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Wings - Greatest Hits [Import, Original recording remastered]

Paul McCartney, WingsAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (August 16, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B00000721P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,514 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Another Day
2. Silly Love Songs
3. Live And Let Die
4. Junior's Farm
5. With A Little Luck
6. Band On The Run
7. Uncle Albert/Admiral Hals
8. Hi,Hi,Hi
9. Let 'Em In
10. My Love
11. Jet
12. Mull Of Kintyre

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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

Product Description

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.

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72 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some People Never Know... August 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have read the reviews of this album here and find them nauseating, I mean LITERALLY nauseating - don't read these on a full stomach, to paraphrase one of them. I am convinced that a person who is unable to see the inherent good qualities of these songs is so blinded by the rock press' jaded concepts of "art" and "music" that they shouldn't have ears. Rather, they should allow the critics to tell them what to think of this music without having to listen to it - it would certainly save their closed minds wear and tear. As for the rest of us, this collection (though unavailable from Amazon.com itself) represents the best of Paul McCartney's 70s career - not a bad thing.

Silly Love Songs seems to receive a lot of flack, a lot of totally undeserved flack. It is as though its critics cannot sense the irony of Paul writing an effortlessly melodic, polished, multi-layered song that in essence silences their complaints in spite of their determination. Often persistence is a good thing; but in cases like this it is defiance in the face of overwhelming evidence. The song's message, like the Beatles' best, is not only uplifting but completely true, set to an instantly memorable tune. An example:

Love doesn't come in a minute
Sometimes it doesn't come at all
I only know that when I'm in it
It isn't silly
Love isn't silly
Love isn't silly at all!

Quite right, Paul. Only one verse there, along with all the rest expressed in one glorious pop opus. Just listen to the splendid three-part polyphonies, string flourishes, and tremendous bass-line of this great song - mindless indeed. One of McCartney's better goes, I'd say, in the Beatles or out.

That sums up Wings work in a nutshell.
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not complete, get Wingspan! May 7, 2001
By B E H
Format:Audio CD
This is the original greatest hits album of Wings released in 1978. These are all great songs and the best Wings collection up until the recent double disc set, Wingspan: Hits & History. The biggest complaint I have about Wings Greatest is that it is far too incomplete. For example, some songs that are missing are "Listen to what the man said", "Coming Up", "No more lonely nights", "Maybe I'm amazed", "Let me roll it", I could go on but you get the point. I highly recommend Wingspan for a few reasons. First, its a 41 track set for about the same price as Greatest. Secondly, it has all 12 tracks from Greatest and 29 more. Unless you have every Wings album then Wingspan is for you!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Mull of Kintyre" Makes This a Required Purchase November 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Is there a more influential artist than Paul McCartney whose catalog
is in such disarray when it comes to collecting all of his singles,
b-sides, and non-album tracks onto a single disc?
When this album
was first released on vinyl in 1978 it was the only way to get
"Another Day" (his first solo single), "Hi Hi Hi"
and "Mull of Kintyre" on anything other than the original 45
r.p.m. singles. "Mull of Kintyre WAS available in the
U.S. However, unlike in England where it went to No. 1 (and stayed
there for nine weeks!), the song's b-side "Girls' School"
was pushed as the single in the U.S. where it peaked at No. 33. Even
today, this is the only disc to contain these three songs short of
buying the (more expensive) import versions of Ram, Red Rose Speedway,
and London Town.
Also, when this was initially released in 1978,
"With a Little Luck" was McCartney's twentieth Top 40 hit;
only eleven of them are included here, so it's not even close to
definitive. Even 1987's All the Best didn't rectify the problem.
That album duplicates Wings Greatest (minus "Hi Hi Hi" and
"Mull of Kintyre") and adds seven other hits through 1980's
live "Coming Up," plus the b-side "C Moon."
So
you buy both albums for a total of nineteen songs and you're still
missing a half dozen hits (including "Give Ireland Back to the
Irish," "Helen Wheels" and "Venus and Mars Rock
Show") and numerous non-album b-sides (like "Oh Woman, Oh
Why," "The Mess" and "I Lie Around"). This
may sound like nitpicking to the casual fan.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Combination of Pop and Rock Hits June 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
In art, as in most things in life, variety is a good thing. Thus, in addition to all the other styles of music I enjoy, I like a good pop song now and again. I was a Paul McCartney fan from his days as a Beatle, and songs like "My Love" from "Red Rose Speedway" kept me a McCartney fan. Admittedly, Paul could write (and sing) music that is as bubblegum as anything ever sung, for example "Let `em In", which is an absolutely atrocious song that for some strange reason did well on AM radio. However, Paul at his best could create a killer pop song.
Consider "Another Day," a song that could have easily been a Beatles song. The hooks are catchy, the lyrics have a touch of seriousness, yet the tune is light enough to be radio friendly. "With A Little Luck" shows the same fluff, yet again has that combination of catchy hooks and lyrics that makes the song appealing.
Paul also created harder and faster moving songs that were near the edge of pop, and yet were mild enough for risk-averse listeners to feel they were listening to cutting-edge rock. Examples include "Junior's Farm," "Jet," and "Band on the Run." Again, Paul creates catchy tunes in each of these that stay within mainstream, AM-friendly rock. The lead guitar, drums and occasional yells are vain attempts to disguise fast-paced pop songs.
This CD includes songs that do not fit the pop mold well. Perhaps the most interesting is "Mull of Kintyre," a folk-flavored ballad about a location on the coast in Scotland. The song includes an acoustic guitar and perhaps the best use of bagpipes in a nominally rock song ever. If you like bagpipes, you'll likely love this song. The ending of the song makes me think of Scottish pubs.
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