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Wide Prairie
     

Wide Prairie

by Linda McCartney
 
Toward the end of her life, Linda McCartney compiled an album of her solo recordings with the assistance of her husband Paul. She died before she had a chance to complete it, but Paul proceeded to finish the album, Wide Prairie, and release it in the fall of 1998 as originally planned. Clearly, it was a labor of love for the pair, since

Overview

Toward the end of her life, Linda McCartney compiled an album of her solo recordings with the assistance of her husband Paul. She died before she had a chance to complete it, but Paul proceeded to finish the album, Wide Prairie, and release it in the fall of 1998 as originally planned. Clearly, it was a labor of love for the pair, since they spruced up 25-year-old tapes and recorded brand-new songs, all when she was suffering from breast cancer. Consequently, it's hard to say anything bad about Wide Prairie, since that would be distasteful, but the fact remains that the album is wildly uneven. Much of that is due to the fact that it contains every scrap of tape Linda recorded over 25 years, a tactic that could never produce a coherent record. That is a bigger problem than her meager musical talents, actually, since even weak songs can gel into a homogeneous listen. Wide Prairie, however, jumps all over the place, and while there are a couple of songs in a similar style, such as two bizarrely innocuous covers produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry, they're separated by several songs. Such an approach makes the compilation feel like the McCartneys' albums from the early '70s (McCartney, Ram, Wild Life), complete with a similar ramshackle charm. The difference is, the songs aren't there. There are a few enjoyable tunes (more than you might expect, actually), but they're slight, albeit endearing. Ultimately, that's the key to Wide Prairie -- sure, it's uneven and Linda's musical talents were limited, but it's hard to dislike the album if you've ever been a fan of the McCartneys' early-'70s albums, since you'll be predisposed to accept the loose ends and silliness that distinguish the record. Even if Wide Prairie doesn't establish Linda McCartney as a significant musical talent, it does function as a loving tribute to a woman who, from all accounts, was kind, generous, and loving, which is all it ever needed to do.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/27/1998
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724349791022
catalogNumber:
97910

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Performance Credits

Linda McCartney   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Mellotron
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Paul McCartney   Organ,Bass,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Emulator,fender rhodes
Denny Laine   Acoustic Guitar,Flute,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Joe English   Drums
Laurence Juber   Acoustic Guitar
Mick Bolton   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Mikey Boo   Drums
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
Billy Gardner   Guitar
Robbie McIntosh   Electric Guitar
Jimmy McCulloch   Electric Guitar
Barry McDonald   Trumpet
Norman Ray   Baritone Saxophone
Thadeus Richard   Alto Saxophone
Geoffrey Richardson   Mandolin,Slide Guitar
Denny Seiwell   Drums
George Tidwell   Trumpet
William Puett   Tenor Saxophone
James McCartney   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Winston Write   Keyboards
Steve Fletcher   Background Vocals
Steve Johnson   Bass,Trumpet

Technical Credits

Paul McCartney   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Keith Smith   Engineer
Geoff Emerick   Engineer
Stephen Lipson   Engineer
Linda McCartney   Producer
Alan O'Duffy   Engineer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Producer,Engineer
Tim Summerhayes   Engineer
Ernie Winfrey   Engineer
Alvin Clark   Engineer
Mark Vigars   Engineer
Charlie Phillips   Composer
Odis Echols   Composer
Ian Maiden   Producer,Engineer
Doug Hopkins   Engineer

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