This spring, Paul McCartney will continue his ongoing back-catalog reissues project with the re-release of his late-1976 live album, Wings Over America.
The album captures the best moments of one of the most sophisticated tours of the mid-'70s. McCartney and his band, Wings, performed to more than 600,000 people at 31 shows in the US and Canada, ending with three nights at The Forum in Los Angeles.
Having released four consecutive chart-topping albums (Red Rose Speedway, Band on the Run, Venus and Mars and Wings at the Speed of Sound, plus 1973’s Academy Award-winning James Bond theme “Live and Let Die”), McCartney's solo career was at its peak.
In 1976, the band featured McCartney, Linda McCartney, Joe English, Denny Laine and lead guitarist Jimmy McCulloch.
This latest project is broken into three stages:
Wings Over America
The album will be reissued May 27 in a range of formats, including a standard edition (which is available for pre-order at Amazon.com) and a four-book, four-disc (3CD, 1DVD) Deluxe Edition Box Set. The box set’s audio and video include the two-disc Wings Over America remastered at Abbey Road, a bonus audio disc recorded live at San Francisco’s Cow Palace, a bonus DVD containing the rarely seen 75-minute television special Wings Over the World and a photo gallery montage titled “Photographer’s Pass.”
The Deluxe Edition Box Set contains four exquisitely rendered art books packaged with an array of memorabilia, souvenirs, mementos, keepsakes and never-before-seen photos and art work from Wings' 1976 tour. The 110-page tour book recounts the behind-the-scenes drama through dozens of live performances and backstage photos along with new interviews and liner notes from eminent music journalist David Fricke.
The leatherette-bound “Tour Itinerary” contains memorabilia including printed 8-by-10 glossy band photos, a backstage guest pass, facsimiles of the invitation to the end-of-tour party at the Harold Lloyd Estate in Beverly Hills along with Wings over America concert tickets, original album art work, tour posters, set lists, lyrics, press materials and more. “Look," the box set’s book of Linda McCartney photography, features Paul and the band in their everyday life as they made their way across the country in the spring of ’76.
Rockshow DVD/Blu-ray Release
For the first time, Wings' Rockshow concert film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on June 10. The film, which was shot in 1975 and 1976, was premiered in November 1980 in New York and April 1981 in London. The film, which features a full-length concert, has been fully restored from the original 35mm film with restored and remastered sound, including a 5.1 mix.
Rockshow Theatrical Release
Rockshow will hit theaters for one night only on May 15. The film, which will be shown at 500-plus cinemas across the world, features an introduction by McCartney. There also will be an exclusive VIP premiere screening of Rockshow, with McCartney in attendance and introducing the film, at BAFTA on May 15 in London. Head here for more details.
For more information, head to PaulMcCartney.com.
Wings over America is a live album by the band Wings, released in December 1976 on MPL Communications (in the US, it was released by MPL Communications and Capitol). In its initial release, it was a triple album and included a poster of the band, which reached number 8 in the UK charts and peaked at number 1 in the US. The cover was designed by Hipgnosis, and features a painting of an airliner about to open its cabin door. The album was a collection of recordings gathered from Wings' Wings Over America part of their world tour. A remaster is set to be released in May 2013.
RecordingOriginally, Wings over America was to be a two-record set, but this was rethought due to the success of a bootleg called Wings from the Wings, released as a triple record set,[nb 1] recorded on 23 June 1976 at The Forum, in California. This caused McCartney to redo the official release as a three-record set which was compiled from all recorded shows of the band's America leg of their world tour that spring, of which, McCartney listened to all of the tapes and selected 5 of the best performances of the whole 28-song set list. McCartney choose and mixed the final set of recordings after 6 weeks of listening during October–November 1976. Numerous songs, however, were taken from the 23 June 1976 show. "Soily" was recorded on 7 June 1976 at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver. Some recordings, however, received studio overdubs. Wings' drummer, Joe English, said that the "overdubs were necessary because of people singing out of tune".
Release and reception
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Wings Over America was issued as a double-compact disc in 1984 on Columbia.[nb 7] The album was first released in the UK on compact disc on 26 May 1987 by Parlophone.[nb 8] The album, along with McCartney's Ram and Tug of War albums, was reissued in the US on compact disc on 18 January 1988.[nb 9] The album was issued by EMI two more times on CD, in 1989[nb 10] and on 19 February 1990.[nb 11] A 1999 reissue of the album by Toshiba-EMI in Japan reinstated the three-disc format from the original LP issue, and is the only edition of the album to do this.[nb 12] On 14 April 2008, the album was released as a digital download on both iTunes and Amazon. It was removed for some time off of digital music sites in 2010 and 2011, but as of August 2011 it is available for sale on iTunes. The album is scheduled for reissue on 27 May 2013 as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection. Rockshow is also set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray, with its audio remixed into 5.1, on 10 June 2013.
Track listingAll songs by Paul and Linda McCartney except where noted. For the five Beatles songs included, McCartney elected to reverse the songwriting credit to McCartney–Lennon, while "The Long and Winding Road" was credited to just McCartney.
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2013 remasterWings over America is to be reissued in several packages:
- Standard Edition 2-CD; the original 28-track album
- Remastered vinyl 3-LP version of the Standard Edition
- Deluxe Edition Box Set 3-CD/1-DVD; the original 28-track album, a bonus tracks disc, DVD of the TV documentary Wings Over the World, 136-page book, assorted memorabilia, 60-page photograph book, 80-page sketch book and download link to all of the material
- Discs 1 & 2 (Standard Edition)
- Disc 3 – Bonus tracks (Deluxe Edition Box Set)
- "Let Me Roll It"
- "Maybe I'm Amazed" (P. McCartney)
- "Lady Madonna" (McCartney–Lennon)
- "Live and Let Die"
- "Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)"
- "Blackbird" (McCartney–Lennon)
- "Yesterday" (McCartney–Lennon)
- All tracks previously unreleased, recorded live at Cow Palace, San Francisco
- Disc 4 – DVD (Deluxe Edition Box Set)
- Paul McCartney – lead and backing vocals, acoustic and bass guitars, piano, keyboards
- Linda McCartney – backing vocals, piano, keyboards, percussion
- Denny Laine – lead vocals on "Spirits of Ancient Egypt", "Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)," "Richard Cory," "Time to Hide", and "Go Now" and backing vocals, acoustic, electric and bass guitars, piano, keyboards, percussion, harmonica
- Jimmy McCulloch – lead vocals on "Medicine Jar" and backing vocals; acoustic, electric and bass guitars
- Joe English – backing vocals, drums, percussion
- Tony Dorsey – trombone, percussion
- Howie Casey – saxophone, percussion
- Steve Howard – trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion
- Thaddeus Richard – saxophone, clarinet, Western concert flute, percussion
Bonus: A fan has posted the original 2CD set here for sharing: