Tuesday, May 28, 2013

CD Review: Wings Take Off Again "Over America" With Remastered Release

Paul McCartney fans can finally rejoice now that the quintessential live Wings album, "Wings Over America" has finally be remastered and re-released. The new version of this 1976 live album was released on May 28 through the Concord Music Group as part of the "Paul McCartney Archive Colleciton." The collection has already revisited the first three solo McCartney albums and began the series with Paul McCartney & Wings seminal studio album "Band On The Run."
The new "Wings Over America" release comes in a load of different formats. The original 28-song album gets remastered and released on 2CDs and also on 3LPs. A deluxe edition includes the original album as well as a third CD including 8-songs from his live performance at the Cow Palace. It also includes a bonus DVD which contains the 1979 Wings' made of television documentary "Wings Over The World" as well as 112-page book, a 60-page photo book and an 80-page sketch book. The documentary covers the band on the road showing them live on stage, as well as their time off between shows. McCartney and the band are very accommodating to the camera crew, allowing them to film them as they try and relax in private. The documentary does not contain an entire show, but not to worry, there is a new blu-ray release of the live video "Rockshow" on the horizon, due to be released on June 10.
The remastered "Wings Over America" sounds great as the band are in top form with McCartney and Denny Laine trading lead-vocal duties. The first disc starts off with the big productions of "Venus And Mars/Rockshow/Jet" and "Live And Let Die." McCartney throws in some Beatles' tunes including the punk-like speed of "I've Just Seen A Face" and the quick waltz of "Lady Madonna." The disc closes with an acoustic set that has Laine performing a cover of Paul Simon's "Richard Cory" and McCartney pleasing the audience with "Yesterday."
The second disc has more of Wings' greatest hits like "My Love" and "Silly Love Songs." The highlights of the second disc is the spot on rendition of "Let 'Em In" and a great full-band version of "Band On The Run." The disc closes with Wings going back to their roots with the good old fashion rock 'n' roll of "Hi Hi Hi" and the arena guitar shaker "Soily."
As the Concord Music Group continues to roll out these great releases from the "Paul McCartney Collection," you can take comfort in knowing that you are getting the best they have to offer. To find out more on this release, please visit www.paulmccartney.com/news-blogs/news/27499-wings-over-america-to-be-reissued-in-may.

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