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Wings Over America

Paul McCartney, WingsAudio Cassette
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (339 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (May 30, 1989)
  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B00000EES4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (339 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Venus and Mars/Rock Show/Jet
2. Let Me Roll It
3. Spirits of Ancient Egypt
4. Medicine Jar
5. Maybe I'm Amazed
6. Call Me Back Again
7. Lady Madonna
8. The Long and Winding Road
9. Live and Let Die
10. Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. You Gave Me the Answer
2. Magneto and Titanium Man
3. Go Now
4. My Love
5. Let 'Em In
6. Time to Hide
7. Silly Love Songs
8. Beware My Love
9. Letting Go
10. Band on the Run
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100 of 108 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wings Over America - Remastered At Last June 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The mid 1980's were not a particularly good time for CD hungry Beatlefans. The actual Beatle recordings would not appear on CD until 1987, and the solo Beatle product avaivalbe was limited, at best. Paul McCartney, who was under contract with Columbia Records at the time, was fortunate enough to see much of his solo catalog released on CD before most Lennon, Harrison, & Starr material was remastered for the "new" digital medium. One of the first Macca CD's Columbia released was a 2 disc version of "Wings Over America." Beatlefans were initially overjoyed to have 2 CD's of McCartney's best "live" solo and Beatles material. Many, however, were disappointed to find that the sound quality left something to be desired.
When Paul took his catalog back to Capitol several years later, the hope was that new remastering would improve the muddy, hissy sound quality of Columbia's releases. Unfortunately, on Capitol's new "Wings Over America," there was little to no improvement. By the early 1990's, Parlophone/EMI in Europe again remastered Paul's solo catalog, and for the first time, there was finally dramatic improvement over the earlier 2 sets of reissues. However, a new "Wings Over America" was inexplicably left out of the "Paul McCartney Collection" catalog.
That's all been remedied by the title's entry into EMI Japan's recent "deluxe" McCartney remasters, which present his catalog in replica LP sleeves and remarkable sound. "Wings Over America" has returned to its' album format, and is now spread out over 3 CD's. The sound is clear, bright, and a major improvement over the earlier CD incarnations.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The reissue of "Wings Over America" is a welcome addition to Paul McCartney's discography. There are multiple editions available. In the U.S. there is a two disc edition which features the original 3 LP release on two CDs remastered at Abbey Road. There is also a special edition available at Best Buy that includes the third CD from this set with 8 tracks from the Cow Palace show in San Francisco and the deluxe boxed set.

The remastering is very good. There is some mild compression (and peak limiting) that has been added to these remasters but they are still very dynamic and not brickwalled. Most of you reading this won't notice these minor issues and the sound is very, very good.

The boxed set is spectacular. You get five books. One is in a handsome vinyl cover which includes the band's intinerary, photos of each venue that the band played, behind-the-scenes photos, lyrics for all the songs played during the show. This book also has replicas of invitations of original tickets for multiple shows and invitiations for after party shows, etc.

Tucked inside a flap in the back cover of this book is a replica of the original tour program (the fifth book that might easily be overlooked). It's an accurate reproduction (for the most part--I no longer have mine but I seem to recall it being a bit bigger than the one included here. Still, it's accurate as far as the contents as far as I can recall).

Inside the books we get reproductions of the inner gatefold paintings, posters, etc. that fold out.

Three 8x10 photos are also included in the package.

Housed in this book are the three CDs--the original 2 CDs (which represent the 3 LP release) plus a bonus disc with 8 tracks from the Cow Palace show in San Francisco.
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81 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Live McCartney Recording March 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
A little bit of history first...I was lucky enough to see Wings Over America at Madison Square Garden in May 1976. I still have my ticket stub...a $10 seat in the second section up from the floor, which my cousin got from a broker for the exorbitant price of $30! How quaint that seems now.

Needless to say, everyone was jazzed up, being that it was Paul's first live appearance in the States in 10 years. I cannot begin to describe the roar within the Garden when the band started with Venus and Mars/Rock Show, and of course at the line "...long hair at the Madison Square."

And the absolute silence when Paul sang Yesterday.

Tripping the Live Fantastic, Paul Is Live and Back in the U.S. -- NONE of them compare to Wings Over America as live recordings. Maybe it's that anticipation that was in the air after 10 years...maybe it was Paul knowing he had to score a knockout back on this side of the Atlantic. Who knows? All I know is that it's a superior live recording to the others in every way.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wings at their best: tight, rich, and stadium big November 2, 1999
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Wings Over America is still Paul McCartney's best live album. Even the songs by the supporting band are good. You can't beat the acoustic set in the middle, or this explosive version of Live and Let Die. I've seen Paul live and I have other live albums from the late '80s and '90s that simply don't compare to the energy of this 1976 tour. Highlights of this 3-album set include: Let Me Roll It, Bluebird, Blackbird, and Lady Madonna, but this band can rock on Magnito and Titanium Man, Live and Let Die, Letting Go, and even Medicine Jar. Of course, this album also contains the definitive version of Maybe I'm Amazed (also released as a single at the time). Listen to this album and buy or rent the film/video of the concert. You will be compelled to hear the studio versions of the music and in doing so you will discover the many forgotten songs on Paul's albums from the '70s.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent -my husband loves it!
Published 9 days ago by Camille A.
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS ALBUM!!!
recorded in various locations on there tour of America in 1976, this album captures Paul and wings at there best. Read more
Published 16 days ago by nick smith
3.0 out of 5 stars If I would have receive it I would be extremely happy as I love paul...
I would give them 5 stars but I didn't receive the bonus disc of cows palace. If I would have receive it I would be extremely happy as I love paul mccartney.
Published 22 days ago by d d
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Finally available again, after so many years... truly a must have for McCartney fans.
Published 1 month ago by D. Bolt
5.0 out of 5 stars McCartney the way he was meant to be.
One of the best live compilations ever, because McCartney's music sounds much better live. I remember buying this back in 1977 and listening to it front to back for almost a year. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BlueBird123
5.0 out of 5 stars Wings Over America [Deluxe Edition] Box set $113.63
Oh man, this box set is intense and probably the most detailed box set I have ever owned. The music is the 2 CD's, stereo only (right-left-sub) of the original Wings Over America a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark D Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars cd
Saw the Show, I had the LP and I wanted the cd!
Published 1 month ago by Joe42096
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Selection of Songs but as for the remastering?
First of all I have to say that Paul McCartney is my favoured artist and I have his entire album collection, on the positive what I like about this live set is that the majority of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emanuel Kilismanis
4.0 out of 5 stars I still enjoy the recording
Over all this is a quality recording. Though the sound quality is a little muffled. I would guess during re-mastering, some of the high end was clipped. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Farnam
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul McCartney & Wings love it. I saw him in Concert here in ...
Another Group, Paul McCartney & Wings love it. I saw him in Concert here in Maryland; a little while ago. Love Him, love the Beatles!
Published 1 month ago by Marie.
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