PC 36801 Venus And Mars
Produced by Paul McCartney
Released on May 27, 1975
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #1 . . .
GOLD RECORD (6/2/75), PLATINUM (11/27/91)
Find it at GEMM
PC 36801 cover
[high resolution photo]
 

N ote to self. Mention this is a silly record. Mention that maybe Magneto shouldn’t have come along for the ride. Mention how Band on the Run was better, more serious. Mention that this feels more like Red Rose Speedway. On steroids. Mention that Band on the run and Rock show are apples and oranges. That Band looked ahead with defiance where Venus acquiesced to old age. But Band on the Run was an anomaly. Tout Tug of War as much as you want, it’s not the same. Flaming Pie? Please. You can clearly hear the air hissing at the onset of Rock show. Don’t forget to mention that. But also mention how pretty Love in song is. How silly You gave me the answer is. How tempting Letting go is. How redemptive hearing Call me back again can be. And then there’s the hit: Listen to what the man said. Maybe don’t mention that your toes curl a little when Paul says “And then it occurred to me! You couldn’t be bad.” That’ll just freak people out. Mention that this is the first record to feature Jimmy McCulloch and Joe English as members of Wings. They’ll want to know that. There’s a picture of them in the gatefold. Poor Denny, he looks lonely. Mention that George Hardie did the graphics; he’s the same guy who did the artwork for 10cc’s How Dare You! and Bloody Tourists. And mention that people should read Leigh Hunt’s “Rondeau,” since that’s how this whole thing started. But what about a rating? Is Venus and Mars a good album or a bad one? When an album cover whispers its name to a ten-year-old acolyte from dirty department store shelves, how does one answer? One doesn’t, because another already did: “Rock on lovers everywhere, because that’s basically it.”

PC 36801 inner gatefold PC 36801 picture sleeve
PC 36801 inner gatefold PC 36801 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. VENUS AND MARS    1:16
  2. ROCK SHOW    5:32
  3. LOVE IN SONG    3:05
  4. YOU GAVE ME THE ANSWER    2:14
  5. MAGNETO AND TITANIUM MAN    3:15
  6. LETTING GO    4:36
  7. VENUS AND MARS REPRISE    2:03
  8. SPIRITS OF ANCIENT EGYPT    3:05
  9. MEDICINE JAR    (J. McCullough/C. Allen)    3:37
  10. CALL ME BACK AGAIN    4:59
  11. LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID    3:59
  12. TREAT HER GENTLY - LONELY OLD PEOPLE    4:24
  13. CROSSROADS THEME    (T. Hatch)    1:01

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  14. ZOO GANG
  15. LUNCH BOX - ODD SOX
  16. MY CARNIVAL

    All songs written by Paul McCartney unless noted

CREDITS

JOE ENGLISH --
DENNY LAINE --
LINDA McCARTNEY -- cover photo
PAUL McCARTNEY -- arrangements
JIMMY McCULLOCH --
Afro -- congas (2)
Geoff Britton -- drums
Tony Dorsey -- arrangements
Dave Mason -- guitar (11)
Tom Scott -- saxophone (11)
Allen Toussaint -- piano (2)
Alan O'Duffy -- engineer
Geoff Emerick -- engineer
Hipgnosis -- centrefold po
Sylvia de Swaan -- black and white poster
George Hardie -- graphics

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK May 27, 1975 Capitol LP/CS PCTC 254 gatefold, posters
US May 27, 1975 Capitol LP/CS SMAS-11419 gatefold, poster
ARG 1975 Capitol LP 9506  
AUS'L 1975 Capitol LP/CS PCTA/TCPCTA 254 gatefold, poster
BRA 1975 EMI LP MPL1001  
COL 1975 Odeon LP 11397  
GER 1975 Capitol LP 1C 064 96623 gatefold, poster
ITA 1975 Capitol LP 3C 064 96623 gatefold, posters
JPN 1975 Capitol LP EPS-80236 gatefold, posters
MEX   Capitol LP SLEM 582  
NET 1975 Capitol LP 5C 062 96623 gatefold, poster
YUG   Jugoton LP LSCAP 73017 gatefold cover
UK   Fame LP FA 3213 gatefold cover
US   Columbia LP PC 36801 gatefold cover
US January 19, 1988 Capitol/Parlophone CD/CS CDP 7 46984 w. bonus tracks
UK 1993/94 DCC CDX/CSX 1067 w. bonus tracks
EUR 1993 EMI CDX 89241 w. bonus tracks

 

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