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Wingspan (Hits & History) [Special Limited Edition] Limited Edition, Original recording remastered

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This very limited collector's edition 2-CD package will be housed in a stamped, cloth-bound book and will include a stitched-in 24-page five color annotated booklet and a three dimensional lenticular image slipcase.

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While his fellow ex-bandmates busied themselves with various high-profile projects (John Lennon with Imagine and a series of high-profile media events; George Harrison with All Things Must Pass and The Concert for Bangla Desh), Paul McCartney climbed into a van with his wife and a few journeyman players and gigged at university student unions for what amounted to spare change. Of course, by 1976 they were one of the biggest draws in rock, having the last laugh--if not necessarily the final word. Gathering the cream of their recorded output on a generous double-disc sampler-cum-TV-special-soundtrack seemed a promising effort at historical revisionism, but Wingspan itself is a distinct misnomer: fully 17 of the 40 tracks here hail from various pre- and post-Wings McCartney solo albums. Completely overlooked are unheralded B-sides such as "Oh Woman, Oh Why," "Little Woman Love," "Country Dreamer," "The Mess," "Walking in the Park with Eloise," "Sally G," and "Girl's School"--some of McCartney the bandleader and solo artist's scrappiest and most interesting work. All the expected hits are here and more, ranging from spunky rockers and hook-rich bubblegum to syrup-drenched ballads. What's lacking is a fresh and less myopic perspective. --Jerry McCulley
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 8, 2001)
  • Special Edition, Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00005BA04
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the best collection you can get if you're a casual or hardcore McCartney fan. His last compilation was issued over a decade ago and the material was scant and questionable. Not in this case. This 2 CD set pretty much collects all his familiar post-Beatles Wings hits. Some may argue why this or that song may not be in there, but overall the collection will please the average fan. One will recognize most of the songs on the list. The other titles may not seem familiar, but when you listen you'll find yourself saying, "He wrote that too?"
The sound quality is excellent as recent Beatle/Beatle related re-issues have been (check All Things Must Pass by Harrison.) The remastering really brings the songs to life compared to his earlier greatest hits package. Overall, this is an excellent recap or introduction to Wings' music. For those who wished there was something more comprehensive, don't worry. McCartney is issuing a complete boxed set which will include all the songs that you're missing on this. If that's what you want, be patient and don't buy this CD. Add all this with the ABC Wings special, and you have a well-deserved solid blitz of McCartney and Wings.
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The Hit and History disks for McCartney and Wings stack up amazingly favorably to the Recent 1 compilation released by The Beatles. They show growth, maturity, and greater freedom than the wonderful music Paul created with the Beatles. Listening to 1 and Wingspan together in sequence documents the musical journey that started with a clever kid that played bass ok to that of a master craftsmen and artist. And that is what I enjoy the most about Paul's music. He really supplemented his amazing talent with the hard dedicated work to the technical details that offer up several "perfect" songs, like bluebird, which in my opinion couldn't be improved by adding or taking away anything.
Furthermore, the quality of the recordings is fab. Better than the originals. The only criticism I could offer would be how could certain songs have been left out? Two disks are just not enough. Oh, one more criticism. Why the short version of A Little Luck?
But all in all, I give this a 5 and I hope it leads to younger people going forth to explore all of Paul's wonderful music that didn't get radio or MTV exposure. There are tons of gems out there waiting to be enjoyed.
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By A Customer on May 9, 2001
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I have been a Beatle fan since I was 10 years old. I am now 47, so I basically grew up with them . Paul was always my favorite. Over the years he has had the guts to put things out there that he KNEW would undergo the highest scrutiny and critisism. After all, how do you match the Beatles? Of course , you don't, and I think Paul would be the first to admit that.
When I put on Wingspan for the first time, my mood was instantly elevated. Not knowing what order the songs were in was a real treat! As I listened, I relived the 70's--from my daughter "dancing" to Silly Love Songs at age 1 to my now deceased brother making fun of Mull of Kintyre. I realized again that Paul McCartney had indeed written the songs that framed my life--from his days with the Beatles to Wings and today. I guess a great testament to Paul's genius wuld be this: I bought the CD(age 47), my daughter(age 25) bought it and I am buying one for my 78 year old mother for mother's day!
If you want a few hours of sheer joy---GET WINGSPAN! If you listen closly, you'll see that Paul hasn't changed much--he still sings of love, peace and a simpler way of life.
Thank you, Sir Paul....you are indeed a giant and a genius.
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By A Customer on June 5, 2001
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Being a Beatle fan, my true fave is John Lennon but there is no doubt that the GREAT MACCA is running almost an equal favorite. McCartney's songs sure span a long time and will ever be! Who cares if it's just Paul M. or Paul McCartney with Wings? Solo or not solo work? The music GENIUS presents his personal picks in two CDs and I have no complaint. I get mesmerized by his voice in "My Love" everytime and the "Listen To What The Man Said" is a sure fun opening! I also love "Another Day" and "Goodnight Tonight." The complete package is TOPS for any Beatle or Mccartney or Wings collector. I got the Limited Edition and I will treasure it forever!
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Serious or even marginally serious McCartney fans will already have all these songs on various other albums and greatest hits packages. But it's convenient to have all of these songs on two CD's, especially if you're listening to the music in a car. It's impossible not to give such wonderful music 5 stars, but there are some serious omissions and problems with this collection.
1. There are seven songs edited for brevity. A casual listener will never notice the changes, but to all of us who grew up in the 70's and memorized every downbeat and nuance, you will most definitely notice. It's very irritating to hear Junior's Farm butchered by more than two minutes and Venus and Mars cut to shreds. There are other glaring examples. As explained on the liner notes, these are the "single edits" released to DJ's of the era, but there's no excuse for these versions appearing on a quasi-offical collection, selected by Paul himself.
The playlist contains all of Wings hits and even sneaks in some solo Paul work from the early 80's. Since they include Take it Away and Pipes of Peace, why do they neglect much superior songs from the same years, such as the beautiful Here Today, or Average Person? There are also some curious inclusions which should never have seen the light of the day on a greatest hits package: Bip Bop, Man We Was Lonely and Tomorrow should have been replaced with Sally G., Girls School, I'm Carrying and Nineteen Eighty Five.
McCartney fans will always quibble about such things, but rest assured, you'll get your money's worth on this eclectic, fantastic collection. No one in the history of popular music could consistently write so many catchy tunes. If you're new to the solo years of McCartney, this is *the* disc to buy first.
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