The Paul McCartney Project

Wild Life

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

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You Gave Me The Answer - 'Wild Life' Special

Oct 29, 2018 • From paulmccartney.com

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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. 

Last updated on May 11, 2019

The album


Wild Life

By Wings • Official album

Special editions


Wild Life (1993)

By Wings • Official album


Wild Life - Archive Collection

By Wings • Official album

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 (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 sessions


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


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


Wild Life session #3

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


Wild Life session #2

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


Wild Life session #1

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


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