Red Rose Speedway (Archive Collection)

Paul McCartney & WingsJanuary 1, 2018
Rock℗ A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 MPL Communications Inc
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Red Rose Speedway is the second studio album by Paul McCartney and Wings. The album was released in 1973 after the relatively weak commercial performance of Wings’ previous album, Wild Life. Red Rose Speedway peaked at number 5 on the UK Albums Chart and number 1 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart in the United States, while "My Love" was a number 1 single in the US. Despite this commercial success, the album was given a mixed response by music critics, with several reviewers considering the songs to be inconsequential.

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Big Barn Bed (2018 Remaster)3:50Paul McCartney & Wings
My Love (2018 Remaster)4:07Paul McCartney & Wings
Get On The Right Thing (2018 Remaster)4:17Paul McCartney & Wings
One More Kiss (2018 Remaster)2:29Paul McCartney & Wings
Little Lamb Dragonfly (2018 Remaster)6:23Paul McCartney & Wings
Single Pigeon (2018 Remaster)1:53Paul McCartney & Wings
When The Night (2018 Remaster)3:37Paul McCartney & Wings
Loup (1st Indian On The Moon) (2018 Remaster)4:23Paul McCartney & Wings
Medley: Hold Me Tight/Lazy Dynamite/Hands Of Love/Power Cut (2018 Remaster)11:21Paul McCartney & Wings
Mary Had A Little Lamb (2018 Remaster)3:32Paul McCartney & Wings
Little Woman Love (2018 Remaster)2:07Paul McCartney & Wings
Hi, Hi, Hi (2018 Remaster)3:08Paul McCartney & Wings
C Moon (2018 Remaster)4:34Paul McCartney & Wings
The Mess (Live At The Hague/1972)4:38Paul McCartney & Wings
Live And Let Die (2018 Remaster)3:12Paul McCartney & Wings
I Lie Around (2018 Remaster)5:02Paul McCartney & Wings
Night Out2:15Paul McCartney & Wings
Country Dreamer (2018 Remaster)3:09Paul McCartney & Wings
Seaside Woman3:56Paul McCartney & Wings
Best Friend (Live In Antwerp/1972)3:59Paul McCartney & Wings
Mama's Little Girl3:45Paul McCartney & Wings
I Would Only Smile3:23Paul McCartney & Wings
Tragedy3:21Paul McCartney & Wings
Thank You Darling3:18Paul McCartney & Wings
1882 (Live In Berlin/1972)6:31Paul McCartney & Wings
Jazz Street5:08Paul McCartney & Wings
Live And Let Die (Group Only/Take 10)3:33Paul McCartney & Wings

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December 7, 2018
℗ A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 MPL Communications Inc
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After the longest wait yet for the ‘official’ next album, there was widespread and heightened anticipation of what The Beatles would do to follow Sgt. Pepper. Issued on 22 November 1968, the stark white cover of their ninth UK album signalled they had, once again, overturned all expectations. Called simply The Beatles, but forever to be known as ‘The White Album’, the double-LP may be the most eclectic album ever released. The Beatles seemed determined to write and play in every style imaginable.

The origins of the music are rooted in The Beatles’ visit to Rishikesh, India where they studied transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Their trip in March 1968 was a communal experience that reinforced the group’s unity. It certainly inspired a prolific phase of songwriting. In May, before sessions began at EMI Studios, The Beatles taped acoustic demo versions of 27 songs at George Harrison’s house. They began recording these new compositions at Abbey Road on 30 May and studio work occupied most of their time until the final date on 16 October 1968. ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Revolution’ were the first songs to be heard from the sessions when they were released as a stand-alone single on 30 August 1968. It is doubtful whether any other artist would have even considered leaving off their album such a monumental hit single.

The juxtaposition of loud and soft is one of the reasons ‘The White Album’ is so surprising. The raucous rocker ‘Helter Skelter’ precedes the delicate ‘Long Long Long’. The pastoral calm of ‘Mother Nature’s Son’ is placed between the fiery ‘Yer Blues’ and the wildness of ‘Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey’. As usual, there are many humorous touches - as heard in ‘The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill’, ‘Rocky Raccoon’, ‘Piggies’ and ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’. In 1968, The Beatles changed their approach to recording. As Ringo remembered: ‘On “The White Album” we ended up being a band again and that’s what I always love.’ Conversely, more than ever before, it was not considered necessary for all of The Beatles to play on every song. Only sixteen out of 30 tracks featured the participation of all four. Uncredited, Eric Clapton played lead guitar on ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’.

It was clear to everyone in 1968 that The Beatles had recorded an album that was in sharp contrast to its predecessor. As George Harrison explained: ‘We always tried to make things different. There was no chance of a new record ever being like the previous one.’ The group’s remarkable achievement in creating ‘The White Album’ is that, despite such dazzling diversity within the collection, each track is stamped with the unmistakable sound of The Beatles.
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