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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.   Bluebird
  8.   Getting Closer
  9.   Let Me Roll It
  10.   Beware My Love
  11.   London Town
  12.   Magneto and Titanium Man
  13.   Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey featuring Linda McCartney
  14.   Letting Go
  15.   Medicine Jar
  16.   Venus and Mars
  17.   Venus and Mars/Rock Show/Jet by Paul McCartney & Wings
  18.   Famous Groupies
  19.   Arrow Through Me
  20.   Give Ireland Back to the Irish
  21.   Rock Show
  22.   I've Had Enough
  23.   Love in Song
  24.   No Words
  25.   Mamunia
  26.   Let's Love
  27.   Warm and Beautiful
  28.   Must Do Something About It
  29.   Wino Junko
  30.   Treat Her Gently/Lonely Old People
  31.   Call Me Back Again
  32.   Name and Address
  33.   Children Children
  34.   Spirits of Ancient Egypt
  35.   Amar Valobasa
  36.   Going To New Orleans (My Carnival) featuring Denny Laine
  37.   Message to Joe
  38.   Spin It On
  39.   Old Siam, Sir
  40.   Sally G featuring Denny Laine
  41.   Crossroads
  42.   Time to Hide
  43.   We're Open Tonight
  44.   Backwards Traveller
  45.   Mary Had a Little Lamb
  46.   San Ferry Anne
  47.   Lunch Box/Odd Sox
  48.   4th of July
  49.   Hey Diddle featuring Denny Seiwell
  50.   Little Woman Love
  51.   Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney
  52.   Cook of the House
  53.   She's My Baby
  54.   The Note You Never Wrote
  55.   Morse Moose and the Grey Goose
  56.   Cuff Link
  57.   My Carnival
  58.   Bridge on the River Suite featuring Denny Laine
  59.   Deliver Your Children
  60.   Again and Again and Again
  61.   After the Ball/Million Miles
  62.   Crossroads Theme by Paul McCartney & Wings
  63.   You Gave Me the Answer
  64.   Kissing You so Hard
  65.   Oh Chaad
  66.   Majhi
  67.   Krishno
  68.   Juddho
  69.   Gobhir Raate
  70.   Addt Tone Extended
  71.   Baby Face
  72.   Baby's Request
  73.   Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)
  74.   To You
  75.   Reception
  76.   Winter Rose/Love Awake
  77.   Tui
  78.   Cafe on the Left Bank
  79.   Korobi
  80.   Walking in the Park with Eloise featuring Denny Laine
  81.   The Broadcast
  82.   So Glad to See You Here
  83.   Venus And Mars / Rock Show / Jet by Paul McCartney
  84.   Richard Cory by Paul McCartney
  85.   Go Now by Paul McCartney
  86.   Blackbird