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Paul McCartney and Wings - Band on the Run RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum! Click here to see this CD at Amazon.com!

By Jerry McCulley

Band on the Run should have been a disaster. Two of Wings' original members quit in a huff just before its production. The whimsical decision to record in Lagos, Nigeria, became a nightmare when McCartney and company found themselves in a decaying studio, then had many of the project's demos stolen by armed bandits. Despite these hardships--perhaps because of them--Band on the Run remains the most focused and consistently satisfying record of McCartney's wildly uneven post-Beatles career. This mini box set contains the original album, a well-written booklet by Mark Lewisohn, and a bonus disc featuring outtake snippets and interviews with all the album's participants (including its cover crew, which includes actors James Coburn and Christopher Lee) and Dustin Hoffman, who recounts how he spurred McCartney to spontaneously write "Picasso's Last Words" on a dare. This second disc would make a fine radio show; it comes up short where it matters most--in music. Time spent detailing the album-cover photo session could have been more gratifyingly devoted to more contemporary outtakes (much of the bonus Band material is culled from live performances from as recently as the mid '90s; perhaps McCartney wants us to know how important the record has been to him over the years) or to a pair of single B-sides, which are curiously absent here.

Tracks
1. Band on the Run17. Bluebird [Original]/Dialogue Link 4
2. Jet18. Dialogue Link 5/No Words [Original]/Dialogue - Geoff Emerick
3. Bluebird19. No Words [Original]/Dialogue Link 6/Dialogue/Dialogue/Band on the Run [
4. Mrs. Vandebilt20. Jet [Original]/Dialogue Link 7/Jet [Original]/Dialogue - Al Coury
5. Let Me Roll It21. Jet [Berlin Soundcheck]
6. Mamunia22. Band On The Run (Northern Comic Version)
7. No Words23. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five [Original]/Dialogue Link 9/Dialogue/Di
8. Helen Wheels24. Mrs. Vandebilt [Original]/Dialogue Link 11/Dialogue - Kenny Lynch
9. Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)25. Let Me Roll It [Cardington Rehearsal]/Dialogue Link 12
10. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five26. Dialogue Link 13/Mrs. Vandebilt/Dialogue/Dialogue/Dialogue
11. Band On The Run (Barn Rehearsal)27. Helen Wheels [Crazed]/Dialogue Link 14/Dialogue - Christopher Lee
12. Dialogue Intro/Band on the Run [Nicely Toasted Mix]28. Band on the Run [Strum Bit]/Dialogue Link 15/Dialogue
13. Band on the Run [Original]/Dialogue Link I29. Picasso's Last Words [Original]/Dialogue Link 16/Dialogue - Dustin Hoffman
14. Band on the Run [Barn Rehearsal]30. Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me) [Acoustic Version]
15. Dialogue Link 2/Mamunia [Original]/Dialogue/Mamunia [Original]/Dialogue - Denny Laine31. Band on the Run [Nicely Toasted Mix]/Dialogue Link 17
16. Bluebird [Live]32. Band on the Run [Northern Comic Version]

 

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"First of all, this album is worth all the hype it gets. This is definitely Paul McCartney's masterpiece. Especially with all of the trouble Paul, Linda and Denny went through to create this album, it's shows that with hard work, determination and "with a little luck" (sorry, just had to say that), the results can be AWESOME! Honestly, there is not one single bad song on the album. Just as you begin groovin' to the title track, it blows you away with "Jet", only to slow it down ever so gently with "Bluebird". "No Words", "Picasso's Last Words" and "Helen Wheels" are definite gems, and the finale of "Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five" will have you pressing the repeat button on your stereo. It didn't surprise me when a 25th Anniversary edition was released, because this album certainly deserves all the attention it gets. If you've ever wanted to experience the AWESOME solo work of Paul McCartney, THIS album is the one you need to help you on your journey. Simply a must for any music fan!"

--Cornelius

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MUSICAL NOTES

Artist: Paul McCartney

Released: December 5, 1973

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Platinum (3)


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