The 1970s was a difficult time to be a former Beatle. Each member of the band had successes but they also had various missteps and setbacks.
It’s hard to imagine the pressure. There was still an expectation to deliver Earth shattering masterpieces but they no longer had three freakishly talented mates to help lighten the load.
Paul McCartney responded by trying to go back to basics. He formed a new band with his wife, hopped in a van and toured the nation’s student unions as if trying to build himself up from nothing again.
To his credit he did manage, once again, to drag his new group to chart success, becoming a stadium rock behemoth in the process. That said, it must be a little easier when you’re already a famous millionaire rockstar.
A rotating cast, together in some form or other for nearly a decade, Wings released seven studio albums. Some of them barely sound like the same band. The rough and ready Wildlife is a world away from the careful arrangements and expensive productions on Venus and Mars. Nor is it a case of different but equal. As we’ll soon discover, some Wings are better than others.
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