Paul McCartney & Wings – Red Rose Speedway (Special Edition) (1973/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:51:06 minutes | 2,32 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Paul McCartney Catalog
Both the public and the press are still getting over Wild Life, the first album that Paul McCartney released with his new group Wings in December 1971. The record was roasted for being very inconsistent… Two years later, Macca released Red Rose Speedway, a piece of work that was considerably more impressive and outgoing to the point that it took him back to the top of the charts, mainly thanks to the single My Love. Like on Wild Life, the singer/bassist is accompanied here by his wife Linda on keyboard, ex Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine and drummer Denny Seiwell. The group is also joined by Henry McCullough, the ex Spooky Tooth guitarist.
Even if certain critics still reproached Paul McCartney for the album being too lightweight, not engaged enough and above all well below the standard of his past compositions, we should appreciate the finesse of some of these melodies and Macca’s ability to write catchy choruses. Once again, the eclecticism of the repertoire is sometimes confusing, making it difficult to consider Red Rose Speedway as a real artistic entity. However, some of these compositions are really touching like Little Lamb Dragonfly and Single Pigeon. This remastered deluxe edition, which includes a number of bonus tracks, is an opportunity to rediscover an extra piece of the big Paul McCartney puzzle. – Marc Zisman