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Band on the Run

25th Anniversary Edition, Limited Edition

Reissued, Remastered

4.6 out of 5 stars 335 customer reviews

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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!

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Band On The Run
  2. Jet
  3. Bluebird
  4. Mrs. Vandebilt
  5. Let Me Roll It
  6. Mamunia
  7. No Words
  8. Helen Wheels
  9. Picasso's Last Words (Drink To Me)
  10. Ninteteen Hundred And Eighty Five

Disc: 2

  1. Paul McCartney (Dialogue Intro)/Band On The Run (Nicely Toasted Mix)
  2. Band On The Run (Original) (Background)/Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link I)
  3. Band On The Run (Barn Rehearsal)
  4. Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 2)/Mamunia (Original) Bckground)/Denny Laine (Dialogue)...
  5. Bluebird (Live-Version)
  6. Bluebird (Original) (Background)/Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 4)
  7. Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 5)/No Words (Original) (Background)/Geoff Emerick (Dialogue)
  8. No Words (Original)/Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 6)/Tony Visconti (Dialogue).Band On The Run...
  9. Jet ( Original From Picasso's Last Words) (Background)/Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 7)...
  10. Jet (Berlin Soundchek)
  11. Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 8)/Clive Arrowsmith (Dialogue)
  12. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five (Original) (Background)/Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 9)...
  13. Mrs. Vandebilt (Original) (Background)/Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link11)/Kenny Lynch (Dialogue)...
  14. Let Me Roll It (Cardington Rehearsal)/Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 12)
  15. Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 13)/Mrs. Vandebilt (Background)/Linda McCartney (Band On The Run...
  16. Helen Wheels (crazed)/Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 14)/Christopher Lee (Dialogue)
  17. Band On The Run (Strum Bit)/v (Dialogue Link 15)/lemente Freud (Dialogue)
  18. Picasso's Last Words (Original) (Background)/Paul McCartney Dialogue Link 16)/Dustin Hoffman...
  19. Picasso's Last Words (Drink To Me) (Acoustic Version)
  20. Band On The Run (Nicely Toasted Mix)/Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 17)
  21. Band On The Run (Northern Comic Version)


Product details

  • Audio CD (March 9, 1999)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Original Release Date: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000I7KL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 335 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,021 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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