PAUL McCARTNEY and WINGS – ” Band On The Run ” Released 45 Years Ago Today

Posted: December 6, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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<i>Band On The Run</i> Was Released 45 Years Ago Today, Listen to McCartney Perform the Title Track

Perhaps the best known and most celebrated post-Beatle Paul McCartney album was his 1973 album with his band the Wings. Band on the Run was released 45 years ago today and it featured the famous title track and their hit single “Jet.” It was also McCartney’s last album on The Beatles-founded Apple Records label.

McCartney went into the studio with just his wife Linda and Denny Laine. In addition to playing bass, Keen to record outside the United Kingdom, McCartney had asked EMI to send him a list of all their international recording studios. He selected Lagos in Nigeria and was taken with the idea of recording in Africa. McCartney also played drums, percussion and most of the lead guitar parts himself. On arriving, it was discovered that the studio was below standard, and conditions in Nigeria were tense and difficult; the McCartneys were robbed at knifepoint, during which a bag containing unfinished song lyrics and demo tapes was taken.

McCartney played with his band Wings for a decade, releasing seven studio albums and a triple live album. By far, their most successful work was their third LP Band on the Run, and after a mixed reception from their first two albums, this record really was the blockbuster record that McCartney fans were hoping for.

On the fourth of July in 1990, McCartney performed a career-spanning set in the nation’s capital in support of his latest solo album Flowers in the Dirt. He performed “Band on the Run” in addition to solo songs and Beatle megahits and deep cuts. The setlist included “Hey Jude,” “Let It Be” and “Eleanor Rigby,” plus new tracks like “Put It There” and “My Brave Face,” the song he co-wrote with Elvis Costello. That night, McCartney played guitar, piano and bass and he was joined by his then-wife Linda McCartney (vocals, keyboards), Robbie McIntosh (guitar, vocals), Hamish Stuart (bass, guitar, vocals), Chris Whitten (drums) and Paul Wickens (keyboards).

The Beatles’ concerts were usually met with an unfortunate combination of lackluster P.A. systems and a horde of screaming fans, often resulting in poor audio quality. However, this 1990 McCartney recording is a much more hi-fidelity document of his greatness and celebrated back catalogue.

It remains McCartney’s most successful album and the most celebrated of his post-Beatles works.


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