19 May 2013

CD Review: Paul McCartney Archive Collection - Wings Over Tomorrow

I recently received a copy of the new CD release from the Paul McCartney Archive Collection Wings Over America to review.

Originally released back in December 1976, Wings Over America has been remastered to bring out the best of this groundbreaking live performance album. As this was the one and only North American tour for Wings, made up of band members Paul, Linda McCartney, Joe English, Denny Laine, and Jimmy McCulloch, this album is historical both for fans of Paul's, but also for fans of 70's rock music.

This reissued release comes with a bit of fanfare, of course. Not only will the CD set also be available in a Deluxe Edition Box Set that includes 3 CDs and a DVD, you'll also be able to watch the DVD release of the live concert film Rockshow, which will be available next month (June). Keep your eyes peeled for it if you're a big fan!

The remastered album set contains part one and part two, as well as a bonus film that originally aired on TV called Wings Over The World and a second bonus photo montage called Photographer's Pass. Here's the track listings:

Disc One:
1. "Venus And Mars" / "Rock Show" / "Jet"
2. "Let Me Roll It"
3. "Spirits Of Ancient Egypt"
4. "Medicine Jar"
5. "Maybe I'm Amazed"
6. "Call Me Back Again"
7. "Lady Madonna"
8. "The Long And Winding Road"
9. "Live And Let Die"
10. "Picasso's Last Words"
11. "Richard Cory"
12. "Bluebird"
13. "I've Just Seen A Face"
14. "Blackbird"
15. "Yesterday"

Disc Two:
1. "You Gave Me The Answer"
2. "Magneto And Titanium Man"
3. "Go Now"
4. "My Love"
5. "Listen To What The Man Said"
6. "Let 'Em In"
7. "Time To Hide"
8. "Silly Love Songs"
9. "Beware My Love"
10. "Letting Go"
11. "Band On The Run"
12. "Hi Hi Hi"
13. "Soily"

Listening to the discs, it is pretty hard to imagine that the original release is 36 years old - the sound has been cleaned up so well it's clear and crisp. You would think this had been recorded just this past year. It is amazing what technology can do. It's hard to pick a favorite track off this collection because each one is just as wonderful as the others. I had never seen the bonus TV special, so getting to view that was fun. This is definitely a piece of rock history to add to your music collection!

The Paul McCartney Archive Collection Wings Over America CD will be available next Tuesday, May 28th, 2013. The suggested retail price will be $14.99. It will also be available on Vinyl, or you can purchase the Deluxe Edition Box Set. You'll find them over at Amazon and other music outlets.

I received an advance release copy of this CD in order to listen to it and view the DVD, and share my thoughts on them. All opinions are my own.

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