International remastered edition of the first Wings hits collection was originally released in 1978 (the U.S. edition is long out-of-print) following the success of the album London Town. Wings Greatest rounds up McCartney and band's greatest hits from 1971 to 1978 which means it skips 'Maybe I'm Amazed' but touches on Ram. The main strength of this collection is that it includes hits that never appeared on any album and these are among McCartney's very best solo singles: the eccentric domesticity of 'Another Day', 'Junior's Farm', the Bond theme for 'Live and Let Die', the pile driving 'Hi Hi Hi' and the controversial b-side 'Mull of Kintyre', a Scottish-styled folk ballad that was McCartney's biggest hit in England. EMI. 1993.
Paul McCartney might not have been the coolest or most cosmic ex-Beatle
, but none of his former bandmates could touch his knack for creating perfect pop singles. Say what you will about their "lack of depth," but the 12 songs on Wings Greatest
considerably brightened AM radio playlists during the 1970s, and most of them have actually improved with age. Wings' pure rock power is ably represented by "Band On the Run," "Hi Hi Hi," "Jet," "Live and Let Die" and the underrated non-LP single "Junior's Farm," all of which positively explode from the speakers. Paul's gooey streak shows up on "My Love," "Silly Love Songs," and the bagpipe-infused "Mull of Kintyre," but only "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" still contains a high cringe quotient. Some key tracks are missing--most notably "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Venus and Mars/Rock Show"--but Wings Greatest
is still a thrilling document of Macca at the peak of his pop abilities. --Dan Epstein