Let Me Roll It

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"Let Me Roll It"
Single by Paul McCartney & Wings
from the album Band on the Run
A-side "Jet"
Released 15 February 1974
Format 7" single
Recorded September–October 1973
Lagos, Nigeria
Genre Blues rock, hard rock
Length 4:47
Label Apple Records
Writer(s) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney & Wings singles chronology
"Mrs Vandebilt"
(1973)
"Jet"
(1974)
"Band on the Run"
(1974)
Band on the Run track listing

"Let Me Roll It" is a song by Paul McCartney & Wings, and was released on the 1973 album Band on the Run. The song was also released as the B-side to "Jet" in early 1974, and has remained a staple of McCartney's live concerts since it was first released.

Origin[edit]

The song was seen by critics as a pastiche of John Lennon's sound, particularly the riff and the use of tape echo on the vocals. McCartney, however, never claimed the song was intended as a pastiche of Lennon. McCartney did say the vocal "does sound like John... I hadn't realised I'd sung it like John."[1]

Live versions[edit]

Since it was first released, "Let Me Roll It" has been regularly performed by McCartney as part of his live concerts. He has also included live versions of the song on several live albums, including Wings over America, Paul Is Live, Back in the U.S. (and Back in the World), and Good Evening New York City. During the Summer Live '09 tour, which included the Citi Field performances released on Good Evening New York City, McCartney added an instrumental version of The Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Foxy Lady" as a coda to "Let Me Roll It."

Personnel[edit]

Covers[edit]

"Let Me Roll It" has been covered by Brendan Benson, Richie Sambora, Jerry Garcia Band, The Grapes of Wrath, Lake Street Dive, The Melvins, Meat Puppets, Mandy Moore, dios (malos), Robyn Hitchcock, Fiona Apple, Big Sugar, St. Paul and The Broken Bones and Teddy Thompson.

Rock Band Music Gaming Platform[edit]

The song was made available to download on 28 December 2010 for use in the Rock Band 3 music gaming platform in both Basic rhythm, and PRO mode which allows use of a real guitar / bass guitar, and MIDI compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards in addition to vocals.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ McCartney, Paul, Band on the Run: 25th anniversary edition, disc two, track 14