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Info 101: Musicbits 74: McCartney to re-issue Wings At the Speed of Sound

A nicely packaged re-issue of this classic album is headed our way on Sept. 23, 2014.
A nicely packaged re-issue of this classic album is headed our way on Sept. 23, 2014.
1976, 2014: MPL Communications/Capitol Records: non-free use of album cover to promote product with no intent to compete with or hinder copyright owner in any way.

"WINGS AT THE SPEED OF SOUND" (1976) MPL Communications, Capitol Records. (Deluxe Edition format; $80, amazon.com, available for pre-order now).

Disc 1: Original LP re-mastered (11 tracks).

Disc 2: "Silly Love Songs (demo)", "She's My Baby (demo)", "Message to Joe", "Beware My Love (John Bonham version)", "Must Do Something About It (Paul's version)", "Let 'Em In (demo)", "Warm and Beautiful (Instrumental demo)".

Disc 3 (DVD): Bonus Film: 1. "Silly Love Songs" video. 2. Wings Over Wembley. 3. Wings in Venice.

At the Speed of Sound was Wing's fifth album, recorded in 1975 during a break in the Wings Over the World tour. While it does contain some very good material ("Beware My Love", "Let 'Em In", "Warm and Beautiful"), it didn't sell as uickly as the previous two. It did end up edging out the Beatles' compilation Rock'n'Roll Music for the number 1 spot on the U.S. charts. It only climbed to number 2 in the U.K.

Part of the strength of the LP was the single Silly Love Songs, a massive hit and the best seller of 1976. However, there are those of us who prefer not to hear this song more than once every ten years or so. It's much too long at 5:53 and quite sickening to a point.

McCartney did include several songs from this album in his playlist, including Beware My Love and Let 'Em In. Keep in mind that McCartney hadn't toured in the U.S. in ten years since he'd done so with the Beatles. Fans were so thrilled to see him in concert that they bought both of these albums, all the singles and anything with his name on it. At that time, his was the most successful rock tour to date.

Local stores and chains will offer good deals on this item but pre-ordering is the most effective way to be guaranteed a copy. It will be released as a 3-disc set contained in a book with new interviews, unpublished photos and memorabilia.