Band On The Run

Timeline More from year 1973
UK release date:
Dec 07, 1973



Paul’s fifth album since the break up of The Beatles, Band on the Run was made under difficult circumstances: band members Denny Seiwell and Henry McCullough left before recordings began in Lagos, Nigeria – which itself proved a challenging environment to work in. Despite the setbacks, Paul, Linda and Denny Laine persevered and Band on the Run – complete with its famous celebrity-packed cover art – proved a triumph. The album topped the US chart three separate times; in the UK, it was the biggest selling studio album of 1974 and spent a miraculous 124 weeks on the chart. Its success has endured and in 2000 the album was included in Q magazine’s list of Greatest British Albums Ever, as well as Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was re-released in March 1999 to celebrate the 25th anniversary, and again in 2010, as the first release in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, featuring the remastered album, with rare bonus audio and video content, all in new packaging.

Last updated on May 11, 2019

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Oct 26, 2010 • United Kingdom • London • TV show

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"Band On The Run" sessions in Lagos

September 1-23, 1973 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Band On The Run (UK version)

"Band On The Run" sessions #2

October 1973 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Band On The Run (UK version)

"Band On The Run" sessions #3

Late October / Early November 1973 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Band On The Run (UK version)

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