FC 36057 Back To The Egg
Produced by Paul McCartney and Chris Thomas
Released on May 24, 1979
UK CHART POSITION #6 . . . US CHART POSITION #8 . . . PLATINUM RECORD
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FC 36057 cover
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T he Salamander, so seldom mentioned in song, smiles at the thought of the last Wings album. Here on lonely Kronomyth 11.0, at the end of the winged planets, the Salamander lies curled around an eternal flame. It looks like a cold planet, but those who come to the Egg know otherwise. There are bright treasures here for the taking: “Getting Closer,” “Arrow Through Me,” “To You.” Maybe not the many-ringed wonder of Band, but clearly part of the same solar system that housed Venus + Mars and London Town. Coproduced by Chris Thomas, who had played keyboards on The Beatles’ White Album and produced albums by Roxy Music and the Sex Pistols, Back To The Egg is the most modern and edgy of the Wings albums. Some of the spoken media/music mixes directly suggest Robert Fripp’s Exposure, while tracks like “Old Siam, Sir” and “Spin It On” are tightly wound enough to qualify as new wave. The knock on Egg is that it’s all over the place: disco, rock, new wave, pop and old tymie music. New recruits Juber and Holly suggested a new beginning, but the star-studded Rockestra lineup (John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Pete Townshend, Dave Gilmour, etc.) smacked of a final fling. The latter turned out to be the case when McCartney II cropped up the following year. Though bomb threats were cited for the band’s demise, the songs tell a different story; Denny Laine’s “Again And Again And Again” is the only thing that separates this from being a Paul McCartney solo album. It’s fleshed out, funky, a neptuneful follow-up to V+M’s mix of melodies and medleys. Not the first place you should visit, but not a cold outpost either.

FC 36057 back cover FC 36057 picture sleeve/label
FC 36057 back cover FC 36057 picture sleeve/label

TRACK LISTING

  1. RECEPTION
  2. GETTNIG CLOSER
  3. WE'RE OPEN TONIGHT
  4. SPIN IT ON
  5. AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN    (Denny Laine)
  6. OLD SIAM, SIR
  7. ARROW THROUGH ME
  8. ROCKESTRA THEME
  9. TO YOU
  10. AFTER THE BALL/MILLION MILES
  11. WINTER ROSE/LOVE AWAKE
  12. THE BROADCAST    (Music: Paul McCartney, Spoken Words: Ian Hay, John Galsworthy)
  13. SO GLAD TO SEE YOU HERE
  14. BABY'S REQUEST

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  15. DAYTIME NIGHTIME SUFFERING
  16. WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME
  17. RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REGGAE

    All songs written by Paul McCartney unless noted

CREDITS

STEVE HOLLY -- drums
LAURENCE JUBER -- guitar
DENNY LAINE -- guitar, vocals
LINDA McCARTNEY -- keyboards, vocals, back cover photos
PAUL McCARTNEY -- vocals, bass, guitar, piano, back cover photos
Speedy Acquaye -- percussion (8,13)
Tony Ashton -- keyboards (8,13)
Black Dyke Mills Band -- (11)
John Bonham -- drums (8,13)
Gary Brooker -- piano (8,13)
Tony Carr -- percussion (8,13)
Howie Casey -- horns (8,13)
Ray Cooper -- percussion (8,13)
Tony Dorsey -- horns (8,13)
Dave Gilmour -- guitar (8,13)
Steve Howard -- horns (8,13)
John Paul Jones -- bass and piano (8,13)
Kenney Jones -- drums (8,13)
Ronnie Lane -- bass (8,13)
Hank Marvin -- guitar (8,13)
Morris Pert -- percussion (8,13)
Thaddeus Richard -- horns (8,13)
Bruce Thomas -- bass (8,13)
Pete Townshend -- guitar (8,13)
Phil McDonald -- engineer
John Shaw -- front cover photo

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US/CAN May 24, 1979 Columbia LP/CS/8T FC/FCT/FCA 36057 picture sleeve, picture label
UK/AUS'L June 8, 1979 Parlophone LP/LPPIC/CS PCTC/PCTCP/TCPCTC 257 picture sleeve, avail. as picture disc
ARG 1979 Parlohone LP PMC 9514  
BRA 1979 EMI LP 31C 066 62799  
COL 1979 EMI LP 11678  
FRA 1979 EMI Pathe LP 2C 070 62799 picture sleeve
GER 1979 EMI LP 1C 064 62799  
JPN 1979 EMI Odeon LP EPS-81200 picture sleeve, insert
MEX 1979 EMI LP SLEM-887  
NET 1979 EMI LP 5C 062 62799  
SWE 1979 EMI LP 7C 066 62799 picture sleeve
YUG   Jugoton LP LSEMI 78019  
US 1989 Capitol CD/CS 48200  
JPN 1990 EMI/Toshiba CDX TOCP-5990 w. bonus tracks
UK August 1993 EMI CD CDP 7 89136  
JPN 2000 EMI CDLE TOCP-65511 limited edition w. bonus tracks

 

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