C3X 37990 Wings Over America
Produced by Paul McCartney
Released on December 1976
Find it at GEMM
C3X 37990 cover  

I f you’ve got some free time on your hands, Wings Over America faithfully re-creates Wings’ Speed of Sound tour over three albums. Wings was never a tight touring band -- in fact they weren’t even a touring band -- but this incarnation of the group came closest to a stable lineup beyond the core of Paul, Linda and Denny, so it’s fitting that they leave some kind of live document behind. The knock on this release, usually levelled by those who have a saturation point for Paul McCartney, is that three albums is overkill, especially in lieu of the band’s less-than-stellar presence on stage. The concert opens with “Venus and Mars/Rock Show,” which is a little corny, before shifting to a fine version of “Jet.” Not surprisingly, old Beatles nuggets (“The Long and Winding Road,” “Lady Madonna”) and tracks from Band on the Run get the biggest applause. This tour gave a lot of attention to Venus and Mars, which in turn brings songs like “Spirits of Ancient Egypt” and “Medicine Jar” into the show early, to the surprise of many, while nary a note is heard from Speed of Sound until the third record rolls around. An acoustic set in the middle begins with “Picasso’s Last Words” (is “Helen Wheels” hard to play?) and ends with “Yesterday,” which gives the audience a chance to hit the food concessions and return in time to hear the band blaze through their magnum opus, “Magneto and Titanium Man” (apparently, they were selling extra copies of Venus and Mars out of their van after the show). If you enjoy Wings, and I actually do, this is a nice set to own, though whether you find the time to listen to it often is another story. Of very limited interest, two versions of the album cover exist, best distinguished by whether there are four lights or five lights on the bottom right corner of the cover.

C3X 37990 inner gatefold C3X 37990 picture sleeve
C3X 37990 inner gatefold C3X 37990 picture sleeve


    record one
  1. VENUS AND MARS/ROCK SHOW/JET    (Paul McCartney)    10:12
  2. LET ME ROLL IT    (Paul McCartney)    3:51
  3. SPIRITS OF ANCIENT EGYPT    (Paul McCartney)    4:00
  4. MEDICINE JAR    (J. McCullough/C. Allen)    4:07
  5. MAYBE I'M AMAZED    (Paul McCartney)    5:20
  6. CALL ME BACK AGAIN    (Paul McCartney)    5:12
  7. LADY MADONNA    (Paul McCartney/John Lennon)    2:37
  8. THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD    (Paul McCartney/John Lennon)    4:22
  9. LIVE AND LET DIE    (Paul McCartney)    3:35

    record two
  10. PICASSO'S LAST WORDS (DRINK TO ME)    (Paul McCartney)    1:58
  11. RICHARD CORY    (P. Simon)    2:58
  12. BLUEBIRD    (Paul McCartney)    3:43
  13. I'VE JUST SEEN A FACE    (Paul McCartney/John Lennon)    2:04
  14. BLACKBIRD    (Paul McCartney/John Lennon)    2:29
  15. YESTERDAY    (Paul McCartney/John Lennon)    2:23
  16. YOU GAVE ME THE ANSWER    (Paul McCartney)    2:03
  17. MAGNETO AND TITANIUM MAN    (Paul McCartney)    3:17
  18. GO NOW    (L. Banks/M. Bennett)    3:43
  19. MY LOVE    (Paul McCartney)    4:13
  20. LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID    (Paul McCartney)    3:40

    record three
  21. LET 'EM IN    (Paul McCartney)    4:05
  22. TIME TO HIDE    (Denny Laine)    4:57
  23. SILLY LOVE SONGS    (Paul McCartney)    5:57
  24. BEWARE MY LOVE    (Paul McCartney)    5:07
  25. LETTING GO    (Paul McCartney)    4:34
  26. BAND ON THE RUN    (Paul McCartney)    5:45
  27. HI HI HI    (Paul McCartney)    3:29
  28. SOILY    (Paul McCartney)    5:59


JOE ENGLISH -- drums, vocals
DENNY LAINE -- vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, bass, Gob iron
LINDA McCARTNEY -- vocals, keyboards
PAUL McCARTNEY -- vocals, bass guitar, piano, acoustic guitar
JIMMY McCULLOCH -- vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass
Howie Casey -- saxophone
Tony Dorsey -- trombone
Steve Howard -- trumpet, flugelhorn
Thadeus Richard -- saxophone, clarinet, flute
Jack Maxson -- engineer
Phil McDonald -- engineer
Mark Vigars -- engineer
Tom Walsh -- engineer
MPL/Hipgnosis -- sleeve design
Richard Manning -- outer painting
Jeff Cummins -- inner painting
Richard Evans -- graphics
Geoff Halpin -- lettering
Bob Ellis -- poster photos

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US/CAN December 1976 Capitol 3LP/2CS SWCO-11593 gatefold cover, inner sleeve, poster
UK January 1977 EMI/MPL 3LP/2CS PCS 7201/3 gatefold cover, poster
NET 1976? MPL 3LP 1349849789 gatefold cover, inner sleeve
US 1980 Columbia 3LP C3X 37990 gatefold cover, inner sleeve
US May 1987 Capitol 2CD/2CS CDP 7 46175  
  1999 EMI 2CD 65507  



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