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London Town

Paul McCartney, WingsAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 12, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol/Emi/Sbk/Chrysalis
  • ASIN: B00000DQWC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,825 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. London Town
2. Cafe On The Left Bank
3. Im Carrying
4. Backwards Traveller
5. Cuff Link
6. Children Children
7. Girlfriend
8. I've Had Enough
9. With A Little Luck
10. Famous Groupies
11. Deliver Your Children
12. Name And Address
13. Don't Let It Bring You Down
14. Morse Moose And The Grey Goose
15. Girls' School

Editorial Reviews

The previous time Paul McCartney's Wings had been pared down to its core trio (Macca, wife Linda, and singer-guitarist Denny Laine), the band endured a star-crossed series of crises (the sudden defection of two band members and near-disastrous sessions in Nigeria) to produce its enduring 1973 masterpiece, Band on the Run. Conceived and recorded five years later under considerably more idyllic circumstances, London Town often seems like the previous album's laconic twin. It's also a collection whose softened edges often foreshadow the tone of not only McCartney's later, oft-critiqued solo work, but that of old partner John Lennon's final album, Double Fantasy. Suffice it to say that "With A Little Luck" is not "Band on the Run," nor will "I've Had Enough" ever challenge "Jet" for pop-icon status. Still, there are enough natural McCartney-isms here ("Café on the Left Bank," "I'm Carrying") to suffuse it with a consistent, breezy tone. --Jerry McCulley

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different versions, different sound October 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
For some reason, most of the 1970-1990 McCartney/Wings catalogue is now available in two versions: the Capitol CDs and the British remastered "McCartney Collection".

The British CD's offer, in many cases, more bonus tracks than the Capitol CD's, some of which are very welcome: London Town adds 'Mull of Kintyre' to its B-side 'Girls School'.

The remastering of the British series is, to my ears, NOT a bonus. The signal has been compressed in such a way, that the average level is louder than on the Capitol CD's, although the peaks are not. Especially the low frequencies have been boosted, resulting in a somewhat muddy sound and a less focused midrange. This has also affected the stereo image. To me, the Capitol CDs are sonically superior and closer to the original LPs.

This is very noticable on orchestral and acoustic songs in particular. The difference between 'Mull of Kintyre' on the London Town CD, and the track on 'All the best' is also striking!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long Time No See, Baby January 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
In February 1986, I placed an ad in the now defunct Beatles Book Monthly asking for Wings/Beatles Mad Penpals. You'll note that I was a bigger Wings fan than Beatles fan at that time (an impressionable 16 year old) and I got a great response from the ad, including some from the United States.
One of my favourite Macca/Wings albums was - and still is - London Town. I thinks it's got a light, relaxed mood, far removed from the tensions of Band on the Run or the trying-too-hard-to-be-commercial At The Speed of Sound. The first thing that struck me on first hearing it (I bought it in 1985) was that it was a very acoustic album, hence its lightness and air of happiness!
Linda had her critics, but the title track would not be the same without her and Denny Laine's wonderful harmonies. I rate these harmonies as among the best on any McCartney album. It is a beautifully produced album. I too like Cafe on the Left Bank, particularly the line where Paul's vocal is single-tracked as opposed to double-tracked as on the rest of the song.
A typical McCartney ballad follows, but any musicians among you will probably note that it is more Harrison than McCartney. I'm Carrying contains a very Harrison key change, from E major to a diminished chord. Harrison was king of diminished chords. A lovely song. As one other Amazonn reviewer noted, Backward Traveller by itself could be a great song. Why then the two minutes of snyth rubbish tagged onto it? Sometimes this is McCartney's biggest problem: Self-indulgence. No Lennon to say 'That's not going on the album.'
I've always loved With a Little Luck, containing a great rock vocal toward the end. It's a good mix of late seventies rock and synthesiser. I like this extended version.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From The Other Side Of The Pond June 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
On London Town, Wings was again back down to a trio. The album is a definite step up from Wings At The Speed Of Sound and it contains some excellent songs. "With A Little Luck" is a synth-laden song that is what Mr. McCartney does best; simple pop songs with great vocals and catchy hooks. This one is as infectious as anything he's ever recorded and became his sixth number one single in the spring of 1978. "I'm Carrying" is a pretty acoustic ballad and "Cafe On The Left Bank" is a pulsating rocker. "Backwards Traveler" is an interesting song, "Girlfriend" is done much better by Michael Jackson, "I've Had Enough" is a good rocker and "Name & Address" is an attempt at rockabilly. London Town is a solid, well-made effort. The bonus tracks are the hard rocking "Girls School" and the elegant "Mull Of Kintyre". The latter was a major hit in England in 1977, staying at number one for nine weeks and become the UK's biggest selling single of all-time at the time (it's currently number four all-time) and the first to sell over two million copies. In the US it was regulated to the b-side of "Girl's School" which peaked at number 33 in early 1978.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars McCartney - Nothing Left To Prove November 9, 2005
By CMoon
Format:Audio CD
Bubba the illiterate redneck, who "reviewed" this album earlier, obviously knows nothing about British music. In the midst of the punk revolution Britain didn't quite go "ga-ga" over Mull Of Kintyre, as he claims - true, it was bought by a record 2-million and spent months at No 1, but just as many hated it with a passion, and on some levels it dealt another blow to his rock credibility. We Brits tend to go ga-ga not over Scritti Politti (where on earth did he get that?) but over cutting-edge music that more conservative Americans mostly don't get (think T-Rex, Jam, Bowie, Oasis, even Beatles before 1964) rather than the bland but beautiful (Mariah Carey, Captain & Tenille, Milli Vanilli, Michael Bolton, Kenny G, New Kids etc).

When London Town came out in 1978 Paul McCartney finally had nothing left to prove. He had sold more records than John, George and Ringo combined, had recently finished the triumphant world tour (with live triple album Wings Over America hitting No 1), had earlier that year topped the UK charts for months with the biggest selling British single ever up to that point (Mull of Kintyre) and was one of the richest and most famous men on the planet. True, he still confused and confounded the music hacks by refusing to play to their rules, but McCartney must have felt that he could ease off, drop down a gear, and relax. So, for the first year since the Beatles had broken up, 1977 had gone by without a new McCartney album, and by 1978 London Town was eagerly awaited. The break had proven too much for Jimmy McCulloch and Joe English however, and Wings had been reduced to a trio again, for the first time since Band On The Run.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Wings LP
This is the best Wings LP. They should of put this out with Venus and Mars for the special edition not Speed of sound. He should of put that out last.
Published 2 months ago by My name is Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Monica Aguirre
3.0 out of 5 stars Sir Paul's indulgences
Mostly I've enjoyed Paul's 70's releases. But I have to say, so much of his stuff goes all over the place, some of it downright crappy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rosemary43
4.0 out of 5 stars Leisurely, pleasant, though not terribly inspired
London is one of my favorite cities, and I readily admit that whenever I'm there, the title track for Wings' "London Town" bounces around in my head. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paul Haspel
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, but close
London Town is one of those records that you really like in spite of the fact that it is uneven. The record really begins at I'm Carrying. Read more
Published 14 months ago by constant reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Proggy-Folk-"Yacht" Rock from Wings.
Coming off the heels of a mega-successful world tour, the huge success of "Wings Over America", a string of hit albums under it's belt, and a solid line-up, that Wings were finally... Read more
Published 16 months ago by The Ominous Drone
5.0 out of 5 stars RICHARDS SONGS.
love the songs. the 70"s was better for Paul Mccartney . my favorte song is GIRL SCHOOL which was not on the album.
Published 19 months ago by Richard Schmidt
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Wings
An improvement over "Wings at the Speed of Sound," the uneven "London Town" (1978) could have used more rockers such as "Name and Address" instead of frivolous indulgences like... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Scott T. Rivers
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Music
I purchased it on vinyl as soon as it was available in 1978? The song, "I'm Carrying", is another simply beautiful love song that fits right in with all those other touching tunes... Read more
Published 21 months ago by sez MSD
2.0 out of 5 stars McCartney at his most cuddliest.
This is typical of post 1976 McCartney- a couple of hits with loads of filler.
I remember this when it came out and seeing him on interviews and you'd think he just released... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Cousin Bobby
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