previously unreleased)
8. Soily [from One Hand Clapping]
9. Baby Face [from One Hand Clapping]
10. Lunch Box/Odd Sox [B - side of Coming Up single, 1980]
See all 13 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Venus and Mars, originally released in 1975, is the fourth album by Wings. The album was recorded primarily at Sea-Saint Studios in New Orleans and at Abbey Road Studios in London. The new deluxe edition features the original 13 track album, remastered at Abbey Road Studios in London and includes the lead single “Listen to What the Man Said.” Disc 2 contains 14 bonus audio tracks (including the hit single ‘Junior’s Farm’).

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Reid TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Nov 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Could Paul McCartney and Wings repeat the success of 'Band on the Run' or was that breakthrough album for Wings a flash in the pan? 'Venus and Mars' had an important question to answer, and the answer was 'Yes, they could repeat the success.' In fact this album turned out to be the middle point in the trilogy of albums that marked the high spot of Wings' history. Many people rate it even higher than its predecessor.

This 2-CD set has been remastered very well. The sound is very clear and the instruments and voices well positioned. The two CDs are mounted in a cardboard sleeve with three parts: in the first is a booklet containing the words and details of the personnel involved.

The band, having been reduced to three members for 'Band on the Run' was now back up to strength, having been joined by the very competent Jimmy McCulloch and Joe English, the latter for most of the tracks. This was probably the strongest of all the Wings line-ups.

What is apparent from the start is that the success of 'Band on the Run' had given McCartney his confidence back. 'Venus and Mars' morphs into 'Rock Show' which is a five-and-a half-minutes exuberant rocker. There then follows an album of material that has stood the test of time very well. In writing this review, I started to list what I thought were the strong tracks and realised that I was simply repeating most of the track listing. My conclusion was, and is, that this album is consistently good and there are very few fillers here.

To emphasise that McCartney wanted Wings to be a group rather than just a backing band for an ex-Beatle, he shares the singing duties on a couple of tracks. This process continued, but more so, on the next album.
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The only and crucial blemish of these reissues is absence of detailed credits of all bonus tracks - the 1993 remasters mention info about bonus tracks - year of recording, B-sides of singles etc. And why another version of Hey Diddle was included here? There is different mix on Ram - though, truly, I don't hear any significant difference between both of them. It is very pity. And another confusing thing: all the tracks composed by Paul (as credited in older editions) are now credited as by Paul and Linda!! It is very marketing failure.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert P. Gregory on 5 Nov 2014
Format: Audio CD
This McCartney/Wings album has been a personal favourite for as long as I can remember, though the original vinyl always sounded rather muddy imo. I was really looking forward to hearing a well done remaster, as many of this archive series have captured the warmth, detail etc of the recordings. I'm not an audiophile, but this release is a BIG disappointment sonically- it sounds shrill & lacking in bass in many parts (including the bonus material). I don't know what went wrong, but something did......
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By Tony Fox on 23 Nov 2014
Format: Audio CD
Amazing collection of songs..even better than "Band on the run" And Paul did sing "Mary had a little lamb" in 1972..dedication for his first born!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. HAWKINS on 6 Nov 2014
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The remastered album is excellent. The bonus CD contains several tracks that are available elsewhere. The quality of the DVD varies from not very good to very poor. The book is excellent with many great pictures and a few nice extras. Overall this package is not as good as previous McCartney Box sets. Unfortunately I would have to say that it is overpriced.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By YKO on 19 Nov 2014
Format: Audio CD
There is a Slight skipping at 2:45 in Magneto and Titanium Man ("to gather our force and run" / between "out" and "Force") on disc 1 that manufactured in China bought from Amazon Canada. You will not notice it, unless it hears it carefully, because it is a very trifling instant. There is the same faulty point also as Japanese pressing SHM-CD. Downloded High-Res,i-Tunes and Vinyl have no faulty point. I contributed comparison of the faulty point to You Tube. If you watch this video,You will notice the gap of sound.
http://youtu.be/PdOfyyTh5do
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