- Audio CD (November 4, 2014)
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Wings at the Speed of Sound Deluxe Book
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ABOUT AT THE SPEED OF SOUND...
At The Speed Of Sound is the fifth album by Wings. The album was released in March 1976 and peaked at #1 in the US and #2 in the UK. The album was Paul's most successful album on the US chart, enjoying multiple weeks at #1 throughout the summer of 1976. At The Speed Of Sound includes fan favorite singles Silly Love Songs and Let 'Em In.
DELUXE EDITION [2CD + 1DVD]
The original 11 track album, remastered at Abbey Road Studios in London
7 previously unreleased bonus audio tracks, including a version of Beware My Love featuring John Bonham
DVD featuring previously unreleased footage of Wings in Venice in 1976, a new behind-the-scenes edit from the 1976 Wembley shows, as well as the original music video for Silly Love Songs
Plus downloadable 24bitkHz high-resolution audio versions of the remastered album and bonus audio tracks
All set within a 112 page hardbound book containing memorabilia, many previously unpublished images by Linda McCartney and Clive Arrowsmith, a new interview with Paul McCartney, and expanded track by track information
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It was loaded with Silly Love Songs, the hit of course, along with San Ferry Anne, which was the name of a British TV show from the 60's, Must do Something about it, and the poignant Warm & Beautiful, which it is. Let 'em In was also a nice tip of the cap to America, bicentennial year and all that. I appreciated the inclusion of 'Phil and Don' in the song, the Everly's no doubt. And Brother Michael (Yes, Paul has a brother, Michael McGear) For extras, you get 7 pieces which are best suited for crazed Wings fans, and fans of that other band he was with...the....something or other. Oh, almost forgot....then there is the track where John Bonnham of Led Zepplin takes over for Joe English.
Anyway, it is a good record and a nice remix on it, as well. It's nice to listen to again.
The best-known songs on this album are the mega-hits "Silly Love Songs" and "Let 'Em In," but there are other gems, including Paul's rocker "Beware My Love," which I always considered a shot at the "Paul is dead" people; the funky "She's My Baby" and the gorgeous "Warm And Beautiful," both of which were redone for Paul's 1999 baroque work Working Classical; and the jazzy "San Ferry Anne." Denny Laine does two songs: Macca's "The Note You Never Wrote," which features an unkind reference to "The Mayor Of Baltimore" (probably the only time the late William Donald Schaefer was mentioned in a pop song, albeit indirectly), and Laine's own "Time To Hide," one of his best rockers. The late Jimmy McCulloch follows up "Medicine Jar," from VENUS AND MARS, with another anti-drug song, "Wino Junko." Unfortunately, Jimmy didn't follow his own advice; in 1979, two years after leaving Wings, he died of a drug overdose. Drummer Joe English does well on Macca's "Must Do Something About It," and the lovely Linda chips in with her first lead vocal on her own composition "Cook Of The House," an entertaining 1950s-style rocker. A year later, Linda would get a solo single of her very own, "Seaside Woman/B-Side To Seaside," released on Epic Records in the States (and in 1979 in the U.K., on A&M Records) under the pseudonym "Suzy And The Red Stripes." All three songs can be found on Linda's posthumous 1998 CD, Wide Prairie, which is better than a lot of people think.
Because WINGS AT THE SPEED OF SOUND was recorded during the mid-'70s vinyl shortage, when most single releases were album cuts, there is not much bonus material available. Disc 2 (Bonus Audio) features demos of "Silly Love Songs," "She's My Baby," "Let 'Em In," and "Warm And Beautiful" (an instrumental); a 24-second "Message To Joe" [English], spoken by Paul on a vocoder, sounding a lot like the "talking guitar" on an old Alvino Rey record; an alternate take of "Beware My Love," featuring the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham; and Macca's guide vocal on "Must Do Something About It."
The bonus DVD features the "Silly Love Songs" music video, with its original soundtrack, not the remastered stereo/5.1 version from The McCartney Years, and two mini-documentaries, "Wings Over Wembley" and "Wings In Venice," both filmed during the 1975/76 world tour.
Again, the sound quality is superb, better than any previous release: the Universal Abbey Road team did their usual amazing job. Packaging is lavish, with a beautiful hard-cover book containing rare photos, new essays, and lots of souvenirs, including glossy photos, ticket stubs, handwritten lyric sheets, backstage passes, and more. As with VENUS AND MARS, the pouches holding the memorabilia are open at both ends, so the stuff does tend to fall out; be careful if you don't want to lose anything.
A high-resolution download of the audio material is also included for your enjoyment.
While not as good as its two illustrious predecessors, WINGS AT THE SPEED OF SOUND is still a very enjoyable album and is worth purchasing. Four stars.
Next up in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection: two George Martin-produced albums from the early 1980s: 1983's PIPES OF PEACE, and its 1982 predecessor, TUG OF WAR, which, for my money, is the finest post-Beatles album that Paul McCartney has ever made. Looking forward to it - yeah, baby!