Release date:
Feb 04, 2022

Master release


Related sessions

This album has been recorded during the following studio sessions





Wild Life session #4

Jul 29, 1971


Wild Life mixing #1

Aug 06, 1971


Wild Life session #5

Oct 02, 1971



Wild Life mixing #2

Oct 05, 1971


Wild Life mixing #3

Oct 08, 1971


Wild Life mixing #4

Oct 10, 1971


Wild Life mixing #5

Oct 15, 1971



Wild Life mixing #6

Oct 17, 1971

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Track list

Side 1


1.

Mumbo

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:58 • Studio versionA2022 • Stereo • 2022 half-speed mastering

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Organ, Piano
Denny Laine :
Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell :
Drums, Tambourine (?)
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Miles Showell :
Mastering

Session Recording:
Jul 26, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 08, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


2.

Bip Bop

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:10 • Studio versionA2022 • Mono • 2022 half-speed mastering

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Tambourine (?), Vocals
Denny Laine :
Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell :
Drums, Tambourine (?)
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant
Chris Blair :
Recording engineer assistant
Miles Showell :
Mastering

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 15, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


3.

Love Is Strange

Written by Ethel Smith, Mickey Baker, Sylvia Vanderpool

4:51 • Studio versionA2022 • Stereo • 2022 half-speed mastering

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineDenny Seiwell
Paul McCartney :
Producer
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant
Chris Blair :
Recording engineer assistant
Miles Showell :
Mastering

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Oct 03, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 05, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


4.

Wild Life

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

6:42 • Studio versionA2022 • Stereo • 2022 half-speed mastering

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Keyboards
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell :
Backing vocals, Drums
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Miles Showell :
Mastering

Session Recording:
Jul 26, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 15, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

Side 2


1.

Some People Never Know

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

6:37 • Studio versionA2022 • Stereo • 2022 half-speed mastering

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Bongos, Congas, Electric guitar, Guiro, Harmonium (?), Maracas, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Harmonium (?), Keyboards, Vocals
Denny Laine :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell :
Bongos, Congas, Drums, Guiro
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Miles Showell :
Mastering

Session Recording:
Jul 25, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 10, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


2.

I Am Your Singer

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

2:19 • Studio versionA2022 • Stereo • 2022 half-speed mastering

Paul McCartney :
Bass (?), Electric piano, Producer, Recorder (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Harmonium (?), Organ (?), Vocals
Denny Laine :
Bass (?), Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell :
Drums, Maracas
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant
Brian Blood :
Recorder
Peter Blood :
Recorder
Paul Blood :
Recorder
Jeanne Dolmetsch :
Recorder
Chris Blair :
Recording engineer assistant
Miles Showell :
Mastering
Christine Blood :
Recorder

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jul 29, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Aug 06, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


3.

Bip Bop (Link)

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

0:52 • Studio versionA2022 • Stereo • 2022 half-speed mastering

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Producer
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Miles Showell :
Mastering

Session Recording:
Oct 02, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 17, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


4.

Tomorrow

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:28 • Studio versionA2022 • Stereo • 2022 half-speed mastering

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass (?), Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Bass (?), Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell :
Drums
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Miles Showell :
Mastering

Session Recording:
Jul 26, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 08, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


5.

Dear Friend

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

5:59 • Studio versionA2022 • Stereo • 2022 half-speed mastering

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Vibraphone (?), Vocals
Denny Seiwell :
Drums, Trumpet (?)
Richard Hewson :
Orchestration
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant
Chris Blair :
Recording engineer assistant
Miles Showell :
Mastering
Unknown musician(s) :
Four cellos, Four flutes, Harp, Oboe, Tenor saxophone, Two french horns, Two trombones

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 05, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Orchestra overdubs:
Oct 16, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 16, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


6.

Mumbo (Link)

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

0:53 • Studio versionA2022 • Stereo • 2022 half-speed mastering

Paul McCartney :
Bass (?), Producer
Denny Laine :
Electric guitar (?)
Denny Seiwell :
Drums (?)
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Miles Showell :
Mastering

Session Recording:
Oct 08, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 08, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

About

From PaulMcCartney.com, December 7, 2021:

Marking today’s 50th anniversary of the December 7, 1971 release of Paul McCartney and Wings’ Wild Life, UMe announces the February 4, 2022 reissue of Wings’ debut LP as a limited edition half-speed mastered vinyl pressing. 

Following the eclectic charm and intimacy of 1970’s solo McCartney and 1971’s homespun lo-fi indie-pop progenitor RAM credited to Paul and Linda McCartney, Wild Life found Paul once again redefining his post-Beatles creative identity, this time beginning his tenure as a founding member of Wings. A rollicking left turn from its predecessors, Wild Life was recorded in barely more than a week, with more than half of the songs captured in a single take. The end result would be eight songs running the gamut from joyous freewheeling jams to proto-chamber pop to spare introspective musings — all bristling with a raw, jagged energy akin to the grungiest of garage bands—whether on the careening blues-rock rave-up of opener ‘Mumbo’, a reggae-tinged reimagining of Mickey & Sylvia’s ‘Love Is Strange’, or the plaintive and heart wrenching ballad ‘Dear Friend’.

Cracking the top 10 and going gold in the US, Wild Life faced an admittedly uphill battle as the debut of Paul’s first post-Beatles band. In a recent reassessment, Billboard noted that modern-day Wild Life listeners “can throw out all this cultural baggage and just enjoy the tunes… by not reaching for any obvious Beatles tropes, Wings achieved something fresh and inviting…” And in fact, Wild Life would prove to be the first spark of the Wings phenomenon that would develop and flourish into one of the defining sounds of ’70s rock n roll. The streak of #1 albums from Red Rose Speedway, Band On The Run, Venus And Mars, At The Speed Of Sound through the 3LP live opus Wings Over America, and the sold-out shows that provided the blueprint for the ’70s arena rock experience—can all be traced back to the big bang of those first eight months during which Wings would form, release Wild Life in December 1971 and play their first-ever live shows in February 1972.

The 50th anniversary edition of Wild Life was cut at half speed at Abbey Road Studios using a high resolution transfer of the original 1971 master tapes.

From Paul McCartney on Twitter – Polaroid of Paul by Linda McCartney – Paul and Linda formed Wings in 1971 with guitarist Denny Laine and drummer Denny Seiwell. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of their debut album #WildLife with a limited edition half-speed mastered vinyl – out tomorrow!
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Last updated on February 3, 2022

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