Thursday, August 28, 2008

Band on the Run by Paul McCartney – ****

First released: 1973

Yet another song that was a patch job of different snatches of tunes and yet again, Paul achieves genius with one of the best songs of his career. The title track off the album and the third (count ‘em) hit single from the highly-abundant Wings album. Another interesting factoid is that Paul mentions "Sailor Sam" in the lyrics, which is also mentioned in one of the unreleased Rupert tracks. It makes me wonder if this track was originally written for and discarded from the Rupert project. It also appears on 1978’s "Wings Greatest", 1987’s "All The Best" and 2001’s "Wingspan". Different live versions were performed and released on "Wings Over America" in 1976, 1990’s "Tripping the Live Fantastic" and 2002/3's "Back in the US/World". A snippet of this song also appears after "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five" on the "Band on the Run" album.

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