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"Band on the Run": Moog or ARP?
10 Posts
10 July 2011 - 2.24am

Is it true that Linda McCartney used the Minimoog (D) on all songs on the 1973 album Band On The Run that called for a synthesizer line, including the title track, "Jet" and the (initially stand-alone) "Helen Wheels"?


Some people think the synth solos on the title song may instead be that of the ARP Pro/DGX synthesizer. I know in the "Helen Wheels" promo video Linda is clearly seen playing a Minimoog.


I also want to bring this up as to say how to tune your Minimoog to get the sound used for the song "Band On The Run." There is a video on YouTube of a Moog demo, but the synth used there is a Moog Rogue.


Thank you,


Benjamin "Ben" Edge (ClassicTVMan1981X)

119 Posts
10 July 2011 - 2.32am

This will probably be no help to you whatsoever with the question you asked, but welcome to the forum!!  I'm Jello/Jill and I am not smart with equipment like you obviously area-hard-days-night-george-10 

George says hey too:

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maybe try searching on Google "Minimoog Band On The Run synthesizer"?? 

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6429 Posts
10 July 2011 - 2.35am

I'd leave a comment on Joe's article on either Band On The Run (album page, not song) or Jet.

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10 Posts
10 July 2011 - 2.37am

I've done that time and again, to no avail. My suggestion is to ask Sir Paul himself. I wonder how many of you are/were lucky enough to have asked our Sir Paul about the synthesizer in this song?


I know in the Wingspan book, there is a paragraph on page 45, covering the year of 1972, which Sir Paul says of his late wife's musicianship:


"The critics would say, 'She's not really playing' or 'Look at her - she's playing with one finger.' But what they didn't know was that she was playing a thing called the Mini-Moog (sic), which could only be played with one finger. It was monophonic. You can use as many fingers as you want but there's only one of them going to work. She rode through all those storms; it didn't really bother her."


Von Bontee
A Hole In The Road
2829 Posts
27 February 2014 - 12.57am

Years late on this, but it sounds more like a Minimoog than an ARP Pro-Soloist to me. (Couldn't have been a Pro-DGX, which was apparently an updated Soloist I never heard of until now - they weren't manufactured until '77.) And Paul claims it was a Mini, and I believe Linda is seen playing a Mini in "Rockshow" as well as in that promo video, so I'd say the evidence is pretty much in favour of the Moog.

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