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Band On The Run [Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered]

Paul McCartney, WingsAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (372 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000721E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (372 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Band On The Run
2. Jet
3. Bluebird
4. Mrs Vandebilt
5. Let Me Roll It
6. Mamunia
7. No Words
8. Picassos's Last Words(Drink To Me)
9. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five
10. Helen Wheels
11. Country Dreamer

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered reissue edition of the original best selling classic that sent Wings' popularity to the sky. Includes the Top 40 and FM radio favorites of the title track, "Jet", "Let Me Roll It", "1985", "Bluebird" plus the added bonus tracks of the hit non-LP single "Helen Wheels" and "Country Dreamer". The booklet includes the complete lyrics and is filled with photos and recording details.

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101 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lavish reissue is worth the money, and then some November 2, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Music: 5 stars... Video extras: 4 stars... Historic value: 5 stars... Economic value: 5 stars

I've been a fan of Paul McCartney's post-Beatles output since the early days. I was 13 when this album was released, and it had a HUGE influence on me, and one of the top 5 or 10 albums for me in my lifetime.

This reissue of "Band On the Run" is lavish. CD1 (41 min.) brings the original brilliant 9 tracks of the album and nothing more needs to be said about that. CD2 (9 tracks; 34 min.) kicks off with the "Helen Wheels/Country Dreamer" single, and then brings 7 live tracks from the "One Hand Clapping" movie (more on that later), including a jaw-drapping version of "Nineteen Hundred Eigthy Five", with Paul solo at the piano for the first half of the song, just fantastic. The DVD (85 min.) is a jem, even though it's a bit of a mixed bag. The videos for "Band On the Run" and "Mamunia" are in the Yellow Submarine style, if you follow me. Hadn't seen the video for "Helen Wheels" in forever", a nice addition. But the 15 min. footage of the cover shoot for the album is great. Even better is the 3 min. "Wings in Lagos" bit, bringing home movies from their stay there, and featuring an Eastern-style version of "Band on the Run" I had never heard, completely different but I loved it. Best of all is of course the 50 min. "One Hand Clapping" movie, which I had never seen before. It was shot live in the EMI studios in Fall of 1974 and cover a lot of ground, including (besides the album tracks) such bits as "Soily", "Little Woman Love", "C Moon", "I'll Give You a Ring", etc. The video quality is not always great, but what can you expect from so many years ago?
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Words for My Love January 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Many fans and critics alike will tell you that Paul McCartney's 1973 Band on the Run and 1975 Venus & Mars are his best albums and near-equals. While I like Venus & Mars fine, I think this faulty comparison is due to one of two things: A) overestimation of V&M or B) underestimation of BotR. And strange as it may seem, the latter is much closer to reality. Band on the Run is terribly underrated the same way Abbey Road is underrated - respected, but not held in the awe reserved for "better" records like Sgt. Pepper's or Plastic Ono Band. Yeah. Right. Ranking at a paltry #418 on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums" list, it's about time Band on the Run stands up and is accorded its rightful place as one of pop's greatest achievements.

The album opens with a one-two punch of the title track, a grandiose mini-suite chronicling a bereaved prisoner and his jubilant escape (construe that how you choose), and the thrilling Jet, flying as high as its namesake. Amazingly, Paul manages to keep a comparable level of excellence up throughout the album. If you've heard these two tracks you'll know how unlikely that seems, but it's true: this is the most consistently awesome album the man has produced since the Beatles' breakup. What made the Fabs' best so great - the intricate-yet-accessible melodies, the imagistic poetry, the superb musicianship, the soaring harmonies, the thumping bass, the multi-tracked vocals and guitars, the glorious strings and brass - is all here.

Stylistically Paul creates an effervescent fusion of melodic pop, exhilarating rock & roll, and elaborate symphonic elements with touches of blues, jazz, music-hall, and folk expertly mixed in for colour.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection February 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Paul rises from the dead. After stumbling with his first two Wings albums, McCartney created one of his most satisfying and complete masterpieces. The classic single Live And Let Die (recorded a couple of months before the album) hinted at the treasures on this great album. Clearly McCartney had rediscovered his unique songwriting voice.

Recorded under trying conditions ( two members of Wings quit just before recording began) in a less than ideal environment (McCartney was robbed while in Nigeria and the recording studio wasn't in the best condition), it's a miracle that this album succeeded. Clearly Macca took the situation as a personal challenge to his creativity. It inspired him.

Never much of a confessional writer (like Lennon for example), McCartney has always excelled at lyrics that told a story. Difficult circumstance, however, have always allowed him to create some of his best work. While he could create great songs from his personal life, McCartney would use those nuggets to create stories in his lyrics unlike, say, Lennon who was more nakedly confessional in tone. There are exceptions of course (For No One, I'm Looking Through You, Let It Be, The Long And Winding Road, Two of Us, etc.), but on the whole McCartney was more of a storyteller than Lennon using events from his life to spin stories about other people.

The stories on Band On The Run are witty, interesting and compassionate. The title track captures the exuberance of an artist that has recaptured his muse. When the orchestra kicks in and McCartney & Laine's acoustic guitars chime in this classic song takes your breath away.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
McCartney at his best as a solo artist
Published 2 days ago by John T. Szczybor
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a trip back to some better days and time
After all these years I still get excited when I hear these songs. It's a trip back to some better days and time. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the Best!!!
What can I say, I still have the original vinyl LP which I burned to cd for convenience and have now purchased the re-mastered version of BOTR. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Howard Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Jackson (playing drums) to "my 60's music" classics of Rock 'n Roll...
Of course, as per usual Sir Paul McCartney ALWAYS succeeds in wowing listeners! This CD is an 8th BD gift for my young grandson, Peyton Werner in Alexandria, VA. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan Luther Wise
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the all time great albums.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas E. Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good job
Published 1 month ago by Anthony J Hickey
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic
An old but likeable CD. Its good for it to be back in my colection.
Published 2 months ago by Mark Deacon
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul comes out swinging and hit a home run......
The album we all know is outstanding.The really gem here is the second cd included with Paul and Denny talking about the making of the cd and writting the songs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MusicLover
5.0 out of 5 stars so I thought the "25th Anniversary Edition" was a good place to start
I missed the "Wings" years completely, so I thought the "25th Anniversary Edition" was a good place to start.
Published 2 months ago by Susan J. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
Some of Paul's most wonderful songs!
Published 2 months ago by Kitty Uhlman
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