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Band on the Run

Band on the Run

by Paul McCartney & Wings Paul McCartney & Wings
Band on the Run

Band on the Run

by Paul McCartney & Wings Paul McCartney & Wings


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Neither the rustic Wild Life nor the slick AOR flourishes of Red Rose Speedway earned Paul McCartney much respect, so he made the self-consciously ambitious Band on the Run partially to rebuke his critics. On the surface, Band on the Run appears to be constructed as a song cycle in the vein of Abbey Road, but subsequent listens reveal that there are only passing similarities between the two albums. Some of this is quite showy, particularly the whimsical mini-suite of the title track and the surging surrealism of "Jet," but some of the most enduring moments are simpler, like the sunny acoustic "Bluebird" and rocking, rolling "Helen Wheels." Sometimes McCartney's whimsy is a little strong, but song for song Band on the Run is always enjoyable, whether McCartney is running through "Picasso's Last Words" or responding to John Lennon's "How Do You Sleep" taunts with "Let Me Roll It."

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Release Date: 11/17/2017
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0602557567526
catalogNumber: 002706002
Rank: 124


  1. Band on the Run
  2. Jet
  3. Bluebird
  4. Mrs Vandebilt
  5. Let Me Roll It
  6. Mamunia
  7. No Words
  8. Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)
  9. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five

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