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Wingspan: HITS And HISTORY

Paul McCartney, Wings Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (7 May 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00005B839
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Listen To What The Man Said
2. Band On The Run
3. Another Day
4. Live And Let Die
5. Jet
6. My Love
7. Silly Love Songs
8. Pipes Of Peace
9. C Moon
10. Hi Hi Hi
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Let Me Roll It
2. The Lovely Linda
3. Daytime Nightime Suffering
4. Maybe I'm Amazed
5. Helen Wheels
6. Bluebird
7. Heart Of The Country
8. Every Night
9. Take It Away
10. Junk
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Wingspan could be the collection that finally gives Wings the respect that they've long been due. Some people are wary of Wings simply because knocking them is the done thing. Others are dubious because they've actually tried listening to London Town or Red Rose Speedway all the way through. It's a truism that without a vociferous writing partner, Paul McCartney's sense of quality control could be rather lax, but it's easy to overlook how many fine tracks he and Wings produced from 1970 to 1983, the period covered on Wingspan. Compiling 40 of them on a two-CD set is a smart move--it allows you to purchase pretty much every post-Beatles McCartney song you could ever possibly want, all at once. The hits crowd together on the first disc, while the second cherry-picks album tracks and oddities; forget the inevitable "Mull of Kintyre", let "Maybe I'm Amazed", "Waterfalls" and "Back Seat of My Car" remind you of just what Paul McCartney could always do when he tried. --Taylor Parkes

Product Description

WINGS Wingspan (2001 UK 40-track double CD album featuring Sir Pauls own personal choice from the Wings catalogue including the classics Listen To What The Man Said Band On The Run Live & Let Die Jet Silly Love Songs Hi Hi Hi Mull Of Kintyre and more with an extensive picture / credit booklet. The discs show just a few light signs of play but remains in excellent condition)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mactastic 9 May 2001
Format:Audio CD
So much talk over the years about Wings not being as good as you know who blah blah blah.. However if you like the Fabs(and who doesn't) then Wings are the next best thing.This is SO much better than it was given credit for in the 70s.Songs such as Uncle Albert have that quirky middle section Macca loved in Day in the Life & You never give me your money. Sure Mull of K is cheesy (and a nightmare to dance to if my memory serves)but it has a certain style with some 'power' bagpipes. Songs such as Maybe I'm Amazed,Band o.t.Run and Jet beat a great deal of the stuff from the White Album, but that's my view. Good to have them all on one CD & more comprehensive than the earlier Wings greatest hits. One final point on the musically-maligned Linda: I can't hear one note out of tune. Go on buy it, you know you want to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Compilation - Great Songs 28 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
A very strange compilation indeed; some but not all the greatest hits, some but still missing vital b-sides and album tracks and topping it all, this compilation includes Macca material both before the formation of Wings and solo material 2-3 years after he disbanded the group. Macca also had a TV program regarding his years with Wings around the release of this project. My guess is that all this was more a thinly disguised tribute to the late Linda rather than a Wings compilation.

Being obviously incomplete in these aspects, this its still a very enjoyable album. Most of the hits are to be found here and many album tracks justify being given a second spin. The sound has been remastered and one can clearly hear the difference compared to some earlier CD pressings. Viewing this as a complete compilation and this is clearly a disaster; with an approach of a sampler and this is a great buy. Macca made great songs and a few fantastic records. He, however, also released music which should have been put aside, no such duds are to be found on this set.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Massively under-rated 13 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
As I'm a teenager whose (almost) 50-year-old Dad owns almost all the Beatles LPs, it's very hard to think of Paul McCarteny as someone who 'rocks.' But I love the man - he's quite clearly a songwriting genius, without doubt the best singer-songwriter ever, and he proves with this album that Wings have produced songs of Beatles standard. Although they often take some getting used to, almost every track is a gem, with songs like 'Venus and Mars/Rockstar,' 'Helen Wheels' and 'Daytime Nighttime Suffering' being included on the 'History' CD (ie not Hits... how?). Personally, Paul is my favourite Beatle, so it was no surprise to discover that Wingspan, although more 'pop-like,' can match up to many of the Beatles' songs. I could list all the great songs, but it's far easier to name the bad ones - Lovely Linda and Tug Of War. Because I don't mind Mull of Kintyre.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wingspan - Far From Flying De Coup... 20 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
An interesting but in-conclusive perspective thus far of this music great combining a history of his musical genius with some extras added on. However, because two of my McCartney favorites from Venus And Mars did not make this compilation, I would not be arranging an honest appraisal by giving a five star rank. Spirits Of Ancient Egypt, Medicine Jar, Magneto And Titanium Man and Letting Go all, in my opinion, have character and ingenuity only an ex-Beatle could muster up over the years. However, because they did not find themselves rung through the millions of cash registers world-wide and didn't find themselves on Billboard's Top 10 would no doubt explain their omission from this Hit CD. Had they been included, my Venus & Mars CD would have been moved to a drawer somewhere as Wingspan would be given to its replacement. Venus And Mars/Rock Show and Listen To What The Man Said have been included on this collection as well as Maybe I'm Amazed, all of which are not present on my other McCartney compilation, Wings Greatest. Other respectable song demonstrations of course also have been included in this recent package, however I always have honored McCartney more for his earlier solo contributions to the 70's-early80's Rock era as opposed to later accomplishments in his career. Although, needless to say he has done some great works in recent years including his spectacular contribution to the London Symphony Orchestra. As such, I still easily give this CD anthology 4 stars not only for Sir Paul's attempt to give the public an update on his R `N R works in general but also because of the more appropriate and generous price it has been offered to the public for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'NOT JUST A BEATLE' --'AN ALL-TIME MUSIC LEGEND' 16 Jun 2013
By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I bought this 2-CD compilation some while back when first released,
for me this is 'Paul McCartney's golden-era.
'Wings' were the vehicle 'Paul' used to continue his prolific song
writing combined with recording and performing, he had so obviously
missed stage appearances during his latter years as a 'Beatle'
of course the 'Beatles' were, no question an 'iconic' pop outfit
who's music remains an important part of pop history.
would 'Paul' have made it fronting 'Wings' had he not been a Beatle ?
I am 100% sure he would have, the time with 'Wings' saw hit after hit,
all of which I for one would have bought.
this album covers much of their works, and is really worth buying as
a hits plus compilation, nice to have so much on this offering.
if you already have albums of this episode in 'Paul's' long and
successful career you won't mind adding this one to it, also you
might want to look at my favourite 'wings' album 'Venus and Mars' not
forgetting their fabulous 'Band on the Run' offering, also worth
checking out the 'London Town' album, you'll not regret it.
of course there are more if like myself you like complete collections.
'Paul McCartney' has had a fabulous career, and still packs em' in at
his concerts as a solo artist ( Long may it continue ) --enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wingspan
Loved this album came swiftly an have had many a good night listening to it! I don't think there is one bad song on this double cd album an both cds fit certain moods' a great buy!
Published 12 days ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars recomended
Cd arrived promt as new.
Published 18 days ago by Andy57
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 1 month ago by Ms. L. Corless
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music, but....
this album was IMO a missed opportunity. You can't fault 90% of the music on here. My problem with it is that the Title implies a retrospective on Wings' music. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Breadman
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of his best music
Paul and Denny Laine were great. This was Paul's best time music wise. Free from the Beatles. I forgot how many good songs Wings recorded. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ray Cleg
5.0 out of 5 stars REAL MUSIC!
So many of these songs are now classics and I'm sure that there are very few people that have never heard them, but for me it's memories! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. Matthew W. Hiles
2.0 out of 5 stars Scratched
Am unable to play a couple of the tracks as CD1 was scratched when I received it. I noticed that when I opened the CD box CD1 was suspiciously put under CD2 which makes me... Read more
Published 14 months ago by P A Centofanti
5.0 out of 5 stars Wingspan - Hits And History
This is a great 2 cd album set with 40 Tracks and all big hits and great for the money I would recomend.
Published 15 months ago by Mr. A. Nicholls
4.0 out of 5 stars Wingspan
There is nothing wrong with this disc, but I have dropped a star on the basis that the case was scratched (looks like someone tried to remove a special offer sticker with a... Read more
Published 19 months ago by countryman
5.0 out of 5 stars McCartney at his best
I have most of their stuff, this one was a pressie for me dad cos he really likes them too!
Published 19 months ago by Gary Wishart
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