Paul McCartney & Wings' "Venus and Mars" and "Speed of Sound" Up Next in Archive Releases

People who buy the superb new Wings Over America reissue will get an advertising card inside that states that Venus and Mars and Speed of Sound are up next in the Paul McCartney archive series.

The Archive Collection series started in 2010 with Band on the Run and was followed by McCartney and McCartney II in 2011, Ram in 2012 and this year's Wings Over America. Each release in the series has come in multiple formats including deluxe versions with archival material.

Venus and Mars and Wings at the Speed of Sound were the two studio albums released right before Wings Over America. Venus (1975) was the first album for McCartney on Capitol since his Beatles days and included two new Wings members, Jimmy McCulloch on guitar and Geoff Britton on drums. Britton would only last through three songs of the recording sessions before being replaced by Joe English. The big single from the album was Listen to What the Man Said (#1 U.S. / #6 U.K.) along with Letting Go (#39 U.S. / #41 U.K.) and Venus and Mars/Rock Show (#12 U.S.).

Wings at the Speed of Sound was released the next year and was recorded during a break in their world tour supporting Venus. McCartney spread the lead vocals around the entire group with Denny Laine taking two, Jimmy McCulloch, Linda McCartney and Joe English each taking one and Paul on the other six. The album spawned two major hits with Silly Love Songs (#1 U.S. / #2 U.K.) and Let 'Em In (#3 U.S. / #2 U.K.).

It's a bit early for announcements of bonus material but fans are hoping for some of the rarer non-album singles like Seaside Woman, Girl's School and Mull of Kintyre.

The future of the Archive Collection remains a question as the sales of the earlier releases has not been consistent. Of the albums between the already released McCartney and McCartney II, no archival releases have been mentioned for Wild Life (1971), Red Rose Speedway (1973), London Town (1978) and Back to the Egg (1979).

1 comment

Chaz Lipp said...

I sure hope the series continues exactly as planned. Not every album needs to be as lavishly packaged as Ram and Over America, but I am hoping for the same general pattern of at least one bonus audio disc and a DVD for every album.

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