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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
  • ASIN: B00M2OZLQK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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)

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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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Paul McCartney's third No.1 solo album has had a murky history on CD – first turning up in 1993 with three bonus tracks on a disc that had only OK audio. Then DCC Compact Classics in the USA put out "Venus And Mars" on an Audiophile version in 1994 - followed years later by a 'DTS Entertainment' Digital Multichannel Surround Sound version that showed Stateside in 2001 – both of which improved matters. But for most ordinary chappies like you and I - this is 'the' most accessible upgrade since 1993 without having to pawn the silver.

There are several versions of this November 2014 'Paul McCartney Archive Collection' reissue - a single disc, this double and a Super Deluxe (super pricey) Multi-Disc Box Set. For my money many of the tracks on Disc 2 warrant this 2CD edition a 'best version to buy' badge over the single issue. And although it oddly refuses to state in the liner notes exactly 'who' at Abbey Road did the superb new remaster (for fear of military reprisal no doubt) – this 2014 audio overhaul is undeniably the best version to my ears so far. Disc 1 is massively improved. Murky rock tracks like "Letting Go" have more muscle and punch while the truly lovely melody of "Treat Her Gently – Lonely Old People" sounds gorgeous – piano, drums, that swirling Guitar, the voices and strings - all full and warm in your speakers (bit of a lost classic this). But the packaging is good without unfortunately being great thereby losing a lot of the original album's beautiful visual impact. So let's align the stars up tonight and rightly slap those snooker balls into their musical pocket...time for details...
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Simply amazing sound . I had the cassettes of Wings for years as I travelled a lot
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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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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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