|All Artists: Paul McCartney, Wings|
Title: Venus and Mars
Members Wishing: 17
Total Copies: 0
Release Date: 10/6/1998
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Europe, British Isles, Soft Rock, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR), Arena Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Released in the glow of Wings' biggest and best album, Band on the Run, Venus & Mars found Paul McCartney in his element--a working rock star, being screamed at again, cheerfully riding the last rays of his youth. Adulation always brought the best out of him, and Venus & Mars is nearly the equal of its more lauded predecessor. McCartney never strays from his favorite themes (sex, drugs, rock & roll, and marriage), but his confidence is high as he mixes gorgeous, airy production numbers like "Listen to What the Man Said" and "Letting Go" with the ribald and hilarious. "Rock Show" matches the Who's "Long Live Rock" as the finest and funniest of those self-celebratory '70s stomps. McCartney's effortless marshalling of melody and arrangement hoists the blander material out of trouble, and the best stuff's powered by genuine, rediscovered verve. Facile and frivolous, but not at all bad. And their version of the "Crossroads" theme is wicked. --Taylor Parkes
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This is the quadraphonic remix
M M | NYC | 06/09/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Back in the 70's "Quad" became fashionable for about 15 minutes. This 'dts' is the result. It is not a recent remix for 5.1, it's awful quadrophonic from the 70's that was duplicated onto an audio dvd. The same mess happened with the so called dts for Band on the Run. This never should have been released with such a poor remix. Now we know why quadraphonic never caught on and I believe Paul doesn't even know this crappy sound even exists because heads would roll if he heard this.
For the record I would rate Venus and Mars 5 stars for the normal stereo mix. But this disaster deserves zero stars. I wish Paul would take charge and give us a real 5.1 on this and BOTR, as well as Chaos and Creation in the Backyard. I believe these three represent the best work of his post Beatles career."
Solid Follow-Up to "Band on the Run"
Scott T. Rivers | Los Angeles, CA USA | 06/01/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Venus and Mars" finds Paul McCartney and Wings riding the crest of a phenomenal wave after their "Band on the Run" breakthrough. The 1975 album rocks harder than its predecessor, but is less cohesive due to the self-indulgence of "Medicine Jar" and "Magneto and Titanium Man." Nevertheless, McCartney and Wings deliver a rousing "Rock Show," along with the dynamic "Letting Go," a bluesy "Call Me Back Again" and the hit single "Listen to What the Man Said." In terms of Beatle nostalgia, "You Gave Me the Answer" harks back to the glory days of "When I'm Sixty-Four." Overall, "Venus and Mars" is far superior to the group's erratic 1976-79 studio recordings. The out-of-print CD version contains three memorable bonus tracks: the B-sides "Lunch Box/Odd Sox," "My Carnival" and "Zoo Gang" (an instrumental theme to the short-lived British TV series)."