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12 June 2023
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‘With A Little Luck’ is the ninth song on Wings’s penultimate album London Town. It was the follow-up to their smash hit single ‘Mull Of Kintyre’. See more…

I enjoyed the chords in that, and I know we recorded it on the boat in the Caribbean when we were doing the London Town album. I have good memories of that song and its belief that things will work out. I’m playing the synth solo there. It’s one of my more hopeful little ditties.

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13 June 2023
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Just going through Joe’s Wings posts giving my thoughts, hope yall don’t mind. This is another favorite of mine from Paul’s catalogue. The synth work is understated but it fits really nice and segues out of the intro in a really psychedelic way. While not traditionally psychedelic in a Syd Barret/White Rabbit kind of way, I find the late 70s glossy disco sound to be pretty trippy in certain contexts, something that the Grateful Dead realized as well and implemented beautifully during their late 70s early 80s hot streak.

While Paul doesn’t go full disco on London Town , the driving beat in four, the sweeping synths and the repetitive background vocals are somewhat reminiscent. Of course Paul can do no wrong vocally. His light sweet tenor turns into a powerful rock performance, masterfully blending the vocal styles that he’s so good at. 

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13 June 2023
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The keyboard/synth solo always reminds me of the ‘Thomas The Tank Engine’ theme.

 

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16 June 2023
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Never been a big fan of this song, but hearing it just weeks ago, I noticed for the first time how (Paul’s bass aside) there are no guitars at all, and the synths supply most of the music, so that’s kinda interesting.

Synthesizers that were polyphonic (ie. able to produce sound from more than one key at a time) had only been available since about 1975, so if Paul had wanted to create this same record just a few years earlier, he’d have had no choice but to overdub all the synthesized chords note-by-note.

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16 June 2023
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vonbontee said
Never been a big fan of this song, but hearing it just weeks ago, I noticed for the first time how (Paul’s bass aside) there are no guitars at all, and the synths supply most of the music, so that’s kinda interesting.

Synthesizers that were polyphonic (ie. able to produce sound from more than one key at a time) had only been available since about 1975, so if Paul had wanted to create this same record just a few years earlier, he’d have had no choice but to overdub all the synthesized chords note-by-note.

  

To me, it’s the only actually inspired song on that whole album.

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17 June 2023
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Sea Belt said

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To me, it’s the only actually inspired song on that whole album.

  

I haven’t heard it in years, and very few times total, but your post has induced me to start streaming it now, thanks apple01 

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Von Bontee said

Sea Belt said

vonbontee said

  

To me, it’s the only actually inspired song on that whole album.

  

I haven’t heard it in years, and very few times total, but your post has induced me to start streaming it now, thanks apple01 

  

I don’t know what it is about the inspired songs vs. the uninspired ones.  It’s like the former have melodies that are not just catchy but seem to tap into some Muse that came to Paul; whereas the latter are forced by him when he’s lacking inspiration.  Somehow I feel I can tell the difference…

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17 June 2023
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Good points…it’s like he comes up with a new memorable tune in his head every single week, and only a few of them get worked on enough to become a complete song. 

Another thought I’ve had about “…Luck”: I’d almost guarantee Paul was listening to Stevie Wonder’s “Songs In The Key Of Life” the previous year; it kinda reminds me of the opening track “Love’s In Need Of Love Today” in particular 

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