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Wings Wild Life CD

3.6 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews

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CD has 13 tracks.

Rich, successful, happily married, and absurdly talented, Paul McCartney had nothing to do, so he recorded Wild Life. That would explain the frippery for which this curious record has long been ridiculed, but it's a perspective that does Wild Life--recorded in a couple of days--a disservice. In every sense it's the work of a still-young man still reeling from the '60s, unsure what to do with himself, in a still-young decade that had the same problem. Once past the thumbs-up inanity of "Bip Bop," much of it is great--like the title track, an ominous, slow-mo blues, showcasing a throat-shredding McCartney vocal and a genuine sense of doom, and the bleak and wistful "Tomorrow." Best is "Dear Friend," a red-raw ballad that throws long shadows over the rest of the album, with McCartney singing of his crushed friendship with John Lennon. --Taylor Parkes

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mumbo
  2. Bip Bop
  3. Love Is Strange
  4. Wild Life
  5. Some People Never Know
  6. I Am Your Singer
  7. Bip Bop Line (Instrumental)
  8. Tomorrow
  9. Dear Friend
  10. Mumbo Link (Instrumental)
  11. Oh Woman, Oh Why
  12. Mary Had A Little Lamb
  13. Little Woman Love

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 20, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Emd/Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000DQYR
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,421 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I usually make it a point to review only recent records (at least up until now), but I just *had* to throw my 2 cents in and bolster the average star-rating of an unfairly maligned album.
So much of the criticism thrown at Wild Life is misinformed nonsense based on false history (i.e., Lennon was the "real" genius) that even the major music press abandoned fifteen or twenty years ago (when they realized they were wrong).
To criticize "Bip Bop" because it doesn't have many lyrics is ridiculous. What about "Why Don't We Do It In The Road"? Oh, but since that fell within the time frame of 1962-1970, it is protected under the Beatles umbrella and seen as the wonderful piece of silliness that it is and that it was meant to be. To criticize "Bip Bop" because the words are nonsense syllables is even more ludicrous. Would you criticize "Be Bop A Lula" or "Tutti Frutti"? I didn't think so.
Wild Life is an album built on simple pleasures and raw passion. It's about the appealing home-y sentiments and gorgeous pop melodies (some of the best Paul has ever written) of "Tomorrow" and "Some People Never Know". It's about Paul's absolute throat-shredding vocal performance on "Wild Life". It's about the quirky reggae cover of "Love Is Strange" which sounds like nothing so much as the Raincoats (look it up, kids). It's about the wonderful screaming session called "Mumbo", in which the lyrics are a series of flexable phonetics instead of actual words (beating Nirvana and R.E.M., who tried similar things on "Endless, Nameless" and "Tourettes" and Murmur respectively, by 20-odd years).
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Throughout the final years of the Beatles, Paul had been the one who struggled to keep his beloved band together. He watched as the other three all took their turns at walking out, and as they each released solo albums. He kept them at the top by writing the majority of the late-period Beatles classics and vainly pleaded with them to return to live performances (though at least we got the rooftop concert). How ironic, then, that Paul was the first one to face reality and tell the public the truth - that the Beatles were no more. For years afterwards, then, he was branded as the "man who broke up the Beatles" (Yoko being the "woman who broke up the Beatles") and the critics sharpened their long knives.

By the time of Wild Life in 1972 he had released his first solo album "McCartney" in 1970 and its follow up "Ram" in 1971. Bear in mind most bands nowadays would take this long to record half an album. Both albums were huge hits with the public, but at the time were mauled by the critics for being too underproduced ("McCartney")and too glossy ("Ram"). McCartney must have known by now that he couldn't win with the critics, so decided to take his show to the public - for this he wanted a proper band, and Wings were born.

Their first album is, in my view, a classic to rank alongside John's "Plastic Ono Band". Not always pretty, its charm is in its very rawness, each song an uncut diamond, to all intents a live performance by a new band rather than something polished and refined by a rock aristocrat over months in the studio. It's not to everyone's taste as the reviews here, ranging from "crap" to "masterpiece", testify, but who's music is? There are even some people our there who don't care much for the Beatles!
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Most people don't even know this album exists. Even among diehard Beatles fans this album is little known. This is a Bloody Shame! This is the rawest you will ever hear Paul McCartney! This may be his best album. It's main competitors being Red Rose Speedway and McCartney. Before I continue to wax poetically about how much I love this album let me clear up one thing. The song SOME PEOPLE NEVER KNOW is Paul's nicely versed answer to John Lennon's vitriolic HOW DO YOU SLEEP? not DEAR FRIEND. A close inspection of the lyrics will bear this out. Also the original album ends at DEAR FRIEND. The bonus tracks do not detract from it for me, though. Why do I love this album? Musically it's a tour de force. Wings, in all it's incarnations, has never sounded better. Lyrically McCartney is at the top of his form. Yes, I even mean MUMBO and BIP BOP. Paul's singing is exquisite. Linda sings better than she ever has here, too! Mostly, though I love this album because it is fun. Rock'n'Roll is supposed to be fun, not pretentious. This album is definitely not pretentious. And it definitely is fun!
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I fully realize that Wings Wild Life is generally dismissed and one of the least liked McCartney/Wings efforts. Yet after all these years I continue to find it a fascinating, raw, adventurous, and top notch album. This album comes right after Paul's RAM album (billed to Paul & Linda), and was recorded in very little time (anywhere between 3 days and 2 weeks, depending on who you believe).
The opening track "Mumbo" sets the stage: the band unleashes an energy that pops out at you, with few (and hard to understand anyway) lyrics. Ditto for "Bip Bop". "Love is Strange" is reggae-influenced, and irresistable. The title track (concluding Side 1 of the album) is Paul and Linda's earliest environmentally themed song. The best songs are yet to come!! "Some People Never Know" may be Paul at its very best, period. Linda delivers "I Am Your Singer", a sweet 2'15" track that flows well in the scheme of things. "Tomorrow" is the most commercial track of the album. "Dear Friend" closes out, with Paul on the piano, supposedly addressing John Lennon.
If you are thinking of buying this excellent album, by all means AVOID this domestic pressing, and instead buy the "import" version (also available on Amazon) which is remastered AND has better bonus tracks: "Give Ireland Back to the Irish", "Mary Had a Little Lamb", "Little Woman Love" and "Mama's Little Girl".
If your idea of Paul at his best is "My Love" or "With a Little Luck", avoid this album. If on the other hand you've always wished for Paul to think "outside the box" musically, he most certainly did on Wings Wild Life. You won't be dissapointed.
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