Wings Wild Life CD
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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).Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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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This was McCartneys first album/cd without the former Beatles and i love it, every track is great, when i lost my huge collection of music i was devasted, i never thought i could... Read morePublished 10 months ago by james
Wow, is this a crappy album..
But now that I've got the whole collection and can see where it fits between Ram & Band on the Run..it makes a lot more sense. Read more
Even though I have always liked Paul there are a couple of his albums I find almost unlistenable. This, along with McCartney & Kisses On The Bottom are albums that had a couple of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michael L. Knapp
This album is one of McCartney's best, great songs, excellent instrumentation -including drumming that sounds so much like Ringo.
Ignore those who criticise Wild Life. Read more
This has always been my least favorite of Macca's post Beatles LP's but over recent years I have started to enjoy it and find it is a vastly better album than I believed. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by JackMartin
I recently started listening to this CD again after so many years, at least since the mid 90's. I have both copies of the LP and CD which unfortunately are not available for sale... Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Justo R. Corpuz Jr.
This is my favourite Wings album. I could not believe that I could have access to it from my country. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Florencia López
"Painfully inauspicious" doesn't begin to describe this sloppy debut album by Paul McCartney and Wings. Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by Scott T. Rivers