Monday, October 22, 2007

Downy gwlanen covers of kintyre..

MOG Post: 10/22/2007
Artist: Wings
Album: Wild Life
Track: Love Is Strange
1971 Apple Records

--- (Macca 1)

Paul McCartney will always hold a special place with me. Like the rest of the Fabs and their respective post-Fab careers, I’ve “loved them all.” I’ve learned much vicariously through the 4 guys as well. They were good musicians because of solid foundations in listening. Point: listen to what they listen to – perhaps then gain some insight into the stories behind Penny Lane and Abbey Road (or George’s All Things Must Pass or Ringo’s Rotogravure). Early Paul is really good stuff – McCartney and Ram are great albums. With songs like “Maybe I’m Amazed” and “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” – it’s hard to deny his immortality beyond “Yesterday” and “Let It Be” – his repertoire of iconic love songs is vast. There was a little album that came out right after those two which went unnoticed really. 1971 featured the inception of Paul’s new group, Wings. Outside of Paul, wife Linda, and (former Moody Blues) guitarist Denny Laine, the group would see many changes of members over the 1970s. This first album wasn’t received so well at the time, perhaps because it was recorded practically live and first take (and folks were still jaded from the fresh Fab split). I think it’s a very fun album. I’d spun this particular track many times over before knowing that it was actually a cover of the 1956 hit by Micky & Sylvia. I’m still partial to the Wings version…but I sure like the original now that I’ve found it – thanks to Wings. Without further ‘ado then, here’s Macca, Linda, Denny Laine, and drummer Denny Seiwell. The name “Wings” came from the angels surrounding Stella -Paul’s second child with Linda.

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