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BACK ON FORM - IF ONLY FOR A WHILE!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Back To The Egg (Audio CD)
Let's face it, as great as Sir Paul is, he did have a habit in the seventies of dismissing quality for the sake of quantity. Classics such as 'Band On The Run', 'My Love' and 'Live And Let Die' were rather let down by meaningless sing-along ditties such as 'Bip Bop', 'Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey' and 'Mrs Vandebilt' to name but a few, and indeed this did continue into the eighties. But more often than not, the master Macca does pull an immediate slice of genius out of his slightly disorientated hat.
'Back To The Egg' is one of the best Wings albums - far more consistent than some of their earlier work. Although it doesn't contain an infamous 'McCartney classic', it is immediately appealing after the first couple of tracks. Great melodies and amusing lyrics are immaculately backed by strong musicianship and superb McCartney vocals (as nearly always).
The infectious melody of 'Getting Closer' and the jaunty rhythm of 'Old Siam, Sir' are sure signs that, despite losing the way a little in the early to mid-seventies, Paul was getting back to form again, and continues to entertain his listeners - and, importantly, they all sound like they are seriously enjoying themselves!
Of course, the record has its obligatory 'album fillers'. 'Spin It On', although rocky, is basically appalling, and thankfully, short, and 'The Broadcast' is an unnecessary, minute-long instrumental, containing nothing more than some sort of weird monologue.
Hank Marvin, Pete Townshend and Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd as well as a few members of Led Zeppelin (John Paul Jones and John Bonham) crop up also, namely on the brilliant instrumental rocker 'Rockestra Theme' and upbeat 'So Glad To See You Here'.
'Baby's Request' is a great wrap-up to the album in true cabaret style, and the opening section of 'After The Ball/Million Miles' could almost be a Slade ballad, including an unintentional, but extremely precise Noddy Holder impression.
All in all, it's a seriously under-rated, great album, up there with the best of them and in need of some loving care, attention and serious recognition. Enjoy!