Written by: McCartney-Laine
Recorded: August-November 1973
Producer: Paul McCartney
Released: 30 November 1973 (UK), 3 December 1973 (US)
Band On The Run
Denny Laine’s first co-writing credit on a Wings release, No Words was written before the release of Red Rose Speedway but wasn’t recorded until the Band On The Run sessions in the summer of 1973.
I’m kind of an odd-job man in this group. I look on Band On The Run as definitely their album. We’re not a group anymore. I’m one of the three or I’m an individual. If it was Wings, I’d feel more a part of it. But it’s not my songs and I’d like to feel more involved and contribute as much as they do. I did write one of the songs on the album and Paul helped me out with it. I’d like to do more like that.
The basic track was recorded in Lagos, Nigeria, and was completed in September 1973 following Wings’ return to England. The orchestral arrangements were by Tony Visconti, and were recorded at George Martin‘s AIR Studios in London.
No Words featured two of Wings’ road crew, Ian Horne and Trevor Jones, on backing vocals, although their contributions are buried in the mix.
The song was performed by Wings during their final tour in 1979.