50 years of Paul McCartney & Wings’ iconic ‘Band on the Run’

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Paul McCarneythe unmistakable bassist of the Beatles, is celebrating. And is not for less. After sweeping the 60s of the last century with the Beatles, the considered best and biggest pop rock band in history went to hell and Paul moved on with his own project. wingswhich kept him busy until 1981, when he officially began his solo career.

Paul McCartney & Wings was a rock musical group formed in August 1971, just a year after the dissolution of the Beatles (the band officially broke up on April 10, 1970), by McCartney.

For eleven years, Paul dedicated himself to this new group in which he, his first wife Linda McCartneyy the guitarist and singer Denny Lainewho died this Tuesday at the age of 79, were the creative mind. wings He released a total of seven studio albums. The group achieved many hits during the seventies.

Its peak was the album Band on the Runpublished in December 1973 and led by a song of the same title that reached number 1 in the United States and number 3 in the United Kingdom.

Included in the lists of best albums for decades, the winner of several Grammy Awards contained, among other songs, the aforementioned immortal single that gives it its title, the hit Jetthe nostalgic bluebird, Let Me Roll It, Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me) and the one that closes the album, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five. Definitely, Band on the Run It is Wings’ best-known and most successful album.

On the occasion of 50th anniversary from what was Wings’ third album, the next February 2, 2024 Universal Music will release an expanded edition of the iconic album. A double edition that will be available in various formats2 LPs or 2 CDs with, on the one hand, the original American album (which included one more song than the UK version, Helen Wheels), the vinyl remastered using the original 1973 master tapes, plus nine “underdubbed” mixes.

Of the countless classic albums that Paul McCartney has released throughout his brilliant career, the Band on the Run of Wings has a prominent place. The album not only lives up to wild life and Red Rose Speedwaybut also consolidated Wings’ status as one of the standards of rock ‘n’ roll of the 70s. Band on the Run It would mark a before and after not only for Paul’s future work, but for generations of rock stars.

Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney and Denny Laine pose with the gold records awarded for their album 'Band On The Run', on May 2, 1974.

Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney and Denny Laine pose with the gold records awarded for their album ‘Band On The Run’, May 2, 1974. / Michael Putland

In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album at number 418 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Band on the Run has only grown in importance in recent years. It is considered as the definitive album by the British rock group and a fan favorite.

Paul often plays songs from Band on the Run in the concerts of his acclaimed tour Got Backtour that started in February 2022 and which the Times newspaper described as “the best tour of all time.” With it, McCartney made history by headlining Glastonbury in June 2022 and offering a concert in which Dave Grohl joined his team to play a very special duet of Band on the Run.


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