- 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: 160 customer reviews
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Band on the Run Box set, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition
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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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***Note: Before the review goes any further, I'm not rewriting what McCartney has said about the album, these are my personal views and if they help you discover, or rediscover the album, all the better. His thoughts are plainly on disc 2.
1. Band on the Run - A strong single played consistantly over its more than 25 years now. A strong example of what McCartney & Wings were at their strongest.
2. Jet - A powerful little song with its hard-edged mood and sarcastic tone which elevated to a superb live version in 1976 on the "Wings Over America" album.
3. Bluebird - One of those whispy, dreamy eyed songs set in a relaxing harmony. It's a break from the speed of the previous 2 songs. Don't confuse it with "Blackbird," a much better McCartney entry from the Beatle days.
4. Mrs. Vanderbilt - A hilarious song, maybe with some deep undertones on McCartney's personal end, yet lyrically it's a roller coaster ride.
5. Let Me Roll It - As a seventeen year old in 1991, this was a date song. Passionate, powerful addition to the album, despite McCartney's omnipresent personal statement.
6. Mamunia - A sad and uplifting song mixed together. Basically, just a good song...not too much more to say.
7. No Words - Powerful lyrics with a session jam feel. Good, solid rocker.
8. Helen Wheels - As I understand, this song refers to a jeep or car he had at one time. If there is one weak song on the album, for me, this is it.
9. Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me) - I'll leave him to tell you about this one, very interesting story behind it. An emotional song and maybe a reality check of life. Sad, yet full of life in its feel. One of the slowest songs on the album.
10. Nineteen Hundred & Eighty Five - Strong rocker and a gorgeous mix of turns in the ending song.
That was it...only 10 songs...well, sometimes great things come in small packages. Quality over quanity as the saying goes...
Recorded under trying conditions ( two members of Wings quit just before recording began) in a less than ideal environment (McCartney was robbed while in Nigeria and the recording studio wasn't in the best condition), it's a miracle that this album succeeded. Clearly Macca took the situation as a personal challenge to his creativity. It inspired him.
McCartney has always excelled at lyrics that told a story. He rarely created his best work from his personal life (unlike Lennon who created his best work when it was somewhat confessional in tone). There are exceptions to this rule that appear throughout McCartney's career (For No One, I'm Looking Through You, Let It Be, The Long And Winding Road, Two of Us, etc.), but on the whole McCartney was more of a storyteller than Lennon.
The stories on Band On The Run are witty, interesting and compassionate. The title track captures the exuberance of an artist that has recaptured his muse. When the orchestra kicks in and McCartney & Laine's acoustic guitars chime in this classic song takes your breath away.
Jet has a monster hook and although appears to be lyrically lightweight (the title was inspired by McCartney's puppy), it again tells a little story that captures the confusion in any new love affair. A lot of the songs on Band On The Run are devoted to the simple pleasures in life and how we let them escape us in this fast paced, uneven world we live in. The Laine-McCartney collaboration No Words is an example of the magic these two could create when their chemistry was right.
The stand out track is Picasso's Last Words. Created on a dare by actor Dustin Hoffman, PLW captures both the exhaustion of a life well lived and the appreciation for simple things that make life worth living. The segue into Jet and Mrs. Vanderbilt demonstrates McCartney's amazing skills as an arranger.
1985 is a crushing rocker filled with hooks. McCartney's love and pop songs have always overshadowed the great rock songs he is capable of writing. 1985 belongs in the same company as McCartney's best Beatles and solo rockers. It's a lyrically simple, but filled with great musical ideas that more than make up for this fact. 1985 brings the album to a satisfying close with a musical quotation from the title track.
The second disc has a number of live and alternative takes of the album tracks (all of them recorded well after the album). Since the original demos were stolen (McCartney was held up in Nigeria)McCartney tries to give a sense of the albums importance by preforming both faithful live versions and reintreptations of the tracks on the album. Although the second disc isn't essential it does give a sense of creative avenues unexplored. While it would have been interesting to hear the outtakes from the Nigerian phase of the recording process, these tracks do give the listener a sense of the album's importance.
The booklet provides an informative history on the album by Beatles scholar Mark Lewisohn. The excellent booklet gives a great overview as to the circumstances that almost robbed McCartney and the world of this terrific album.
Band on the Run is probably the best album/CD to date from Paul, and also the most consistently praised... but there are others as good from my point of view, or even superior songs "lost" in the middle of other albums/CD's.
To be fair is the "wholeness" of the production and the absence of "fillers" or "inferior songs" ("inferior" for HIS standards, mind, aren't we spoiled!...)
THIS ONE IS ABSOLUTLY INDISPENSABLE IN ANY SERIOUS CD COLLECTION.
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