Wings Greatest

By WingsOfficial album • Part of the collection “Paul McCartney • Compilations

Timeline More from year 1978
UK release date:
Nov 02, 1978
US release date:
Nov 13, 1978

Related sessions

This album has been recorded during the following studio sessions






Mixing "Another Day"

Feb 08, 1971




Recording "Hi, Hi, Hi"

Sep 18 - Sep 20, 1972





Mixing "Hi, Hi, Hi"

Nov 06, 1972


Recording "My Love"

Jan 25, 1973


Recording "My Love"

Jan 26, 1973



"Band On The Run" sessions #1

September 1-23, 1973



"Band On The Run" sessions #3

Late October / Early November 1973


Recording "Junior's Farm"

Jul 16 - 18, 1974



"At The Speed Of Sound" sessions #2

January - February 1976




"London Town" sessions #2

May 1 to May 31, 1977




"London Town" sessions #4

October 25 to December 1, 1977

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Another Day

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:45 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Percussion (?), Producer, Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Seiwell :
Drums, Percussion
David Spinozza :
Acoustic guitar (?), Electric guitar
Tim Geelan :
Recording engineer
Ted Brosnan :
Assistant recording engineer
Dixon Van Winkle :
Mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 12, 1970
Studio :
CBS Studios, New York City

Session Overdubs:
January 1971
Studio :
A&R Studios, New York City

Session Mixing:
Feb 08, 1971
Studio :
A&R Studios, New York City

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


2.

Silly Love Songs

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

5:55 • 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 mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer
Pete Henderson :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Howard :
Horns
Tony Dorsey :
Horns, String arrangements

Session Recording:
Jan 16, 1976
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
January - March 1976
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
January - March 1976
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


3.

Live And Let Die

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:14 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass (?), Electric guitar (?), Percussion (?), Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Bass (?), Electric guitar (?)
George Martin :
Producer
Henry McCullough :
Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell :
Drums, Percussion (?)
Ray Cooper :
Duck-call, Percussion (?), Tympani
Bill Price :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 19, 1972
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Overdubs:
Oct 20, 1972
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Oct 21, 1972
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


4.

Junior's Farm

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:23 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Keyboards
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jimmy McCulloch :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Geoff Britton :
Drums
Alan O'Duffy :
Mixing engineer
Ernie Winfrey :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
July 16-18, 1974
Studio :
Soundshop Recording Studios, Nashville, USA

Session Mixing:
Oct 07, 1974
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


5.

With A Little Luck

Written by Paul McCartney

5:46 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums (?), Electric piano, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Keyboards (?)
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Synthesizer (?)
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Joe English :
Drums (?)
Mark Vigars :
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson :
Assistant engineer
Steve Churchyard :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
May 10 and 12, 1977
Studio :
Record Plant Mobile Studio, Fair Carol Yacht, US Virgin Islands

Session Overdubs:
November 1977
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


6.

Band On The Run

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

5:14 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Electric piano, Producer, Synthesizers, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Moog
Denny Laine :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Tony Visconti :
Orchestration
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday :
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham :
Assistant engineer
Beaux Arts Orchestra :
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
September 1-23, 1973
Studio :
EMI Studios, Lagos, Nigeria

Session Overdubs:
October 1973
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio :
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


7.

Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Producer
George Martin :
Orchestration
Denny Seiwell :
Drums
Hugh McCracken :
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg :
Mix engineer
Phil Ramone :
Recording engineer
Marvin Stamm :
Brass
Mel Davis :
Brass
Ray Crisara :
Brass
Snooky Young :
Brass
David Nadien :
Violin
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra :
Strings
Paul Beaver :
Synthesizer
Jim Guercio :
Recording engineer
Tim Geelan :
Recording engineer
Ted Brosnan :
Assistant recording engineer
Dixon Van Winkle :
Assistant recording engineer
Armin Steiner :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Nov 06, 1970
Studio :
CBS Studios, New York City

Session Overdubs:
Jan 03 & 11, 1971
Studio :
A&R Studios, New York City

Session Overdubs:
Mar 01, 09, 10, 12 & Apr 07, 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

Session Mixing:
April 1971
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

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


8.

Hi, Hi, Hi

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:09 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Organ
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Henry McCullough :
Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell :
Cow-bell, Drums
Mark Vigars :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer
John Leckie :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 20, 1972
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 06, 1972
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


9.

Let'Em In

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

5:11 • 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 mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer
Pete Henderson :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Howard :
Flutes, Horns
Tony Dorsey :
Flutes, Horns

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

Session Overdubs:
January - March 1976
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
January - March 1976
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


10.

My Love

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:10 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Electric piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Bass
Henry McCullough :
Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell :
Drums
Richard Hewson :
Orchestra arrangement
Mark Vigars :
Assistant recording engineer
Richard Lush :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jan 25, 1973
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Jan 26, 1973
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs & mixing:
Jan 27, 1973
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


11.

Jet

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:11 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Moog (?), Piano (?), Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Keyboards, Moog (?)
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Piano (?)
Tony Visconti :
Orchestration
Howie Casey :
Sax
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Pete Swettenham :
Assistant engineer
Beaux Arts Orchestra :
Strings

Session Recording:
October 1973
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio :
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


12.

Mull Of Kintyre

Written by Paul McCartney, Denny Laine

4:44 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic bass guitar, Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Lead vocal, Producer
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Vocals
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Joe English :
Drums
Campbell Maloney :
Drums
Campbeltown Pipe Band :
Bagpipes
Ian Bairson :
Backing vocals
Dave Paton :
Backing vocals
Tony Wilson :
Bagpipe
Ian McKerral :
Bagpipe
David McIvor :
Bagpipe
John Lang Brown :
Bagpipe
Archie Coffield :
Bagpipe
John McGeachy :
Bagpipe
Dougie Lang :
Bagpipe
Jimmy McGeachy :
Drums
David Hastie :
Drums
Ian Campbell :
Drums
Tommy Blue :
Drums
John MacCallum :
Drums
Ian MacKenzie :
Drums
Tim Summerhays :
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
August 9, 1977
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Overdubs:
October 1977
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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

About

From paulmccartney.com:

For the ultimate throwback… watch the original 1978 TV advertisement for Wings Greatest  – a compilation album by Wings.

Shot in various locations in and around London, the ad features people going about their daily lives at work, driving – even bathing! Look out for ‘unexpected’ cameo appearances from Paul, Linda and Denny!

From jpgr.co.uk:

[…] The album fared fairly well, but only managed to reach number 5 in the chart, although it was listed for over seven months ! It was even promoted by T.V. advertising for two weeks before Christmas, but even this didn’t help it’s push to the top. The advert was quite memorable though, being several members of the public singing Wings tunes in public places, ending with a dustman parked in his lorry in Abbey Road singing (wildly out of tune) “Band On The Run”, at which point Paul, Linda and Denny pull up alongside and Paul shouts out the window, “You’re a bit flat mate !”. The driver leans out his window and says “Funny, I only checked them this morning”.

The sleeve design was by Paul and Linda with assistance from Aubrey Powell and George Hardie of Hipgnosis, and photography by Angus Forbes. Linda had bought the model of a flying lady, and had it flown to the Alps on 14th October 1978 for the photographs. A snowdrift was created and the photography was done from a helicopter (and EMI complained of the cost of the Sgt.Pepper cover !!).

The inner sleeve is plain black with a very small picture of the front cover statuette taken from front and back on each side of the sleeve. The statuette also appears on the labels. Free within is a 30″ by 20″ poster, with a colour scene on one side, and a black and white picture of the trio taken by Clive Arrowsmith on the reverse.

From Twitter – Paul, Linda and Denny, 1977. Photo by Clive Arrowsmith #ThrowbackThursday #TBT #Wings
From tracks.co.uk – A Capitol Records promotional poster for the USA release of the Wings greatest hits album ‘Wings Greatest’ in November 1978. The poster features the album artwork along with details of their previous album releases. It has been folded vertically and horizontally. The poster measures 76cm x 51cm (30 inches x 20 inches).
From tracks.co.uk – An original 1978 UK promotional poster for the Paul McCartney & Wings compilation album ‘Wings Greatest’. The poster has been rolled and features the album artwork. It measures 50.5cm x 76cm (20 inches x 30 inches). There is creasing in all four corners and some wear and creasing to the edges. The condition is very good.

Last updated on June 7, 2020

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