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Wild Life
Paul McCartney & Wings
Wild Life
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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Digitally remastered Japanese reissue of his 1971 debut with Wings in a miniaturized LP sleeve limited to the initial pressing only. 10 tracks (though the back cover art only lists eight). 1999 release.


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All Artists: Paul McCartney & Wings
Title: Wild Life
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: toshi
Release Date: 8/31/1999
Album Type: Import
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Europe, British Isles, Soft Rock, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 4988006773790, 766485402721, 766483207021


Album Description
Digitally remastered Japanese reissue of his 1971 debut with Wings in a miniaturized LP sleeve limited to the initial pressing only. 10 tracks (though the back cover art only lists eight). 1999 release.

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The "aminals" in the zoo.
V. Berrini | NJ, United States | 09/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I usually make it a point to review only recent records (at least up until now), but I just *had* to throw my 2 cents in and bolster the average star-rating of an unfairly maligned album.So much of the criticism thrown at Wild Life is misinformed nonsense based on false history (i.e., Lennon was the "real" genius) that even the major music press abandoned fifteen or twenty years ago (when they realized they were wrong). To criticize "Bip Bop" because it doesn't have many lyrics is ridiculous. What about "Why Don't We Do It In The Road"? Oh, but since that fell within the time frame of 1962-1970, it is protected under the Beatles umbrella and seen as the wonderful piece of silliness that it is and that it was meant to be. To criticize "Bip Bop" because the words are nonsense syllables is even more ludicrous. Would you criticize "Be Bop A Lula" or "Tutti Frutti"? I didn't think so.Wild Life is an album built on simple pleasures and raw passion. It's about the appealing home-y sentiments and gorgeous pop melodies (some of the best Paul has ever written) of "Tomorrow" and "Some People Never Know". It's about Paul's absolute throat-shredding vocal performance on "Wild Life". It's about the quirky reggae cover of "Love Is Strange" which sounds like nothing so much as the Raincoats (look it up, kids). It's about the wonderful screaming session called "Mumbo", in which the lyrics are a series of flexable phonetics instead of actual words (beating Nirvana and R.E.M., who tried similar things on "Endless, Nameless" and "Tourettes" and Murmur respectively, by 20-odd years). It's about the willingness to sing a love song as twee as "I Am Your Singer" without fear (Jonathan Richman, anyone?). It's about the stark emotion of "Dear Friend" (if Neil Young had written it, it would be hailed as the classic that it is).Don't believe everything you're told. Wild Life is waiting to be rediscovered, as is McCartney's entire solo canon. And it's going to be someday. And I'll be there to say "I told you so"."
VASTLY UNDERATED AND UNDER HEARD OF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Leon Reino ( | NJ USA | 07/27/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Most people don't even know this album exists. Even among diehard Beatles fans this album is little known. This is a Bloody Shame! This is the rawest you will ever hear Paul McCartney! This may be his best album. It's main competitors being Red Rose Speedway and McCartney. Before I continue to wax poetically about how much I love this album let me clear up one thing. The song SOME PEOPLE NEVER KNOW is Paul's nicely versed answer to John Lennon's vitriolic HOW DO YOU SLEEP? not DEAR FRIEND. A close inspection of the lyrics will bear this out. Also the original album ends at DEAR FRIEND. The bonus tracks do not detract from it for me, though. Why do I love this album? Musically it's a tour de force. Wings, in all it's incarnations, has never sounded better. Lyrically McCartney is at the top of his form. Yes, I even mean MUMBO and BIP BOP. Paul's singing is exquisite. Linda sings better than she ever has here, too! Mostly, though I love this album because it is fun. Rock'n'Roll is supposed to be fun, not pretentious. This album is definitely not pretentious. And it definitely is fun!"
McCartney as never heard before, and never heard again!
CMoon | UK | 11/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Throughout the final years of the Beatles, Paul had been the one who struggled to keep his beloved band together. He watched as the other three all took their turns at walking out, and as they each released solo albums. He kept them at the top by writing the majority of the late-period Beatles classics and vainly pleaded with them to return to live performances (though at least we got the rooftop concert). How ironic, then, that Paul was the first one to face reality and tell the public the truth - that the Beatles were no more. For years afterwards, then, he was branded as the "man who broke up the Beatles" (Yoko being the "woman who broke up the Beatles") and the critics sharpened their long knives.
By the time of Wild Life in 1972 he had released his first solo album "McCartney" in 1970 and its follow up "Ram" in 1971. Bear in mind most bands nowadays would take this long to record half an album. Both albums were huge hits with the public, but at the time were mauled by the critics for being too underproduced ("McCartney")and too glossy ("Ram"). McCartney must have known by now that he couldn't win with the critics, so decided to take his show to the public - for this he wanted a proper band, and Wings were born.
Their first album is, in my view, a classic to rank alongside John's "Plastic Ono Band". Not always pretty, its charm is in its very rawness, each song an uncut diamond, to all intents a live performance by a new band rather than something polished and refined by a rock aristocrat over months in the studio. It's not to everyone's taste as the reviews here, ranging from "crap" to "masterpiece", testify, but who's music is? There are even some people our there who don't care much for the Beatles!
Mumbo to me really rocks, fabulous riff, wonderful bass, tremendous vocal, it's a breath of fresh air and sounds like a precursor to grunge. If Nirvana had released this critics would have found new superlatives to praise it (and I love the even harder reprise later). Bip Bop is admittedly no great lyrical work, but that is missing the point - it is an amazingly addictive tune where the vocal, like in Mumbo, is used as an instrument in itself. The hypnotic Wild Life, with its harmonic layers, speaks up for animal rights in an era when civil rights was winning all the headlines. Love Is Strange is fun, though for me it does take too long to get started. I Am Your Singer is folk tinged and charming, yes Linda CAN sing, and Some People Never Know a delicate, beautiful, hook laden rebuke to John Lennon's vicious How Do You Sleep. Now to the two stone-cold classics. Tomorrow is an upbeat Yesterday, with wonderful piano and vocals from Paul. Dear Friend is simply magnificent, a sad, atmospheric, monumental song that makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. And yes, I believe this too is directed to John - Paul was never as unsubtle, or cruel, as his old friend.
Wild Life is unlike Paul's previous albums, and unlike those that would follow, when he decided to polish up his music and take the route to megastardom, leaving his old bandmates trailing in his wake. It has soul and integrity, and how I wish he performed some of these songs in his concerts today. As someone else said, if this is McCartney's weakest album, it only proves just how amazingly talented the man is. Pure genius. Buy it now. Don't even hesitate. And keep an open mind!