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5.0 out of 5 stars McCartney's Best Concert.....Easily!, 27 Feb 2005
This review is from: Wings Over America (Audio CD)
This is McCartney's Tour De Force Live In Concert highlight of a long career. And that was as true in 1976 as it is now. For while McCartney has done numerous tours since, mostly to great acclaim, it is here that we find Paul at the peak of his solo career, producing a concert where the Beatle numbers did not overshadow the solo material. For one good reason. The Wings songs here stand on their own here. McCartney was the only Ex Beatle who was able to do a world tour which achieved this remarkable feat. The Beatles songs on display here are wonderful of course. But the real highlights of this concert are the post Beatles McCartney classics: 'Live And Let Die', 'Bluebird', 'Let Me Roll It', 'My Love', ' Listen To What The Man Said', 'Let 'Em In', 'Beware My Love', 'Venus And Mars' to name but eight. This was a concert by a band at the height of their powers, quite possibly the biggest commercial attraction of the time, 1976. Although Abba were to eclipse Wings in the late '70s, but that's no bad thing. Bjorn and Benny were massive Beatles fans and it is fitting that the mantle should have passed into such classy hands.
Apart from the songs, listen to McCartney's bass playing on this record. On 'Time To Hide' for example. The rest of the band is also worthy of mention. Jimmy McCullough's solo on 'Maybe I'm Amazed' is inspired as is his solo track 'Medicine Jar' from the 'Venus And Mars' album from 1975. So much better than the album version, not least due again to McCartney's bass playing. Joe English's drumming is first class throughout. It was a major and noticeable disappointment when he quit the band the following year.
This is a not a nostalgia affair as all later McCartney concerts were to be, particularly those from the Flowers In The Dirt tour (1989) onwards. Not that those concerts didn't have their moments. They did. But this album remains the pinnacle of Paul's long career on the road. It showcases McCartney's band Wings at their creative and commercial peak, proving that at least One Ex Beatle went out with a live band and, at least for a short period anyway, was capable of Glorious Life After Death. Of The Beatles that is. With Lennon's death in 1980, most of this got forgotten somehow, but I record this opinion for the record. Historians, please take note! :-)
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Initial post: 30 Sep 2008 14:25:55 BDT
M. G. Abbott says:
Is there a finer music reviewer on Amazon? Mr Heaton really knows his Wings.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2009 18:09:07 BDT
Mister Kite says:
Wings. The band the Beatles could have been.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2009 15:25:59 GMT
M. G. Abbott says:
I remember your show on Radio Norfolk...

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2011 03:10:18 GMT
So true!

Posted on 16 Feb 2012 19:48:08 GMT
E. J. Ryan says:
I've never read a bigger load of old balls. The band the Beatles could have been.... The Beatles stood alone at the pinnacle. Wings are just another forgotten pop outfit.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2012 09:48:35 GMT
S. J. Royle says:
you need to brush up on your Partridge! :)

Posted on 24 Oct 2012 13:09:36 BDT
daveberry66 says:
Great review of a fantastic album - I too noticed the superlative bass playing on Time To Hide (and Soily etc...). I have this album on triple vinyl and it is simply magical.
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