Wings / Back to the Egg

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What would have been a career album for most pop artists was lambasted by wanking herd mentality rock journos during the punk / new wave zeitgeist. (Little did these scribblers realize that many of their spotty heroes’ tracks were cut by accomplished studio cats.)

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Regardless, Macca’s final Wings slab in ’79 is, to my ears, among his finest. Shelving his 4001 Rickenbacker for a brittle Yamaha BB – Sir Paul’s compositions and melodies are magnificent, embracing fun fare to superb craftsmanship: “Arrow Through Me,” “Baby’s Request,” “Old Siam Sir,” “Getting Closer,” the bombastic “Rockestra Theme” with bassists Bruce Thomas, Ronnie Lane, and John Paul Jones; “The Broadcast,” “To You,” “Winter Rose Love Awake” and a classic b-side “Daytime Nighttime Suffering.”

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Outstanding production (Chris Thomas) and musicianship from Steve Holley, Lawrence Juber, Denny Laine, and James Paul McCartney. 

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