onsdag 11 november 2015

WINGS/WILD LIFE PCS 7142 (-71) UK

His first with Wings and an album that has attracted about equal portions love and hate through the years. I belong to the lovers. It's been accused of being sloppy, badly played and with inferior songwriting. Maybe right if you're still expecting Beatle stuff or compare it with his "Ram" masterpiece, but if you as a true McCartney fan just see it as him winding down and relaxing after eight manic years it's easier to embrace. Even if lacking some of its predecessor's strength there's certainly many catchy moments throughout, the audio is tophole and his vocals never fails. Some of the cuts sounds stretched and could have gained from shortening and a couple of the songs are too cute for my taste, but "Dear Friend" is interesting as an answer to Lennon's "How Do You Sleep" and I couldn't do without the title track, "Mumbo" or "Bip Bop". Especially the two latter have gotten lot of negative attention, but they always put me in a good mood. First US on Apple (SW-3386). Brazil issues in both mono and stereo (BTL/SBTL 1018). Had a mono copy some years ago. Sounded like a fold, but with nice big clear audio anyway. Premiere UK had label as shown here and matt cover with yellow inner.

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