Wings Wild Life
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And so it attracted another viscious Rolling Stone put down line: 'the nadir of 60s rock decomposition thus far'.
Again, highly amusing stuff. But taken on its own own merits, it can be seen in a different light. Hindsight shows us the qualities of this album, not apparent to all at the time. It is probably the loosest, and yes coolest collection of songs McCartney has ever produced. Totally without pretension, totally natural and totally free, important qualities which would be missing from many of McCartney's later more studied and commercially successful albums. I am not trying to play down the qualities of 'Band On The Run' (1973), 'Venus And Mars' (1975) or 'Speed Of Sound' (1976) which represented Wings at the height of their powers. In fact this albums has more in common with the marvellous 'London Town' album (1978) in its loose laid back melodic feel.
OK so it is a bit uneven. The opener 'Mumbo Jumbo' is raucous high spirited, well nonsense! 'Bip Bop' is pleasant acoustic rambling, 'Love Is Strange' is a cover...although ahead of its time in its reggae tinges....and the band really gel here, the only complaint being Linda's backing vocals being slightly too high in the mix.Read more ›
Ahead lay new challenges... Having already released two solo albums, 'McCartney' (1970) and 'Ram' (1971) to mixed reviews, McCartney wasted no further time in establishing his new band, Wings, in the Autumn of 1971, consisting of himself and wife Linda, ex Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine and what became an ever-changing line up of disgruntled session musicians.
'Wild life' was the band's first album. In truth, however, it represented an inauspicious start, bearing all the hallmarks of having been thrown together with too little care (it was recorded in three days flat) and too much faith in spontaneous, haphazard working methods.
In this respect it is an extremely a-typical McCartney album, lacking his usual attention to detail and production polish. In many ways, it stands alone in McCartney's post-Beatles output, both in terms of its slight, lyrically nondescript compositions and the amateurishness of its recording. Indeed, he has never revisited many of the songs on this album in years of subsequent touring.
Needless to say, the album was slaughtered by the critics and divides even the most loyal McCartney fans to this day.
Having said all that, in many ways, 'Wild life' does have its redeeming features and, in a way, hindsight has revealed many of its charms. It has an endearing, quirky, off-the-wall quality and its unfinished feel and unbalanced collection of songs actually make it quite an honest and intriguing album.Read more ›
It is an album which has been critically mauled since it's release and is his only post Beatles studio album not to hit the UK top ten on release. No singles were released (although Love is Strange was allocated a catalogue number) and even McCartney seems somewhat embarrased by it today, failing to include anything from it on his recent 'Wingspan' compilation.
But this misses the point, true there are no singles or potential singles, all the songs are too long and some of them out stay their welcome in seconds, but this is a record where somehow the whole is much greater than the sum of the parts.
Their cover of Love Is Strange has a wonderful groove, the title track is a bluesy rocker where Paul uses his rawer voice(you know the one, as used on Oh Darling! from Abbey Road) to great effect. Some People Never Know is lovely and the closing Dear Friend is a touching love lettter directed at Lennon, following his vicious How Do You Sleep? It is understated, humble and utterly charming like much of this strange but ultimately worthwhile record.
If you like the Grand Macca of Abbey Road, and Band On The Run, but have never warmed to the understated Macca of his first and second solo album, stay away. But if you want to hear a man finding his feet this is an important and interesting album.
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This is the third solo album of Paul McCartney or the first Wings as you prefer. It is a CD that contains rock and not pop. Read morePublished 17 months ago by José Henrique
I was looking for this one in order to complete my collection of paul's records. it' s really not a masterpiece, but quite nice to listen thank you.Published 19 months ago by lupus in fabula
.... so simple, so easy but so personal, This is Macca before he went big with Wings. Not all the songs may work but most do and importantly its a missing gem never included in any... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Rikuc
I have been buying through Amazon.uk old CDs from Paul McCartney to complete my collection and my Paul McCartney Library in iTunes. I have them in vynil. Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2011 by Marcia Lyra Nascimento Egg
A great album from Paul recorded in 1971. Here they open with "Mumbo" almost a raw improvisation. Then the unusual "Bip Bop which i have always loved the shear creativity of the... Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2010 by Butch Detrey
I used to have a tape of Wings Wild Life when I was about 18 years old. (Don't tell anyone but that is 35 years ago)
I looked everywher in the shops for a CD and yes people... Read more