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Band On The Run

Paul McCartney and Wings

1973

Band On The Run

Album Summary

Band on the Run is the third studio album by the British–American rock band Paul McCartney and Wings, released in December 1973. It was McCartney's fifth album after leaving the Beatles in April 1970. Although sales were modest initially, its commercial performance was aided by two hit singles – "Jet" and "Band on the Run" – such that it became the top-selling studio album of 1974 in the United Kingdom and Australia, in addition to revitalising McCartney's critical standing. It remains McCartney's most successful album and the most celebrated of his post-Beatles works. The album was mostly recorded at EMI's studio in Lagos, Nigeria, as McCartney wanted to make an album in an exotic location. Shortly before departing for Lagos, drummer Denny Seiwell and guitarist Henry McCullough left the group. With no time to recruit replacements, McCartney went into the studio with just his wife Linda and Denny Laine. McCartney therefore played bass, drums, percussion and most of the lead guitar parts. The studio was of poor quality and conditions in Nigeria were tense and difficult; the McCartneys were robbed at knifepoint, losing a bag of song lyrics and demo tapes. After the band's return to England, final overdubs and further recording were carried out in London, mostly at AIR Studios. In 2000, Q magazine placed Band on the Run at number 75 in its list of the "100 Greatest British Albums Ever". In 2012, it was listed at 418 on Rolling Stone's revised list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". A contemporary review by Jon Landau in Rolling Stone described the album as being "with the possible exception of John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band, the finest record yet released by any of the four musicians who were once called the Beatles". It was McCartney's last album issued on the Apple record label. In 2013, Band on the Run was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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Rating

3.64

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5576

Genres

  • Rock
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Fri Nov 13 2020
5

pretty sure i heard a couple of these tracks on the classic rock stations. listened to this after some major mood swings and it helped calm me down. Music Notes <3 lots of cool stuff here, theres a lotta folky stuff and a few songs that have rly cool structures without it feeling too overbearing or distracting from the simple poppiness. good stuff 9/10

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

For decades I always heard the chorus as "man on the run"... mistakes have been made

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Wed May 19 2021
1

Q: How do you diminish the illustrious reputation of former Beatle Paul McCartney? A: Put an album like Band on the Run on a top 1,001 ablumns list. "Yeah, I used to smoke grass and play this while living on the nudist commune. Everything was honkey-dory in those days.” This is the album you create when you’re three years out of high-school and still can’t figure out what to do with your life so you smoke weed and drink beer hoping that a future will materialize. I found this album without purpose or inspiration, just shitty jam-band garbage with a chorus. Thankfully, Ringo Starr went on to be the lowlight of post-Beatles success and we could instead remember Paul as an incredible songwriter and performer.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
5

This album is Paul McCartney saying “yeah, I don’t need The Beatles to write fucking HITS!” for 41 minutes

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Fri Jun 18 2021
5

Great album, had heard the singles before and liked them even more with the rest of the album. Felt very complete from front to back

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Recorded in 1973! Listening to this makes realize how far music has changed with the advances of computer generated sounds. Give me some simple harmonics, bass line, simple drum kits and let the lyrics and vocals steal the show. Great Album

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Tue Mar 09 2021
1

Why is this on the list? Why did this even get recorded? If this man hadn't been a Beatle I wager that neither would have happened. It's sentimental trash with very few redeeming qualities at all. I'm worried peeople will see on me that I listened to it, I need to scrub it off.

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Fri May 28 2021
5

Essential Wings album. Haven't listened to too much of them, so I enjoyed hearing this album in it's entirety. Noticed a line that Dave Matthews must have lifted for "Dancing Nancies" in the song "Mrs. Vandebilt": 'what's the use in worrying, what's the use in hurrying" Highlights: Band on the Run Jet Let Me Roll It

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Thu Mar 18 2021
5

I was raised on this album so I came in with immense bias but looked for every reason to dock it a few points. More or less came up empty handed and ruled that Band on the Run, Jet, Let me Roll it, and Helen Wheels all have stood the test of time.

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Fantastic production and catchy melodies, definitely Wings' best album. Not as varied as RAM or as bold in its creative process as McCartney, but definitely the ultimate blockbuster in Macca's long and winding career post-Beatles.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

This is another one I have on vinyl. The title track is an opus, and like Paul's Beatles songs, really plays with genre and rhythm. This album sounds like it was tons of fun to make. Like so much of it is celebration and silliness, but in the best way. I love it. I love how Paul sounds, I love the instruments, the drums, the comradery, and the tone. It's also quite brilliant with songs like Let Me Roll it. Great record.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
5

One of the greatest albums ever made. After the Beatles, McCartney made a couple of solo albums, combining leftover songs that would probably have ended up on the follow up to Let It Be, with ditties, jams and experiments. He then formed a band, but the first two Wings albums found his songbook running a little dry - although he still managed to compose two of his most perfect songs (Dear Friend and My Love). But he was still, essentially, writing songs that could have gone on Beatles albums. Then his band breaks up - Paul, Denny Laine and Linda head to Lagos, to find a barely useable studio and a hostile reception from the locals. Amidst the chaos, Paul finds a new sound - combining his outrageous gift for melody with influences from staudium rock, prog, reggae and soul. Epic, theatrical songs like Band On The Run merge with catchy pop (Jet) and gorgeous ballads (No Words), all arranged perfectly. There is even a throwback to the Abbey Road medley with the singalong coda to Picasso's Lasts Words. The album ends with one of McCartney's best ever songs, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five. A masterpiece!

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Sat Sep 18 2021
5

5 stars. My first album by a member of the fab 4, and this one is a classic. Band on the run is an amazing introduction song, then jet kicks it into high speed. Love this album

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

McCartney detractors can take a flying fuck. This album is better than half of John Lennon's erratic solo career. People act like John was the true genius behind The Beatles just because he was the most outspoken prick of the bunch. People can't help but love a good quick witted, silver tongued asshole who lives out their fantasies of being an unfiltered bully and getting away with it. Don't get me wrong, I do too... And Lennon reached some unbelievable heights in his solo work - some really intense and profound music to be sure. But he also had some periods of really sloppy floundering. And just because Lennon went on this deep, soul-searching musical journey half the time he went into the studio, doesn't mean McCartney should be expected to do the same thing, nor does it detract from McCartney's brilliance as a songwriter. Yes, Paul McCartney has a softer, more light-hearted approach in his solo material. It reflects him as a person and where he was in his life at the time. He was a dad, and not a largely absent one like his former songwriting partner. So yeah, I get that he wanted to put out something more fun and playful into the world, rather than introspectively crawling further up his own asshole.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Actually enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Band on the Run is such a great track, and Iwas nervous about the first half overpowering the second, but I actually enjoyed the whole thing.

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Wed May 19 2021
3

I learned that it's "Band on the Run" and not "Man on the Run." Otherwise, it's a fun listen but not something I'd come back to with any frequency.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

I’d always thought that McCartney’s solo stuff was mostly pretty naff and middle of the road. Listening to this album hasn’t changed my mind.

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Fri May 27 2022
1

In my mind I try and dissociate Wings and the Beatles I can't reconcile the two. This was , I think their biggest album and brings up a feeling akin to car sickness. Which I suppose is apt as I remeber my dad playing these songs on car journeys. Paul tries all the old beatles tricks and fails fails fails. Songs like Jet and Band on the Run are the most famous and probably the most tolerable. I can't understand how someone can write Yesterday and Hey Jude could write this arse. Most bands have a difficult second album whilst Paul had a difficult second band. It's a 1.5

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Mon Sep 14 2020
5

The best of them

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Wed Oct 14 2020
5

Nice

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Wed May 19 2021
5

Indeputiably wonderful

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Sat Mar 13 2021
5

cuando son muy buenos me estresa puntearlos y me salté uno ayer

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

Super bien.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

classic

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Sun Jan 31 2021
5

band on the run and jet are all time classics, the rest is pretty solid with only a couple exceptions

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

heyy paull!

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

The most important album made by a Beatle after The Beatles.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

Easy 5 stars.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Loved it

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Great album, first album oldest daughter liked

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

I love band in the run, best wings album, I’ve played this for every girlfriend I’ve had on my record player lol

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Mastapiece, Wings>Beatles

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Solo hace falta escuchar la canción homónima para decidir la calificación de este disco. De lo mejor de Paul en su carrera post-Beatles.

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Wed May 05 2021
5

Great, as one could expect!

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Brilliant!

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

Again def the best ever. Will be played at the funeral.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
5

Nice

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

Brilliant

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

I've always loved this album. Solid gold 5/5

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

Tolles Album! So gut wie die beatles aber erwachsener und mehr normale Musik!

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

Very good. Fun. Variety in each song.

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Mon May 10 2021
5

Still great 50 years later. McCartney is incomparable....

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Sun Jul 04 2021
5

I own this record on Vinyl. Don't need to listen to it to know it's great.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

Love this album. Have listened since I was a child.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

Dit is genieten. 100% must listen en 100% opnieuw beluisteren

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Sat May 29 2021
5

great album!!!

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Wed May 19 2021
5

Baller! Nothing to dislike here, many instant classics

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Wed Jul 07 2021
5

Paul lives. Classic.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
5

This album was amazing. I can't get over how good it is, I loved every single song so much. I had listened to a few songs previously but the new ones i have discovered are now in my library and I know I'm going to revisit this album again and again. 5/5 stars.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

Fantastic album! 5 stars all round

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

Wonderful

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

With Band On The Run, the best Beatle has created a brilliant piece of music filled with catchy, diverse, and organic sounds that blend extremely well together. Tracks like Band on The Run feel like you are escaping from a life filled with responsibilties to go on a great adventure, which is exactly what Wings did by recording this masterpiece thousands of miles away in Nigeria. It's just so energetic, emotional, personal, catchy, and epic that I can give this a 5/5 without hesitation.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
5

Wow, this is really good. Almost like a lost Beatles album. 4.8/5 stars

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Tue Aug 31 2021
5

This is probably the best album Paul made in his post Beatles career. It features some of his most iconic hits and a wide variety of delectable deep cuts that keep the listener invested until the final refrains of the title track after 1985 finishes

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Thu Sep 02 2021
5

Very good. Favorite tracks are probably "Band on the Run", "Mrs. Vandebilt", and "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five".

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

Классный, отобрал несколько треков на сэмплы

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Sat Sep 25 2021
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Band on the run, Jet, Mrs Vandebilt, Nineteen hundred and eighty five

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

🙌

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

Loved this, although it is quite top heavy. Band on the Run, Jet and Bluebird are the best tracks. Also love Mamunia. Do think Paul had the better career after the Beatles.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

This was so good! JET!! Need to explore the Beatle's other work, this did not disappoint

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

How have I never listened to this album? I know the two big radio hits, but Mrs. Vanderbilt, 1985, how do I not know these songs? They are fantastic songs. Paul is on my top three songwriters list. I was gonna give this one a four, but on my second listen I think it's a 5.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
5

Love love love

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Mon Nov 01 2021
5

Incredible album. Like George's All Things, but McCartney plus old timey pub with wooden paneled walls plus a hint of ABBA in the best possible way. Let it roll. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five is honey in my ears

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Thu Nov 04 2021
5

I appreciate that Wings might be a bit naff to some people, but this is top notch.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
5

Топ

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Test

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

great album, got nothing to say

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Wed Dec 29 2021
5

I love this album! Had been listening to it not two weeks before 1001 presented it to me. Jet is one of my all time favorites, but the whole album is superb!

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Wow, McCartney is maccartismo (idk y google keyboard claims this is a word). Anyhow, great album with sum unexpected power moves like the distorted synth/bass on Jet.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Absolutely stuffed with absolute bangers

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

There's a reason this album is so solidly regarded. Most of the songs on this album show up on later Wings retrospectives. Up until this point, Paul's solo works had not done well, but this has so many great things going. McCartney definitely needs that foil to write off of (in this case, Ronnie Laine). His own solo albums never really strike me as much as these. Perhaps that's why I like the solo album he did with Elvis Costello so much. The title track... I used to love this track a lot more, but there's something about it that bothers me now, maybe that it just sounds like a lot of riffs strung together before we get to the main chorus. I mean, they did that on "Abbey Road" with a bunch of short songs. Still, even those small pieces are so damn catchy. "Jet": who knew that this song was about his dog? Well, now you know. "Bluebird" is pretty good as well, but then the album starts to meander as well. But just on the strength on the first two songs ALONE this a damn good album. Sure, some of the other songs have a bit of head-scratching moment's like "Picasso's Last Words" but I still dig it. I'd probably give this 4 1/2 stars, rounding up to 5.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

When I think about the career of Sir Paul I can’t help but wonder how can an artist go back to the well of creativity over and over again and keep producing amazing hit music? Yes, there are some less than stellar tracks on this album, but songs like Band on the Run, Jet, and Let Me Roll It still tower over most other artist’s best efforts.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

A recent goal of mine is to properly go through the McCartney back catalogue since Band on the Run was the only one I knew. It's been hard to top it because Band on the Run is exactly the kind of album I love. So much so I listened to a lot of it yesterday after listening to the album from this site. I adore this album from start to finish. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five is a top 5 McCartney composition for me, including his massive Beatles hits. Absolutely flawless album for me and learning about the whole recording story in Nigeria and them getting robbed during the recording is interesting too.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

Beautiful

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

the album is a masteriece!!amazing

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

Great album and particularly enjoyed the title track, Jet and Let Me Roll It

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Omg straight up to my top 5 albums so far! So goooood 🥰

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Wed Mar 30 2022
5

I really enjoyed listening to the album Easy listening!!!

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

arggggh c’etait cool ca fait du bien

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Thu May 05 2022
5

A beautiful collection of catch Faul McCartney pop tunes. Let me roll it

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Sat May 07 2022
5

For my money better than any Beatles album (sorry)

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Wed May 11 2022
5

Reminded me of guitar hero

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Mon May 16 2022
5

Classic! Short but sweet.

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Mon May 23 2022
5

A bardzo elegancki albumik, serdeczna piąteczka. McCartney to McCartney, huh?

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Mon May 23 2022
5

Aż sam się nie spodziewałem, że aż tak mi się to spodoba. Na 9 utworów 4 to sztosy, a reszta trzyma wysoki poziom. Album akurat trafił się na weekend i mogłem więcej czasu na niego poświęcić i finalnie przesłuchałem go chyba z 8 razy.

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Mon May 23 2022
5

A really fun record. Tracks seem laid-back, but created with full commitment and utter entertainment from the musicians. As a result. Band On The Run is envigorating, but also rich in the sound department. Overall, a pleasurable surprise. Highlights: Bluebird, Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me), Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five (love the experiments with electronics here)

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Iconic album. Reminds me of childhood. Not a bad song on the album.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

J'adore Paul McCartney, J'adore les wings et j'adore Band on the run. Toutes les chansons sont classiques et tellement bonne. Vive the Wings

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Sat Jul 16 2022
5

Not only is this album full of hits, it features McCartney's songwriting at its apex post Beatles. The front half of the album is anchored by the title track and the heavier 'Jet' and 'Let me Roll It,' while the back half progresses to longer more suite like songs ending with the fantastic 'Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five' which references motifs from earlier tracks on side 1. This ties the album together and leaves the listener feeling as though they have listened to a whole work rather than just a collection of singles, which this album very much is.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
5

the first time i’ve listened to this full album and i’m so glad i did

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

I love this album, side A is perfect and side B is pretty good. Macca at his best.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

Great album - band on the run is a great song

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

I think this album speaks for itself fucking incredible, absolutely no complaints 10/10

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

le band en fug, borracho a las 9

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

Look, childhood exposure ensures I can give this no less than four stars no matter what faults it may have. (Not many of those though, I must admit.)

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

The best album by an ex-Beatle. Better than George's epic (triple albums are always too much), John wrote great songs but uneven albums. Ringo - his wife is the best looking. Seriously, this just proved he's a genius, even Mamunia. Let Me Roll It is one of the greatest answer songs of all time.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

Classic

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

I actually really enjoyed this album. It definitely has the Beatles vibes

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Sneakily excellent and brilliantly structured, this is easily the best thing McCartney ever did. Title track, "Jet" and the very underrrated (almost forgotten) "1985" are all extremely strong, drivig pop, with terrific hooks, and the in-between cuts are diverse enough to provide spicy variety. One's always been more Lennon than Macca, but this still rates a 5.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

easy

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

Great Melodies and creative songs

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

One of the most joyful albums I can think of. This is Paul McCartney at his best, writing classic pop songs with a great backing band. Ooh that saxophone! “Let Me Roll It” rocked my world the first time I heard it because of how much Paul sounds like John Lennon. People always assume Paul wrote the pop songs and John wrote the rock songs. But clearly Paul is very capable of writing killer rock songs (and singing the hell out of them too)!

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

It’s Macca - obviously 5 stars.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Love it. Not sure why I ignored for almost 50years

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

I love Paul McCartney and Wings! This is a great album, with the title track and “Jet” alone meriting a 5 rating. Lots of other great stuff on here though. Wonderful!

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

My brother had this on 8-track and I remember being vaguely afraid of the cover image so I don't think I ever listened to the whole thing. But I've always loved the title track and Jet and Nineteen-Hundred and Eighty-Five (but if you'd asked me yesterday about that last one, I wouldn't have realized I know it). The album is fun! Had a great time listening. Would do again.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

This is good stuff! The hit tracks that I already knew and the tracks that were new to me...just all good!

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

This made me very happy today. Good stuff!

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

Amazing album. Has all the McCartney-esque verve of the late Beatles albums.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

Un crack Paul, de lo mejor como solista con un tinte rockero

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

Wait. I thought this was supposed to be good. Ok this is so nice, not what I expected. 4 Major Graceland vibes. Ok nineteenhundredandeightyfive is so fucking good what the actual fuck. Ok that's a perfect song! 5 for that.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
5

Just a great Saturday morning album.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

Own this one so I obviously like it!

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Mon Nov 28 2022
5

Funny early indie

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

Another one of the first albums I ever bought as a youth. This one plus Ringo (you know the one with photograph ) were my introduction to post-Beatles Beatles. I really liked this album as a 12 year old and beyond. I was expecting this revisit to bring back those warm feelings and it definitely lived up to it, especially on my 2nd time through. Great melodic sense and lots of different styles very well executed and beautifully crafted. Stand outs for me; Band on the Run, Bluebird, Helen Wheels, Let Me Roll it and especially Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five, a pulsating, mid-tempo piano-based rocker that ends the album with a bang after a slightly lacklustre side 2. 5 stars

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Mon Oct 19 2020
4

Surprisingly enjoyable, despite not fawning over the Beatles. The titular track is a classic anyways.

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Thu Oct 08 2020
4

Cool, especially fun front half. I hate hate hate the choir in the intro of the last song. i thought rolling stones were gonna suck but I guess I'm wrong

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

So many hits. Pretty damn good.

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Sat Mar 27 2021
4

This is a case where the Deluxe Edition is very tedious but the standard version is stellar. Great album!

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Tue Dec 01 2020
4

i love paul so this is top tier ok

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

I liked this more than the Beatles I'd give a 4.5 if I could. Still don't think I've heard a 5 star album on this list

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Not a bad album.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Baddest band in the land

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

gud

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

Some really catchy stuff, although I wouldn't expect any less of Paul McCartney. Lots to enjoy here, and I appreciate the variety of tone and style across the album.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Lot of familiar zeitgeist melodies. First song band on the run has a fun progression.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Amazed at the song writing ability of Paul. My favorite songs were the first 2 on the album. Band on the Run and Jet.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Pleasantly surprised. Songs I’ve heard that I didn’t know were Paul McCartney

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Kanske snart jag börjar förstå McCartneys genialitet. Vilken skiva! Blueebiiiiiird! Stark öppning i band on the run sen trampar skivan bara på som ett par kraftiga kängor i en snårig skog! Förstår att den här skivan lär blivit jäkligt stor när den kom. Riktigt bra! Gillar som vanligt alla inspel med saxofon :D. Bästa låten: Alla utom Picassos last words (drink to me) - den var inte bra.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

A found very interesting songs in this album

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Mon May 03 2021
4

I listened to it 5 times. Really good, lots of bops

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

I can’t believe as a Beatles fan I’ve never listened to this album. It was incredible.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Some quality songwriting, definitely adding to the ‘listen more’ pile

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Pretty good a lot of "the hits"

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

An enjoyable album. Clearly band on the run is the shining star, but there's enough quirkiness and melody that carries through it to be a very fun listen.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Super cool, bluebird is a bop

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Mycket bra skiva! Hade fått för mig att Wings var ett mkt senare projekt av McCartney, men det var ju i princip direkt efter Beatles. Bästa låten: Band on the run. Mrs Vanderbilt och Let me roll it också toppen. Gillar inte Mamunia, men annars ett genombra album. Hade bara hört singeln Band on the run tidigare. Hade även i huvet blandat ihop REO Speedwagons kanonlåt "Take it on the Run" med "Band on the run". När jag först tänkte på titeln "Band on the run" så såg/hörde jag framför mig REO Speedwagons låt :)

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

fun album. jet is a great song

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

This has three of my favorite post-Beatles McCartney songs on it.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

I found this album to have such character and colour. It has almost its own genre and authenticity, despite being pop rock on the surface. The production is awesome, and very Martin-esque!

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Great album, couple of duds but full of tunes

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

4 if just for how good 3-4 tracks are

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

Suffragette appears in songs more often than I would have thought. Great album.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

I liked it.  At some point it hit me, something that I hadn’t ever really put to words, as with all Beatles stuff, they seem to rely heavily on their vocals. I was especially thinking that about 75% of the way through, but then ended up liking some of their last songs.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Erstaunlicher grower! Anfangs etwas zu quirky, teils haarscharf am grandios Lächerlichen der tollen Oliver Onions, ja sogar an Boney M („Mrs Vandebilt“) musste ich gaaaanz kurz denken, aber die scharfe Kurve, die McCartney‘s Wings fliegen, wurde gemeistert, jede ihrer Figuren elegant, leicht und leicht verschmitzt. Tolle verschwenderische Platte mit so vielen Songs, die ich immer wieder gerne herausholen werde. Big 4.3

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Sometimes math is a bit depressing. I realized the last time I heard this entire album was probably 43 years ago. After that first listen, I came back fir the title track on a regular basis - adding it to my saved Spotify list early last year. “Jet” is a decent pop tune that I hear a lot, but generally not on purpose. Rest of the album pretty average. “Mrs.Vandebilt” is a good two minute song that runs 4 1/2 minutes. I got excited about the guitar solo at the end of “Mumonia”, only to sadly realize it was the fade out. I also like most of “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five”, but thought the slowish middle interlude detracted. I think it’s a 3.5, but rounding up on the stellar “Band on the Run”

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Interesting how 1001 Albums lists the artist as Paul McCartney but Spotify lists it as Wings - 1001 Albums knows why people are interested in the album. I was surprised to recognize the first two songs. Jet was a great track and Mrs Vandebilt was a good surprise as well

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Very good album by a very good Beatle. Thought I had this on vinyl, was disappointed when I looked and I didn’t. In relistening, I remembered how much I enjoyed this.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Great album! I have the live version

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Really enjoyed this.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Solid album, well composed

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

Very, very, close to 5 stars

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Fav songs: Band on the run, Bluebird, Picasso's Last Words

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

medio zzz pero es chill.me gusta para hacer las tareas

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

(what a great melodic salve after the eardrilling of the Velvet Underground) A handful of classics from my childhood sound as good as I remember and the title track alone almost gives this a 4 on its own. To me the best of this matches well with Paul's better Beatles tunes, and although it falters just a bit near the end I love the weird sci-fi-ish "1985" as a closer. 8/10 4 stars

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

really enjoyed this record

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Fri May 14 2021
4

I didn’t want to like this as much as I did. And yet, I did. Really good stuff. McCartney always was the better songwriter anyway.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Much more my style. Great listen.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

A collection of great songs, with only a few places where it sags.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Hot take: SOS>BOR?

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

lover it

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Sat May 08 2021
4

This album opened up with probably its strongest track with pretty funky guitars at the beginning transitioning into the chiller band on the run part. I found bluebird, and mrs Vanderbilt to be another standout of the album, both featuring jazzy saxophones and a certain funk to it. The rest of the album however seems to be quite generic 70s rock with lots of acoustic guitar. 7/10

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Wed May 19 2021
4

A strong solo effort by Macca that shows the growth of his style as a solo artist, but still retains plenty of the influence of that earlier group he was with. The hits are undeniable - both the title track and Jet are complex, yet accessible, of their time, yet timeless. A few of the songs could have been deep cuts from Beatles' albums and would therefore have been much better known (Let Me Roll It, Mamunia). The clunkers, for me, are Last Words..., which feels like a White Album reject akin to You Know the Name, Look Up the Number, and those tracks whose sound is too firmly entrenched in the 70s' FM "rock" genre to have much lasting value. I wouldn't mind most of these songs coming up in a random rotation, but there are definitely some I wouldn't ever choose to play. In a 10-pt. system, I have gone with a 7; here, it could be a three or four, but since it's Sir Paul, I rounded up.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

McCartney is an amazing songwriter

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

4 deze kan muziek maken hoor!

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Sat May 08 2021
4

not my vibe, i wouldn't chose to listen to it other than background music tho. LOVE THE SAX IN BLUEBIRD THO. gotta give it a 7/10 because the sax moment.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

This album is so good. I like that it is a concept album but doesn’t feel like one.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

This feels like a transitional album, in a way. It has a solid 70s feel with the twangish guitars, the walking bass, and the like. It feels kind of like sitting on a dock, fishing, on a summer day. Not bad by any means though.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

one of my very favorite post-Beatles records. Second only to All Things Must Pass. If "Let Me Roll" it was a b-side then that should be all you need to know

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

One of the first albums that I really started listening to. It brings me back to when I was dating my first girlfriend at the age of 16 since we listened to it a lot. There's some great songs in this one. Standouts include Band on the Run, Jet, Mrs. Vandebilt, Let Me Roll It, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
4

It's better than you think

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

Really happy to be giving this 4 stars because I'm not a huge Beatles fan and didn't think id like this. The first and last tracks are absolutely class, with 1985 building up to a big finish back at the first song. Couple of songs that I wasn't mad about like Let Me Roll It but overall great album.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

I mean he's a Beatle.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

Some classics I recognize like Band on the Run and Let me roll it

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

I'm hardly consistent in my scoring, but I really enjoyed this album

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

McCartney’s intention to show he could do it himself without The Beatles or Lennon, BOTR is full of invention and despite what had gone before, plenty of ambition. Classic rock, pop, whatever; there are moments of genius all over this album.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

August 26, 2021 This was good! Some tracks are catchier than others but I liked the changes in tone and structure. A solid listen.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

solid album. every song is good

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

I'm not sure how I feel about the reprises from the earlier songs that punctuate the latter half of this record. Otherwise, this is full of great moments that remind me why I love PM

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

Really eclectic mix of songs on this album. No duds, but only a couple of really good songs (Band on the Run, Jet). Worth a listen though, some of the songs seem like they would grow on you.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

I can't believe I've never listened to this album given how I obsessed over the Beatles when I was younger

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

Now I can say for sure where I know all these classics from.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

I really enjoyed this album. It was before I was of age, and while I had heard some of the songs on their previously, I hadn’t heard the whole work. Reading the background on it was enlightening as well.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

Great album. Not much else to say.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

At the time, this was considered Paul McCartney's first great record since the Beatles broke up. There are a couple great ones post-Beatles but pre-BOTR, in my opinion. But this record is truly great. And the story of all the band quitting except Paul, Linda, and the other guy - that's cool too. Oh! And his lyrics/arrangements book was stolen pretty much as soon as they arrived in the place (can't remember the exotic locale) where it was recorded. So, as much as Paul McCartney could experience adversity at this point in his career, I like to imagine that helped create this masterpiece.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

....... pretty songs - mixed grill

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

I'm always torn with McCarthy. I love the Beatles and I want to love a McCarthy album, but they alway seem to come up short. This one is the best of the bunch though.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

This feels like Beatles-adjacent music for people that thought the band got a little too "out there" by the end, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Band on the Run starts the show with a one-two punch of show-stoppers that brute force this 3-star album into drawing 4, though that isn't to say it doesn't have its moments beyond the singles. The final two tracks (which contain reprisals of the singles, ironically) are pretty strong, too, and even some of the middle tracks are enjoyable when they aren't bringing in too much of the schmaltz—Bluebird and Mamunia are the low points of the record and only serve to tell me that McCartney has no idea what the weather is like in LA. Not quite the best thing a Beatle was involved with after the 60s, but in Paul's defense, it's pretty hard to top the Simpsons in its golden age.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

This is a generous 4, I really liked that album at some point but it didn't hit me as hard this time around mrs vanderbilt still slaps

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

Wow, why have I never listened to this?

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Sat Oct 02 2021
4

Classic 70s pop, packed with hooks. Great cover - Parky and his showbiz pals, only missing Tarby!

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

an all time favourite of mine

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Not man on the run.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

Title track is a huge classic but also love Bluebird and Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five. Like how there's call backs to previous tracks scattered throughout, at some points it verges on psychadelic

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

I have got a slightly irrational love for this album. Takes me back to my teens. Trite lyrics and iresistably poppy tunes not usual my bag at all, but this is a great mood uplifter. Love it still though not played for years.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

So nostalgic and gives a fun but subtle feeling.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

The album wasn't bad and I love "Let Me Roll It" and personally think it's the best song on the album. 7/10.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

I didn't expect to like it this much! Not all winners, but I like the groove of the entire album.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Really liked it. Funny Beatles vibes

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