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Band on the Run [Remastered/Bonus Disc]

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Review

The consensus of critics, as well as cold hard sales figures, says that Band on the Run was Paul McCartney's most successful solo album -- and so, shortly after the 25th anniversary of its release, Band on the Run got the deluxe boxed treatment. The original album itself was remastered yet again, the sound improved only slightly over previous versions, and the track order made to follow that of the U.S. release (the British version does not include "Helen Wheels"). The real attraction of this box, though, is the second disc, a radio-style program containing interviews with Paul, Linda Mac, Wings member Denny Laine, and other contributors, plus demos, rehearsals, assorted outtakes, and edited portions from the original album. The documentary makes it clear that not only was Band on the Run an artistic triumph over very trying conditions -- the defection of two-fifths of Wings and the whimsical decision to record in the primitive, sometimes dangerous conditions of Lagos, Nigeria -- it was a marketing triumph as well. Capitol promotion man Al Coury tells how he spotted the hitmaking potential of "Jet," the album's second single and the one that really launched it into chart orbit. A lot of attention, perhaps too much, is also paid to the making of the album's cover photo, elevating it to the level of the cover art of Sgt. Pepper's and Abbey Road. Interestingly, Laine gets one fact wrong on the interview disc -- they played "Picasso's Last Words," not "Mamunia," in Ginger Baker's Lagos studio -- which Mark Lewisohn's authoritative liner notes make clear. You also get a reproduction of the poster that came with the LP. All of this comes at a two-CDs-for-the-price-of-one deal -- which should be downright irresistible for those who haven't replaced their original LPs. ~ Richard S. Ginell
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Band on the Run Paul McCartney & Wings 5:10
  3. 2 Jet Paul McCartney 4:5
  4. 3 Bluebird Paul McCartney & Wings 3:24
  5. 4 Mrs. Vandebilt Paul McCartney 4:41
  6. 5 Let Me Roll It Paul McCartney 4:50
  7. 6 Mamunia Paul McCartney 4:50
  8. 7 No Words Paul McCartney 2:34
  9. 8 Helen Wheels Paul McCartney & Wings 3:47
  10. 9 Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me) Paul McCartney 5:49
  11. 10 Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five Paul McCartney 5:29
  12. 1 Dialogue Intro/Band on the Run [Nicely Toasted Mix] Paul McCartney 1:11
  13. 2 Band on the Run /Dialogue Link I Paul McCartney 2:17
  14. 3 Band on the Run [Barn Rehearsal] Paul McCartney 4:59
  15. 4 Dialogue Link 2/Mamunia /Dialogue/Mamunia /Dia ... Paul McCartney 4:23
  16. 5 Bluebird Paul McCartney & Wings 0:55
  17. 6 Bluebird /Dialogue Link 4 Paul McCartney 0:23
  18. 7 Dialogue Link 5/No Words /Dialogue Paul McCartney 1:24
  19. 8 No Words /Dialogue Link 6/Dialogue/Dialogue/Band on the ... Paul McCartney 1:47
  20. 9 Jet /Dialogue Link 7/Jet /Dialogue Paul McCartney 2:55
  21. 10 Jet [Berlin Soundcheck] Paul McCartney 3:52
  22. 11 Dialogue Link 8/Dialogue Paul McCartney 1:44
  23. 12 Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five /Dialogue Link 9/Dialogue Paul McCartney 3:24
  24. 13 Mrs. Vandebilt /Dialogue Link 11/Dialogue Paul McCartney 2:11
  25. 14 Let Me Roll It /Dialogue Link 12 [Cardington Rehearsal] Paul McCartney 3:52
  26. 15 Dialogue Link 13/Mrs. Vandebilt/Dialogue/Dialogue/Dialogue Paul McCartney 2:26
  27. 16 Helen Wheels /Dialogue Link 14/Dialogue [Crazed Mix] Paul McCartney 5:32
  28. 17 Band on the Run /Dialogue Link 15/Dialogue [Strum Bit] Paul McCartney 1:1
  29. 18 Picasso's Last Words /Dialogue Link 16/Dialogue Paul McCartney 4:22
  30. 19 Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me) [Acoustic Version] Paul McCartney 1:11
  31. 20 Band on the Run /Dialogue Link 17 [Nicely Toasted Mix] Paul McCartney 0:41
  32. 21 Band on the Run [Northern Comic Version] Paul McCartney 0:36

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