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Following his second solo album, Ram, in 1971, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda, formed Wings, which was intended to be a full-fledged recording and touring band. Denny Laine, a former guitarist for the Moody Blues, and drummer Denny Seiwell filled out the lineup and Wings released their first album, Wild Life, in December 1971. Wild Life was greeted with poor reviews and was a relative flop. McCartney and Wings, which now featured former Grease Band guitarist Henry McCullough, spent 1972 as a working band, releasing three singles -- the protest tune "Give Ireland Back to the Irish," the reggae-fied "Mary Had a Little Lamb," and the hard-rocking "Hi Hi Hi" -- in England. Red Rose Speedway followed in the spring of 1973, and while it received weak reviews, it became his second American number one album. Later in 1973, Wings embarked on their first British tour, at the conclusion of which McCullough and Seiwell left the band. Prior to their departure, McCartney's theme to the James Bond movie Live and Let Die became a Top Ten hit in the U.S. and U.K. That summer, the remaining Wings proceeded to record a new album in Nigeria. Released late in 1973, Band on the Run was McCartney's best-reviewed album to date and his most successful, spending four weeks at the top of the U.S. charts and eventually going triple platinum. Following the success of Band on the Run, McCartney formed a new version of Wings with guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and drummer Geoff Britton. The new lineup was showcased on the 1974 British single "Junior's Farm" and the 1975 hit album Venus and Mars. Wings at the Speed of Sound followed in 1976, and it was the first Wings record to feature songwriting contributions by the other bandmembers. The album became a monster success on the basis of two McCartney songs, "Silly Love Songs" and "Let 'Em In." Wings supported the album with their first international tour, which broke many attendance records and was captured on the live triple album Wings Over America (1976). After the tour was completed, Wings rested a bit during 1977, as McCartney released an instrumental version of Ram under the name Thrillington and produced Laine's solo album, Holly Days. Later that year, Wings released "Mull of Kintyre," which became the biggest-selling British single of all time (at the time of its release), selling over two million copies. In 1978 Wings followed "Mull of Kintyre" with London Town, which became another platinum record. After its release, McCulloch left the band to join the re-formed Small Faces, and Wings released Back to the Egg in 1979. Though the record went platinum, it failed to produce any big hits. Early in 1980, McCartney was arrested for marijuana possession at the beginning of a Japanese tour; he was imprisoned for ten days and then released, without any charges being pressed. Wings embarked on a British tour in the spring of 1980 before McCartney recorded McCartney II, which was a one-man-band effort like his solo debut. The following year, Laine left Wings because McCartney didn't want to tour in the wake of John Lennon's assassination; in doing so, he effectively broke up Wings, which quietly disbanded as McCartney entered the studio later that year with Beatles producer George Martin to make his 1982 album Tug of War. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1.   Song
  2.   Band on the Run
  3.   Live and Let Die
  4.   Jet
  5.   Soily featuring Denny Laine
  6.   My Love
  7.   Getting Closer
  8.   Let Me Roll It
  9.   Beware My Love
  10.   Magneto and Titanium Man
  11.   Bluebird
  12.   London Town
  13.   Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
  14.   Rock Show
  15.   Letting Go
  16.   Famous Groupies
  17.   Venus and Mars/Rock Show/Jet by Paul McCartney & Wings
  18.   Medicine Jar
  19.   Venus and Mars
  20.   Give Ireland Back to the Irish
  21.   I've Had Enough
  22.   Arrow Through Me
  23.   Love in Song
  24.   Call Me Back Again
  25.   Baby's Request
  26.   Must Do Something About It
  27.   Time to Hide
  28.   Morse Moose and the Grey Goose
  29.   Baby Face
  30.   Hey Diddle featuring Denny Seiwell
  31.   Again and Again and Again
  32.   Mary Had a Little Lamb
  33.   We're Open Tonight
  34.   Bridge on the River Suite featuring Denny Laine
  35.   Walking in the Park with Eloise featuring Denny Laine
  36.   Warm and Beautiful
  37.   San Ferry Anne
  38.   Cook of the House
  39.   Wino Junko
  40.   She's My Baby
  41.   After the Ball/Million Miles
  42.   Spirits of Ancient Egypt
  43.   Tui
  44.   Oh Chaad
  45.   Majhi
  46.   Krishno
  47.   Korobi
  48.   Juddho
  49.   Amar Valobasa
  50.   Addt Tone Extended
  51.   Mamunia
  52.   Let's Love
  53.   Going To New Orleans (My Carnival) featuring Denny Laine
  54.   Message to Joe
  55.   Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)
  56.   Winter Rose/Love Awake
  57.   The Broadcast
  58.   Spin It On
  59.   Reception
  60.   Old Siam, Sir
  61.   Sally G featuring Denny Laine
  62.   Wonderful Christmastime
  63.   Crossroads
  64.   Cafe on the Left Bank
  65.   Name and Address
  66.   Children Children
  67.   Cuff Link
  68.   My Carnival
  69.   Lunch Box/Odd Sox
  70.   Crossroads Theme by Paul McCartney & Wings
  71.   Treat Her Gently/Lonely Old People
  72.   Gobhir Raate
  73.   No Words
  74.   Kissing You so Hard
  75.   Deliver Your Children
  76.   Backwards Traveller
  77.   You Gave Me the Answer
  78.   So Glad to See You Here
  79.   4th of July
  80.   The Note You Never Wrote
  81.   Little Woman Love
  82.   To You
  83.   Venus And Mars / Rock Show / Jet by Paul McCartney
  84.   Richard Cory by Paul McCartney
  85.   Go Now by Paul McCartney
  86.   Blackbird