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Wide Prairie

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Linda McCartney Wide Prairie UK 7" picture disc

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Emi
  • ASIN: B005C8UW4Y
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,777 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lance on November 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I've always been a Beatle fan who's honestly loved Linda's singing. The songs that already had been released like Cook of the House, I am your Singer and Seaside Woman were always among my favorites. I bought bootleg albums just to hear Wild Prairie and Oriental Nightfish. I Love everything Paul Mccartney has ever released and a part of the fun and pleasure was being able to always hear lovely linda in the background. I have always thought she was the most coolest lady! I am so glad we have this great collection of her songs. She wrote some fantastic music and this CD is a GEM!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert E VandenHeuvel on April 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this album-but it's not bad--on some songs, particularly "Cow" and "The White Coated Man"-Linda reminds me very much of Kate Bush both in style and substance. "Mister Sandman" and "Sugartime" are both fun versions of older songs-and "Poison Ivy" while not quite as good-is the same. "The Light Comes from Within" is probably the highlight of the album. All in all-a fun cd from an artist who wasn't appreciated in her lifetime.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Bentz on March 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Linda was a good backup singer, And a loving wife , but a lead singer She is not. The cd has it's moments but not enough to carry it a must for fans, The rest might not like.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Come on, if anyone other than the wife of a Beatle would have recorded this album, it would have been thrown straight in the bargain bin a week after its release...that is if it wasnt rejected by the record company first. Interesting from the standpoint of hearing some McCartney one man band efforts backing Linda. 2 stars for "Love's Full Glory" & "Apaloosa". The standout track is the dynamtie "Light Comes From Within", its the only track I'm not embarrassed to play loud! Other than that, it is quite painful to the ears. Not the voice, just the material. I mean, anyone with a 2 dollar Casio keyboard could have written "Cow". Linda was a great person, spectacular photographer and an activist for many good casues, but she simply was not a musician.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
... I am a big music fan and, while I am also a big Beatles fan, I am not one of those "the Beatles never did/do wrong" types. So, while I did indeed pick up the Linda album because Paul was to some degree attached to it (didn't everyone?), I didn't listen to it with a built-in "everything-a-Beatle-touches-is-gold" attitude. I listened to it like I would any album, and I was truly blown away by it. It needs to be said upfront that the people who pan this album do so for predictable reasons: Linda's voice is shaky; she was not an emminent musician in terms of her playing, or maybe even her compositional, ability. I imagine that it's people who are particularly big solo-Paul fans who will be most disappointed; i.e., people who tend to go in for traditional pop with all that that implies: stuff ready for the radio. People with ears more open to experimental, or underground, stuff will take to Linda's album much better. If you are open to vocalists being true rather than simply pretty-voiced, you've got a head-start (some non-traditional vocalists who are nonethelss brilliant that come to mind are Lou Reed, Tom Verlaine and Siouxsie Sioux). Also, if you are willing to let go of the classic rock pretension that players must be virtuosos to be considered musicians, you will have a much easier time loving Linda. ... So many great bands have been lacking in "traditional" playing skills and still made amazing, potent music: ... The point I'm trying to make here is that what matters in music is only ONE thing: sincerity, which you can also call honesty, or communicating from the heart.
And now that I've said that, I can get on with this review: Linda McCartney was an unyielding, strong woman, a woman of integrity who stood behind her opinions, no matter how unpopular. She was also an original.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 24, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Yes, Linda was a lovely person. Yes, it is charming that Paul would release this as a tribute to his love for her. Is that enough reason to buy it? I don't think so. Her voice is poor. The music is third rate. If Paul was not connected to this one, it would never have seen the light of day. Buy it only if you need a complete collection of all the music even remotely connected to the Beatles. Otherwise, save your money.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Linda is a great person, but we cannot let this mist our eyes and ears. She cant sing,and I am sure she only recorded because she is Linda. I love Paul and Linda, she has great cook books and I do have them, she is a fantastic photographer but sing.... PS: I like " Cook of the House"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ZORAURORA on May 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
My mom had just lost her battle with lung cancer and my daughter & I decided to take a little trip to Tucson to wander in the desert for a couple days. Went to grab my copy of Wide Prairie and it was nowhere to be found! Countless times I'd have to retrieve it from my daughter's room over the years and now it finally disappeared. Bought this new copy for the trip and played it with the top rolled down thru the Catalina foothills. Big time mother/daughter stuff here, gang. Like life, it is what you make of it. The light comes from within. Thank you, Lin'.
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