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Paul McCartney Album - Red Rose Speedway

Paul McCartney Album - Red Rose Speedway (Front side)
Album Information :
Title: Red Rose Speedway
Approx. Price:$16.99 (USD)
Release Date:
Type:Audio CD
Customers Rating :
Average (3.8) :(126 votes)
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Track Listing :
1 Big Barn Bed
3 Get On The Right Thing
4 One More Kiss
5 Little Lamb Dragonfly Video
6 Single Pigeon
7 When The Night
8 Loup(1st Indian On The Moon)
9 Medley: A.Hold Me Tight, B.Lazy Dynamite, C.Hands Of Love, D
10 C Moon
11 Hi, Hi, Hi
12 The Mess
13 I Lie Around
Review - Product Description :
Digitally remastered edition of Wing's third album that includes a revised booklet with artwork from the original LP release plus all the song lyrics, including the bonus tracks: ' C Moon', 'Hi Hi Hi', 'The Mess' and 'I Lie Around'.
Review - :
You could trawl the rock & roll archives all the way back to the start and never find an album quite like Red Rose Speedway. Which is not to say that it's great. Just that it's... weird. Though it's a Wings album, it's entirely irradiated with Paul McCartney's personality--to the extent that virtually the entire band left him while attempting to rehearse for the supporting tour, claiming they couldn't operate in his huge, overbearing shadow. You can see where they were coming from. Red Rose Speedway, right down to the cover shot of Macca with a rose in his mouth, is about Paul McCartney, specifically his unique ability in the '70s to pump up slight, pretty songs to the scale of "Hey Jude," seemingly unaware or unworried that that didn't necessarily make them as good as "Hey Jude." The high spot is the saccharine sauciness of "My Love," a lurching soft-focus ballad about his wife's sexual excellence. The rest of it--lazy, lushly produced rock, sometimes sweet, sometimes just cloying, but always unmistakably Macca--is worth hearing if just to ponder: "What the hell did he think he was doing?" --Taylor Parkes
(Deadwood, SD USA)
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful:
- Get on the Right Thing

On 1973's Red Rose Speedway, Paul McCartney & Wings achieve the logical midpoint between the domesticity of RRS's predecessor Wild Life and its intense follow-up Band on the Run. Balancing the homespun looseness of the former with elements of bombast and production from the latter he creates a sort of domestic art-rock. This is most obvious in the medley, which is more ambitious than it seems at first glance - four simple, mid-tempo pop songs woven together into an eleven-minute suite, building so all are interrelated jigsaw pieces but entities in and of themselves. Twisted in its way, but strangely succesful, as on the infectious Get on the Right Thing, for instance, or the melodic When the Night.

However, where the album triumphs on a melodic level, except for a few very notable exceptions it stumbles lyrically. The opener Big Barn Bed, for example, has a great tune and is incredibly catchy, but there's not much substance to it beyond that. I suppose you could construe "Keep on sleeping in a big barn bed" to mean "Get out to the country, away from the bustle of city life", but I think that may cross the line to overanalyzing. This carries throughout - When the Night, One More Kiss, much of the medley, and (despite its overall quality) Get on the Right Thing are married to essentially lightweight words.

However, as mentioned before, there are some very conspicuous exemptions from this "rule". My Love (for all its "syrup"), Single Pigeon, and parts of the medley come to mind with heartwarming, uplifting messages and fine imagery. But the best and brightest of the lot is Little Lamb Dragonfly. With quite literally brilliant words set to an achingly beautiful melody, this song is like immense sorrow and regret blended with a kind of hope; it truly is extraordinary and worth every penny of whatever you have to pay for this disc. Production- and performance-wise it's all good - gone is the sloppiness of Wild Life, replaced by a quirky warmth more reminiscent of Ram.

Red Rose Speedway gives credence to the argument both for and against Paul McCartney, and is probably not the best place to dig into his repertoire - it's kind of hard to fathom that Band on the Run would be released at the end of the very same year. But for what it's worth Red Rose Speedway is a warm, imaginative, and, if you open your mind past (most of) the lyrics, thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.


The bonus tracks are all excellent. Culled from Wings' contemporary and preceding singles, they share in RRS's vibe - the best I'd argue is either the raunchy Hi, Hi, Hi or laid-back I Lie Around.

(on the road)
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful:
- Surprisingly solid

By the time this album was recorded, in mid-1972, reality had hit the Beatles. George's initial splash with ALL THINGS MUST PASS had faded, Ringo had yet to release a "real" album, and John had just been pummelled by backlash against SOME TIME IN NEW YORK CITY. Add to this Paul's fall from grace with WILD LIFE, and the Beatles looked very, very human. For that reason, I definitely expected this album to suck. Badly. Prior to listening, I had only heard "My Love" and thought it one of Paul's worst. Fortunately, it's far and away the worst song on the album. RRS begins with "Big Barn Bed" a stomping romp that sounds simply exquisite on headphones. Skipping the trite and poorly placed "My Love" (which should really be squeezed onto the second side), you have the fun "Get on the Right Thing," the simple melody "One More Kiss," and the chef d'oeuvre "Little Lamb Dragonfly" -- this song is a real gem and potentially one of his all-time best, with "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Band on the Run." "LLD" is followed by another simple melody "Single Pigeon," then the singalong waltz "When the Night," with the haunting instrumental "Loup" coming next. A nice seque into the Medley, of which "Lazy Dynamite" stands out as exemplary. Throw in the bonus tracks, especially "The Mess," and you have a splendid work that really foreshadows the success the Beatles would have in 1973: MIND GAMES, LIVING IN A MATERIAL WORLD, RINGO, and of course, BAND ON THE RUN.

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
- If only for the one song

Don't know why I waited 30 years to buy this CD. The song Little Lamb Dragonfly strikes a cord so deep in my soul that I cry every time I hear it. The melody, the words, the whole thing transcend my ability to describe it. The album is wonderful. Don't listen to those who say this is just a throwaway album by Paul. It is a delight start to finish.

(Salt Lake City, Utah)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
- McCartney's Best Work

Red Rose Speedway is clearly Paul's most Beatlesque solo recording. Although perhaps less consistent than Band On The Run, Speedway is even more satisfying for lovers of Paul's more pop-oriented material. If you were to cross Meet the Beatles with Abbey Road, this album is what you would get. Immensely enjoyable and sentimental. And it contains Paul's most beautiful and carefully crafted song ever, Little Lamb Dragonfly. A five-star pop masterpiece.

Customer review
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
- A fun listen

Come on, other reviewers ... lighten up! No, this isn't Abbey Road, but I think people have come to expect a little too much perfection of McCartney. Must everything he do be on some high plane? Can't an album just be simply enjoyable and fun to listen to? Personally, I find this album very enjoyable -- always have. Brings back some great memories. Makes me feel good to listen to the songs. And isn't that really what music is all about? "Get on the Right Thing" is a fun, "feel good" song ... so is "When the Night" and the ending "Medley." "Little Lamb Dragonfly" is a lovely, poignant song that I'm very fond of. I also think "One More Kiss" and "Single Pigeon" are quite nice. "My Love" goes without saying. I do admit I'm not that excited about "Big Barn Bed" or "Loup". But I say to you critics: where's the romance in your soul? Love songs don't have to be deadly serious to be good. If you're a true McCartney fan, you'll enjoy this album. If not, well ... to each his own.

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