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Venus and Mars Double CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (3 Nov. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: UMC/Hear Music
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

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
  11. Listen To What The Man Said
  12. Treat Her Gently - Lonely Old People
  13. Crossroads

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]
  11. 4th Of July (previously unreleased)
  12. Rock Show [old version] (previously unreleased)
  13. Letting Go [single edit] (previously released as a single)

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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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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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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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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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 July 2015
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I have never understood the near-universal acclaim for Band on the Run (I think Jet is a lousy song, for example) but this follow-up really is the bee's knees, a fantastically sung and played album of mostly excellent songs, one or two of them so musically thrilling I want to fling open the windows and let the street hear them.
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.

A classic.
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