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PAUL MCCARTNEY Wings at the Speed of Sound CD/DVD set in digipak Limited Collector's Edition

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Collector's Edition
  • ASIN: B00HMTGKJW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,541 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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CD: 1. Let 'Em In 2. The Note You Never Wrote 3. She's My Baby 4. Beware My Love 5. Wino Junko 6. Silly Love Songs 7. Cook Of The Hous 8. Time To Hide 9. Must Do Something About It 10. San Ferry Anne 11. Warm And Beautiful 12. Girls' School 13. Mull Of Kintyre. DVD: Rockshow: 1. Venus and Mars 2. Rock Show 3. Jet 4. Let Me Roll It 5. Spirits Of Ancient Egypt 6. Medicine Jar 7. Maybe I'm Amazed 8. Live And Let Die 9. Bluebird 10. I've Just Seen A Face 11. Yesterday 12. You Gave Me The Answer 13. Magneto & Titanium Man 14. Go Now (Banks Bennet) 15. Listen To What The Man Said 16. Let 'Em In 17. Time To Hide (Lane) 18. Silly Love Songs 19. Beware My Love 20. Letting Go 21. Band On The Run 22. Hi Hi Hi 23. Soily

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Rarely mentioned as one of the better Wings albums, this sold more copies than any apart from "Band On The Run", and it's not hard to see why. Certainly, these tracks have aged better than much of the group's back catalogue.
All five members of the 1976 version of the band perform lead vocals on the album. The two Denny Laine vocals, on the brooding "The Note You Never Wrote" and the bluesy "Time To Hide" are an unexpected highlight. Less impressive is Joe English's mundane "Must Do Something About It", pure filler, although, strangely, I quite enjoy Linda's quirky "Cook Of The House".
Of the Paul vocals, the two singles are so familiar they need no comment and "She's My Baby" and "San Ferry Anne" are pleasant enough toe-tappers. The two stand-out tracks on the album are the awesome six-minute epic "Beware My Love" and the heart-tugging closing ballad "Warm And Beautiful", which would be amongst the very best ballads the great man has ever written but for the awful (but thankfully brief) instrumental break.
Well worth a listen... and if you're a McCartney fan, why don't you have this already?!
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This album has been critisied for being a band effort, but apart from cook of the house, it really works. She's My Baby is one of the best hooks of the 1970s - hear it once, hum it always. Bewarre My Love is THE lost Mccartney classic and Time to Hide is the best non-Mccartney Wings tune. A beautiful album that sums up the overlooked talent that was Mccartney & Wings in the 1970s.
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This album was recorded hurriedly whilst in the midst of Wings' triumphant tour of the USA but it hardly shows. In fact there are so many highlights here that this album is basically up there with the best of Wings' albums. Some have argued that Paul should not have allowed other band members to sing such a high quota of the lead vocals. Well, this is pretty petty in my opinion as here we have Denny Laine's superb vocal on a great McCartney lost gem 'The Note You Never Wrote' plus his own classy contribution 'Time To Hide' which with McCartney's high backing vocals is one of the highlights of the album. Not to mention Paul's wonderful bass playing on this track. Even more so on the live version from 'Wings Over America'. How often has Paul played uninhibited and superb bass on someone else's song? 'Come Together', 'Something' and 'Old Brown Shoe' leap to mind, to name but three.
The drummer Joe English's solo spot 'Must Do Something About It' is wonderful. Glorious in its laid back feel. And guitarist Jimmy McCullough's 'Wino Junko' is an impressive follow up to his great track 'Medicine Jar' from the previous album 'Venus And Mars'. In fact letting the others sing lead on several, mostly their own tracks gives this album a sense of band identity which was missing from 'Venus And Mars'. The following album allowed Denny Laine two lead vocals. Again contributing to the overall feel of a group effort (albeit in this case amidst the departure of McCullough and English). Here though we hear Wings at their commercial peak, totally tight as a band and on a tour that was so good that Paul would and will never match it again.
Which brings us to the McCartney tracks.
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At the time this came out , Wings were at a commercial peak , I personally preferred their early '70's period , when they were raw, but more exciting . The obvious BIG HITS are here " Silly Love Songs " and " Let 'Em In" , both well known to most listeners. At the time of release I loved the "Hidden Gems" " Beware My Love " a much under rated "rocker", and " San Ferry Ann ", which is both subtle and unusual . Denny's vocals on " The Note You never Wrote " are excellent . At the time much was made of Paul sharing the vocals , some felt it was very democratic , some thought Paul could sing the songs better himself , opinions differed .
" Wino Junko " by Jimmy McCullough was nowhere as good or as powerful as the previous years " Medicine Jar " , which was excellent !
As a whole , the album has too " filler " to be a Top Wings / Paul McCartney album . After all these years , "Warm and Beautiful " both lyrically and vocally is superb ! How many people know this track ? Its worth the cost of the cd on its own.
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In the dim and distant past, when pocket money didn't run to an album, a music loving boy, bought the single but not the album. Now he's all grown up, his local stores tell him the album is unavailable. Not to fear, Amazon is here. After waiting decades, the waiting was worth it. Enjoy.
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...about the rest.
"San Ferry Ann" is worth the price of the CD. Catchy, haunting, beautiful, a real lost classic.
Not many people seem to have spotted the pun in the title "Ca ne fait rien", which actually gives the key to the lyric, but never mind. Paul was often far more subtle than he is given credit for....
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I agree with J Whitworth's review. This album was and continues to be underated. In its day, it was seen as an album of two singles and nothing more. I remember it well. 'Let 'Em In' and 'Silly Love Songs' were excellent singles but the previous reviewer is right - 'Beware My Love' is the lost Macca classic - in fact this track was the b-side of 'Let 'Em In' single! In those days, by 1976, DJs rarely flipped the single unlike the 60s and early 70s; so the song was lost and the album never achieved critical acclaim.

I think things are changing with how Macca's albums are being relistened to. Wings at the Speed of Sound is good. Production and mixing is clean. The remaster is excellent.

In passing, I did hear a comment that 'Let 'Em In' is Macca's attempt to do a Billy Paul 'I Can Help.' I can see why but such a comparison remains a little thin in my opinion.
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