- 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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Venus and Mars Double CD
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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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Listen To What The Man Said was a fabulous choice for a single and is a McCartney classic which ranks in my top ten of his songs and is a perfect example of the sophistication of Macca's mid `70's music; The sax solo is sublime!
A near perfect collection of songs that hasn't been bettered since. I could listen to Venus and Mars forever and never get tired of it.
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.
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The bonus disc is a genuine revelation covering the Geoff Britton days alongside the V&M sessions and stretches to 14 tracks - almost twice the normal bonus disc length in the Archive collection series. This reflects the prolific New Orleans sessions. Admittedly 7 have seen formal release in the past (Juniors Farm, Sally G, Country Hams pair, My Carnival, Lunch Box/Odd Sox, Letting Go single edit) but there are some unreleased rarities and an interesting early version of Rockshow. My sole gripe is the lack of the single version of V&M/Rockshow - but I guess you can get that on Wingspan, as you can the single version of Listen to What The Man Said. Overall, this is probably the only bonus disc in the series so far that merits regular and repeated playing.
Interesting that all three single releases vary in some way from the album version. This may reflect McCartney's flood of creative activity around this period.
So - on balance a 4 star album (like its sibling Speed of Sound) but with an excellent bonus disc elevating this re-issue to an overall 5 star package.
One of these, maybe the best track on V&M, is the marvellous Call Me Back Again, on which Paul sings his socks off, and the late Jimmy McCulloch proves what a gutsy, inventive guitarist he was - just right for Wings.
Another is Love in Song, a gorgeous ballad of the kind Paul has pretty much patented as his own.
Rock Show is a lengthy riff on, would you believe, rock shows, and is boisterously great fun. The title track is superb too, as is Letting Go, one of this album's highlights.
The big hit was the enjoyable Listen To What the Man Said, one of their better early hits (a darn sight better than Jet, anyway!)
There's much more, and it's all worth hearing.
The extra disc (on the 2014 Archive Collection edition) is a mix of wonders - the tenderly beautiful two-minute Let's Love, the catchy Junior's farm, Paul's rock rendition of the old classic Baby Face - and the embarrassing, for example the patronising and pointless Going to New Orleans.
But CD1 is Wings at their peak, with all five members - yes, including Linda - giving their all to an album that sounds like it was as much fun to make as it still is to listen to, forty years later.
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Excellent item. Well packaged, speedy delivery. Recommended. Many thanks.Published 4 months ago by MR GORDON E CLARKE
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