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Wings At The Speed Of Sound

By WingsOfficial album• Part of the collection “Paul McCartney • Studio albums

Timeline See what happened in March 1976
UK release date:
Mar 25, 1976
US release date:
Mar 25, 1976
Sessions This album has been recorded during the following sessions

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Let 'Em In

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

5:13 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Military drum (?)
Jimmy McCulloch:
Bass
Howie Casey:
Flutes, Horns
Joe English:
Drums
Thaddeus Richard:
Flutes, Horns
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Engineer
Steve Howard:
Flutes, Horns
Tony Dorsey:
Flutes, Horns

Session Recording:
Feb 03, 1976
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


2.

The Note You Never Wrote

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:29 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric piano (?), Flute (?), Mellotron (?), Producer
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Keyboards, Tambourine (?)
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar (?), Backing vocals, Flute (?), Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Electric guitar
Joe English:
Drums, Percussion, Tambourine (?)
Tony Clark:
Recording engineer
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Mixing engineer
Fiachra Trench:
String arrangement

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


3.

She's My Baby

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:07 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass (?), Electric guitar (?), Electric piano, Keyboards, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Bass (?)
Jimmy McCulloch:
Electric guitar (?)
Joe English:
Drums
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Engineer

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


4.

Beware My Love

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

6:32 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar (?), Bass, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Keyboards, Vocals
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar (?), Backing vocals, Piano
Jimmy McCulloch:
Acoustic guitar (?), Electric guitar
Joe English:
Drums
Tony Clark:
Recording engineer
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer (intro & outro) mixin

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


5.

Wino Junko

Written by Jimmy McCulloch, Colin Allen

5:28 • Studio versionA


6.

Silly Love Songs

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

5:57 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Mellotron (?), Percussion (?), Piano (?), Producer, String conductor, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Tambourine (?)
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Piano (?)
Jimmy McCulloch:
Electric guitar (?)
Howie Casey:
Horns
Joe English:
Drums, Percussion (?)
Thaddeus Richard:
Horns
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Engineer
Steve Howard:
Horns
Tony Dorsey:
Horns, String arrangements

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


7.

Cook Of The House

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

2:46 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Double-bass, Mellotron, Piano, Producer
Linda McCartney:
Vocals
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Howie Casey:
Horns
Joe English:
Drums
Thaddeus Richard:
Horns
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Engineer
Steve Howard:
Horns
Tony Dorsey:
Horns

Session Recording:
Feb 04, 1976
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


8.

Time To Hide

Written by Denny Laine

4:32 • Studio versionA


9.

Must Do Something About It

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:44 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar (?), Backing vocals, Bass, Producer, Shaker (?)
Linda McCartney:
Tambourine (?)
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar (?)
Jimmy McCulloch:
Electric guitar
Joe English:
Drums, Percussion (?), Shaker (?), Vocals
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Engineer

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


10.

San Ferry Anne

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

2:10 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Producer, Vocals
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar
Jimmy McCulloch:
Electric guitar
Howie Casey:
Horns
Joe English:
Drums
Thaddeus Richard:
Horns
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Engineer
Steve Howard:
Horns
Tony Dorsey:
Horns

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


11.

Warm And Beautiful

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Producer, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Slide guitar
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Engineer
Fiachra Trench:
String quartet arrangement, Two tenor horns arrangement

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

About

From Wikipedia:

Wings at the Speed of Sound is the fifth album by Wings and was recorded and issued in 1976 in the midst of a large world tour as the follow-up album to the popular Venus and Mars. It is the band’s only album where every member sings lead on at least one song.

History

After a series of concerts in Australia in November 1975, Wings took a break from the tour to spend the holidays with their families and in January 1976 booked time at Abbey Road Studios in London to record Wings at the Speed of Sound. It was the first time McCartney had recorded an album in England since Red Rose Speedway. Due to the tour commitments, Wings was not afforded the opportunity to record in another different and exciting locale, preferring to work in a familiar environment. By the end of February, the album was complete, and Wings went back on the road.

Around the time of the studio sessions for Wings at the Speed of Sound, McCartney was facing criticism for Wings simply being a vehicle for himself. He encouraged each of the band members to contribute a song during the sessions, though this would become one of the reasons for the criticism of the album. McCartney had previously attempted to create a democratic album in Red Rose Speedway, though it would be rejected by his record label.

Engineer Peter Henderson later commented, “I remember one of my first engineering jobs, working with Paul McCartney on Wings at the Speed of Sound — he’d do two vocal takes and ask, ‘Which is the better one?’ And when he played guitar, he’d really lean into it and give it everything he got.” Two tracks (“The Note You Never Wrote” and “Warm and Beautiful”) were arranged by Fiachra Trench.

Recording

The album was recorded at Abbey Road in two different sessions: first sessions took place in August/September and October 1975, with work resuming in January–February 1976. During the playback of “Must Do Something About It”, Paul heard drummer Joe English sing the song and decided to have him taking the lead vocal. In “Cook of the House”, McCartney handled double-bass, while “Silly Love Songs” was arranged in a disco-style, in a similar fashion to Al Green’s “Sha La La”.

Release and reception

Wings at the Speed of Sound was released in late March 1976 and received somewhat lukewarm critical reviews. Rolling Stone’s reviewer saw this record as something of a concept album, describing it as “A Day with the McCartneys“. The introduction, “Let ‘Em In“, is sometimes perceived as an invitation for the listener to join the McCartneys on this fantasy day, with explanation of their philosophy (“Silly Love Songs“), a lunch break (“Cook of the House“), and a chance to get to know McCartney’s friends (Denny Laine in “The Note You Never Wrote“, Jimmy McCulloch in “Wino Junko“, etc.).

The album went to number 2 in the United Kingdom (and was the 4th best-selling album of 1976). It became McCartney’s most successful American chart album, spending seven unconsecutive weeks at number 1 throughout the summer (and blocking the Beatles’ then-new compilation Rock’n’Roll Music, which reached number 2).

Much of the album’s success can be attributed to its two smash singles. “Silly Love Songs”, a response to his critics and one of McCartney’s biggest hits, followed the album in April, and became one of 1976’s biggest-selling singles. This was followed in July with “Let ‘Em In”, which also scaled the singles charts. Amid all this, Wings finally went to North America for the Wings Over America Tour, playing McCartney’s first shows there in ten years (after The Beatles’ last tour in 1966) to euphoric reaction; a few selections from Speed of Sound were included.

Wings band member Denny Laine covered “Time to Hide” and “The Note You Never Wrote” in 1996 on his album Wings at the Sound of Denny Laine.

Further releases

In 1993, Wings at the Speed of Sound was remastered and reissued on compact disc as part of ‘The Paul McCartney Collection’ series; added as bonus tracks were “Walking in the Park with Eloise” by the Country Hams, its B-side “Bridge on the River Suite”, and the Wings track “Sally G” (the B-side to their single “Junior’s Farm”) – all were recorded in Nashville in 1974.

Photo of Denny LAINE and Linda McCARTNEY and Joe ENGLISH and Paul McCARTNEY and WINGS and Jimmy McCULLOCH; L-R: Joe English, Linda McCartney, Paul McCartney, Denny Laine, Jimmy McCulloch c.1975/1976 – Posed group portrait, studio

Last updated on July 14, 2017


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