Wings Greatest

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Wings Greatest
Compilation album by Wings
Released 2 November 1978
Recorded November 1970 -
January 1978
Genre Rock
Length 54:28
Label Parlophone (UK)
Capitol (US)
Producer Paul McCartney
("Live and Let Die" co-produced with George Martin)
Wings chronology
London Town
(1978)
Wings Greatest
(1978)
Back to the Egg
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B+ [2]
MusicHound 3/5 stars[3]

Wings Greatest is a compilation album by the band Wings and is their eighth album as well as Paul McCartney's 10th since leaving the Beatles. It is notable as being the first official retrospective release from Paul McCartney's post-Beatles career. Excepting interest in its vinyl LP mix, this collection has become largely irrelevant since the releases of All the Best! and Wingspan: Hits and History.

History[edit]

The album was compiled after McCartney's decision to leave EMI's American label, Capitol, for a six-year stay with Columbia (United States and Canada only), though he remained with EMI worldwide during his US sabbatical from Capitol. Wings Greatest is notable for including many of McCartney's post-1970 single-only releases, including "Another Day" (actually a "Paul McCartney" song, not a "Wings" recording), "Live and Let Die", "Junior's Farm", "Hi, Hi, Hi" and "Mull of Kintyre". In addition to "Another Day", "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" was originally credited to "Paul & Linda McCartney" and from their 1971 album Ram.

Despite the fact that McCartney had amassed enough hits by late 1978 to fill a double album of hits, he kept it down to a single disc for commercial reasons. Thus, several songs would be overlooked for Wings Greatest. Indeed, not one song was excerpted from 1975's Venus and Mars, despite "Listen to What the Man Said" being a number 1 US hit. The album was promoted by a TV commercial in the UK, which featured several members of the public (played by actors) singing Wings tunes in public places. At the end a dustman, waiting in his lorry at a set of traffic lights (in Abbey Road), sings to himself an out of tune rendition of "Band on the Run", at which point Paul, Linda and Denny pull up alongside and Paul shouts out "You're a bit flat mate!". The driver leans out his window and says "Funny, I only checked them this morning!"[4]

The Bulgarian pressings of the album did not include the song "Live and Let Die".[5] In 1993, Wings Greatest was remastered and reissued as part of "The Paul McCartney Collection".

Track listing[edit]

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Performer Length
1. "Another Day"   Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Paul McCartney 3:42
2. "Silly Love Songs"   P. McCartney, L. McCartney Wings 5:52
3. "Live and Let Die"   P. McCartney, L. McCartney Paul McCartney & Wings 3:11
4. "Junior's Farm"   P. McCartney, L. McCartney Paul McCartney & Wings 4:21
5. "With a Little Luck"   P. McCartney Wings 5:45
6. "Band on the Run"   P. McCartney, L. McCartney Paul McCartney & Wings 5:10
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Performer Length
7. "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"   P. McCartney, L. McCartney Paul & Linda McCartney 4:48
8. "Hi, Hi, Hi"   P. McCartney, L. McCartney Wings 3:07
9. "Let 'Em In"   P. McCartney, L. McCartney Wings 5:09
10. "My Love"   P. McCartney, L. McCartney Paul McCartney & Wings 4:08
11. "Jet"   P. McCartney, L. McCartney Paul McCartney & Wings 4:06
12. "Mull of Kintyre"   P. McCartney, Denny Laine Wings 4:43

Cover art[edit]

Aubrey Powell and George Hardie of Hipgnosis are credited with the design, as well as Paul and Linda McCartney.[6]

The front of the album cover depicts a chryselephantine (gold and ivory) statuette in the snow. The statuette of Semiramis was created by famed Art Deco sculptor Demetre Chiparus.[7] Having bought it, Linda wanted the flying lady photographed in the snow, so on 14 October 1978 she flew the statuette and photographer Angus Forbes to the Alps, where a snowdrift was created and the photograph was taken from a helicopter.[6]

The rear cover depicts the record covers of the twelve releases, mostly singles, from which each of the Greatest's songs were taken, in columns on either side of the album. In the middle is a photograph of Paul, Linda, and Denny Laine. The background is another scene of the Alps.

The statuette also appears on the inner sleeves of the original vinyl, as well as on the record's labels.[6] It can also be seen on the album cover of Back to the Egg in the background, on the mantelpiece.

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wings Greatest at AllMusic
  2. ^ "CG: Wings". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  3. ^ Gary Graff & Daniel Durcholz, MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, Visible Ink Press (Farmington Hills, MI, 1999), p. 731.
  4. ^ "Wings Greatest". Jpgr.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  5. ^ "Wings (2) - Greatest (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Wings Greatest visited 2013-08-20
  7. ^ Art Deco Semiramis Figurine Chiparus Statue Sculpture visited 2013-08-20
  8. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  9. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 30, No. 19, February 03 1979". RPM. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
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  11. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > Choisir Un Artiste Dans la Liste : Wings" (in French). infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  12. ^ a-ビートルズ "- Yamachan Land (Archives of the Japanese record charts) - Albums Chart Daijiten - The Beatles" (in Japanese). 2007-12-30. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  13. ^ "charts.org.nz - Wings - Greatest Hits" (ASP). charts.org.nz, Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  14. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Wings - Greatest Hits" (ASP). norwegiancharts.com, Hung Medien. VG-lista. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  15. ^ "swedishcharts.com Wings - Greatest Hits" (ASP). swedishcharts.com, Hung Medien (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  16. ^ "Chart Stats - Wings - Greatest Hits". UK Albums Chart. Archived from the original on 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  17. ^ "allmusic ((( Wings at the Speed of Sound > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  18. ^ a b McGee, Garry (2003). Band on the Run: A History of Paul McCartney and Wings. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 233. ISBN 9780878333042. 
  19. ^ "Album Search: Wings" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  20. ^ "Complete UK Year-End Album Charts". Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  21. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Wings – Greatest Hits". Music Canada. 
  22. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1979". IFPI Hong Kong. 
  23. ^ "British album certifications – Wings – Greatest Hits". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Greatest Hits in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  24. ^ "American album certifications – Wings – Wings Greatest". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH