Wingspan: Hits and History

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Wingspan: Hits and History
Greatest hits album by Paul McCartney
Released 7 May 2001
Recorded Late 1969 - Mid 1983
Genre Rock
Length 153:04 (UK version)
Label Parlophone
Producer Paul McCartney,
Linda McCartney,
Chris Thomas
and George Martin
Paul McCartney chronology
Liverpool Sound Collage
(2000)
Wingspan: Hits and History
(2001)
Driving Rain
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Wingspan: Hits and History is a greatest hits compilation album by Paul McCartney featuring material spanning his first solo album McCartney in 1970 to the 1984 Give My Regards To Broad Street movie soundtrack. This set is officially credited to Paul McCartney, although the bulk of the music included was performed by McCartney's former band Wings.

American and British editions of the album vary slightly, as the UK edition contains the studio version of "Coming Up," while the US edition contains "Coming Up (Live at Glasgow)," which had reached number one on the Billboard singles chart. The Japanese version of the album also includes "Eat at Home," which had been issued as a 1971 single in the non-English-speaking world, as a bonus cut on the "Hits" disc.

History[edit]

McCartney was involved in fifteen albums during this period: five solo albums; one album with his wife Linda; and nine albums with Wings (including a greatest hits compilation). Wingspan features songs from each of those albums, as well as a few singles that had not been included on Wings Greatest.

Wings was active from 1971 to 1980, but this set also includes material from McCartney's albums from earlier (1970–71) and later (1980–84) years. However, it does not include any of McCartney's well-known collaborations with Stevie Wonder or Michael Jackson, which took place during the latter period; a particularly notable absence is one of McCartney's biggest hits, "Say, Say, Say", most likely due to his falling out with Michael Jackson in 1985. The album also eschews any singles from the unsuccessful Press to Play or even the critically acclaimed Flowers In The Dirt (1989), the latter of which features tracks such as "My Brave Face", the last US Top-40 single by any ex-Beatle.

The album is separated into two distinct sets: a "Hits" component which highlights commercially successful material, while "History" showcases less generally known McCartney fan favourites from the same period. On the US release, fourteen of the eighteen songs on "Hits" were performed by Wings, but only nine of the twenty-two songs on "History" are by Wings.

Released in 2001 in conjunction with a prime time TV documentary simply called Wingspan, the associated soundtrack was a commercial success. In the United States, it went straight to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 221,000 copies in the first week of its release.[2] The album entered the U.S. chart for 14 weeks, selling approximately 970,000 units as of 2005.[3] The album has been certified Double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and also reached Gold status in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.[4] A DVD release of the broadcast documentary, which dealt with McCartney's relationship with Linda Eastman and their eventual marriage, the traumatic final year of the Beatles' career and his own role in their break-up, and the story of Wings' formation and career through the 1970s toward their final dissolution in 1980, was produced by Mary McCartney, who also interviewed her father in the film.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1: Hits[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Performer(s) Length
1. "Listen to What the Man Said" (taken from the album Venus and Mars) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Wings 3:55
2. "Band on the Run" (taken from the album Band on the Run) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Paul McCartney & Wings 5:12
3. "Another Day"   Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Paul McCartney 3:42
4. "Live and Let Die"   Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Paul McCartney & Wings 3:12
5. "Jet" (taken from the album Band on the Run) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Paul McCartney & Wings 4:08
6. "My Love" (taken from the album Red Rose Speedway) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Paul McCartney & Wings 4:08
7. "Silly Love Songs" (taken from the album Wings at the Speed of Sound) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Wings 5:54
8. "Pipes of Peace" (taken from the album Pipes of Peace) Paul McCartney Paul McCartney 3:26
9. "C Moon"   Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Wings 4:34
10. "Hi, Hi, Hi"   Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Wings 3:08
11. "Let 'Em In" (taken from the album Wings at the Speed of Sound) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Wings 5:10
12. "Goodnight Tonight"   Paul McCartney Wings 4:21
13. "Junior's Farm" (DJ Edit, original version appeared on the album Wings Greatest) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Paul McCartney & Wings 3:03
14. "Mull of Kintyre"   Paul McCartney, Denny Laine Wings 4:44
15. "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" (taken from the album Ram) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Paul & Linda McCartney 4:49
16. "With a Little Luck" (DJ Edit, original version appeared on the album London Town) Paul McCartney Wings 3:13
17. "Coming Up" (taken from the album McCartney II) Paul McCartney Paul McCartney 3:53
18. "No More Lonely Nights" (taken from the album Give My Regards to Broad Street) Paul McCartney Paul McCartney 4:47
Total length:
75:38

Disc 2: History[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Performer(s) Length
1. "Let Me Roll It" (taken from the album Band on the Run) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Paul McCartney & Wings 4:50
2. "The Lovely Linda" (taken from the album McCartney) Paul McCartney Paul McCartney 0:45
3. "Daytime Nighttime Suffering"   Paul McCartney Wings 3:22
4. "Maybe I'm Amazed" (taken from the album McCartney) Paul McCartney Paul McCartney 3:51
5. "Helen Wheels" (taken from the album Band on the Run (US edition)) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Paul McCartney & Wings 3:45
6. "Bluebird" (taken from the album Band on the Run) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Paul McCartney & Wings 3:24
7. "Heart of the Country" (taken from the album Ram) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Paul & Linda McCartney 2:24
8. "Every Night" (taken from the album McCartney) Paul McCartney Paul McCartney 2:34
9. "Take It Away" (Single version, original version appeared on the album Tug of War) Paul McCartney Paul McCartney 4:04
10. "Junk" (taken from the album McCartney) Paul McCartney Paul McCartney 1:56
11. "Man We Was Lonely" (taken from the album McCartney) Paul McCartney Paul McCartney 2:58
12. "Venus and Mars/Rock Show" (Single edit, original version appeared on the album Venus and Mars) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Wings 3:45
13. "The Back Seat of My Car" (taken from the album Ram) Paul McCartney Paul & Linda McCartney 4:29
14. "Rockestra Theme" (taken from the album Back to the Egg) Paul McCartney Wings 2:36
15. "Girlfriend" (taken from the album London Town) Paul McCartney Wings 4:43
16. "Waterfalls" (DJ Edit, original version appeared on the album McCartney II) Paul McCartney Paul McCartney 3:23
17. "Tomorrow" (taken from the album Wild Life) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Wings 3:25
18. "Too Many People" (taken from the album Ram) Paul McCartney Paul & Linda McCartney 4:10
19. "Call Me Back Again" (taken from the album Venus and Mars) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Wings 4:59
20. "Tug of War" (Single version, original version appeared on the album Tug of War) Paul McCartney Paul McCartney 4:04
21. "Bip Bop/Hey Diddle" (Previously unreleased; recorded in 1971) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Paul & Linda McCartney 3:34
22. "No More Lonely Nights (Playout version)" (Edit, original version appeared on the album Give My Regards to Broad Street) Paul McCartney Paul McCartney 3:55
Total length:
77:26

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