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Paul McCartney and Wings - Venus & Mars RIAA Certified Platinum! Click here to see this CD at!

By Taylor Parkes

Released in the glow of Wings' biggest and best album, Band on the Run, Venus & Mars found Paul McCartney in his element--a working rock star, being screamed at again, cheerfully riding the last rays of his youth. Adulation always brought the best out of him, and Venus & Mars is nearly the equal of its more lauded predecessor. McCartney never strays from his favorite themes (sex, drugs, rock & roll, and marriage), but his confidence is high as he mixes gorgeous, airy production numbers like "Listen to What the Man Said" and "Letting Go" with the ribald and hilarious. "Rock Show" matches the Who's "Long Live Rock" as the finest and funniest of those self-celebratory Super70s stomps. McCartney's effortless marshalling of melody and arrangement hoists the blander material out of trouble, and the best stuff's powered by genuine, rediscovered verve. Facile and frivolous, but not at all bad. And their version of the "Crossroads" theme is wicked.

1. Rock Show9. Call Me Back Again
2. Love In Song10. Listen To What The Man Said
3. You Gave Me The Answer11. Treat Her Gently(Lonely Old People)
4. Magneto And Titanium Man12. Crossroads Theme
5. Letting Go13. Venus And Mars
6. Venus And Mars(Reprise)14. Zoo Gang
7. Spirits Of Ancient Europe15. Lunch Box/Odd Sox
8. Medicine Jar16. My Carnival


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"I listened again just recently (Sep, 2002) and the mix now sounds a bit dated (drums very quiet, bass muddy, and the whole thing a little cloudy), but Taylor is right-on about McCartney's melodic prowess.

It is a fun album; not nearly as good as Band on the Run, nor a crisp as Tug of War, but it is Paul at his "pop-song" best."

--Big Johnny 9

"I'm 30 yrs. old and I grew up with this album. I'm a huge McCartney fan, and I have to say that this is probably my favorite album; there is a great variety of instruments, and style of music, and great harmonies. I'm a musician myself, and I play with a band here in Massachusetts. Thank god my parents raised me on McCartney music. It definitely enhances your creativity level. I feel bad for the young kids today who really don't have anything to fall back on, when it comes to creativity. Cause of some of the crap that's coming out these days. I consider myself very fortunate."


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Artist: Paul McCartney

Released: June 24, 1975

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Platinum

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