CD Review: Paul McCartney and Wings

Paul McCartney and Wings
Band on the Run
Here Music
By David Chiu

In any evaluation of Paul McCartney’s solo career, his 1973 album Band on the Run would get an automatic mention–it has been considered perhaps his most popular work post-Beatles. With help from wife Linda and guitarist Denny Laine as Wings, McCartney weaves magic throughout the entire record from the ambitiously-arranged title cut, the hard-charging Jet and the elegant folky “Mamunia”; there’s also the soulfully rocking “Let Me Roll It,” and “Bluebird” is a gorgeous ballad. “Picasso’s Last Words” border on the avant garde while “Nineteen Eighty-Five closes the album on a tuneful yet sci-fi futuristic note. McCartney has since put out several terrific records but Band on the Run will always be in that Top 5 of essential Macca albums. This special reissue also contains bonus material such as the exuberant “Helen Wheels” along with Band on the Run tracks recorded for the One Hand Clapping program, plus a DVD about the making of the record and its accompanying videos.

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