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Band On The Run (Coll. Ed) (Rm) Box set, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 2 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B003W2HKSS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Band on the Run
2. Jet
3. Bluebird
4. Mrs Vandebilt
5. Let Me Roll It
6. Mamunia
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Disc: 2
1. Helen Wheels
2. Country Dreamer
3. Bluebird [from One Hand Clapping]
4. Jet [from One Hand Clapping]
5. Let Me Roll It [from One Hand Clapping]
6. Band on the Run [from One Hand Clapping]
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Disc: 3
1. Band on the Run Music Video
2. Mamunia Music Video
3. Album Promo [Featuring Band on the Run, Mrs Vandebilt, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five, Bluebird]
4. Helen Wheels Music Video
5. Wings In Lagos
6. Osterley Park
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Product Description

Digitally remastered and expanded three disc (two CDs + DVD) edition of this 1973 album from the Rock 'n' Roll legend including a bonus CD containing nine rare tracks and a bonus DVD that features rare footage, music videos and behind the scenes features and the One Hand Clapping documentary. Band On The Run was released three short years after the Beatles' split and would become one of the biggest selling albums of Sir Paul's entire solo career.

If Paul will be remembered for anything post-Beatles, it's this album. Even though he had to go all over creation to record it, the trip was obviously worthwhile, bringing forth gems like "Helen Wheels," "Jet," and the title track. Everything was in place, the melodies, the pop smarts, and a real studio production. The amazement was that Wings actually consisted of Paul and Linda with guitarist Denny Laine; Paul played most everything on the record. Regardless, it was his return--finally--to greatness. --Chris Nickson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By From the Musician's Pen TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 27 2011
Format: Audio CD
Most people agree that this is a classic rock album, so I'm not going to spend time discussing the music itself. It's been released in various forms so I'll just be discussing this Collector's Edition, with 2 CD's and 1 DVD.

CD 1 is the remastered album; CD 2 is the bonus tracks, also remastered, including the single "Helen Wheels"; the DVD features footage from the album cover photo shoot, some videos for the songs, and a McCartney TV Special from the early 1970's with great footage of Wings rehearsing songs from this album, plus "Live & Let Die" and more... Paul's voice is immaculate, he's at a peak.

In terms of sound quality, the previously remastered version of this CD already sounded very good indeed. This remastering sounds even better.

I received this as a gift. I was hesitant to buy it, as I felt the price was high and I wasn't sure whether I'd like the bonus stuff enough to feel I "need" them. I'm a McCartney fan but I often feel cheated by his releases, and I wasn't willing to gamble.

With regards to this collection, I feel all the songs on the bonus CD could fit onto the main CD, which could help keep the price down. I also feel the only good thing on the DVD was the TV Special. I'd much rather see more footage of Wings, especially in concert (especially Wings Over America, Rockshow Concert For Kampuchea, etc.). This was Paul's peak and the footage exists and some has been previously released on VHS or laser disc, so I was hoping for more of that.

I've seen this go on sale for half price, and I'd recommend it then. If you don't already own "Band on the Run", this is a worthy purchase. Otherwise, only a big Wings fan would want to spend the extra money to upgrade to this version.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Marty From SF TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 8 2010
Format: Audio CD
There are so many reissues on the market lately and Paul McCartney's "Band On The Run" is one of the latest, being offered in several different combinations. Considering that this was a #1 record breaking album and a real critical and commercial success for McCartney and Wings, it bears to get any great treatment. This version has the original album carefully remastered at Abbey Roads Studios without too much compression and not a complete removal of original album hiss, to truly produce a fine sounding, original recording that comes as close to vinyl as possible.

Although "Band On The Run" and Jet " were chosen for the singles, there is little doubt that every song qualified. Paul Gambaccini provides extensive sleeve notes about the recording including, Paul's history from leaving the Beatles and progressing to this album. Like the songs, this album is an adventure. The liner notes describe which songs were chosen and why, the songs history, the trip to record in Lagos, Nigeria and more. Want to know who those strangers on the cover really re? Paul G. fills you in.

The second CD contains the hit, "Helen Wheels" and "Country Dreamer", all sounding fantastic. The remaining seven songs are from a special called "One Hand Clapping" and although these are live recordings with slightly different arrangements, the sound quality is remarkably good. That brings us to the DVD or `bonus film". Remembering that this audio and video is over twenty-seven years old does not diminish the enjoyment or aesthetic quality. At a running time of 1 hour and 24+, minutes, there is a lot to celebrate. Most of the videos are artistic/psychedelic in nature and surprisingly, not as dated as one would think. Included are song videos, promos and the full version of the special, "One Hand Clapping".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David R. Main on Feb. 19 2010
Format: LP Record
Paul McCartney put out some mediocre albums after the Beatles but finally got it together with this one. There is really no terrible cut on the album.

Deny Lane and the others work so well with him I don't know why they did not keep this lineup.
The classic "Band on the Run", "Jet" stand on their own, but this album also has some other lesser known gems such as "Helen Wheels", and "Blueburd".

It is truely a great album that stands the test of time.

The 180 gm vinyl remastered album gives it a very full and rich sound on a decent turntable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TFR on Nov. 26 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you take the instrumental side Paul McCartney's songs at face value, he's not a terrible composer of popular music. It's only after you start listening to the lyrics of "Band on the Run" and "Silly Love Songs" that everything goes straight into the toilet.
When McCartney was with the Beatles, he was more or less held in check as a songwriter by John Lennon, who really was the guiding force behind the Beatles sound. Without that balance, McCartney went off on his own and basically, became less and less discerning. Or, maybe he just felt that his fans weren't that sophisticated. I suppose we'll never know.
Anyway, McCartney's first solo albums were Beatle-type stuff, and really, not bad. Then came, "Band on the Run" which marked a turning point, and typifies the rest of McCartney's work. I can't imagine how anyone can listen to this sort of garbage without recalling the great sound of the Beatles and songs like, "I Call Your Name", "You Can't Do That", "Drive My Car", or "I Feel Fine".
When artist and musician Robert Crumb was once asked why he killed off one of his comic book characters, "Fritz the Cat", Crumb replied that the character had become "too cute" and "needed killing."
After hearing "Silly Love Songs", "Jet", "Band on the Run", "Listen to What the Man Said", and "Let 'Em In" being piped in through the public address systems of every grocery store and retail chain I've been in for the last decade, I pretty much feel the same way about Paul McCartney's music:
It's too cute, and it needs to go away.
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