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Good to Great- But Completists Watch Out!
on 8 November 2014
Speed Of Sound is, a good album, with only one track really letting the side down: Cook Of The House being SoS's Yellow Submarine.At times it is a great album, with songs such as Let 'Em In, Silly Love Songs and the majestic, epic, Beware My Love up there with the best that McCartney ever wrote and performed. Wino Junko is the only other slightly naff song, but as a teenager is the Seventies I well remember whole albums of rubbish being released to back a hit single from other artists and that's one thing Paul could never be accused of in the 1970's (80's maybe, but we're getting off message).
SoS doesn't quite reach as high as Venus and Mars or the pinnacle of class that was Band On The Run, but when you consider these three were released within only three years of each other it's hard not to be impressed.
As far as the remastering is concerned, I've listened to this back to back with the 1993 remaster and there is a very obvious improvement, even to my ravaged hearing (The bells, the bells!). It's difficult to be specific, suffice to say that everything is clearer and crisper; you can now hear individual instruments, with much clearer separation. The 1993 now sounds quite muddy in cpmparison. Overall, then, a success and worth the money- I think this is the fourth time I've bought it: Vinyl, Original CD release, 1993 Remaster, 2014 Remaster- so that'll probably do it until they release the Holographic, Paul singing in your living room version.
Note to Completists- I was intending to part fund this purchase in the same way as I did with the Beatles Remasters and sell the old 1993 version but I've just noticed that the bonus tracks on that version:Walking In The Park With Eloise; Bridge On the River Suite and Sally G aren't included on this 2014 release, which seems a strange decision, particularly because, although the tracks on the bonus disc are fun to hear, none of them could be described as essential. Beware My Love with John Bonham (drumming God though he was) isn't a patch on the original.
Overall I would recommend going out and getting this if you have Band On The Run and Venus and Mars (and Wings Over America) but if you're just ready to start your collection don't start with this- It's probably just outside the top five of Macca's solo releases (Flaming Pie and Chaos and Creation, in case you were wondering).