Disco de Paul McCartney - Band on the Run (Archive Collection)
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||Band on the Run (Archive Collection)
Fecha de Publicación:2010-11-02
Sello Discográfico:HEAR MUSIC
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Double vinyl LP pressing Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1973 album from the Rock 'n' Roll legend including a bonus LP containing nine rare tracks. 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.
81 personas de un total de 85 encontraron útil la siguiente opinión:
- Lavish reissue is worth the money, and then some
Music: 5 stars... Video extras: 4 stars... Historic value: 5 stars... Economic value: 5 stars
I've been a fan of Paul McCartney's post-Beatles output since the early days. I was 13 when this album was released, and it had a HUGE influence on me, and one of the top 5 or 10 albums for me in my lifetime.
This reissue of "Band On the Run" is lavish. CD1 (41 min.) brings the original brilliant 9 tracks of the album and nothing more needs to be said about that. CD2 (9 tracks; 34 min.) kicks off with the "Helen Wheels/Country Dreamer" single, and then brings 7 live tracks from the "One Hand Clapping" movie (more on that later), including a jaw-drapping version of "Nineteen Hundred Eigthy Five", with Paul solo at the piano for the first half of the song, just fantastic. The DVD (85 min.) is a jem, even though it's a bit of a mixed bag. The videos for "Band On the Run" and "Mamunia" are in the Yellow Submarine style, if you follow me. Hadn't seen the video for "Helen Wheels" in forever", a nice addition. But the 15 min. footage of the cover shoot for the album is great. Even better is the 3 min. "Wings in Lagos" bit, bringing home movies from their stay there, and featuring an Eastern-style version of "Band on the Run" I had never heard, completely different but I loved it. Best of all is of course the 50 min. "One Hand Clapping" movie, which I had never seen before. It was shot live in the EMI studios in Fall of 1974 and cover a lot of ground, including (besides the album tracks) such bits as "Soily", "Little Woman Love", "C Moon", "I'll Give You a Ring", etc. The video quality is not always great, but what can you expect from so many years ago? The packaging is well done, with tons of pictures, great liner notes (from Paul Gambaccini, who interviewed Macca back in the day for Rolling Stone), just nice. The edition I bought (at a big box retailer) came with an extra DVD (24 min.), bringing Paul's comments on the reasons for this reissue (which is curiously missing from the 'regular' reissue), and 3 live videos from last year's New York concert DVD, including a great "Mrs. Vanderbilt".
In all, I can't say enough great things about this reissue. I had the good fortune of seeing Sir Paul in concert again in August on the "Up and Coming Tour", and what a show it was. Sir Paul, now 68 if you can believe it, looks and sounds pretty much like 30 years ago, just incredible. In the first half of the show, Sir Paul played mostly Wings/solo stuff, including 5 of the 9 original Band on the Run tracks. I was floored when he played "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five", I never imagined I'd ever see that song played live. Wow, what a fantastic evening of music that was.
34 personas de un total de 38 encontraron útil la siguiente opinión:
- A GOOD SOUNDING REISSUE WITH EXTRA TRACKS WORTH HAVING
Two audio discs 41,34 minutes each approximately, and a DVD (1hr. 24 min. approximately) disc. The remastered sound, done at Abbey Road Studios, is clean and crisp without being harsh. The DVD contains videos, promotional clips, scenes from the album cover shoot, the TV special, and the McCartney's in Nigeria. The discs are slipped into attached paper sleeves in a tri-fold holder. The attached booklet contains a number of photos, in color and b&w, of the band and others during the recording in Nigeria. Of interest is a couple of photos of drummer Ginger Baker, who at the time lived and recorded in Africa. Also included are the lyrics, individual track times and disc totals. There's a four page essay/interview by Paul Gambaccini, on the album and McCartney. Paul McCartney supervised the reissue, including the remastering, which was done using the same people who recently remastered THE BEATLES back catalog.
This album, a Grammy winner, if not McCartney's best post-BEATLES work, is certainly one of his best. Thankfully it has now joined the ranks of other great remastered albums. Plus the fact that there's a second disc of music ( with several tracks from the TV special "One Hand Clapping") makes this edition the one to own. You can also purchase another version with a hardcover book, another disc (an audio documentary from the 25th Anniversary Edition), downloads of the album, a new Paul McCartney interview etc., but it's substantially more money aimed at fans/collectors who want everything. There's a vinyl edition for record fans, and finally the original, stand alone album is also available. But whichever version you purchase, this is some of McCartney's finest post-BEATLES work ever.
"Band on the Run" spawned several songs ("Jet", "Helen Wheels", "Let Me Roll It",and the title track), that are still favorites of fans today. At this point most everyone is familiar with at least a couple (if not more) of the fine songs found on this album, so a track-by-track critique isn't needed. On this album McCartney's penchant for song craft is very evident. The melodies, the arrangements, the production work-all come together to produce some very fine, pleasing, and at times, rocking pop music. Too, this album was McCartney alerting the critics that he still possessed his musical talents, after the drubbing he received for some of his previous solo/WINGS work.
The album, recorded in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1973, was McCartney's idea (someplace different), but before the group departed, both guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell were out of the band. So when it came time to record, McCartney played drums, and both he and Denny Lane played the guitar parts, along with Linda McCartney on keyboards. Working through adversity-the "studio" was an ill equipped shed, and the WINGS demo tapes were stolen in a mugging, the band managed to record the basic album in a couple of months. Back in England McCartney added strings and horns to fill out the songs, and the album was finished. When it was released it shot to the top of the charts.
The tracks on the second disc are mostly from a TV special, "One Hand Clapping", which showed the group performing and backstage. The songs from the special were recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1974, and include a number of fan favorites from the album. The sound and performance of the studio and "live" tracks aren't that different, but it's nice to have more from this era of the band nonetheless. "Bluebird" is a slower tempo pop song which shows McCartney's voice very well, along with his arranging skills. "Jet" has a bit more energy and an edge about it than the studio version simply because it's a live version, but that's enough to raise the excitement level appreciatively. This song alone proves that McCartney could still rock within the constraints of pop music. "Let Me Roll It" (which has some fine guitar throughout), taken at the same tempo as the studio version, nonetheless has it's own feel brought on by the live recordings for the special. "Band On The Run" is again very close to the original, but the vocal inflections by McCartney make this something special. You can hear the exuberance in his voice, and the excitement of the band as they energize the arrangement beyond the studio version. Even the synthesizer that weaves in and out of the song has a certain feel not found on the original. "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five", with it's piano intro, has a fine rough edged vocal from McCartney. "Country Dreamer" sounds as if it could have come from the
"White Album", with it's use of acoustic guitar as sole backing for a winsome sounding McCartney vocal. It's shortness, with no extraneous instruments to clutter up the beautiful vocal stands out from the other songs. "Zoo Gang" is a short (2 minutes) instrumental that sounds like it could have been a backing track without the vocal. Nonetheless it's a fine way to end this collection of bonus tracks.
Apparently this is the first reissue of McCartney's post-BEATLES work, with more in the pipeline. By starting with "Band On The Run", the bar has been set very high. Hopefully other reissues will meet the high standards found in this edition. If you're a Paul McCartney fan-pick this reissue up and hear this good sounding edition for yourself. If you're not-pick this album up and hear what you've been missing.
24 personas de un total de 26 encontraron útil la siguiente opinión:
- ...AS PROUD AN ACHIEVEMENT AS ANY EX-BEATLE COULD MANAGE
At the same time most critics hastily revised their opinions overnight of McCartney with this album, he was still receiving prejudiced reviews in a few corners. Robert Hilburn (LA TIMES rock critic) reviewed this & Lennon's "Mind Games" side by side in 1974. Hilburn was quite charitable to Lennon (whose album was generally considered below-par for his stature) and giving him a "Yes" vote, and McCartney, "....still a 'No.'" Hilburn's minority opinion stated, "I can predict rather easily that 'Band On The Run' won't be remembered as anything more than a slight upturn, in what has been a steadily declining artistic barometer for McCartney."
I had a friend who grew up in LA, who sarcastically said that Hilburn probably even thought McCartney was (in some small way)to blame for Lennon's death. In any case, history has a way of speaking for itself: over 30 years later, the title track, as well as "Jet," "Helen Wheels," "Let Me Roll It," "Mamunia," "Nineteen-Hundred And EightyFive,"and "Bluebird" are still staples of classic-rock radio.
It is an album which possesses the necessary vision required to make a great album; indeed, there is a confidence & determination about McCartney's effort here that is most striking. Quite a few surprising touches here, too: "Helen Wheels" sounds astoundingly like a bona-fide BEATLES track. Could that really be Ringo drumming? And could that actually be Lennon, doing the falsetto harmony on top during the chorus? Certainly, McCartney's bass playing sees the track through almost singlehandedly and with real spontaneity (my favorite moment is when, after the second chorus, he fluffs a little attempt at a bass solo, then comes in one bar late for the third verse!). "Helen Wheels" would've been perfectly at home on the "White Album": indeed, when I listen to that album at home I like to have the present CD standing by in my changer and substitute it for one of the tiny throwaways (or better, "Revolution 9") that take up space in the Beatle album; I'd program "Helen Wheels" somewhere between "Birthday" and "Helter Skelter".
The title track has McCartney once again utilizing the otherwise-unrelated-song-linking device he developed in "Sgt. Pepper" and "Abbey Road," not to mention his "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" single. But "Band On The Run" impresses most notably by McCartney's admirable holding-back on the gradiosity, and saving the huge orchestra for the final "song."
"Jet," the last single involved here, is another magnificent rocker, one which could almost be interpreted lyrically as another response to Lennon's misdirected vitriol ("Let Me Roll It" is, of course, the other one here). The lyrics are quite vague, although--as the late pop critic Noel Coppage (in STEREO REVIEW) noted--could "Ah Mater/Want Jet to always love me..." be a little jab at Lennon's mother-fixation issue (i.e., "Want you to always love me")? And is "Jet" really another euphemism for "John"? Is the mater who "was a lady suffragete" really Yoko? Best NOT to ponder such things and enjoy the purely MUSICAL aspect of the track (not to mention the album), which was always McCartney's forte anyhow.
Many other pleasant musical touches crop up, as in Wings' tribute to the warmer portions of the planet in "Mamunia," "Mrs. Vandebilt" and "Picasso's Last Words," as well as the amusing little reprises of "Jet," "Mrs. Vandebilt" and the title song that crop up in several other tracks. Linda and associate guitarist Denny Laine more than do their share for the entire effort as well, and the final album constitutes a pretty poor excuse to label McCartney once again as the jerk who broke up the Beatles.
N. Brett (Wiltshire, England) - 04 Noviembre 2010
21 personas de un total de 23 encontraron útil la siguiente opinión:
A classic album given a well deserved re-issue. I remember playing this non stop when it came out, I had enjoyed the wings stuff and while McCartney's first few albums after the Beatles all contained some fantastic tracks - this was the one where it all came together with a strong set of tracks that have survived the test of time. It's nice quality although I agree with a previous reviewer that it's hard to really appreciate the re-mastering if you listen with an 'average' ear like myself. While I am agreeing with the same previous reviewer he is also right about the strange lack of Denny Laine - I'd love to know how he feels about this re-issue and the memories.
An interesting booklet and Gambaccini piece, I think I can actually remember the 1973 interview it came from which is a little worrying, but those were the days where anticipation was half the pleasure..
A good second cd with the extras, I rather enjoyed the one hand clapping stuff some nice versions in there and worthy of repeated listening.
While the dvd is mildly interesting I kind of doubt it is one I will watch very often much of it is not great quality and I am not sure it adds much to the whole package - I would rather have had a copy of the UK Channel 4 documentary shown in the UK the day before this was issued.
As I lurched through my teens in the 70's I think I was kept sane by Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Mike Oldfield and McCartney. Here Band on the Run gets the treatment it deserves and has brought back some very happy memories, Goodness knows how my Dad put up with me playing this non stop!!!
If this is not in your collection, now is the time to add it. Recommended, this is one of the world's greatest at the top of his game.
Bill (Australia) - 04 Diciembre 2010
19 personas de un total de 22 encontraron útil la siguiente opinión:
- The sound of One Hand Clapping
(The album is five stars. If you need me to tell you what a great album Band on the Run is, then there isn't much I can do for you. What follows is a review of the bonus DVD):
Bloody hell! How many bloody times do I have to buy the same bloody album to get all the bloody extras they add to it?
That's a fair question, but since this is a review of the bonus DVD, let's look at it a different way. Imagine the near-mythical Wings film One Hand Clapping was finally released after 35 years in the vaults and was available from Amazon or your local for under $30. Most McCartney enthusiasts would definitely be interested in that. Now imagine it came with the free copy of Band on the Run and a bonus CD of selections of the film. Bargain, right? So let's approach it from that angle before discussing if it's any good.
The film is mostly fly-on-the-wall footage of Wings rehearsing at Abbey Road studios. It introduces the second 5-piece line-up of Wings - adding Jimmy McCulloch, who looks barely out of puberty here, and Geoff Britton, who lasted less than a year in the band. This may have had something to do with the film being shelved. The context of what's happening is hard to glean. There are clearly rehearsals but there are also recordings going on as we hear the band discussing which take is best. There also seem to be overdubs happening for the Band on the Run album and an orchestral session for Live and Let Die which is odd because that song was already out when this film was made. They might have spliced footage from the original session in with the rehearsals we see here. Did they really make the orchestra dress up in their dinner jackets and bow ties for a recording session, or was that just because it was being filmed?
We hear interviews with every band member but these are not to camera. Instead, they are mostly played over the documentary footage and often over the music. Grrr!
A bit over half-way through, the film switches gears and we see Paul solo at the piano talking about his fondness for cabaret. He makes mention of the song Suicide (written for Sinatra but rejected) but doesn't play it. He does play I'll Give You a Ring which was eventually released on the B-side of Take It Away, and two songs unreleased elsewhere - Let's Love and All of You. Although Paul feigns some embarrassment and self deprecation during this section, you can tell he's a total ham and he's loving it.
It's this enthusiasm that shines through, especially when he is directing other musicians. He may be a show-off but we see how Paul will do anything to get a great performance from his players. This is especially noticable when he does a live vocal during the orchestral overdubs for Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five just to get the maximum energy in the performance. And the audio mix pushes the bass. Win!
One the downside, the film has not been restored in any way so visually, it's exactly what you'd expect from a made-for-television film from 1975. Also, the entire disc is formatted for 16:9 which means that if you still have a 4:3 television, as many still do, you'll get black bars on every side of the screen. It might just be my player, but I had that happen even when I set it to pan & scan.
Having said all that, it's possible that One Hand Clapping is intended merely as the bonus feature of the DVD, but I think to any long-term McCartney fan, it's going to be the main attraction. Other features of the disc include the videos for Band on the Run, Mamunia and Helen Wheel plus a promotional film for the album. Since all of these have already been released on The McCartney Years, it's reasonable to assume that anyone considering this release already has them. There's also fifteen minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the cover shot (half as much would have been plenty) and Wings in Lagos which is some short home movies soundtracked by a longer version of Band on the Run (A Different Perspective) which was originally done for a BBC promo.
While it may be a drag that Paul is still presenting his work according to what the conventional wisdom says is good, rather than rehabilitating some underrated greats, there's still more than enough on this disc to make it a worthwhile purchase for anyone with more than a passing interest in Paul McCartney and/or Wings. Here's hoping they put the James Paul McCartney television special on one of the other upcoming reissues.
Audio: LPCM Stereo
Worth paying extra for? Yes, and worth buying the album again if you've always wanted One Hand Clapping.