Band on the Run

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Neither the dippy, rustic Wild Life nor the slick AOR flourishes of Red Rose Speedway earned Paul McCartney much respect, so he made the self-consciously ambitious Band on the Run to rebuke his critics. On the surface, Band on the Run appears to be constructed as a song cycle in the vein of Abbey Road, but subsequent listens reveal that the only similarities the two albums share are simply superficial. McCartney's talent for songcraft and nuanced arrangements is in ample display throughout the record, which makes many of the songs -- including the nonsensical title track -- sound more substantial than they actually are. While a handful of the songs are excellent...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Neither the dippy, rustic Wild Life nor the slick AOR flourishes of Red Rose Speedway earned Paul McCartney much respect, so he made the self-consciously ambitious Band on the Run to rebuke his critics. On the surface, Band on the Run appears to be constructed as a song cycle in the vein of Abbey Road, but subsequent listens reveal that the only similarities the two albums share are simply superficial. McCartney's talent for songcraft and nuanced arrangements is in ample display throughout the record, which makes many of the songs -- including the nonsensical title track -- sound more substantial than they actually are. While a handful of the songs are excellent -- the surging, inspired surrealism of "Jet" is by far one of his best solo recordings, "Bluebird" is sunny acoustic pop, and "Helen Wheels" captures McCartney rocking with abandon -- most of the songs are more style than substance. Yet McCartney's melodies are more consistent than any of his previous solo records, and there are no throwaways; the songs just happen to be not very good. Still, the record is enjoyable, whether it's the minor-key "Mrs. Vandebilt" or "Let Me Roll It," a silly response to John Lennon's "How Do You Sleep?," which does make Band on the Run one of McCartney's finest solo efforts. However, there's little of real substance on the record. No matter how elaborate the production is, or how cleverly his mini-suites are constructed, Band on the Run is nothing more than a triumph of showmanship. The 2010 deluxe edition of Band on the Run contains a remastered version of the original nine-track U.K. version of the album on disc one and nine non-LP cuts and rarities on the second CD. Chief among the extras here is the rocker "Helen Wheels," a single that was also included on the original U.S. version of Band on the Run, its B-side "Country Dreamer," and "Zoo Gang," the U.K. TV theme that was the flip of "Band on the Run." The rest of the disc is devoted to selections McCartney & Wings performed on their 1974 TV special One Hand Clapping, where the band performed live at Abbey Road Studios; it's all enjoyable, particularly hearing "Band on the Run" and "Jet" stripped of their productions. The deluxe edition is rounded out by a DVD that includes the One Hand Clapping special, music videos for "Band on the Run," "Helen Wheels," and "Mamunia," an album promo, and edits of behind-the-scenes footage of Wings recording in Lagos and shooting the album cover in Osterley Park. Finally, this super-deluxe edition also adds the audio documentary from the expanded 1999 reissue and features lavish packaging.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2010
  • Label: Hear Music
  • UPC: 888072325654
  • Catalog Number: 32565
  • Sales rank: 5,247

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Band on the Run - Beaux Arts Orchestra (5:13)
  2. 2 Jet - Beaux Arts Orchestra (4:09)
  3. 3 Bluebird (3:25)
  4. 4 Mrs. Vandebilt (4:41)
  5. 5 Let Me Roll It (4:50)
  6. 6 Mamunia (4:50)
  7. 7 No Words - Beaux Arts Orchestra (2:36)
  8. 8 Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me) - Beaux Arts Orchestra (5:49)
  9. 9 Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five - Beaux Arts Orchestra (5:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Helen Wheels (3:47)
  2. 2 Country Dreamer - Henry McCullogh (3:09)
  3. 3 Bluebird (3:28)
  4. 4 Jet (3:57)
  5. 5 Let Me Roll It (4:25)
  6. 6 Band on the Run (5:14)
  7. 7 Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five (5:59)
  8. 8 Country Dreamer (2:16)
  9. 9 Zoo Gang - Henry McCullogh (2:01)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Intro/Band on the Run (1:11)
  2. 2 Band on the Run/Paul McCartney Dialogue Link 1 (2:16)
  3. 3 Band on the Run (4:59)
  4. 4 Paul McCartney Dialogue Link 2/Mamunia/Denny Laine Dialogue/Mamunia/Lin (4:22)
  5. 5 Bluebird (0:54)
  6. 6 Bluebird/Paul McCartney Dialogue Link 4 (0:23)
  7. 7 Paul McCartney Dialogue Link 5/No Words/Geoff Emerick Dialogue (1:24)
  8. 8 No Words/Paul McCartney Dialogue Link 6/Tony Visconti Dialogue/Band on (1:46)
  9. 9 Jet /Paul McCartney Dialogue Link 7/Jet [Bac (2:55)
  10. 10 Jet (3:51)
  11. 11 Paul McCartney Dialogue Link 8/Clive Arrowsmith Dialogue (1:44)
  12. 12 Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five/Paul McCartney Dialogue Link 9/James C (3:24)
  13. 13 Mrs. Vandebilt/Paul McCartney Dialogue Link 11/Kenny Lynch Dialogue (2:10)
  14. 14 Let Me Roll It /Paul McCartney Dialogue Link 12 [ (3:51)
  15. 15 Paul McCartney Dialogue Link 13/Mrs. Vandebilt/Michael Parkinson Dialog (2:25)
  16. 16 Helen Wheels /Paul McCartney Dialogue Link 14/Christopher Lee D (5:32)
  17. 17 Band on the Run /Paul McCartney Dialogue Link 15/Clement Fre (1:00)
  18. 18 Picasso's Last Words/Paul McCartney Dialogue Link 16/Dustin Hoffman Dia (4:21)
  19. 19 Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me) (1:10)
  20. 20 Band on the Run /Paul McCartney Dialogue Link 17 (0:41)
  21. 21 Band on the Run (0:38)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Band on the Run
  2. 2 Mamunia
  3. 3 Band on the Run/Mrs Vandebilt/Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five/Bluebird
  4. 4 Helen Wheels
  5. 5 Wings in Lagos
  6. 6 Osterley Park - John Conteh
  7. 7 One Hand Clapping Theme
  8. 8 Jet
  9. 9 Soily
  10. 10 C Moon
  11. 11 Little Woman Love
  12. 12 Maybe I'm Amazed
  13. 13 My Love
  14. 14 Bluebird
  15. 15 Let's Love
  16. 16 All of You
  17. 17 I'll Give You a Ring
  18. 18 Band on the Run
  19. 19 Live and Let Die
  20. 20 Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
  21. 21 Baby Face - Tuxedo Brass Band
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul McCartney & Wings Primary Artist
Paul McCartney Indexed Contributor
Ginger Baker Percussion
Howie Casey Saxophone, Soloist
Trevor Jones Background Vocals
Remi Kabaka Percussion
Del Newman Conductor
Ian Horn Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Paul McCartney Composer, Producer
Denny Laine Composer
Geoff Emerick Engineer
Paul Gambaccini Liner Notes
Linda McCartney Composer
Tony Visconti Orchestration
Eddie Klein Engineer
Jim Quick Video Producer, Video Director
Alan Parsons Engineer
Peter Nash Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Clive Arrowsmith Video Director, Cover Photo, Back Cover Photo
Storm Thorgerson Video Producer
Steve Rooke Remastering
Francesco Scavullo Memorabilia
Mike Coulson Video Producer, Video Director
Roger Huggett Creative Consultant
Harry Akst Composer
Benny Davis Composer
Gordon House Video Producer
Geoff White Engineer
Paul Du Noyer Introduction
Sam O'Kell Remastering
Ruth Ward Artwork, Photo Coordination
Eddy Pumer Producer, Engineer, Interviewer
Eithne Staunton Artwork, Photo Coordination
Roy Benson Video Director
David Litchfield Director
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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    Paul McCartney and Wings on the Run

    If you have enough money to buy the Deluxe Edition of Band on the Run, which is worth nearly $100.00, then you are lucky. This is Paul McCartney and Wings at its best album yet. The Deluxe Edition of Band on the Run is a beautiful black hardcover book. The Deluxe Edition included all of the photos and lyrics that was included in the original album, which you can sing along with it, plus never before released photos. I wish they should release the U.S. album version instead of the U.K. version. In the U.S. version, the song "Helen Wheels" was included in track 8 between the songs "No Words" and "Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)". Well, that's fine with me. The same people who remastered the Beatles Stereo and Mono Box Set did it again. They wanted to make sure that the remastered version of Band on the Run sounded much better than the original album that was released in 1973. When I heard the remastered album version of Band on the Run, it was like I am listening to a brand new songs from Paul McCartney and Wings all over again. The bonus discs, which was included in the 25th anniversary edition, is on Disc 3 of the deluxe edition. Paul McCartney wanted to let the music critics know that even though his last four albums: McCartney, Ram, Wild Life, and Red Rose Speedway were not his best albums,then Paul McCartney could tell the music critics to shut up. He wanted to prove the music critics that they were wrong. Band on the Run as it turned out was the best post-Beatles album. Whether he is a Beatle, a member of Wings, or a solo artist, he is one of the most famous and influential singer and songwriter of all time. Without Paul McCartney, the Beatles would never exist. Although Wings were Paul's band,they were a supergroup and a great band next to the Beatles. Wings were like the next Beatles or the second Beatles. Band on the Run is definitely one of my favorite Paul McCartney and Wings albums. I highly recommended it for Paul McCartney and Wings fans (like myself) to get the Deluxe edition of Band on the Run.

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