Paul McCartney

Album Notes

Released in 1975 as the follow-up to the hugely successful Band on the Run, Venus and Mars went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide. The first of two albums to feature what many (Paul included) refer to as the perfect Wings line-up with Jimmy MucCulloch and Joe English on guitar and drums respectively, it was recorded in New Orleans and Los Angeles. As Paul remembers, "I felt really comfortable with that band. I had written ‘Venus and Mars' songs in Jamaica – we were getting around a bit in those days! – and had the album pretty much mapped out. Even though we didn't use the style of New Orleans on the album, it influenced the way we felt about the music and added to the spirit." In September of '75 the band started a year long worldwide tour in support of the album, playing to over 600,000 people in America alone.

 

Performed by Wings (Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Denny Laine, Jimmy McCulloch, Joe English)
Additional Musicians:
Geoff Britten (Tracks 3, 6, 9): Drums
Allen Toussaint (Track 2): Piano
Tom Scott (Track 11): Saxophone
Dave Mason (Track 11): Guitar
Afro (Track 2): Congas
All tracks composed by McCartney except
Track 9 composed by Jimmy McCulloch / Colin Allen
Track 13 composed by Tony Hatch
Produced by Paul McCartney
Engineered by Alan O'Duffy & Geoff Emerick
All tracks published by MPL Communications Ltd except
Track 14 published by MPL Communications Ltd / ATV Music Ltd

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