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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Band on the Run was a commercial success, but even if it was billed as a Wings effort, it was primarily recorded by Paul, Linda, and Denny Laine. So, it was time to once again turn Wings into a genuine band, adding Joe English and Jimmy McCulloch to the lineup and even letting the latter contribute a song. This faux-democracy isn't what signals that this is a band effort -- it's the attitude, construction, and pacing, which McCartney acknowledges as much, opening with an acoustic title track that's a salute to arena rock, leading to a genuine arena rock anthem, "Rock Show." From that, it's pretty much rocking pop tunes, paced with a couple of ballads and a ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Band on the Run was a commercial success, but even if it was billed as a Wings effort, it was primarily recorded by Paul, Linda, and Denny Laine. So, it was time to once again turn Wings into a genuine band, adding Joe English and Jimmy McCulloch to the lineup and even letting the latter contribute a song. This faux-democracy isn't what signals that this is a band effort -- it's the attitude, construction, and pacing, which McCartney acknowledges as much, opening with an acoustic title track that's a salute to arena rock, leading to a genuine arena rock anthem, "Rock Show." From that, it's pretty much rocking pop tunes, paced with a couple of ballads and a little whimsy, all graced with a little of the production flair that distinguished Band on the Run. But where that record was clearly a studio creation and consciously elaborate, this is a straightforward affair where the sonic details are simply window dressing. McCartney doesn't really try anything new, but the songs are a little more varied than the uniform, glossy production would suggest; he dips into soft-shoe music hall shuffle on "You Gave Me the Answer," gets a little psychedelic with "Spirits of Ancient Egypt," kicks out a '50s rock & roll groove with "Magento and Titanium Man," and unveils a typically sweet and lovely melody on "Listen to What the Man Said." These are a slight shifts on an album that certainly feels like the overture for the arena rock tour that it was, which makes it one of McCartney's more consistent listens, even though it's possible to scan the song listing after several listens and not recognize any song outside of "Listen to What the Man Said" and the opening medley by title. [The European import includes three extra songs, "Zoo Gang," "Lunchbox/Odd Sox," and "My Carnival"]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/1993
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 077778924128
  • Catalog Number: 789241

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Venus and Mars - Paul McCartney & Wings (1:20)
  2. 2 Rock Show - Paul McCartney & Wings (5:30)
  3. 3 Love in Song - Paul McCartney & Wings (3:03)
  4. 4 You Gave Me the Answer - Paul McCartney & Wings (2:14)
  5. 5 Magneto and Titanium Man - Paul McCartney & Wings (3:16)
  6. 6 Letting Go - Paul McCartney & Wings (4:33)
  7. 7 Venus and Mars (Reprise) - Paul McCartney & Wings (2:05)
  8. 8 Spirits of Ancient Egypt - Paul McCartney & Wings (3:04)
  9. 9 Medicine Jar - Paul McCartney & Wings (3:37)
  10. 10 Call Me Back Again - Paul McCartney & Wings (4:58)
  11. 11 Listen to What the Man Said - Paul McCartney & Wings (4:01)
  12. 12 Treat Her Gently/Lonely Old People - Paul McCartney & Wings (4:23)
  13. 13 Crossroads Theme - Paul McCartney & Wings (1:09)
  14. 14 Zoo Gang - Paul McCartney & Wings (2:01)
  15. 15 Lunch Box/Odd Sox - Paul McCartney & Wings (3:50)
  16. 16 My Carnival - Paul McCartney & Wings (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wings Primary Artist
Paul McCartney Indexed Contributor, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Dave Mason Guitar
Tom Scott Saxophone
Afro Conga
Geoff Britton Drums
Allen Toussaint Piano
Technical Credits
Paul McCartney Arranger, Composer, Producer
Denny Laine Contributor
Joe English Contributor
Tony Dorsey Arranger
Geoff Emerick Engineer
Linda McCartney Cover Photo
Jimmy McCulloch Contributor
Alan O'Duffy Engineer
George Hardie Graphic Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jimmy McCulloch Shines

    On this album, Paul McCartney had a pretty serious guitarist named Jimmy McCulloch. The song, "Medicine Jar", which appears here, was written by him. He was part of the band which toured in 1976 in the WINGS OVER AMERICA tour. He died about two years later, tragically young. He gives this album and the single "Junior's Farm", which is not from this album, but can be found on several McCartney collections, a certain gloss.

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