The latest in the ongoing reissue series of McCartney discs, which for some reason isn't following a chronological order. This latest is the triple vinyl album that came from the famous Wings Over America tour of 1976, which saw McCartney conquer that country (and Toronto) with the biggest tour of the year. Even though Wings had begun as a little band he could hit the road with, just playing rock and roll tunes to small college audiences, by then he'd seen Band On The Run, Venus & Mars and At The Speed Of Sound become huge hit albums, and this band was the biggest thing since, well, that other band he'd been in.
And don't forget Wings was still considered a band, not a McCartney vehicle. Denny Laine and Jimmy McCulloch get the spotlight too, with lead vocals and solos, and McCartney gets to switch off to piano and acoustic guitar, thanks to their presence. And there's Linda of course, wisely mostly in the background. There's plenty of criticism I could throw at them of course, chiefly how McCartney's lyrical ability had diminished by this point. You don't really want to analyze these songs too much, everything from content to grammar could be atrocious (the infamous "In this ever-changing world in which we live in" from Live And Let Die). He was writing cartoons instead of serious lyrics, quite literally in the case of Magneto And Titanium Man. But they all sounded great. Jet, Let Me Roll It, Letting Go, Beware My Love, these songs rock, especially live. Silly Love Songs, not so much. Too bouncy, it makes it a trifle. But compared to most live recordings, especially the last twenty years, this feels like an event, and is fun to hear. They just knew how to do it better then; Frampton Comes Alive, Elton John 11-17-70, Allman Brothers At The Fillmore East, no matter who your favourites were, the live albums seemed more special then.