“Venus And Mars” by Wings - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1975Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

For this May '75 release the trio was expanded to a quintet featuring Paul McCartney (vocals, bass, guitars, keyboards, piano, percussion), Linda McCartney (keyboards, backing vocals, percussion) and Denny Laine (vocals, guitars, keyboards, percussion) with new recruits Jimmy McCulloch (guitars, vocals, percussion) and Joe English (drums, percussion). The set is comparable with “Band On The Run” in terms of style and quality, the middle-of-the-road fare once again numbing my musical senses, with only the fun electro-pop of “Magneto And Titanium Man” and the soulful blues-rocker “Call Me Back Again” remotely resonating with me. On both of these, Macca seems to be relaxed and enjoying messing around with his vocalisations, the latter almost channeling his inner-Lennon as he gets raspy with it. The album housed three singles: “Listen To What The Man Said” (#6 in the UK and #1 in the US) as well as “Letting Go” and “Venus And Mars”, both of which failed to make the Top 40 in the UK. As with it's predecesor, the album made #1 in both the UK and the US.

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A1 [01:20] 4.0.png Wings - Venus And Mars (Paul McCartney) Songwriter
A2 [05:31] 3.2.png Wings - Rock Show (Paul McCartney) Rock
A3 [03:04] 4.2.png Wings - Love In Song (Paul McCartney) Songwriter
A4 [02:15] 4.4.png Wings - You Gave Me The Answer (Paul McCartney) Crooner / Cabaret
A5 [03:16] 5.3.png Wings - Magneto And Titanium Man (Paul McCartney) Pop
A6 [04:33] 3.6.png Wings - Letting Go (Paul McCartney) Rock
B1 [02:05] 3.8.png Wings - Venus And Mars [reprise] (Paul McCartney) Songwriter
B2 [03:04] 3.6.png Wings - Spirits Of Ancient Egypt (Paul McCartney) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B3 [03:37] 3.7.png Wings - Medicine Jar (Jimmy McCulloch, Colin Allen) Rock
B4 [04:59] 5.5.png Wings - Call Me Back Again (Paul McCartney) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B5 [04:01] 3.3.png Wings - Listen To What The Man Said (Paul McCartney) Pop
B6 [04:21] 2.6.png Wings - Treat Her Gently / Lonely Old People (Paul McCartney) Pop Ballad
B7 [01:00] 2.3.png Wings - Crossroads Theme (Tony Hatch) Soft Rock / A.O.R.

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