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April 25, 2017

Wings – Wings At The Speed Of Sound (1976)

by Record Facts

Wings, also known as Paul McCartney and Wings, were an Anglo-American rock band formed in 1971 by former Beatle Paul McCartney with his wife Linda on keyboards, session drummer Denny Seiwell, and former Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Wings
Title:  Wings At The Speed Of Sound
Year:   1976
Format:  LP
Label:  Capitol Records
Catalog#  5C 062-97581

Wings at the Speed of Sound is the fifth studio album by Wings, released on 25 March 1976 as a follow-up to their previous album Venus and Mars.

If Venus and Mars had the façade of being an album by a band, At the Speed of Sound really is a full-band effort, where everybody gets a chance to sing, and even contribute a song. This, ironically, winds up as considerably less cohesive than its predecessor despite these efforts for community, not because Wings was not a band in the proper sense, but because nobody else in the band pulsed as much weight as McCartney, who was resting on his laurels here. Consider this: the two hits “Let ‘Em In” and “Silly Love Songs” are so lightweight that their lack of substance seems nearly defiant. They have sweet, nice melodies and are well crafted, but as songs they’re nonexistent, working primarily as effervescent popcraft of their time. And that’s the case for most of At the Speed of Sound, as tracks like “She’s My Baby” play like the hits, only without memorable hooks. There is a bit of charm to the record, arriving in Linda McCartney‘s awkwardly sung “Cook of the House,” the mellow “Must Do Something About It,” and especially “Beware My Love,” the best-written song here that effortlessly moves from sun-drenched harmonies to hard rock. Apart from the latter, these are modest pleasures buried on an album that may have been a chart-topping blockbuster, but now seems like one of McCartney‘s most transient works.

 

Side one
1.  Let ‘Em In   (5:10)
2.  The Note You Never Wrote (lead vocal by Denny Laine) (4:19)
3.  She’s My Baby  (3:06)
4.  Beware My Love   (6:27)
5.  Wino Junko” (lead vocal by Jimmy McCulloch) (5:19)

Side two
1.  Silly Love Songs   (5:53)
2.  Cook of the House (lead vocal by Linda McCartney) (2:37)
3.  Time to Hide (lead vocal by Denny Laine) (4:32)
4.  Must Do Something About It (lead vocal by Joe English) (3:42)
5.  San Ferry Anne   (2:06)
6.  Warm and Beautiful   (3:12)

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