The Paul McCartney Project

Wingspan Hits And History

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

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UK release date:
May 07, 2001
US release date:
May 07, 2001
Publisher:
Parlophone
Sessions This album has been recorded during the following sessions

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Listen To What The Man Said

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:57 • Studio version


2.

Band On The Run

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

5:13 • 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


3.

Another Day

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:43 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Seiwell:
Drums, Percussion
David Spinozza:
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Tim Geelan:
Recording
Ted Brosnan:
Recording assistant
Dixon Van Winkle:
Mixing

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

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

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


4.

Live And Let Die

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:13 • Studio versionA


5.

Jet

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:09 • 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
Monday:
Assistant 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


6.

My Love

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:09 • Studio version


7.

Silly Love Songs

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

5:55 • Studio version


8.

Pipes Of Peace

Written by Paul McCartney

3:27 • Studio version


9.

C Moon

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:35 • Studio version


10.

Hi, Hi, Hi

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:09 • Studio version


11.

Let'Em In

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

5:11 • Studio version


12.

Goodnight Tonight

Written by Paul McCartney

4:22 • Studio version


13.

Junior's Farm

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:04 • Studio version


14.

Mull Of Kintyre

Written by Paul McCartney, Denny Laine

4:46 • Studio version


15.

Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:51 • 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
Marvin Stamm:
Brass
Mel Davis:
Brass
Ray Crisara:
Brass
Snooky Young:
Brass
David Nadien:
Violin
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra:
Strings
Paul Beaver:
Synthesizer

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

Recording:
January 3rd and 11th, 1971
Studio:
A&R Studios, New York City

Recording:
March 1st, 9th, 10th, 12th, April 7th, 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles


16.

With A Little Luck

Written by Paul McCartney

3:14 • Studio version


17.

Coming Up

Written by Paul McCartney

3:51 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitars, Electric piano, Engineer, Mixing, Percussion, Producer, Synthesizers, Tambourine, Vocals
Eddie Klein:
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


18.

No More Lonely Nights

Written by Paul McCartney

4:47 • Studio version

Disc 2


1.

Let Me Roll It

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:52 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Organ
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer

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


2.

The Lovely Linda

Written by Paul McCartney

0:46 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Engineer, Percussion, Producer, Vocals
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer

Recording:
December, 1969
Studio:
At home, Cavendish Avenue, London

Recording:
January 1970
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


3.

Daytime Nightime Suffering

Written by Paul McCartney

3:24 • Studio versionA


4.

Maybe I'm Amazed

Written by Paul McCartney

3:53 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Organ, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Phil McDonald:
Engineer, Mixing engineer

Recording:
Feb 22, 1970
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London


5.

Helen Wheels

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:47 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Moog
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday:
Assistant recording engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant mixing engineer

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


6.

Bluebird

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Chimes, Guiro, Maracas, Percussion, Producer, Triangle, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Chimes
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals
Howie Casey:
Sax
Remi Kabaka:
Drums, Percussion
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer

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.

Heart Of The Country

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

2:25 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Producer
Denny Seiwell:
Brushes
Hugh McCracken:
Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg:
Mix engineer

Recording:
Nov 16, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Recording:
March, 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles


8.

Every Night

Written by Paul McCartney

2:35 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Producer, Vocals
Phil McDonald:
Engineer, Mixing engineer

Recording:
Feb 23, 1970
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London


9.

Take It Away

Written by Paul McCartney

4:05 • Studio versionB • Single version


10.

Junk

Written by Paul McCartney

1:57 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Producer, Vocals, Xylophone
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer
Robin Black:
Engineer

Recording:
December, 1969
Studio:
At home, Cavendish Avenue, London


11.

Man We Was Lonely

Written by Paul McCartney

3:00 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Percussion, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Vocals
Phil McDonald:
Engineer, Mixing engineer

Recording:
Feb 25, 1970
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London


12.

Venus And Mars/Rockshow

3:46 • Studio version


13.

The Back Seat Of My Car

Written by Paul McCartney

4:30 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Producer
Denny Seiwell:
Drums
Hugh McCracken:
Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg:
Mix engineer
Marvin Stamm:
Horns
Mel Davis:
Horns
Ray Crisara:
Horns
Snooky Young:
Horns
Ron Carter:
Double bass
David Nadien:
Violin
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra:
Horns, Strings

Recording:
Oct 22, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Recording:
Jan 11, 1971
Studio:
A&R Studios, New York City

Recording:
March-April, 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles


14.

Rockestra Theme

Written by Paul McCartney

2:37 • Studio version


15.

Girlfriend

Written by Paul McCartney

4:44 • Studio version


16.

Waterfalls

Written by Paul McCartney

3:25 • Studio versionA5 • DJ Edit, a shorter edit of the album track, featured on the Wingspan album

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Electric piano, Engineer, Mixing, Producer, Synthesizers, Vocals
Eddie Klein:
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio:
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


17.

Tomorrow

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:27 • Studio versionR2001

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass (?), Electric guitar, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Bass (?), Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Remastering
Denny Seiwell:
Drums
Tony Clark:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons:
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Peter Mew:
Remastering

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


18.

Too Many People

Written by Paul McCartney

4:13 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Producer
Denny Seiwell:
Cow bell, Drums, Percussion, Shaker
Hugh McCracken:
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Eirik Wangberg:
Mix engineer

Recording:
Nov 10, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

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

Recording:
March, 1971
Studio:
Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles


19.

Call Me Back Again

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

5:00 • Studio version


20.

Tug Of War

Written by Paul McCartney

4:05 • Studio version


21.

Medley


1.

Bip Bop

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:37 • Studio versionR2001

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Tambourine (?), Vocals
Denny Laine:
Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Remastering
Denny Seiwell:
Drums, Tambourine (?)
Tony Clark:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons:
Mixing engineer assistant
Peter Mew:
Remastering
Chris Blair:
Recording engineer assistant

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


2.

Hey Diddle

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

Studio versionA • Medley with "Bip Bop"


22.

No More Lonely Nights (Playout Version)

3:55 • Studio version

About

From the liner notes:

‘A hard act to follow. Almost impossible. But what could I do ?’

What indeed? The advantage of being Paul McCartney in the Sixties, composer of many of the decade’s great songs, was the proverbial millstone at the start of the Seventies. No chance now of easing a new career into first gear unnoticed.

Into the studio. McCartney in 1970, Ram a year later. Linda’s continued bravery in the face of a hostile press, and an initially discouraged husband, was crucial. So there was plenty of life in the young man yet.

The equation was: ‘being a musician equals being a performer’.

Another, because he had never been on stage alone, was ‘being a performer equals being in a band’.

Late 1971, then, Wings were born. The first album, Wild Life, was quickly made. Then they headed for the stage, more rough edges than smooth syncopation. The bandleader had a determination not to perform material from his ‘past’ – it was the only way of making a clean breast of it.

Superstar status left at home, Paul, Linda. Wingsmen, babies, dogs, guitars, amps and drums went up the motorway in a van with little rehearsal of scant material and no bookings.

The British universities tour was Wings’ Hamburg – they went into it ragged and emerged… less so, and with a unified belief that the only way was up.

Yes. It was a bumpy ride: bans, busts, mixed reviews. Wings never lacked for effort, however – the fast-track release pattern of the Sixties was maintained, so that the colossal Band On The Run was Paul McCartney’s fifth album in three years.

In 1975-76 Wings played a world tour as one of the biggest bands of the decade, with number one singles and number one albums everywhere. Rocking shows, packed out stadia.

Plot Wings’ story on a graph (if that’s your kind of thing) and it’s obvious that this was the high point. But peaks are hard to sustain. Following further personnel changes – and several more massive hits – the band stopped running, and soon after the Japanese tour collapsed in 1980 (a little matter of temporary incarceration) they were gone. The solo album McCartney II underscored the dissolution rumours. It was ten years and ten albums after McCartney. Full circle.

With a surer sense of self, and an awesome agony from the death of a soul mate in New York, it was time to fold Wings and emerge once again as Paul McCartney solo artist.

Another end, another beginning.

Mark Lewisohn

Last updated on November 17, 2016


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