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Wings Wild Life


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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  79 reviews
60 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "aminals" in the zoo. Sept. 6 2000
By V. Berrini - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I usually make it a point to review only recent records (at least up until now), but I just *had* to throw my 2 cents in and bolster the average star-rating of an unfairly maligned album.
So much of the criticism thrown at Wild Life is misinformed nonsense based on false history (i.e., Lennon was the "real" genius) that even the major music press abandoned fifteen or twenty years ago (when they realized they were wrong).
To criticize "Bip Bop" because it doesn't have many lyrics is ridiculous. What about "Why Don't We Do It In The Road"? Oh, but since that fell within the time frame of 1962-1970, it is protected under the Beatles umbrella and seen as the wonderful piece of silliness that it is and that it was meant to be. To criticize "Bip Bop" because the words are nonsense syllables is even more ludicrous. Would you criticize "Be Bop A Lula" or "Tutti Frutti"? I didn't think so.
Wild Life is an album built on simple pleasures and raw passion. It's about the appealing home-y sentiments and gorgeous pop melodies (some of the best Paul has ever written) of "Tomorrow" and "Some People Never Know". It's about Paul's absolute throat-shredding vocal performance on "Wild Life". It's about the quirky reggae cover of "Love Is Strange" which sounds like nothing so much as the Raincoats (look it up, kids). It's about the wonderful screaming session called "Mumbo", in which the lyrics are a series of flexable phonetics instead of actual words (beating Nirvana and R.E.M., who tried similar things on "Endless, Nameless" and "Tourettes" and Murmur respectively, by 20-odd years). It's about the willingness to sing a love song as twee as "I Am Your Singer" without fear (Jonathan Richman, anyone?). It's about the stark emotion of "Dear Friend" (if Neil Young had written it, it would be hailed as the classic that it is).
Don't believe everything you're told. Wild Life is waiting to be rediscovered, as is McCartney's entire solo canon. And it's going to be someday. And I'll be there to say "I told you so".
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VASTLY UNDERATED AND UNDER HEARD OF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! July 26 1999
By Leon Reino (leonreino@hotmail.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Most people don't even know this album exists. Even among diehard Beatles fans this album is little known. This is a Bloody Shame! This is the rawest you will ever hear Paul McCartney! This may be his best album. It's main competitors being Red Rose Speedway and McCartney. Before I continue to wax poetically about how much I love this album let me clear up one thing. The song SOME PEOPLE NEVER KNOW is Paul's nicely versed answer to John Lennon's vitriolic HOW DO YOU SLEEP? not DEAR FRIEND. A close inspection of the lyrics will bear this out. Also the original album ends at DEAR FRIEND. The bonus tracks do not detract from it for me, though. Why do I love this album? Musically it's a tour de force. Wings, in all it's incarnations, has never sounded better. Lyrically McCartney is at the top of his form. Yes, I even mean MUMBO and BIP BOP. Paul's singing is exquisite. Linda sings better than she ever has here, too! Mostly, though I love this album because it is fun. Rock'n'Roll is supposed to be fun, not pretentious. This album is definitely not pretentious. And it definitely is fun!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars McCartney as never heard before, and never heard again! Nov. 8 2005
By CMoon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Throughout the final years of the Beatles, Paul had been the one who struggled to keep his beloved band together. He watched as the other three all took their turns at walking out, and as they each released solo albums. He kept them at the top by writing the majority of the late-period Beatles classics and vainly pleaded with them to return to live performances (though at least we got the rooftop concert). How ironic, then, that Paul was the first one to face reality and tell the public the truth - that the Beatles were no more. For years afterwards, then, he was branded as the "man who broke up the Beatles" (Yoko being the "woman who broke up the Beatles") and the critics sharpened their long knives.

By the time of Wild Life in 1972 he had released his first solo album "McCartney" in 1970 and its follow up "Ram" in 1971. Bear in mind most bands nowadays would take this long to record half an album. Both albums were huge hits with the public, but at the time were mauled by the critics for being too underproduced ("McCartney")and too glossy ("Ram"). McCartney must have known by now that he couldn't win with the critics, so decided to take his show to the public - for this he wanted a proper band, and Wings were born.

Their first album is, in my view, a classic to rank alongside John's "Plastic Ono Band". Not always pretty, its charm is in its very rawness, each song an uncut diamond, to all intents a live performance by a new band rather than something polished and refined by a rock aristocrat over months in the studio. It's not to everyone's taste as the reviews here, ranging from "crap" to "masterpiece", testify, but who's music is? There are even some people our there who don't care much for the Beatles!

Mumbo to me really rocks, fabulous riff, wonderful bass, tremendous vocal, it's a breath of fresh air and sounds like a precursor to grunge. If Nirvana had released this critics would have found new superlatives to praise it (and I love the even harder reprise later). Bip Bop is admittedly no great lyrical work, but that is missing the point - it is an amazingly addictive tune where the vocal, like in Mumbo, is used as an instrument in itself. The hypnotic Wild Life, with its harmonic layers, speaks up for animal rights in an era when civil rights was winning all the headlines. Love Is Strange is fun, though for me it does take too long to get started. I Am Your Singer is folk tinged and charming, yes Linda CAN sing, and Some People Never Know a delicate, beautiful, hook laden rebuke to John Lennon's vicious How Do You Sleep. Now to the two stone-cold classics. Tomorrow is an upbeat Yesterday, with wonderful piano and vocals from Paul. Dear Friend is simply magnificent, a sad, atmospheric, monumental song that makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. And yes, I believe this too is directed to John - Paul was never as unsubtle, or cruel, as his old friend.

Wild Life is unlike Paul's previous albums, and unlike those that would follow, when he decided to polish up his music and take the route to megastardom, leaving his old bandmates trailing in his wake. It has soul and integrity, and how I wish he performed some of these songs in his concerts today. As someone else said, if this is McCartney's weakest album, it only proves just how amazingly talented the man is. Pure genius. Buy it now. Don't even hesitate. And keep an open mind!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Macca Album Aug. 7 2002
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I fully realize that Wings Wild Life is generally dismissed and one of the least liked McCartney/Wings efforts. Yet after all these years I continue to find it a fascinating, raw, adventurous, and top notch album. This album comes right after Paul's RAM album (billed to Paul & Linda), and was recorded in very little time (anywhere between 3 days and 2 weeks, depending on who you believe).
The opening track "Mumbo" sets the stage: the band unleashes an energy that pops out at you, with few (and hard to understand anyway) lyrics. Ditto for "Bip Bop". "Love is Strange" is reggae-influenced, and irresistable. The title track (concluding Side 1 of the album) is Paul and Linda's earliest environmentally themed song. The best songs are yet to come!! "Some People Never Know" may be Paul at its very best, period. Linda delivers "I Am Your Singer", a sweet 2'15" track that flows well in the scheme of things. "Tomorrow" is the most commercial track of the album. "Dear Friend" closes out, with Paul on the piano, supposedly addressing John Lennon.
If you are thinking of buying this excellent album, by all means AVOID this domestic pressing, and instead buy the "import" version (also available on Amazon) which is remastered AND has better bonus tracks: "Give Ireland Back to the Irish", "Mary Had a Little Lamb", "Little Woman Love" and "Mama's Little Girl".
If your idea of Paul at his best is "My Love" or "With a Little Luck", avoid this album. If on the other hand you've always wished for Paul to think "outside the box" musically, he most certainly did on Wings Wild Life. You won't be dissapointed.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop Music. Jan. 12 2001
By yygsgsdrassil - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
....I'm a big fan of post-Beatles Macca, have been for years. While this did not produce any burning up the charts singles like "Jet" did a year or so later, it has some great sounding McCartney styled pop-rock. And that probably was the idea. No saving the world, no deep messages, no "Save Ireland" styled tunes. Near flawless. Was he conceding to his partner in high crime Lennon as far as who was the best record maker overall (their friendly competition was legendary) with these accessible pop ditties? ("Dear Friend") I dunno. But I would say that just because something is obscure and veddy, veddy European doesn't neccesarily make it great...James Joyce notwithstanding. So Paul did a great set of pop tunes on this one. My favorite here is the rendering of the oldie "Love is Strange" with that funky neo-Jamaician beat. "Wild Life" may have been a McCartney take on his Beatlemania years, but with that (follow me, now) Abbey Road "Oh, Darlin'" cigarette ravaged, gruffed up lead vocalising, more than likely he was just having some studio fun. "You Are My Singer" may have been a Paul lovesong to Linda/a Linda lovesong to Paul and, it, to me, just sounds great. In fact, even the wordless tunes are good on the ears. Regardless of a lil rawness here and there, "Wild Life" is a great recording. Get it for your collection.

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