Paul McCartney And Wings – Band On The Run (1973) [Remaster 2010] {Official Web UNLIMITED Edition 24bit/96kHz}

Paul McCartney & Wings – Band On The Run (1973) [Remaster 2010] {UNLIMITED Edition}
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 75:31 minutes | 1,62 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Official Web | Artwork: Digital booklet | © Hear Music

The first release from the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, an ambitious reissue program that encompasses 41 years of cherished, classic material from the most successful songwriter and recording artist in music history.

Neither the dippy, rustic Wild Life nor the slick AOR flourishes of Red Rose Speedway earned Paul McCartney much respect, so he made the self-consciously ambitious Band on the Run to rebuke his critics. On the surface, Band on the Run appears to be constructed as a song cycle in the vein of Abbey Road, but subsequent listens reveal that the only similarities the two albums share are simply superficial. McCartney’s talent for songcraft and nuanced arrangements is in ample display throughout the record, which makes many of the songs — including the nonsensical title track — sound more substantial than they actually are. While a handful of the songs are excellent — the surging, inspired surrealism of “Jet” is by far one of his best solo recordings, “Bluebird” is sunny acoustic pop, and “Helen Wheels” captures McCartney rocking with abandon — most of the songs are more style than substance. Yet McCartney’s melodies are more consistent than any of his previous solo records, and there are no throwaways; the songs just happen to be not very good. Still, the record is enjoyable, whether it’s the minor-key “Mrs. Vandebilt” or “Let Me Roll It,” a silly response to John Lennon’s “How Do You Sleep?,” which does make Band on the Run one of McCartney’s finest solo efforts. However, there’s little of real substance on the record. No matter how elaborate the production is, or how cleverly his mini-suites are constructed, Band on the Run is nothing more than a triumph of showmanship.

CD1 #01 – Band On The Run
CD1 #02 – Jet
CD1 #03 – Bluebird
CD1 #04 – Mrs. Vanderbilt
CD1 #05 – Let Me Roll It
CD1 #06 – Mamunia
CD1 #07 – No Words
CD1 #08 – Picasso’s Last Words (Drink To Me)
CD1 #09 – Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five

CD2 #01 – Helen Wheels
CD2 #02 – Country Dreamer
CD2 #03 – Bluebird [from One Hand Clapping] CD2 #04 – Jet [from One Hand Clapping] CD2 #05 – Let Me Roll It [from One Hand Clapping] CD2 #06 – Band On The Run [from One Hand Clapping] CD2 #07 – Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five [from One Hand Clapping] CD2 #08 – Country Dreamer [from One Hand Clapping] CD2 #09 – Zoo Gang