Band on the Run
25th Anniversary Edition, Limited Edition
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Band on the Run hit #1 just over 25 years ago. Now it's back-remastered and joined by a full disc of previously unavailable material! Disc one is the complete 1973 album: Band on the Run; Jet; Helen Wheels , etc. Disc two contains inteviews with Paul and Linda plus the album's engineers, arrangers and celebs like Dustin Hoffman and James Coburn. Also on the bonus disc: an acoustic Band on the Run , a soundcheck of Jet , rehearsal recordings, alternate mixes and an unreleased song. Plus-new liners and lyrics to all the songs!
Band on the Run should have been a disaster. Two of Wings' original members quit in a huff just before its production. The whimsical decision to record in Lagos, Nigeria, became a nightmare when McCartney and company found themselves in a decaying studio, then had many of the project's demos stolen by armed bandits. Despite these hardships--perhaps because of them--Band on the Run remains the most focused and consistently satisfying record of McCartney's wildly uneven post-Beatles career. This mini box set contains the original album, a well-written booklet by Mark Lewisohn, and a bonus disc featuring outtake snippets and interviews with all the album's participants (including its cover crew, which includes actors James Coburn and Christopher Lee) and Dustin Hoffman, who recounts how he spurred McCartney to spontaneously write "Picasso's Last Words" on a dare. This second disc would make a fine radio show; it comes up short where it matters most--in music. Time spent detailing the album-cover photo session could have been more gratifyingly devoted to more contemporary outtakes (much of the bonus Band material is culled from live performances from as recently as the mid '90s; perhaps McCartney wants us to know how important the record has been to him over the years) or to a pair of single B-sides, which are curiously absent here. --Jerry McCulley
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I've slowly been picking up all of Paul McCartney's remasters/archive collection series & they've all been great! Great sound, beautifully put together, and at a great price!
Look for the 3 DISC VERSION --- you get a Bonus CD (Helen Wheels anyone!?) and a Bonus DVD to go with the new remastered album (and it's only a few more dollars than the single disc version) It's a great deal at 15 bucks!
Band On The Run (Archive Collection)
With an excellent album like BAND ON THE RUN, its always good that a journalist was around at the time to document
what had happened at the time. With the Archive Collection, this is a special release treat with 2 CD, and a DVD
with films that cover the making of the Cover of the album ( Kind of neat that idea, and the reference was from
George Harrison when at a meeting when George said "If I ever get out of here...", ergo the prisoners of their own
band idea). And the audio from the DVD is used on the second CD as the additional songs. The booklet of Polaroids
is almost like being in Lagos, Nigeria ( where the album was mostly recorded), and this was done with Paul, Linda
and Denny Laine, so the other Guitarist had bailed, as well as the drummer. The story of the album is covered in a
rather summary way, so I won't spoil it for you there. and the Documentary is very fun for McCartney fans !!
I hopeto be able to get the other Archive albums, although it is likely that I may be getting different editions sincethe amount of diverse material being re-released is rather, and thankfully, significant. Bands that re-release key albums with either additional content from the time, as well as remastering the music, seem to be picking up extra fans. And since McCartney has been around for a while its great to hear his old songs performed in 5.1 ( like the CITI FIELD concert in GOOD EVENING NEW YORK ) but it is great to have the original members on the old tapes, or in most cases with the Masters transferred to Hard Drive, the sound can be opened up on original recordings without adding guitars, they just process the sound like they did to the Mono recordings of DEEP PURPLE on the Beeb. And the additional feature of the Remaster and Booklet versions is that you get to find out the connection between PAPILLON and how Dustn Hoffman made the song Picasso's last words possible !! Get the album, its a great story !!