Wings in full flight, greeted by gasps and cheers

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Jul 2013 Wings in full flight, greeted by gasps and cheers

 DVD: Paul McCartney and Wings –

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Eagle Vision / MPL Communications

 

Wings are captured in full flight during their triumphant 1976 tour – in some terrific concert footage that runs for more than two hours.

 

Sound and vision are both superb on this recording of a band delighting a hugely appreciative American audience.

 

Paul McCartney himself is still only in his mid-30s – and already with a ridiculously potent back catalogue. Chirpy under his ‘mullet’ hairstyle, he and his wife Linda, Denny Laine, Jimmy McCulloch and Joe English (plus auxiliary saxes, trumpet and trombone) play nearly 30 songs in a sparkling set list that incorporates classics by both Wings and the Beatles.

 

With the tensions and hassles of the later Beatles years now well behind him, Paul is clearly happy and enthusiastic on vocals, bass and piano as Wings intersperse the likes of ‘Band on the Run’, ‘Jet’, ‘Live and Let Die’, ‘Listen To What The Man Said’, ‘Silly Love Songs’, ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’, ‘My Love’, ‘Hi Hi Hi’ and ‘Let ‘Em In’ with ‘Yesterday’, ‘The Long and Winding Road’, ‘Lady Madonna’, ‘Blackbird’ and ‘I’ve Just Seen A Face’, some of them as part of an acoustic sequence. Denny Laine re-visits ‘Go Now’ from his Moody Blues years – with Paul and Linda on backing vocals and sharing a microphone Beatles-style.

 

More than once Paul mock-sheepishly talks the way into a Beatles-era piece along the lines of it being a song that might be remembered from way back – whereupon it is immediately recognised and greeted by gasps and cheers. Obviously the show dates from a time when all four Beatles were still alive, so back then there was no accompanying sense of poignancy.

 

The DVD is contained within a package in the form of a slimline hardback book, which also carries an illustrated booklet with a text written by Paul Gambaccini.

 

As an extra, there’s a 10-minute filmed cavalcade of off-stage ‘frivolities’ where Ringo Starr and Elton John are also seen.

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