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on 26 January 2005
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I may be a bit biased as this was the first Wings album I got into aged 14 but I will still adamantly defend it. It is not only underated but I believe contains many songs up there with the best in Paul's extensive canon. The title track is no less than a Top 5 contender from the afore mentioned canon. Superb melody, especially the "someone somewhere has to know" line. Who cares if the lyrics are a little strange? Paul's melody supercedes all this and it is simply an incredibly uplifting song. Which has not received the recognition it is utterly deserving. Up there with "Heart Of The Country" (1971) and "One Of These Days" (1980) in this respect. Maybe future generations will be more generous. "Cafe On The Left Bank" is great, particularly when played LOUD. McCartney's bass part an obvious highlight. "I'm Carrying" is simply as beautiful and moving a ballad as virtually ANYTHING he has written. And that, as you know folks, is saying something. "Girlfriend" the great song he gave to Michael Jackson, who inexplicably left out the superb middle eight which was about the highlight of the song. Michael? "I've Had Enough" is a good up tempo rocker but it HAS to be said, lest you think me totally subjective, Paul has done MUCH better than this. "With A Little Luck", the first single from the album and the eagerly awaited follow-up to "Mull Of Kintyre" is beautiful and will always have a soft spot in my book. **** what anyone else says. "Famous Groupies" is admittedly rather forgettable but ENJOYABLE all the same! "Deliver Your Children" and " Children Children" feature Denny Laine on lead vocal but are nice warm, melodic songs which hold up pretty well, not least due to McCartney's vocal harmony, something he excelled at in the Beatles years (also check out Laine's song "Time To Hide" for this, especially on the video of "Wings Over America" : "Rockshow", when will it be be released on DVD....Paul, this is an important live concert!)....anyway, back to this album..."Name And Address" is an enjoyable Elvis impersonation...but "Don't Let It Bring You Down" puts the rest of (what was) Side 2 with the exception of "With A Little Luck" into the ABSOLUTE shade...this is as dreamy and melodic and captivating as McCartney can be, with on this occasion, intelligent and (as always with Paul) optimistic lyrics to boot!! The closer "Morse Moose And The Grey Goose" is a great rocker to close the album, and in this case the lyrics absolutely reflect the imagery and mystery of where the track was recorded...On the High Seas near the Virgin Islands with more than a fair share of Jamaican tobacco no doubt. Even such a high authority as Lennon dismissed McCartney's late 70s work as well as that of Elton and The Stones as the work of "company men"....whatever that means....but I bet John was secretly grooving to this album. It is a marvellous album, made better by the inclusion of "Girls School", surely as good a rocker as ANY McCartney has produced, up there with "Drive My Car" and "Back In The USSR". YES. THAT good. And also "Mull Of Kintytre" which dull people with dull lives insist on dismissing as a throwaway. It is NOT a throwaway. It is, if you will pardon my inescapble subjectivity, a CLASSIC. The world leads songs like this...sentimental maybe...but in this case it is heartfelt and still very moving for me 27 years later. And I'm not Scottish.
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