Friday, March 25, 2016
WINGS AT THE SPEED OF SOUND TURNS 40
The Wings Over America tour in the summer of '76 was much more of a highlight than this uneven LP would prove to be, yet there are a few very strong melodies etched into the grooves here. Today it turns 40. Release the balloons!
"Let Em In" sees a parade of McCartney relatives, the Everly Brothers and even Martin Luther show up on the doorstep. Lyrically silly, the tune is quite strong. Do me a favour, open your brain and let it in.
"The Note You Never Wrote" is perfectly delivered by Denny Laine, though penned by Macca. It is the best cut found on here by a country mile. "Beware My Love" and "Time to Hide" receive honourable mention as they also are easily likeable once lodged in the brain. "Silly Love Songs" has a killer bass line, though suffers from a lack of editing. McCartney gives a nod to Gamble and Huff in the arrangement. Philly soul afficionados will concur.
While not necessarily awful, nothing to write home about. Jimmy McCulloch gets another tribute to stimulants on record ("Wino Junko").
Joe English sings.
Linda does too.
If you find it on vinyl for a few bucks, it is worth the investment.