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Following his second solo album, Ram, in 1971, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife Linda formed Wings, which was intended to be a full-fledged recording and touring band. Denny Laine, a former guitarist for the Moody Blues, and drummer Denny Seiwell filled out the lineup and Wings released their first album, Wild Life, in December 1971. Wild Life was greeted with poor reviews and was a relative flop. McCartney and Wings, which now featured former Grease Band guitarist Henry McCullough, spent 1972 as a working band, releasing three singles -- the protest tune "Give Ireland Back to the Irish," the reggae-fied "Mary Had a Little Lamb," and the hard-rocking "Hi Hi Hi" -- in England. Red Rose Speedway followed in the spring of 1973, and while it received weak reviews, it became his second American number one album. Later in 1973, Wings embarked on their first British tour, at the conclusion of which McCullough and Seiwell left the band. Prior to their departure, McCartney's theme to the James Bond movie Live and Let Die became a Top Ten hit in the U.S. and U.K. That summer, the remaining Wings proceeded to record a new album in Nigeria. Released late in 1973, Band on the Run was McCartney's best-reviewed album to date and his most successful, spending four weeks at the top of the U.S. charts and eventually going triple platinum. Following the success of Band on the Run, McCartney formed a new version of Wings with guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and drummer Geoff Britton. The new lineup was showcased on the 1974 British single "Junior's Farm" and the 1975 hit album Venus and Mars. Wings at the Speed of Sound followed in 1976, and it was the first Wings record to feature songwriting contributions by the other bandmembers. The album became a monster success on the basis of two McCartney songs, "Silly Love Songs" and "Let 'Em In." Wings supported the album with their first international tour, which broke many attendance records and was captured on the live triple album Wings Over America (1976). After the tour was completed, Wings rested a bit during 1977, as McCartney released an instrumental version of Ram under the name Thrillington and produced Laine's solo album, Holly Days. Later that year, Wings released "Mull of Kintyre," which became the biggest-selling British single of all time (at the time of its release), selling over two million copies. In 1978 Wings followed "Mull of Kintyre" with London Town, which became another platinum record. After its release, McCulloch left the band to join the re-formed Small Faces, and Wings released Back to the Egg in 1979. Though the record went platinum, it failed to produce any big hits. Early in 1980, McCartney was arrested for marijuana possession at the beginning of a Japanese tour; he was imprisoned for ten days and then released, without any charges being pressed. Wings embarked on a British tour in the spring of 1980 before McCartney recorded McCartney II, which was a one-man-band effort like his solo debut. The following year, Laine left Wings because McCartney didn't want to tour in the wake of John Lennon's assassination; in doing so, he effectively broke up Wings, which quietly disbanded as McCartney entered the studio later that year with Beatles producer George Martin to make his 1982 album Tug of War. McCartney revisited Wings in 2001 for the compilation Wingspan, which was accompanied by a television documentary. In 2018, his Paul McCartney Archives Edition series released expanded versions of Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway. The two sets were paired in a limited edition that also featured a bonus disc called Wings Over Europe, which collected highlights from the band's first tour. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Top Tracks

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    Popularity
  2.   Band on the Run
  3.   Live and Let Die
  4.   Jet
  5.   My Love
  6.   Maybe I'm Amazed
  7.   Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
  8.   Bluebird
  9.   Getting Closer
  10.   Let Me Roll It
  11.   Beware My Love
  12.   Magneto and Titanium Man
  13.   London Town
  14.   Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
  15.   Rock Show
  16.   Letting Go
  17.   Medicine Jar
  18.   I've Had Enough
  19.   Give Ireland Back to the Irish
  20.   Venus and Mars
  21.   Arrow Through Me
  22.   Famous Groupies
  23.   Venus and Mars/Rock Show/Jet by Paul McCartney & Wings
  24.   Soily
  25.   Hi, Hi, Hi
  26.   Mamunia
  27.   Wino Junko
  28.   Medley: Hold Me Tight/Lazy Dynamite/Hands of Love/Power Cut by Paul McCartney & Wings
  29.   Jazz Street
  30.   Cafe on the Left Bank
  31.   Big Barn Bed by Paul McCartney & Wings
  32.   Love in Song
  33.   Some People Never Know by Paul McCartney & Wings
  34.   Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney
  35.   Name and Address
  36.   Call Me Back Again
  37.   Backwards Traveller
  38.   Warm and Beautiful
  39.   Thank You Darling
  40.   Deliver Your Children
  41.   Baby Face
  42.   Treat Her Gently/Lonely Old People
  43.   You Gave Me the Answer
  44.   African Yeah Yeah
  45.   Give Ireland Back to the Irish by Paul McCartney & Wings
  46.   The Great Cock and Seagull Race
  47.   Indeed I Do
  48.   Outtake II
  49.   I Am Your Singer featuring Linda McCartney
  50.   She Got It Good
  51.   Good Rockin' Tonight
  52.   Dear Friend by Paul McCartney & Wings
  53.   Bip Bop Link by Paul McCartney & Wings
  54.   I Am Your Singer by Paul McCartney & Wings
  55.   Love Is Strange by Paul McCartney & Wings
  56.   Bip Bop by Paul McCartney & Wings
  57.   1882
  58.   Best Friend
  59.   Night Out
  60.   I Lie Around by Paul McCartney & Wings
  61.   Live and Let Die by Paul McCartney & Wings
  62.   Mary Had a Little Lamb by Paul McCartney & Wings
  63.   Little Lamb Dragonfly by Paul McCartney & Wings
  64.   4th of July
  65.   Let's Love
  66.   Hey Diddle
  67.   Going To New Orleans (My Carnival) featuring Denny Laine
  68.   The Mess
  69.   Mary Had a Little Lamb
  70.   Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)
  71.   Dear Friend
  72.   Some People Never Know
  73.   San Ferry Anne
  74.   Must Do Something About It
  75.   Cook of the House
  76.   She's My Baby
  77.   Crossroads
  78.   Morse Moose and the Grey Goose
  79.   Children Children
  80.   Spirits of Ancient Egypt
  81.   Crossroads Theme by Paul McCartney & Wings
  82.   Lunch Box/Odd Sox
  83.   My Carnival
  84.   Venus And Mars / Rock Show / Jet
  85.   Richard Cory
  86.   Go Now
  87.   Time to Hide
  88.   My Love by Paul McCartney & Wings
  89.   Outtake I
  90.   Hey Diddle featuring Linda McCartney
  91.   Little Woman Love
  92.   Wild Life by Paul McCartney & Wings
  93.   Bip Bop featuring Linda McCartney
  94.   Love Is Strange
  95.   When the Night by Paul McCartney & Wings
  96.   Blackbird
  97.   Winter Rose/Love Awake
  98.   Reception
  99.   Walking in the Park with Eloise
  100.   I Would Only Smile
  101.   Mama's Little Girl by Paul McCartney & Wings
  102.   Country Dreamer by Paul McCartney & Wings
  103.   C Moon
  104.   Loup (1st Indian on the Moon) by Paul McCartney & Wings
  105.   One More Kiss by Paul McCartney & Wings
  106.   Get on the Right Thing by Paul McCartney & Wings
  107.   Krishno
  108.   No Words
  109.   Message to Joe
  110.   To You
  111.   Tomorrow by Paul McCartney & Wings
  112.   Little Woman Love by Paul McCartney & Wings
  113.   Baby's Request
  114.   Old Siam, Sir
  115.   The Broadcast
  116.   Seaside Woman
  117.   So Glad to See You Here
  118.   We're Open Tonight
  119.   The Note You Never Wrote
  120.   Spin It On
  121.   Sally G
  122.   I Am Your Singer
  123.   After the Ball/Million Miles
  124.   Again and Again and Again
  125.   Bridge on the River Suite featuring Denny Laine
  126.   Single Pigeon by Paul McCartney & Wings
  127.   Tui
  128.   Juddho
  129.   Gobhir Raate
  130.   Mumbo by Paul McCartney & Wings
  131.   Majhi
  132.   Amar Valobasa
  133.   When the Wind Is Blowing
  134.   Tragedy
  135.   Oh Chaad
  136.   Korobi
  137.   Cuff Link
  138.   Addt Tone Extended
  139.   Bip Bop
  140.   Kissing You so Hard
  141.   Mumbo Link by Paul McCartney & Wings
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