Wings Greatest

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Wings Greatest
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Compilation album by Wings
Released 22 November 1978 (1978-11-22)
Recorded November 1970 – January 1978
Genre Rock
Length 54:28
Label Parlophone (UK)
Capitol (US)
Producer Paul McCartney
Wings chronology
London Town
(1978)London Town1978
Wings Greatest
Back to the Egg
(1979)Back to the Egg1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]
The Essential Rock Discography7/10[3]
Q4/5 stars[5]

Wings Greatest is a 1978 compilation album by Wings and their eighth album as well as Paul McCartney's tenth since leaving the Beatles. It is notable as being the first official retrospective release from McCartney's post-Beatles career. The album was remastered and reissued in 1993, as part of The Paul McCartney Collection, and again in 2018.[6]


The album was compiled after McCartney's decision to leave EMI's American label, Capitol, for a six-year stay with Columbia (United States and Canada only), though he remained with EMI worldwide during his US sabbatical from Capitol. Four of the twelve tracks make their album debut with this compilation: "Another Day", "Junior's Farm", "Hi, Hi, Hi" and "Mull of Kintyre". "Live and Let Die" had previously appeared on the soundtrack album of the same name but did not appear on any previous McCartney albums.

All but two tracks were credited as "Wings" or "Paul McCartney & Wings"; the exceptions being "Another Day" (a non-album single credited to just "Paul McCartney") and "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" (credited to "Paul & Linda McCartney") from their 1971 album Ram.

Despite the fact that McCartney had amassed enough hits by late 1978 to fill a double album of hits, he kept it down to a single disc for commercial reasons.[citation needed] Thus, several songs would be overlooked for Wings Greatest. Indeed, not one song was excerpted from 1975's Venus and Mars, despite "Listen to What the Man Said" being a number 1 US hit. The album was promoted by a TV commercial in the UK, which featured several members of the public (played by actors) singing Wings tunes in public places. At the end a dustman, waiting in his lorry at a set of traffic lights (in Abbey Road), sings to himself an out of tune rendition of "Band on the Run", at which point Paul, Linda and Denny pull up alongside and Paul shouts out "You're a bit flat mate!". The driver leans out his window and says "Funny, I only checked them this morning!"[7]

The Bulgarian pressings of the album did not include the song "Live and Let Die".[8]

Track listing[edit]

Side One
1."Another Day"Paul McCartney, Linda McCartneyPaul McCartney3:42
2."Silly Love Songs"P. McCartney, L. McCartneyWings5:52
3."Live and Let Die"P. McCartney, L. McCartneyPaul McCartney and Wings3:11
4."Junior's Farm"P. McCartney, L. McCartneyPaul McCartney and Wings4:21
5."With a Little Luck"P. McCartneyWings5:45
6."Band on the Run"P. McCartney, L. McCartneyPaul McCartney and Wings5:10
Side Two
7."Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"P. McCartney, L. McCartneyPaul and Linda McCartney4:48
8."Hi, Hi, Hi"P. McCartney, L. McCartneyWings3:07
9."Let 'Em In"P. McCartney, L. McCartneyWings5:09
10."My Love"P. McCartney, L. McCartneyPaul McCartney and Wings4:08
11."Jet"P. McCartney, L. McCartneyPaul McCartney and Wings4:06
12."Mull of Kintyre"P. McCartney, Denny LaineWings4:43


Aubrey Powell and George Hardie of Hipgnosis are credited with the design, as well as Paul and Linda McCartney.[9]

The front of the album cover depicts a chryselephantine (gold and ivory) statuette in the snow. The statuette of Semiramis was created by famed Art Deco sculptor Demetre Chiparus.[10] Having bought it, Linda wanted the flying lady photographed in the snow, so on 14 October 1978 she flew the statuette and photographer Angus Forbes to the Alps, where a snowdrift was created and the photograph was taken from a helicopter.[9]

The rear cover depicts the record covers of the twelve releases, mostly singles, from which each of the Greatest's songs were taken, in columns on either side of the album. In the middle is a photograph of Paul, Linda, and Denny Laine. The original photograph also had Jimmy McCulloch and Joe English, but both members had left the band by the time this greatest hits album was issued and, as a result, were airbrushed out.[citation needed] The background is another scene of the Alps.

The statuette also appears on the inner sleeves of the original vinyl, as well as on the record's labels.[9] It can also be seen on the album cover of Wings' next (and last) studio album, Back to the Egg, in the background, on the mantlepiece.



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