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Band On The Run

Paul McCartney

1973

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Band On The Run

Rating

3.63

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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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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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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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4

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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5

The best of them

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Nice

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5

Indeputiably wonderful

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5

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

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5

Super bien.

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5

classic

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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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5

heyy paull!

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5

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

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5

Easy 5 stars.

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5

Loved it

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5

Great album, first album oldest daughter liked

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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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5

Mastapiece, Wings>Beatles

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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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5

Great, as one could expect!

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5

Brilliant!

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5

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

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Nice

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Brilliant

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5

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

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5

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

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5

Very good. Fun. Variety in each song.

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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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5

great album!!!

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5

Baller! Nothing to dislike here, many instant classics

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5

Paul lives. Classic.

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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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5

Fantastic album! 5 stars all round

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Wonderful

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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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5

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

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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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5

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

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5

Классный, отобрал несколько треков на сэмплы

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5

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

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🙌

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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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5

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

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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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5

Love love love

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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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5

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

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5

Топ

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Test

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5

great album, got nothing to say

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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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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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5

Absolutely stuffed with absolute bangers

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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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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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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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5

Beautiful

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5

the album is a masteriece!!amazing

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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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5

arggggh c’etait cool ca fait du bien

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5

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

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5

For my money better than any Beatles album (sorry)

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5

Reminded me of guitar hero

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5

Classic! Short but sweet.

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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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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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4

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

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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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4

So many hits. Pretty damn good.

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4

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

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4

i love paul so this is top tier ok

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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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4

Not a bad album.

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4

Baddest band in the land

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gud

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4

+

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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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4

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

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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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4

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

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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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4

A found very interesting songs in this album

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4

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

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4

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

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4

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

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4

Pretty good a lot of "the hits"

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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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4

Super cool, bluebird is a bop

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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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4

fun album. jet is a great song

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4

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

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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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4

Great album, couple of duds but full of tunes

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4

4 if just for how good 3-4 tracks are

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4

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

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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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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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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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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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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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4

Great album! I have the live version

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4

Really enjoyed this.

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4

Solid album, well composed

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4

Very, very, close to 5 stars

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4

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

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4

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

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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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4

really enjoyed this record

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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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4

Much more my style. Great listen.

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4

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

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4

Hot take: SOS>BOR?

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4

lover it

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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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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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4

McCartney is an amazing songwriter

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4

4 deze kan muziek maken hoor!

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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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4

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

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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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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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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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4

It's better than you think

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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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4

I mean he's a Beatle.

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4

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

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4

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

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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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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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4

solid album. every song is good

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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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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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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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4

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

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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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4

Great album. Not much else to say.

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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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4

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

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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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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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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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4

Wow, why have I never listened to this?

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4

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

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4

an all time favourite of mine

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4

Not man on the run.

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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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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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So nostalgic and gives a fun but subtle feeling.

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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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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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Really liked it. Funny Beatles vibes

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4/5 Nice, happy songs

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Familiar with the two singles and didn't really expect to enjoy this album as much as I did.

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First time really listening to Wings, aside from a few random songs. Great vibes, though a lot of songs felt repetitive or overindulgent. Most Fav: Band on the Run, Bluebird, Mrs Vandebilt, Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five Least Fav: Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me), Mamunia

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1. "Band on the Run" ***** 2. "Jet" *** good tune, annoying lyrics 3. "Bluebird" - pretty but dull ballad 4. "Mrs. Vandebilt" - Granny song with bouncy 4/4 bass *** 5. "Let Me Roll It" ***** 6. "Mamunia" Lovely fingerpicked guitar, faux-Afirca influence (recorded in Lagos? - wiki says written in Marraskesh) **** 7. "No Words" Quality ballad, nice guitar work **** 8. "Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)" Picasso as Rocky Raccoon? **** 9. "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five" Cool keyboard-driven buildup, as if written for a movie **** 10. "Helen Wheels" Guitar-based glam/boogie blues, slightly annoying backing vocals (Linda?)

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Pretty groovy. Not all bangers, but a few are great

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Pop rock. Melódico. Bastante bueno.

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3.8....have to give 4....for band or, bluebird and others

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Definitely McCartney. Pretty good.

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The best of post-Beatles McCartney. Best track: Band on the Run

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Wow. This album is awesome. Again I found myself completely unfamiliar with the work of the artist, and I seriously dug this album.

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Paul har så fin röst!! definitivt min bästa bagge. det ska han ha, grabben.

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Tof album. Hier en daar een heel leuk nummer. De rest minder memorabel

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Instrumentals and melodies are sick, classic Paul McCartney. Simple lyrics, went sickomode with the nonlexical vocables Favorite songs: Jet, Nineteen hundred

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Very clever man, that McCartney...

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Good album. Progressive folk. Would listen again.

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Band on the Run is a masterpiece of a song in my opinion, just so good!

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A classic.

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Lovely album

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Virker som et godt album med flere gode sange på. 3.5. Kræver flere gennemlyt

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Excellent, catchy with super remarkable and rememberable tracks.

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The grand question - were the Beatles ever as good solo as they were together? The answer for Paul McCartney is clear. He's got some great solo tracks, but I don't think he was ever as good solo as he was with the Beatles. But that's not really a fair way to judge his solo albums, is it? A-hem, you must be as good as the Beatles to get a 5. So, I'm trying to listen without thinking, "This dude wrote Let it Be and Hey Jude and so on and so on." Great - Band on the Run, Let Me Roll It, Mrs. Vandebilt, Jet (at first, I classified this as "good not great" but then it got stuck in my head). Good - Mamunia (I really like the African stylings), No Words (sounds like it would fit on ELO's Out of the Blue), Picasso's Last Words, Nineteen-Hundred and Eighty-Five. Bluebird is probably the weakest song on the album - meh 70s soft rock. So, 4/9 great, 4/9 good, 1 meh. Probably makes it a 4.5 and now I'm going to add my bias of "but it's not as good as the Beatles" and round it DOWN to a 4. It just doesn't feel like a 5. Sorry, Paul. You're still awesome to me.

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How is that we've got an album by a Beatle without getting any by the Beatles yet? Luckily Paul is my favorite Beatle (in band or post-band). I was kind of surprised I didn't like this album more. I mean, I love the title track, Jet, and Nineteen Hundred & Eighty Five. But Bluebird and No Words were kind of meh. Even Let Me Roll It - it was good but got kind of boring (could've been 1min shorter). Mrs Vandebilt and Mamunia were both a bit wacky but very cool. Picasso's Last Words also wacky but not nearly as cool. So, a good album but not amazing.

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Disco caps at a 3 for me. This was a slightly above average album. Loved the guitar work.

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This is such a fun album. I've listened to it more times than I can count, and I still finds new wrinkles to obsess over. McCartney is pretty good.

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enjoyed a lot more than expected

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Some classic tracks, overall not a 5 star one though

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Like a post Beatles revival

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Wings - Band On The Run Jet Set your aircraft on the runway, push all the way up the throttle and let it fly! Wings was my last discovery of Paul McCartney works and somehow one of the greatest to be honest, I really appreciate that it's my first to review when I'll have all the previous albums to listen to after this one. Run was the 1973 word I think, it's all about run in that time, "no one told when to run", "the title of the album", well they didn't know that a band would be on a rush ever after this year. How ironic is that this is the last from a member of the band in the list and it comes at me first, maybe I'm on the run to the other ones, I don't know but I'm not even close to the end and that comforts me along the ride I set. B

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Pretty much a one man band by this time - but what a one man band. The opening five tracks are close to perfection. Imagine what this might have sounded like with contributions from his previous band members.

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I think this was one of the albums that was always on repeat when visiting my aunts house when I was a kid… I’m very familiar with it but I don’t remember ever listening to it on purpose lol. I think I like it very much even tho it feels a bit silly

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So much great stuff here. The title track is a perfect opener. It loses a little steam 3/4ths of the way in but easily a stellar release from Paul. Even without the others.

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Like that

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Testing notes

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Genre: Pop Rock 4/5 It took 79 albums(!), but lo and behold, I finally got my first Beatles/Beatles-member release. Band on the Run, an album I've listened to all the way through without skips at least 25 times, is a decent place as any to start in terms of Paul McCartney's solo discography for a casual listener. I'm a true Macca-head, and I've listened through his discography more times than I'm willing to say on a public forum. All I'll say is that it's not his best solo album (his best solo album, Ram, isn't even in the book which is OUTRAGEOUS), but it's a damn good rock album that had some big-time hits for him and his group, Wings. Him and John Lennon always had a musical competition amonst themselves, one would drop a hot single, another would drop a hot album with a diss track, then the other would do the same. It was an exciting time in pop music, for sure. That competition is apparent here as well. The Lennon/Phil Spector effect is felt big time, as the saxophone plays a big role here in a lot of tracks, an instrumental layer that Paul had really yet to fully dive into until this album. The product made here, regardless of sax use, is really clean and exquisite, the hallmark of a Paul McCartney production. The title track, Jet, Let Me Roll It, and Nineteen-Hundred and Eighty-Five are four of Paul's best, and they're perfectly placed throughout the album. The filler in between aren't pop masterpieces (Mamunia, No Words), but they aren't duds either. A very enjoyable, rather unpretentious effort from Paul here. The hard work and manicuring is there, but Paul and co. are having quite a bit of fun.

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Big Beatles fan but never really dove into Paul’s solo stuff. It’s quite good. Some really good Beatles-ish music

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A proper classic album, by the greatest songwriter in the history of recorded music (arguably)

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Two great hit songs, but didn’t find the rest of the album very good. Paul is my least favorite Solo Beatle.

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Best wings album 11/10 better than Beatles For Sale

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After watching all 50,000 hours of the 'Get Back' documentary and being amazed at watching Paul McCartney whip out 'Get Back' while waiting for John Lennon to come to work, I acknowledge his genius. But then in the same documentary, you see him churn out utter bullshit like 'Maxwells Silver Hammer' and realize when McCartney is on, he's on. When he's off, he is way fucking off. The same goes for 'Band On The Run'. McCartney's entire post-Beatles career is basically him spouting 'I wrote Hey Jude' and revising common history that everybody knows is fucking bullshit but he does it anyway. Band on the Run, Jet, and Let Me Roll it do the heavy lifting on this album to merit it on a list of 1,001 albums you must listen to, but the rest of the McCartney drivel waters down the splendor of what could be a good album - but this isn't the only McCartney or Beatles album that is guilty of such. The last two tracks, 'Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)' and 'Nineteen-Hundred and Eighty-Five' are fun little jaunts that you want to hear once and be done with. 4/5.

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8/10 trails off in the middle.

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After being a Beatles fan for many years, "Band on the Run" was one of the first post-Beatles albums I ventured into. I gravitated towards the big, bombastic Martin-esque arrangements (the end of "Nineteen Eighty Five" is still killer), the Abbey-Road-esque suites (the title track is a classic example of "greater than the sum of its parts") and the polished, radio-friendly rock ("JET!"… enough said). It's still a great listen, but I can just about shake my bias to say it's a bit lightweight in places. "Bluebird" and "Mamunia" both have nice choruses, but "nice" is about the most enthusiastic word I can muster for them. They breeze by, meandering a bit around their verses, and then they're over without leaving much of an impression. On any Beatles album they'd have been forgettable and throwaway. It's also hard to say how much the setting of Lagos, Nigeria influenced the recording, other than the band plastering on some "exotic" percussion. Guiros and claves abound… Still, "Picasso's Last Words" is an underrated gem, with its melancholic singalong that goes through various iterations (one including some dazzling strings). While not enthralling from beginning to end, I'll always love the simplicity of the "OH- HEY HO" in "Mrs Vandebilt." And ultimately, the album still gets four stars on the strength of its best tracks: the two openers, two closers and the brilliant "Let Me Roll It" (often labelled Lennon-esque for its heavy use of echo, deployed intentionally by McCartney).

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Paul McCartney is a musical genius. While his work with Wings doesn't hold up as well as The Beatles work. This is still a very very good album and I enjoyed it a lot. Paul McCartney's bass playing is one of my favorite parts of anything he's on and that is the case on this album as well.

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Band on the Run by Paul McCartney & Wings (1973 [U.S. release, including “Helen Wheels”]) I loved this album when it came out, even though my best friend hated it (I suspect he purloined my copy and found a way to throw it away—it’s the only way I can explain its later absence from my collection. Fink!). But in my high assessment of this record, I was adamant to the point of defiance. This is Paul McCartney doing what Paul McCartney does best—musically intelligent pop. But I haven’t listened to it in decades, so this was a bit of a journey into the past. And what a nice trip. And yes, that is James Coburn with his hand on Christopher Lee’s shoulder on the campy cover photo. The ‘band’ Wings at the time this album was recorded consisted of only (1) McCartney, (2) wife Linda, and (3) vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Denny Laine. That’s it. Lyrically playful, consisting of near-mindless mini narratives and sweet emotings, there’s nothing serious here, with words simply carrying the tune and providing a means to prompt the melody into becoming the primary ping on the listener’s sonar. But the vocal arrangements are highly entertaining, and the compositions develop wonderfully shifting moods, a McCartney speciality. This album is very instructive at helping the serious fan of The Beatles to sort out what McCartney’s specific contribution had been to the fabulous quartet. Listen to Abbey Road immediately after listening to Band on the Run, and you’ll hear both albums in a new way. The first two tracks, “Band on the Run” and “Jet” and the added track for the U.S. release “Helen Wheels” became top 40 hits because they tapped into the subconscious of the English-speaking world. In 1973 we were ready for a break from all the seriousness. Nixon cancelled the draft (a little too late for me, but it was still a relief. And in retrospect, four years in the U.S. Navy wasn’t a total waste of time). Let’s put on some Paul McCartney and take a deep breath before going back to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. “Let Me Roll It” is Paul McCartney doing a John Lennon-style composition with a Paul McCartney-style arrangement. In my view, this song is the nearest thing we’ll ever hear like a post-Beatles ‘Beatles’ sound. I’ll let other Beatles fans ponder this suggestion. I had forgotten how much I loved the elaborations on the chord progression toward the end of “Nineteen-Hundred and Eighty-Five”. Play it loud, man. The bass playing is, of course, exquisite. And fat in the mix to boot. Go Paul. The genius of this album is in the incorporation of suitable sounds from unexpected regions of the available soundscape. Paul McCartney knew how to hook the listener. Well, me at least. 4/5

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I really appreciated the instrumentation. Although some tracks were lengthy, they did not feel that way at all. It is my first time listening to a Paul McCartney album and I wasn't sure what to expect, but Band on the Run as an introductory was really good. Favorite song: Bluebird Least favorite song: Mamunia

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I’m going 4 stars. I’ve always loved the sing-songy guitar parts and triptych structure of the title track. Like Andy, I had no clue “Jet” was called “Jet.” But how about “Let Me Roll It”? Again, the guitar part you can sing. I’m listening to it once more and I can barely pick out McCartney’s voice. You’d think that would be a negative, but it works. I dig it. But where’s the Weird Al track “Ham on the Run”? Gotta think that writes itself.

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Only a lack of focus stops this from being a great album. The opening salvo of 'Band on the Run', 'Jet' and 'Bluebird' is as good as anything in pop. Sounds fantastic on a decent set of speakers. What more should I add? Does anyone need to observe that Paul McCartney knows his way around a tune? I assume this has been noted in the past.

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Played over and over on its release. An amusing and varied album with some fine harmonies and solid writing. Listening again after many years it still sounds fine but is not quite there for a full house.

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Ah, yes, the second of Paul McCartney's THREE DISTINCT MUSICAL careers. Most people don't even have ONE! This guy has three. Faul quit hogging the musical careers. There are some undeniable hits on here and I have a huge softspot for whatever genre of Rock this is. Easy 4 stars from me, but not quite transcendent enough to get me to 5.

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Listened to on 5/9/22 4.5/5 Favorite song: let me roll it, 1985 This album was great - very easy to listen to and some surprise bangers. I also loved Drink to Me but the gaps in the song were distracting and odd. The album had some exotic influences and the McCartney’s being robbed at knifepoint to make it bumped it up to 4.5 in my book

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Title track is great but rest is more 3.5. Rounded up.

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McCartney excel.lint per fi en solitari en el seu millor disc dels 70. La primera cara és de 5 estrelles, gairebé incontestable. La segona afluixa una mica, però continuen sent grans temes de pop que mai s'esgoten en les successives escoltes

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Pleasant vocals, vibrant music, some old school charm. "Band on the Run" is an album that's simply enjoyable, with just enough musical variety to perfectly utilise its 40 minute length without overstaying its wellcome or leaving things unsaid. highlights: Nighteen Hundred and Eighty Five

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Just Paul McCartney… not offensive but doesn’t blow me away. Couple of great tunes mind.

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Alright

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I don't really like the Beatles much so no idea what to expect here. I know band on the run but I had no idea it was McCartney. This is better than the Beatles, still a bit clunky though. 3/5

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Its decent

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if i ever get out of here gives it a whole extra star

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1973. Key Songs: Jet, Let Me Roll It, Mamunia

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I enjoyed this album and it was a good way to explore McCartney's music as prior to this I only really was aware of his work with The Beatles, bar a few tracks. Let Me Roll It was my favorite of the tracks.

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Ok, couple of good tracks and rest was fine as background music

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OK but largely unmemorable. The music didn't grab me but wasn't unpleasant. It's was background music for me. I.e. something playing that I didn't focus on. Rate it 3.5/5.

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Not bad but just fails to love up close to any of the hype that's associated with a Ex-Beatle.

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A classic collection of Paul McCartney post-Beatles that gets better with every listen.

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Sounds like the Beatles. Love me some McCartney

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Fun, mellow!

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Great album. Awesome selection

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9 Songs. Opens with Band on the Run which is also the most memorable.

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Wings - no surprises here

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Not much to say about this one. Good enough but sort of delivers it's best material in the first two songs.

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Yeah, I mean it's a good album. Cool to listen to the deep cuts, they are all pretty solid too.

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it's unfortunate that the music he made solo came at a time in music history where music overall was so unpleasant. i wanted to like this, but i just don't. never liked the title track, never REALLY cared for jet...and everything else wasn't bad, it just wasn't for me.

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Light music

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A little generic rock sounding - but that might be because it's 40+ years old and was influential in making this sound generic. It's good and I get why it was a success when it came out. Band on the Run is obviously a classic, but Bluebird and Mamumia also stand out. It's like a less complex Beatles album... they use the whole "multiple songs in one" trick a few times which is cool but still feels poppy and safe. Not bad at all. Picasso's Last Words has White Album vibes and I like it but it never gets quite deep enough. I think it's an audible progression of drunkenness. The album never goes too deep below the surface. Which isn't a bad thing. It is also interesting to see the album cover and how many band members they are using to replicate the Beatles quartet sound.

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This would be a 2 for me, but Band on the Run carries the rest of the album on its back across the third star. If I wanted lovey-dovey Paul McCartney, I'd just listen to his Beatles tracks.

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+Surprisingly fun +Catchy, sing-along-ish songs -Repeating same songs on latter half of the songs? Did I miss something? -Simplistic, that's a plus or minus Would I listen to it again? Possibly, maybe willingly. If songs from this album are on the radio, there's a good chance I'd listen to them and sing along.

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Sounds like 106.7 the Fox

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Like listening to 106.9, The Fox.

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Auch in Sir Paul's take on Afrobeat (haha, lass das den Fela nicht hören, der war eh schon sauer!) kann er nicht von der Zirkusmusik und Shantychören lassen und schmuggelt sie uns in der Collage um Picassos letzte Wort so halbelegant, White-Album-mäßig unter. Nicht die schlechteste Nummer auf diesem zwar unheilumrankten aber erfolgreichsten Album der "Band" Wings, die natürlich nur ein weiteres Vehikel für Paules Ego waren. Wäre schon interessant, was Lennon dazu gesagt hätte. Vermutlich gibt es hier mehr zu entdecken als mir gerade auffällt, aber so richtig interessant finde ich das alles auch nicht. Aber vielleicht ragen deshalb die beiden letzten Nummern des Albums so raus, die Picasso-Nummer gefällt mir in ihrer (sehr) wohltemperierten Schräge, 1985 klingt für mich wie die bessere Version von "When I'm 65".

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Excuse me 1001 Albums this is a Wings album not just Paul. Put some respect on the actual BAND on the run. "Band on the Run" is an absolute jam no matter how many times I hear. It's got such an interesting structure for a pop song that it makes repeat listens not feel so repetitive. "Jet" is another classic McCartney pop banger so that gives this album lots of points. It does start losing points after that though. More and more of Paul's silly love songs with little spurts of interesting instrumentation popping up to keep me interested enough to finish the album. Mainly, (we all saw it coming) that sexy sax! But by the time "Picasso's Last Word," entered its 3rd boring minute I was pretty ready for it to be over. I find it really interesting that critics of the time toted this as Paul's return to creative genius, when in 1971 he released RAM which has way more interesting songs and is overall just a ton of fun. That album better be on this list because it kicks this one's ass. On a few songs there were these really fun synth lines that stood out to me but only lasted a couple of seconds and never returned. This got me wondering what a McCartney electronica album would sound like. Spotify sort of granted my wish by playing the song "Cuff Link" from a later Wings album once this album finished. It was a totally synth layered instrumental track that sounded like a slowed down Justice or Daft Punk song if you took all of the fuzz out. So props to this album for showing me that I guess.

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3.5 - When an artist is given free reign to produce whatever he wants, without his former bandmates there to break his balls, does it enhance or detract from the final product? In the case of "Band on the Run", absent of John Lennon and his former co-creators, I'd say Paul's product leans too heavily on playful jokiness and I end up missing an emotional connection with these songs. Clearly, Paul's beautiful and unparalleled ear for melody is here. What's also here is some of his hokier and more childish instincts - writing about cartoonish characters (think Rocky Raccoon, Bungalow Bill, etc) and composing music that to me comes off as kids music. Like Raffi on an extreme sugar high. All of it is good but it's hard for me to take songs like "Jet" and "Bluebird" too seriously. Does this guy ever have a bad day, or is he just constantly farting rainbows?

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Quite bland. Like a Sunday afternoon at home.

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Shack?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yrop_GZsp-U

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Wings? They're only the band The Beatles could've been! ............. Someone else will write this.

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They didn't run far enough in my opinion. It was more like that marathon where Paula Radcliffe bend down and took a runny shit at the side of the road.

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Do you think this era of Paul McCartney humped pillows while thinking about himself? The album just oozes of self confidence that comes from global success. Some solid bangers in here. Some tracks that feel a tad overproduced IMO and dorky.

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Never thought of this album as a follow up to Ram, but I see it now. Paul McCartney truly seems to be fun on this album. It comes off the page, so to speak. This song has like 5 fives, real bangers each with at least two good hooks. Band on the run is almost cocky, he throws away like 3 hooks in the first minute of the song. Jet he drops two hooks. It’s all in vain though because there are also a few clunkers. Bluebird, perhaps song #2 of Paul’s “bird series” doesn’t hold a candle to blackbird, sounds like maybe Linda Wrote it. Mamunia is done real Paul Simon world music trash, probably appropriated when they visited Nigeria and yes, maybe written by Linda. Then there was the unnecessary medley of remixes of early songs at the end of “Picasso’s last words” it’s like the cutting room floor found it’s way onto this track for some reason, it’s a good allegory for the whole album, should’ve edited. Could’ve been a 5 with two more songs and minus 3-4 others. B-

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Wings fly the thinnest line between 70s rock perfection and cheese. I guess that's part of the appeal at this point in time. Big orchestration. Tasteful synthesizer. Sounds a lot like ELO in places. Straight down the middle, beautiful songs, but deceptively complex here and there. That's Paul's magic. I'm split on this one. It's possibly the best thing he made post Beatles (sorry Ram)? It's a lame duck with clipped Wings? B+

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It's just okay. It it wasn't Paul McCartney people wouldn't rate it as highly.

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LOVE the Beatles but I've never given Wings a go, pleasantly surprised. You can definitely still hear echo's of the later Beatles style and I enjoyed a few songs from the album. Will play again 👍🏻

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This album starts off so strong; three memorable and iconic tracks. But, it loses its way as much of McCartney's solo works do. Dare I say he had too much "yes" men and weed around him to keep things concise.

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Ach ja ganz ok und ziemlich belanglos klingend

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wow it sounds like the Beatles, that's crazy. My mom says that the first song on this album was a hit but I thought it was probably the worst one. Goes to show that people from the 70s weren't actually cool and the shit they liked also sucked dookie

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21st June 2021 Listened on my phone when finishing off work for the day after catching up on unlistened to podcasts. Really enjoyed this actually, a very wide ranging sound which I don't think I give McCartney credit for. Hints of early electro which is fun.

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My knowledge of Wings pretty much begins and ends with Alan Partridge calling them "the band The Beatles could have been". He's probably not too far wrong - there's plenty of songs here that could easily fit onto a later Fab Four album if they'd had someone else to give them a good-looking over. The hooks and pop smarts are still there, but it doesn't quite work as well as his albums with the Beatles. Reading the Wiki of the album was almost as entertaining as listening to it - deciding to record it in post-Biafran war Lagos amidst a Cholera outbreak for the exoticism (?!) and an irate Fela Kuti storming into their studio accusing McCartney of appropriating Nigerian music after visiting his club (only calmed by being played some of their recordings). The album works best when it strays into Abbey Road medley territory, switching around mid-song and re-visiting previous hooks, and the final Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five is a pretty funky jam - could work well with an extended edit of the piano. Not an album I'd have listened to without this challenge, but glad I did. I was ready to give it a 4 or even higher on first listen, but the initial giddy high didn't quite stay on repeat listens and I doubt it's one I'll revisit in full too often. Sounds better on headphones too, some nice production. 3/5 on the 1001 scale, 3.5 for me.

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3. it's fine for what it is, not particularly stellar but not bad. Tbh I expected to recognize more of the tracks considering his incredible list of hits.

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There are parts of this album I really like. Band on the Run is a master piece. I also enjoyed Jet, Mrs. Vanderbilt (…Ho, Hey, Ho…), and Nineteen-Hundred and Eighty-Five. If Mamunia and No Words were deleted and the various distinct parts of Band on the Run we’re expanded into their own songs, this would be solid, 4 star album.

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It was fine. Couple of good radio hits, but nothing to really elevate it to higher levels.

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Mooi album Paul, maar niet iets dat ik echt vanzelf opzet. Ik wil wel eens door heel zijn discography gaan want het is wel allemaal kwaliteit

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Decent

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More eclectic sounds than I expected. solid

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This is actually quite a fun album. Could see myself putting it on again. No bad songs either, as far as I recall. Really liked Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five, and Jet.

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Few goodies, felt like a toss of decent songs together, there are different versions

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Disco ligero, muy lindo, no es mi estilo favorito pero me gusto.

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3

Good album. Opening 2 tracks are whopper. Few nice songs to round out the album nicely.

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3

Good songs.

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Second time hearing this album, still 3 stars from me.

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Not great, not very bad

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Lots to enjoy on here, needs a bit of patience with some of the songs because they take a while to open up. Quite an immersive album if you just go with the flow of it. Echos of some the The Beatles later stuff and shades of RAM as well which can only be a good thing in my book. Would happily revisit which is just as well because I think it’s an album you really need to spend some time with to fully appreciate

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One of the better post beatles albums.

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Nothing stands out. However, I really enjoyed 1900 and 85, and I did add that to my playlist. Good album, but it's not for me. I probably will never listen to this album again.

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Retrograde one, but songwriting is accurate and balanced. Cinematographic. Good example of “one famous person with a big band of professionals”.

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Paul McCartney's fifth album since leaving the Beatles and the third album with the Wings, is a rock album that is Paul's most successful since the Beatles - eventually being certified triple platinum. At release it received mixed reviews, but after a few singles were dropped the album ballooned in popularity. The music was enjoyable even if the lyrics didn't make sense some of the time.

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starts strong. ends real weird. 3.5

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I absolutely adore like a third of the songs on this album but to me it just doesn't quite end up as an all timer or something. stick to the singles

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Decent yet uneventful.

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Aside from the title track, this album was fairly underwhelming, especially after establishing a relatively strong solo presence.

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It makes me sad that this is honestly so average, considering the highs I know that McCartney can reach both as a solo artist and a band member.

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JET! Oooo-oooooo-oooooooo. JET!

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Enjoyed it more than I thought I would actually.

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We listened to this a lot back in the day so I was looking forward to hearing it again. The title track and Jet were great but otherwise it wasn’t as great as I remember. 3*

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Title track is justifiable hit--clever, innovative, builds on what Beatles did. I liked Mrs. Vandebilt and Let Me Roll It... plenty of good tracks. But I'm done.

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I've never listened to this. A bit too 70s rock I think and McCartney clearly no longer cool by this point, but his songwriting shines through in places

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Apparently this is the most highly rates album by the Beatles in solo form - probably as many of the tracks are 'Beatles' tracks. And a couple of great tracks on there. The back story to the making of the album in Nigeria is fascinating though - worth a google!

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3.5/5 I will have to relisten this one.

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3.5 Some classics on here. Paul is a fantastic song writer and I have been diving into that recently.

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3

Nice fun album front to back

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Brilliant in parts and ok in others but never bad

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Diverse and better than I expected.

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Better than I thought, heard a few sounds that I recognized from samples. Overall enjoyable!

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not my particular favorite genre but i guess it's a classic

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Surprised to actually enjoy it, v classic rock, can hear a little of the Beatles but not much. Can also hear how certain songs may have influenced later bands

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Known of this album for years, but never felt the need to listen to it. Pretty interesting, including the backstory that it was recorded in Lagos

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3.5

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Paul McCartney? more like Paul McCart my corpse away because I died of boredom

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My biggest takeaway from the album was learning more about Linda McCartney and how The Band formed in the wake of the Beatles ending. Band on the Run and Jet are entertaining songs, but the album as a whole isn't that exciting for me.

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It was ok. A bit kitschy, but expected.

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The first two and last songs slap, otherwise I was a little disappointed. Almost gave it 4 stars but McCartney set too high of a bar with his friends George, John, and Ringo

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I like it. Title song is a classic. The rest? Not so much.

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Un disco interessante, ma che manca di mordente. Sì, anche andando avanti con l'ascolto, pur avendo qualche bella canzone, si conferma così.

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I feel like a song can sound good, but not actually be good. For a song to be good, it has to sound good, be interesting and make you feel an emotion. Sadly I didn't get much of the last two in this album. The vocal mix wasn't my favorite. Most of the tracks were quite uninteresting and didn't make me feel anything. Bluebird was the best song by far, a solid 4/5. This album does sound amazing but I just found it a bit plain. My final rating, 3.

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The album is well done, but nothing I would want listen again

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I have heard some songs from Paul McCartney post Beatles, but I don't know which tracks are Paul McCartney or which tracks are from Wings. This is the first full album I have listened to from McCartney. "Mrs. Vandebilt" felt very much like a McCartney song, and was probably my favorite track. "Band on the Run" is okay too. My prior reaction to most of what I have listened to of McCartney's work after the Beatles is a recognition that the music is a functional piece of rock. It's not hard enough to be ROCK, and not pop enough to be pop. The music seems like functional, popular music and I move on. Paul, congratulations on being okay.

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1-2 weeks ago we had the pretty unspectacular John Lennon album Imagine. Unfortunately, Paul McCartney's solo efforts really aren't any more spectacular. The Beatles also had their ups and downs, but it is clear that the individual members really aren't all that hot on their own.

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Quite a bit more enjoyable than I anticipated. There's a sonic diversity here and just fun songs.

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There are two types of musicians; the entertainer, who pleases the crowds and gives the people what they want, and the technician, the guy (or girl) who skews appeal for mastery and technique, adored in their own right by other musicians, but isolating the general public. Few have been able to sit comfortably at the intersection of both realms like Paul McCartney, and this album exemplifies this. A head pop rock journey that could be a concept album in a loose sense, Band On The Run sees Paul McCartney and Wings dole out tight, catchy pop songcraft with just enough musical turns to keep the more erudite fans interested. The opening track itself flits from horns to Bonham-esque drums to the anthem title tune. And that's just one song. Tracks like Let Me Roll It lets fly with dirty, bluesy riff, offset by tender Hammond Organs and reverb-y vocals. Strings features substantially too, on tracks like Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five and No Words, with tasteful stabs to punctuate the piano of the former, and texture for the latter. Overall, this album was educational and a quintessential display of Paul McCartney, the songwriter's songwriter, the musician's musician, and all round good time.

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Première écoute à vie de cet album Cool tones de bass bien sûr, moins cool les solos de sax ;) Les deux premières sont bonne et let me roll it mais le reste le fait moins pour moi, je risque pas de réécouter souvent 3/5

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Alright but not really as good as I was expecting

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Still listening. The first three songs are good.

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3.5

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It was an ok album, not sure if the collaboration with Wings added much to what really feels like a Paul McCartney Album. When you find out that the production of this album, was just Paul & Linda and one of the members from Wings, it all begins to add up. There are many familiar sounds throughout, but definitely didn't hold up to the Beatles heyday. Best: Jet Worst: Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)

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Nice instrumentals, vocals were a bit boring.

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Vrolijk album. En Paul is een productief baasje, zag ik op Spotify.

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Titeltrack en ook 'Jet' zijn fantastische nummers. Rest van het album is iets minder pakkend maar McCartney blijft een geweldig songwriter.

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Groot bewonderaar van Sir Paul en Band on The Run is een tof nummer, maar dit weegt toch niet op tegen zijn werk bij de Fab Four.

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Hit and miss - but more hit

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Qué buen disco de Pop. Band on the Run es un clásico, pero la que no conocía y me gustó (tanto que la puse en la lista Songs to Tests Soundbars With) es Nineteen-Hundred and Eighty-Five. Temazo.

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Niespodziewane Elektryczne Gitary ;-)

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This album is pretty average. It’s fairly enjoyable and interesting, but Paul was much better with the Beatles. 6/10.

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Some great songs on here, but just feels like something is missing compared to the Beatles albums.

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not so sticky

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Quite nice, but nothing super special in my opinion. "Band on the Run" was my favourite track on the album.

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A little indulgent- a few songs worked well by themselves, but the album was not focused enough for me.

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A pleasant listen. 'Pleasant' is the best descriptor I can come up with. It's a little better than fine? I don't mean to put it down - I thought this was pretty good. It's hard to crawl out of the shadow of the Beatles, though, you know? But yeah, it doesn't reach the heights of a Beatles record, which is maybe a high bar, but hey, I didn't set the bar, maaaaan.

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Good, not great.

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I dig it

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The two best songs were Band On the Run and Jet, but it takes almost the whole song to get to the actually enjoyable part of Band on the Run. The album was fine overall

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It's good but I do find it tails off a bit in the second half

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It's a good album. Not high on my rotation because of how much a lot of these songs are played. Still a solid album though.

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I think out of all the ex-beatles McCartney struggled the most. It's plain to see on this album he needed someone like Lennon to balance his sugary personality. This album is well produced, well sung, well played but it falls flat. It's like he's trying too hard to be clever but with no message. The album really does need something more bitter, more sardonic thrown into the mix. 4 for the effort and a few decent tracks but 2 for the end result.

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It was fine

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Trash

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Not really my jam, a bit too sweet at times, but still not a bad listen. The album starts strong with the first 2 songs (Band On The Run and Jet). The middle felt very Beatles-ish, but a bit flat or boring. The last song however (Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five) was again great.

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Ehhhhhh

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Best song: Jet (fuzz bass) Guitars sound out of tune all the time Acoustics are ok Funky beatles 3/10

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too much pop sound

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what a turd

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beatles harmonies meets cheesey lounge crooner

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This album just confirms that Lennon was the talented one.

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Kinda hokey. The songs I like have the least amount of plays on Amazog

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Bis zur Mitte des Albums dachte ich: die perfekte 3. Eines der Alben, die auf meiner Liste der ungreifbaren, dahin nudelnden 70er Jahre-Alben landen. Irgendsoeine Gitarre, bisschen netter Gesang, keine Experimente. Die CSU der vergangenen Gitarrenmusik, das "Hey Ho" der Ramones gegen das von McCartney bildet das ganz gut ab. Ab Mitte des Albums wurde es aber doch noch einen Hau schlimmer, das schöne Trinklied kann das auch nicht mehr rettten.

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Zzzzz

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It's not the Beatles.

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Average. Liked jet.

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Eh, it's fine. A couple of really good moments, and some terrible ones.

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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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2 stars so far eh. overplayed.

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false

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Just not for me. Most of the songs were very similar and consisted of a few words softly repeated over a basic melody. The title track is ok but it plays like a medley of four to five different songs and I would have preferred if they kept up the energy. The last song brought some energy back and was probably the best on the album but I could have done without the uncomfortable gratuitous grunting.

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Las mejores canciones del disco son: - Bluebird -Jet (la más guay) -Nineteen Hundred anda Eighty Five Muy repetitivas las canciones, no me ha dado más pero me ha gustado mucho la canción "Jet"

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Did not stand out to me at all

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Yeah

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Nothing specially, sounds like McCartney on a musical conveyor belt.

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He's definitely done a lot better than this

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I don’t know why but I didn’t enjoy it seemed like a novelty albums at times and was just generally a little bit boring 😔

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i judged too soon it wasn’t that bad but band on the run is JARRING SHUT UP so minus points for that

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Mega lame, where’s RAM on this list :(

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thppt. shoulda stayed in the Beatles.

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Gets a star for first half of band on the run. The rest is just okay. Like the cover. It gets a star too.

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Ah, so the Beatles were a fluke. He's right, this band should be on the run after putting out this album.

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Helt ok, Band on the Run är en panglåt. Dock märkligt mixat, Jet kändes som att den kunde varit så mycket bättre, men det låter som att Paul sjunger från lägenheten bredvid? En del av låtarna var rätt trista, tycker det är lite märkligt att Band on the Run klämmer in 7 bra låtar i en på fyra minuter medan ett par av de andra låtarna levde samma tid på ett eller två som bäst helt okej riff. Stark 2:a/svag 3:a.

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Paul är en otroligt kunnig och professionell musiker, det märks. Däremot känns detta album lite som Roger Waters eller David Gilmours soloprojekt, det saknar 'lightning in a bottle' vibe:en och låter stundvis som ett AI-genererat album tränat på gamla Beatles plattor. Ljudkvalitén håller samma professionella nivå som allt annat, den lider lite av samma problem dock att det inte kittlar alls. Albumet bärs av Pauls otroliga tekniska och teoretiska förmåga att göra proffsmusik men saknar en tydligt definierad själ(?)

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I remember this album from when I was a kid, but only a couple tracks, like the title track and Jet. Despite our family having this LP in our home in the 70s, I'm not sure I ever listened to it all the way through, at least not attentively. It's okay. It's not horrible, and I still like the title track and Jet, although truth be told that might be due to nostalgia. Overall, I just wasn't very interested as I listened to it. Too saccharine for me. I did read the Wikipedia entry on this album and the story of the album's making is definitely worth a read.

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Bit boring

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Nie pamietam zeby wczesniej byly jakies solowe materiay zukowe, wiec pan McCartneney ma palme pierwszenstwa na liscie, chociaz nie jest to solowy material jak lista podpowiada, bo nagrywana z wingsami, nie jest to nawet debiutancki material tego skladu, a trzeci ich krazek studyjny, z roku 73, a dla samego McC jest to piaty po zukowy projekt, sama banda mogla liczyc x rotejtujacych czlonkow, ale corem byl tutaj duet paulowo lindowy i Denny Laine, takiego obrotu sprawy sie nie spodziewalem, linda jest creditowana jako wspoltworca trakow i operator klawiszowy, dodatkowo harmonijke wokale, a chlopy dzwigaja instrumentalna czesc muzykowania, paul na wokalach, wsrod wingsow i sesyjnych muzykow pojawia sie nawet Ginger Baker z creamu na jednym traku, bo wiekszosc materialu byla nagrywana w jego studio w lagos, bo po srednich post beatlesowych plytach McC rowniez postanowil szukac natchnienia w afryce, a Baker juz tam siedzial troche, wiec pomogl mu sie rozgoscic w jego skromnych prograch, wiec ciekawy kawalek trivi, co do samej plyty to wydaje mi sie, ze czuc ten brak pomyslu na siebie, wiekszosc kawalkow brzmi nijako i nie przyciaga uwagi, typowy popowy rock, sa zmiany tempa, spokojne i wolne traki przeplatane szoutowymi i ostro elektrycznymi gitarowymi piecami, ale jako calosc jest dosc nudno, najbardziej z calej plyty podeszly mi akustykowe motywy otwierajacego kawalka tytulowego band on the run i mrs vandebilt, jeszcze mamunia pasuje do tych kryteriow, no i czlowiek sie dowiedzial o ciekawym slowku, bo po arabsku oznacza bezpieczna przystan, bezpiecznie odsluchane, ale wrazenie ze album byl nagrywany bez jakiegos pomyslu na siebie pozostalo, no ale przynajmniej dowiedzialem sie co dzialo sie z kolejnym zukiem po disbandzie, na plejke leci traczek vandebiltowy

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Sorry Paul

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Very repetitive lyrically. Slow and boring. I just don't care Paul McCartney this is rubbish. Beatles is better. Also man on the last track is having a siezure

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It’s fine - doesn’t really feel like it holds together as an “album“ though. Great song I just heard in ’Licorice Pizza’ though (‘Let me Roll it’.)

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Maso maso

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Hmm. It's not the Beatles. Solo Paul - songs are still good but I feel this goes into cheesey 70s a tad. Didn't love it.

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Band On The Run is a fine song and album opener. Dear lord, this side A is boring. Picasso's Last Words (Drink To Me) has some fun shifts and textures.

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I was a big Beatles fan as a teen but wouldn't have bought this album for $2 at Half-price Books back then. I'm really wondering if trying to listen to all 1,078 albums here is largely a waste of my time because this is yet another 2 (I use the Goodreads scale: 1=didn't like it, 2=it was OK, 3=liked it, 4=really liked it, 5=it was amazing.) How can something so pedestrian be a 'must hear' album?

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I like the opening/title track, but I didn't find the rest of the album that interesting.

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not for me

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Jesus...

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Infumable por mucho Paul McCartney que sea. Los Wings no debieron existir

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Not for me.

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Bleh

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I tried to like this but all I could think of was Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da. Except that had better social commentary and a catchier tune. I find McCartney’s melodies too saccharine / obvious and the lyrics (‘Let Me Roll You’ repeated ad infinitum, anyone?) banal. Jet is at least catchy, but not when repeated again at the end. And the words are nonsense. I wanted to like this but failed. 1 star for Jet.

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Ugh, no.

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Oh no. I thought this was going to be an undiscovered classic. How wrong I was: indulgent, twee nonsense (sorry, Paul).

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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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nah

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Nice album :)

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