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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
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,534 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]
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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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4.5 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John W. Edelman VINE VOICE on 14 Jan. 2015
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If ever an album was released in the shadow of its predecessor this must be it. Band On The Run is, was and probably always will be the virtually undisputed best album ever produced by Paul McCartney post Beatles. Therefore Venus And Mars could only ever achieve 2nd place and personally I think it did... and then some. Like BOTR, V&M is stuffed with absolutely brilliant tunes. It captures you right from the off and takes you on a journey through ancient times and spaceships and superheroes and finally sets you down on a bench at the end of it all talking to someone you've known all your life, before adding a coda of the Crossroads theme that somehow works (and probably more so than at the time, given that that soap is now long gone).
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.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Reid TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2014
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Endecay on 3 Dec. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Venus and Mars has often been maligned - mainly due to the odd inclusion of the Crossroads Theme at the close of the album. I have heard that McCartney included it as it's the type of show that Lonely Old People watch and was thematically justified. However, this new remastered version is a joy. The original album remains a solid effort with some great tracks and Wings skip styles with aplomb, from rockers (Rockshow, Call Me Back Again, Letting Go, Medicine Jar), ballads (Love in Song), pure pop (Listen to what the Man Said, Spirits of Ancient Egypt) and 20's style pastiche (You Gave Me The Answer). The two versions of the title track are great and I wish a combined version existed. All in all, there's not a poor track on it, and whilst not up to Band On The Run's exemplary standard is a classy album from a band about to go on a globally tour.
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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. J. Griffiths on 31 Dec. 2014
Format: Audio CD
I've become unhealthily obsessed with this album of late, listening to it pretty much every day and finding more and more to enjoy about it each time. This is slightly surprising, as I'd always towed the critical line in accepting that V+M was a somewhat sub-standard sequel to the era-defining Band On The Run, and very much an album 'of its time'.

Funnily enough, I still think both those things are true: it IS a lesser work than BOTR, and it IS very much a mid 1970's album, but nevertheless on its own terms its quite lovingly put together and contains several moments of Macca-esque genius.

As usual with any McCartney album (with the possible exception of BOTR and Tug of War), it's something of a mixed bag - that is, mixed in terms of genre and also in terms of quality. Some of the songs - Magneto and Titanium Man, Medicine Jar, Spirits Of Ancient Egypt – are rather ordinary and forgettable (although none of these are terrible - in fact unlike several McCartney albums that DO contain at least one terrible track, Venus and Mars fails to deliver any true stinkers). However, what's left when you subtract these tracks is a lot of really rather fun material.

The song Venus and Mars (and its reprise) has a lovely melody - so simple and sparsely arranged yet genuinely affecting. The fact that the lyrics really don't seem to communicate anything specific really doesn't matter (as is often the case with Macca's best songs). Rock Show is all a bit of a mess, with (to my ears) slightly out of tune vocals and a generally chaotic arrangement, but the reverbed drums are so massively atmospheric and '1970's', and that the lyrics so daft, that the whole thing can't help but grow on you.
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