Wings Over America [4 CD][Deluxe Box Set] Box set
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Wings Over America is the monumental live album by Paul McCartney and Wings, originally released in December of 1976. Recorded throughout the band s Wings Over America U.S. tour dates earlier that Spring, the album reached #1 in the US in early 1977. Containing almost two full hours of music, Wings Over America offers a stunning rendition of Maybe I m Amazed, plus Wings classics such as Live and Let Die, My Love, & Let Em In. McCartney also included some Beatles classics into the set list, including Yesterday, The Long and Winding Road and more for the first time since the Beatles had broken up six years earlier.
The original 28-track album on 2 discs, remastered at Abbey Road Studios.
8 previously unreleased bonus audio tracks recorded live at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
Bonus DVD featuring the 75 minute TV special Wings Over The World and a brand new short film charting the tour route in photographs.
All set within a numbered hardbound slipcase containing:
-112-page book written by David Fricke, featuring new interviews and extensive tour photography
-Exclusive 60-page photographic journal of Linda s images chronicling life on the road
-136-page replica tour book with itineraries, tour program, memorabilia, and lyrics plus 3 (10 x8 ) prints
-80-page book of drawings by artist Humphrey Ocean
24bit 96kHz high resolution audio versions of all 36 songs on the remastered album & bonus audio tracks, accessed via a download code inserted on a card within the deluxe edition package
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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.
There is also a DVD included which features the "Wings Over The World" TV show that aired on CBS.
It's a 75 minute show. I do wish it had been made available in Blu-ray but for this set but we do have the Rockshow [Blu-ray] theatrical concert drawn from some of the same shows.
There is also a book with photos from Linda ("Look") as well as a book of sketches done by Humphrey Ocean during the tour. The three books are all nicely put together (better than the "Ram" set).
There is another book which has photos and comments from Laine, McCartney, etc. discussing the tour.
All of these are housed in a sturdy case that is the same heighth (but not the same width) as the RAM (Deluxe Book Edition) edition.
Finally we get a card with the codes for lossless (or you can choose lossy) digital downloads of each track included in the deluxe edition in high resolution. There's also a card announcing the next two titles--"Venus and Mars" and "At the Speed of Sound".
Should you spring for the deluxe edition? If all you want is the music then you could go for the Best Buy exclusive limited CD set. This limited edition includes the third CD of the eight tracks from the Cow Palace show. You could also pick up the "Rock Show" DVD or Blu-ray and get away for under $50.
Personally, I'm glad I purchased this set as, unlike some deluxe editions that have some silly extras, the three books filled with photos, the replicas of the tickets, etc. made this an essential purchase for me but others might feel differently. This is a BIG set and it is filled with cool stuff. The only drawback as I mentioned is that I wish that "Wings Over The World" had been remastered for Blu-ray and that they had also included "Rockshow" but these are minor quibbles.
Once upon a time a man named Paul McCartney put together a band from great Rock Artists. The band was named “Wings” and then together they created Rock History and a great work of Art named “Wings Over America”!
Wings Over America is a remastered reissued version of the original triple LP album which came out on 1976. This is the 2013 version of the original recording. The album was recorded from the American part of the “Wings Over the World Tour” of 1975 – 1976. When this album originally came out, it Rocked the universe! Back then, I was a teenager in Imperial Iran and that is when I first purchased it in cassette form. Wings was nothing like Beatles, it was a heavy duty Hard Rock Band with also a soft side of romantic Soft Rock singles. I had endless memories and fun with this album in Iran. Back then I had my own Rock Band and me and the boys were listening to this and playing cuts from this for endless evenings and weekends of fun.
So first I bought this in cassette in Tehran, then I bought it in LP in Philly and after a long wait for the arrival, I bought it in CD on 2013 in San Diego. The album is a work of art. It is an all time classic. The songs were played on the radio since 1976 until this day on daily basis! We have been singing these songs for decades. I sing them in the shower, in my office, in the car and when I write articles behind my desk!
Wings is Paul McCartney’s great present to the world. In my opinion, Beatles was not McCartney’s greatest band. I was never a big Beatles fan. Beatles were too soft and wishy washy for me. I was more of a Stones and Doors fan. But when Wings came out and specifically when this album came out, McCartney proved that he is no Soft Core and Lollypop singing artist no more! He proved that he is perfectly capable of releasing hardcore Hard Rock and to Rock and Roll the stage and the world! McCartney is a musical genius but the key to the Wings success was also the great musicians who worked with him and helped him to write the songs and music for the wings; these musicians who also performed and made this album were:
Wings Over America Artists of the Wings Band
Paul McCartney: vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, piano, keyboards
Linda McCartney: piano, keyboards, backing vocals, percussion
Denny Laine: electric and acoustic guitars, bass, piano, keyboards, percussion, harmonica, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Spirits of Ancient Egypt", "Richard Cory," "Time to Hide", and "Go Now", harmony lead vocal on "Picasso's Last Words"
Jimmy McCulloch: electric and acoustic guitars, bass, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Medicine Jar"
Joe English: drums, percussion, backing vocals
Wind Instrument Section
Tony Dorsey: trombone, percussion
Howie Casey: saxophone, percussion
Steve Howard: trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion
Thaddeus Richard: saxophone, clarinet, Western concert flute, percussion
So as you see, McCartney played with some great musicians who were also singer and songwriters. Denny Laine is one of the greatest guitar players in Rock music and he wrote a number of songs with Wings which was performed in this album. Jimmy McCulloch is a superb guitarist and Joe English was an awesome drummer. Mostly Linda McCartney was not just the greatest love of his life but she was also a great keyboard player. In a way when Linda died, a part of his soul ripped apart and faded away. It was a great catastrophe to him and he really never fully recovered. He never found a great partner who was also a musician like her.
The album won so many awards, been in top of the chart all over the world for so long and practically the complete album is loaded with hit songs but not only hit songs, yet the live versions of these hit songs.
This album is one of the best recorded Rock Live Albums of all time. Recording is superb, specifically after remastering; now it is more superb! The engineering, arrangements, recording and mixing was great.
It is about 2 hours of Rock and Roll your soul and heavy duty Hard Rock blasting you away, followed with some of the greatest mellow romantic songs and anthems in Rock music.
I can’t really tell you that so far (since 1976), how many times I have listened to this album? I listen to it when sad, when mad, when want to Rock, when driving, when riding bike, when at the beach, when cooped up in my office and when wanting to just lie down, relax and sleep! This album has been one of my closest companions and has been soothing my soul since teen years in Imperial Iran! It has been with me in Iran, Philly, San Diego and all around the world!
I still remember back in 1977 driving my father’s treasure (without his permission), his 1965 red convertible coup T Bird, fully automatic on shore lines, at the beach on the shores of the Caspian Sea, North Iran, with my cousins and friends or girls at the back seat during our summer holidays, hair blowing in the wind, it was just yesterday when I was blasting this album on the stereo and riding the T Bird. Great awesome memories of yesteryears!
Then again in Philly, my original home in America, back in the dorm, back in college, wow, many awesome memories with this album.
Now I listen to it once a while and I reminisce, looking back at my life, friends and memories of old times.
The best way to listen to this album is to listen to it loud on the car or bike stereo while riding the highway with winds blowing in your hair! Ride a convertible, moon roofed vehicle or a Harley and blast this on the stereo when the wind hits your head and face! Nothing like it. Spirit of the wild takes you back to way back when!
If you are already a wings fan, this album is essential to own and collect in your collection. I can testify to that because when it went out of print, I waited years for it to come out again! I simply did not want to pay from $ 150 to $ 200 for it but I wanted it in CD format! And finally it got reprinted and what a fabulous remastered version with superb sound quality it was!
If you are new to the Wings scene as a young rooster or chick and a Rock History enthusiast, this album is one of Rocks all time classic and one of the best Rock Live Recordings of all times. Buy it before it goes out of print again and by then, you must pay an arm and a leg to purchase it on Amazon or elsewhere!
This album is the very definition of Rock and Roll. It will Rock your world and soothens your soul. The fast and heavy songs blast your psyche and the mellow Rock anthems will warmen your heart and heal your soul. McCartney blasts that bass like no one does. The loud bass sound of McCartney is clearly noticeable through the concert. Denny Laine guitar is masterful; he really blasts that electric guitar. The guitar riffs and links are memorable. Joe English on drums, what a cannon drum and Linda on keyboards, wow!
If you know this album, then buy it now because it is a collectable in any form, LP or CD. If you have no clue about this album, then purchase it now, not only because you might miss out on a collectable but also because you have been missing on life without “Wings Over America”, the best Rock Live Album of Paul McCartney and one of the greatest Rock Live Albums ever made. This is the essential Rock & Roll for your Soul!