Released in 1978 after London Town gave McCartney another huge hit, Wings Greatest rounds up McCartney's greatest hits from 1971 to 1978 -- which means it skips "Maybe I'm Amazed" but touches on Ram. The main strength of this collection is that it contains many hits that never appeared on any album, and these are among McCartney's very best non-Beatle singles: the eccentric domesticity of "Another Day," the choogling rocker "Junior's Farm," the Bond anthem "Live and Let Die," the piledriving "Hi Hi Hi," and "Mull of Kintyre," a Scottish-styled folk ballad that was his biggest hit in England. And yes, it's fair to peg these as McCartney successes, since some of them were billed as McCartney, not Wings, and as such, this record is a great overview of McCartney's first decade of solo recording, containing many of his very best solo tunes. One consumer warning: Much of this overlaps with 1988's All the Best (both the U.S. and U.K. editions), which is more comprehensive for the listener looking for a more complete retrospective.
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WINGS GREATEST is Paul McCartney quite simply at the peak of his form: melodic, subversive, freely-associative, punful lyrically and vocally peerless. “Another Day” is breathtakingly recorded (as is the whole album), and opens up things in grand fashion indeed. All the hits are here folks “Live and Let Die”, “Mull of Kintyre”, “Jet” and the surreal George Martin influenced Beatles pastiche “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey.” Mr. McCartney has always had the uncanny ability to compose songs that sink deep into the recesses of ones subconscious only to bubble back to the surface at unexpected moments. The music on display here is no exception. The most addicting melodies and unforgettable words remain with the listener long after the needle has left the inner groove. The entire record is a marvel to behold. There are beautiful and intricate harmonies, the like of which Paul hasn’t pulled off this well since his days with that other group form Liverpool. Anything is possible for Paul McCartney and to my mind this LP is evidence to the fact that he is still unsurpassed.