Band on the Run is an album by the British rock group Paul McCartney & WingsBand on the Run is considered the best album that Paul McCartney has made after his Beatles-period. It is also often referred to as the best album that was created by one of the Beatles . So Jon Landau described the album in Rolling Stone (issue # 153) as "the finest record yet released by any of the four musicians who were once called The Beatles". "Band on the Run" is also one of the albums with an entry in the book1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. "Fittingly so, as Band on the Run also proved a critical and commercial hit, and one that stands as the singer/songwriter/bass player's finest post-Beatle hour", says Jim Harrington. [1]

The album was recorded in the capital of NigeriaLagos. The Band on the Run 's preparations were hit by bad luck. Just a few weeks before leaving for Lagos decided to leave to Wings guitarist Henry McCullough . One day before departure drummer Denny Seiwell followed his example. As a result, Wings existed when recording Band on the Run Paul McCartney and from a trio and Denny Laine had to virtually all instruments. Paul and Linda McCartney In Lagos were raided and robbed. Also the relationship with local artists Paul McCartney was tense at first because they thought African music would start using it. It was subsequently shown that this was not the case.

Band on the Run was released in december 1973 and got very good reviews. The singles from Band on the Run were "Jet", with b-side "Mamunia" and the title track "Band on the Run" with "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five" as the b-side. Both numbers were a hit. In England ' Band on the Run ' was the best-selling album of 1974.The magazine Q put ' Band on the Run ' at # 75 in the list of the ' 100 Greatest British Albums Ever, "and then click"Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time' stands ' Band on the Run ' on # 418.

The album appeared again on november 1, 2010. It was again remastered in the Abbey Road Studios by the same team that also in 2009 the catalogue of The Beatles has delivered again. That new edition of Band On The Run is the first part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection. Paul McCartney has signed a contract at the new Hear Music record label.


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The Music[Edit]Edit

The theme of Band on the Run is the quest for freedom. It's about the flight for Paul McCartney knew the restrictions as a member of the Beatles and the run from his past as a member of the Beatles. In addition, a part of the theme come from the fact that he during part of the 1970s could travel to the United States not because of ' drug busts ', whereby he got the feeling to be an outlaw.

The title track "Band on the Run" is the most obvious example. It is a typical Paul McCartney number to view the article in the sense that the music is complex yet accessible sounds. "Band on the Run" is a suite that consists of three parts. The song starts sober with a slide guitar and synthesizers, with Paul McCartney singing about his fate as a prisoner. After 1: 20 min is this about to a faster piece in which the phrase If we ever get out of here is central. Paul McCartney Later gives to that that phrase comes from a comment from George Harrison during a meeting of the Beatles with Apple records. The third and last part begins after 2: 05 Min. music explodes and is acquired by acoustic guitars, which should propose the escape and liberation.

The next issue is "Jet" and set the strong line of the title track by. "Jet" is a real rocker, who, like the title track on single appeared. It contains bizarre lyrics but would go about one of the dogs from Paul McCartney, like "Martha My Dear" from the White Album by the Beatles.

"Bluebird" is a resting point on the album. It's a simple acoustic number, which is fine in the hearing. The saxophone solo is a highlight. Also in this issue reverses the theme freedom back when Paul McCartney sings:Fly away through the midnight air/As we head across the sea/And at last we will be free/you're a bluebird...

With "Mrs. Vandebilt" goes the pace up again. The song is especially apparent at the ' Ho Hey Ho ' chorus that stays in your head. The song is about the need for a safe haven if you're on the run. The seemingly innocuous questions What's the use of worrying?/what's the use of hurrying?/what's the use of anything? form a whether or not conscious reference to the work of George Harrison and John Lennon songs in the 1970s heavy texts wrote and who calls himself when very serious names.

"Let Me Roll It" it is an example of the ability of Paul McCartney to every musical style and manage to excel. Examples are "Helter Skelter" (Hard rock), "C Moon" (Reggae), "Obladi-Oblada" (Ska), "Yellow Submarine" (children's song), "" When I'm Sixty-Four (1920s). "Let Me Roll It" is a tribute to the style of John Lennon. Both the way in which Paul McCartney sings as the use of the lead-guitar is a direct reference to the work of John Lennon. The text states that it is indeed a tribute and no irony. That John Lennon that he saw also as evidenced by the fact that the lick from "Let Me Roll It" used in his song "Beef Jerkey" that came out a few months later. The relationship between Paul McCartney and John Lennon improved greatly during this period.

The first track on side 2 of the LP is "Mamunia". "Mamunia" is a quiet, predominantly acoustic number that is about nature and water as source of life. The word "Mamunia" is Arabic for haven. While on holiday inMarrakesh Paul McCartney spent some time in a hotel with that name.

"No Words" was written by Denny Laine and was completed by Paul McCartney and is one of the absolute highlights of Band on the Run, although it does have some resemblance to the Beatles song "If I Needed Someone", written by George Harrison.

"Helen Wheels" is a rocker that only stands on the US pressing of Band on the Run. "Helen Wheels" is a tribute to Paul McCartney's Land Rover , which they had called ' Hell on Wheels '. The song also refers again to the theme of Band on the Run: liberty and flights. The number is in line with earlier songs that were about long car rides that Paul McCartney and his wife Linda McCartney made in the waning days of the Beatles.They consciously tried to get lost here to get away from all the stress. This topic came rather already addressed in "Two of Us" from Let It Be, "You Never Give Me My Money" from Abbey Road and "The Back Seat of My Car" by Ram .

"Picasso's Last Words" arose when actor Dustin Hoffman with the suggestion when Paul McCartney came to be able to write a song about the death of Pablo Picasso. It is a kind of ballad with varying arrangements and interludes with various tools such as a clarinet, violins and a drum machine. The Central phrase Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can't drink any more returns coming back in varying tempos and styles.In addition contains the number short pieces of "Jet" and "Mrs. Vandebilt". The result is amazing. "Picasso's Last Words" is regarded by critics as both by fans as one of the highlights of the work of Paul McCartney.

The last song is the piano rocker "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five". This number is slowly built up to a grand finale. The end of "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five" is about in a short reprise of the title track "Band on the Run".


The cover of the album is striking. Paul McCartney standing, Linda McCartney and Denny Laine plus six other English celebrities on the run, caught in a search light. The 6 English celebrities are: Michael Parkinson(journalist), Kenny Lynch (singer and actor), James Coburn (Hollywood actor), Clement Freud (former member of Parliament and grandchild of Sigmund), Christopher Lee (actor) and John Conteh (Boxer). The photo was taken on 28 October 1973 in Osterley Park in Brentford. It was Later referred to the covers, for example in the video for "Spies Like Us", with Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd) and in the poster for the cartoon 'Madagascar', in which the main characters for a wall in the same pose as the photo of "Band on the Run".

On the back of the cover there is a collection of objects depicted, that has to do with the trip to Nigeria. So to see a schedule of the trip from London to Lagos and back, indicating that the trio flew economy class ' and ' after spending three weeks on september 26, flew back to Gatwick Airport in London. In addition, the numbers on the cover and an acceptance speech to read. The acceptance speech is as follows: "And Paul would like to thank Linda and Linda would love to thank Paul and thanx Denny".

The inner cover of "Band on the Run" leave a black and white picture of the band with the native population. On the other side are the lyrics to the songs.



All songs written by Paul and Linda McCartney, except where noted.

Nr. Title Duration
1. Band on the Run   5: 09
2. Jet   4: 08
3. Bluebird   3: 21
4. Mrs Vandebilt   4: 37
5. Let Me Roll It (Paul McCartney) 4: 47
6. Mamunia   4: 49
7. No Words (Denny Laine & Paul McCartney) 2: 33
8. Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)   5: 50
9. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five   5: 26
Bonus Tracks
Nr. Title Duration
10. Helen Wheels   3: 44
11. Country Dreamer   3: 07 am

Tracklist 2010 remaster[Edit]Edit

1.1 Bonus Audio CD 2010

  1. "Helen Wheels"-3: 44
  2. "Country Dreamer"-3: 08
  3. "Bluebird" (from One Hand Clapping)
  4. "Jet" (from One Hand Clapping)
  5. "Let Me Roll It" (from One Hand Clapping)
  6. "Band on the Run" (from One Hand Clapping)
  7. "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five" ((from One Hand Clapping)
  8. "Country Dreamer" (from One Hand Clapping)
  9. "Zoo Gang"

1.2 Bonus DVD

  1. "Band on the Run" (music video)
  2. "Mamunia" (music video)
  3. Album promo
  4. "Helen Wheels" (music video)
  5. Wings in Lagos
  6. Osterley Park
  7. "One Hand Clapping" (film)

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