Wild Life

Timeline More from year 1971
UK release date:
Dec 07, 1971
US release date:
Dec 07, 1971

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Nov 20, 1971 • From New Musical Express


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Nov 13, 1971 • From Melody Maker

About

From paulmccartney.com:

Like many debut albums, Wings’ Wild Life wasn’t a real reflection of what was to come, its guiding ethos being Paul’s intention to record the entire piece quickly. Taking just two weeks, Wild Life was about spontaneity: the opening track ‘Mumbo’ was recorded in one take. “I’d read that Bob Dylan had just made a quick album,” Paul explains, “and I really liked the idea, because we tended to take longer and longer to make records. The early albums by The Beatles hadn’t taken long and it seemed to me that Dylan was getting to that. I was a great admirer of his – and still am to this day – so I thought, Well, if it’s good enough for him, let’s do it. Linda was heavily pregnant with Stella while we were recording. If she’d have wanted to stop the sessions we would have done, but it just didn’t arise. A lot of women work until two weeks before the baby is due and that’s what Linda did.” The actual pregnancy was a difficult one and as Paul slept next to his wife he had vivid dreams about angels: “And I thought, that’s a nice image, wings. I wonder if there’s been a band called Wings? That’s how the name came about, in King’s College Hospital, in London, as we recovered from the birth of Stella. So Wings became the name.” Paul, Linda and drummer Denny Seiwell were joined for the album by the former Moody Blues singer Denny Laine, destined to remain with Wings throughout. 

Dylan inspired “Wild Life” because we heard he had been in the studio and done an album in just a week. So we thought of doing it like that, putting down the spontaneous stuff and not being too careful. So it came out a bit like that. We wrote the tracks in the summer, Linda and I, we wrote them in Scotland in the summer while the lambs we gambolling. We spent two weeks on the “Wild Life” album all together. At that time, it was just when I had rung Denny Laine up a few days before and he came up to where we were to rehearse for one or two days.

Paul McCartney – Quoted from How Bob Dylan inspired the Wings album ‘Wild Life’ (faroutmagazine.co.uk)

Critics didn’t like Wild Life when it came out so I started thinking like them, that it was rubbish. Then, when I heard it a couple of years later, I really liked it and found it interesting. Okay, it didn’t make me the biggest blockbuster around but I don’t think you need them all the time. I like to have a couple of albums like that because it adds to the whole thing, really. But what made Wild Life okay for me was when I saw this fella heading for the hills in California holding a copy of Wild Life. So someone liked it.

Paul McCartney – From “The Beatles: Off The Record 2 – The Dream is Over: Dream Is Over Vol 2” by Keith Badman

Last updated on March 5, 2022

The album


Wild Life

By Wings • LP

Special editions



Wild Life (1993)

By Wings • Official album



Wild Life - Archive Collection

By Wings • Official album

Related singles


Related bootlegs



Wild Life Demos

By Paul McCartney • Unofficial album

Related songs


Bip Bop

Officially appears on Wild Life


Bip Bop (Link)

Officially appears on Wild Life


Dear Friend

Officially appears on Wild Life


I Am Your Singer

Officially appears on Wild Life


Love Is Strange

Officially appears on Wild Life


Mumbo

Officially appears on Wild Life


Mumbo (Link)

Officially appears on Wild Life





Some People Never Know

Officially appears on Wild Life


Tomorrow

Officially appears on Wild Life


Wild Life

Officially appears on Wild Life

Related films


Bip Bop

1971 • For Paul McCartney


Hey Diddle

1971 • For Paul McCartney


Scotland, 1971

1971 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by Nick Langley


The Ball

1971 • For Wings

Related sessions


Editing Wild Life outtakes

Oct 27, 2017 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Wild Life - Archive Collection


Wild Life mixing #6

Oct 17, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Wild Life


Recording & mixing "Dear Friend"

Oct 16, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Wild Life


Wild Life mixing #5

Oct 15, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Wild Life


Wild Life mixing #4

Oct 10, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Wild Life


Recording rock 'n' roll jams

Oct 09, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Wild Life - Archive Collection


Wild Life mixing #3

Oct 08, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Wild Life


Wild Life mixing #2

Oct 05, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Wild Life


"Love Is Strange" session

Oct 03, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Wild Life


Wild Life session #5

Oct 02, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Wild Life


Wild Life mixing #1

Aug 06, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Wild Life


Wild Life session #4

Jul 29, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Wild Life


Recording "Wild Life", "Tomorrow", "Mumbo"

Jul 26, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Wild Life


Recording "Some People Never Know"

Jul 25, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Wild Life


Recording "Bip Bop", "Love Is Strange", "I Am Your Singer", "Dear Friend"

Jul 24, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Wild Life


Recording the "Wild Life" album

Jul 24 - Oct 17, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Wild Life


First rehearsals for Wings

July 20-22, 1971


Home recording at Campbeltown

Jun 06, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Wild Life - Archive Collection

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