Released in the glow of Wings' biggest and best album, Band on the Run
, Venus & Mars
found Paul McCartney in his element--a working rock star, being screamed at again, cheerfully riding the last rays of his youth. Adulation always brought the best out of him, and Venus & Mars
is nearly the equal of its more lauded predecessor. McCartney never strays from his favorite themes (sex, drugs, rock & roll, and marriage), but his confidence is high as he mixes gorgeous, airy production numbers like "Listen to What the Man Said" and "Letting Go" with the ribald and hilarious. "Rock Show" matches the Who
's "Long Live Rock" as the finest and funniest of those self-celebratory '70s stomps. McCartney's effortless marshalling of melody and arrangement hoists the blander material out of trouble, and the best stuff's powered by genuine, rediscovered verve. Facile and frivolous, but not at all bad. And their version of the "Crossroads" theme is wicked. --Taylor Parkes
Out of print in the U.S.! Digitally remastered reissue of Macca & Wings' #1 album from 1975 featuring three bonus tracks: 'Zoo Gang', 'Lunch Box/Odd Sox' and 'My Carnival'. Released as the follow-up to the multi-million selling Band On The Run album, Venus And Mars featured a new pair of Wings (Jimmy McCulloch on guitar and Joe English on drums) joining the familiar trio of Mr. and Mrs. McCartney and Denny Laine. The album includes the #1 smash hit single 'Listen To What The Man Said', plus fan favorites like 'Letting Go', 'Venus And Mars/ Rock Show', 'Call Me Back Again' and 'Magneto And Titanium Man' Although not the musical triumph that Band On The Run was, Venus & Mars is a fantastic journey through the rejuvenated creative mind of Paul McCartney as he rose once again to the top of charts. 16tracks total. Parlophone.