S00-11905 Wings Greatest
previously released material
Released on November 22, 1978
UK CHART POSITION #5 . . . US CHART POSITION #29
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S00-11905 cover  

O ddly, the ex-Beatle with the most hits was the last one to release a greatest hits album. Just in time for Christmas, Wings Greatest marked the end of Paul’s relationship with EMI/Capitol (he later reconciled with Capitol in 1986) and, in a larger sense, the end of an era. Here you’ll find the chart-topping singles that cemented Paul’s stardom: “My Love,” “Silly Love Songs,” “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey.” Also included are hard-to-find singles that tie up some loose ends. The addition of “Junior’s Farm,” “Live And Let Die,” “Another Day,” “Hi, Hi, Hi” and “Mull of Kintyre” should drive collectors to make this purchase a priority. True, John Lennon’s Shaved Fish provided a similar service for collectors, but somehow I found it easier to live without owning “Cold Turkey” or “Power to the People.” The songs here are thrown out of chronological order, which isn’t the problem you might think (it’s not like Wings evolved considerably over the years). The selection is nearly unimpeachable; “Listen To What The Man Said” and the live version of “Maybe I’m Amazed” should have made the final cut, though any dozen tracks from Paul’s career to date would have slighted some small masterwork. Among the greatest hits albums I own, Wings Greatest rests near the top alongside such conscientious citizens as Tull’s M.U., Classic Yes, Joan Armatrading’s Track Record and The Who’s Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy. If you don’t own any of Paul’s solo material, this is definitely the stream to sift through for gold. And even if you own most of Paul’s records (as I do), Wings Greatest is a terrific supplement.

S00-11905 back cover S00-11905 picture sleeve S00-11905 poster
S00-11905 back cover S00-11905 picture sleeve S00-11905 poster

TRACK LISTING

  1. ANOTHER DAY    3:41
  2. SILLY LOVE SONGS    5:54
  3. LIVE AND LET DIE    3:10
  4. JUNIOR'S FARM    4:20
  5. WITH A LITTLE LUCK    5:45
  6. BAND ON THE RUN    5:09
  7. UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY    4:47
  8. HI, HI, HI    3:10
  9. LET 'EM IN    5:08
  10. MY LOVE    4:07
  11. JET    4:08
  12. MULL OF KINTYRE    (Paul McCartney/Denny Laine)    4:42

    All songs written by Paul McCartney unless noted

CREDITS

Paul and Linda McCartney -- sleeve
Aubrey Powell and George Hardie -- sleeve assistance
Angus Forbes -- photography
Clive Arrowsmith -- group photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK November 22, 1978 EMI LP/CS 256 picture sleeve, poster
US November 22, 1978 Capitol LP/CS S00-11905 picture sleeve, picture label, poster
US June 28, 1994 Capitol CD/CS 46056  
  1999 EMI CD 89317  

 

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