Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Band on the Run: The Album

Band on the Run is an album by Paul McCartney & Wings released in December of 1973 in the U.S. and UK. Produced by Geoff Emerick, it was the last album released by McCartney on the Apple label. It was recorded in September and October of 1973 in Lagos, Nigeria. The album won a Grammy in 1975.

The tracks were are as follows:

Side One

Band on the Run
Mrs. Vanderbilt
Let Me Roll It

Side Two

No Words
Helen Wheels
Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)"
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-five

Wings' members Henry McCullough and Denny Seiwell quit the group a few weeks before recording was to begin. Consequently, the instrumentation for the LP is as follows:

Paul McCartney handled vocals, drums, piano, keyboards, and rhythm, bass, and acoustic guitars; Denny Laine played rhythm and lead guitars, flamenco guitars (and some bass), keyboards, percussion, and did some backing vocals; Linda McCartney played keyboard, organ, and provided some backing vocals.

The LP was well-received by critics, and most of its tracks received liberal radio air time. The album has also had many incarnations. A twenty-fifth anniversary edition was released in 1999. It was re-released in November of 2010 in both CD, DVD, and vinyl formats. Both re-releases contain liberal bonus material.

The songs "Band on the Run" and "Jet" are still regularly performed live on McCartney tours.

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