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Wings '72, an alternate debut
11 January 2023
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Side One:

1. Soily

2. Hi Hi Hi

3. Get On The Right Thing

4. 1882

5. The Mess

 

Side Two:

1. Best Friend

2. Henry’s Blues

3. I Would Only Smile

4. Night Out

5. Mumbo

 

My alternate debut for Wings. Thoughts? What would you have liked to see?

Some notes

– Soily would be the first “One Hand Clapping” version with the count-in which mirrors the the count-in from I Saw Her Standing There

– Mumbo with the lyrics Paul eventually wrote, as heard on recordings from their ’72 tour

– I imagine Give Ireland Back to the Irish as their debut single, followed-up with Hi Hi Hi / The Mess. I imagine having their first two singles banned for being political and then for overt drug references would have given Wings some street cred in the seventies. Maybe a bit more than Mary Had a Little Lamb…

– Follow this album up with a Live And Let Die single, and then Band On The Run ? Wings would be on a killer hot streak.

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@Wigwam_1 

I never heard Soily before (that shows you what kind of a McCartney fan I am, basically up to Venus And Mars , but only like three songs from the album, and my first impression of the rest of the songs I didn’t like them so I just never listened to them again for years until just now). I still don’t like Soily per se. It’s not a song I would want to put on again and listen to for my enjoyment, but I do like one part of it which I think is inspired, shows McCartney’s artistic gift, and that’s the second time he sings the word “Soily” each time, the way he dips down and up again.

I never knew that McCartney wrote lyrics to Mumbo. Now that’s a song I really like a lot, but to me the magic of that song is that it’s all just scat singing, he’s just singing nonsense syllables, which is so cool. Of course they do that a lot in jazz, but I’ve never heard of a rock song employing that device. But anyway I’d be interested to see what lyrics he put to it.

Now today I find, you have changed your mind

12 January 2023
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@Sea Belt 

Venus And Mars grew on me quite a bit over the years, although on first listen I only liking a few tunes myself. All the songs I listed above date back to 1972 or earlier. Soily’s main claim to fame is being the encore album-closer to Wings Over America . The live version is fantastic, but I’ve come to prefer the various studio takes that have surfaced over the years.

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