While LP walking one night against advice, McCartney and Linda were robbed at knifepoint. The assailants made away with all of their valuables and even stole a bag containing a notebook full of handwritten lyrics and songs, and cassettes containing demos for songs to be recorded. According to Emerick: "Within seconds, [McCartney] turned as white as a sheet, explaining to us in a croaking voice that he couldn't catch his breath. We decided to take him outside for some fresh air Linda began screaming hysterically; she was convinced that he was having a heart attack The official diagnosis was that he had suffered a bronchial spasm brought on by too much smoking.
Kuti went to the studio to confront McCartney, who played their songs for him to show that they contained no local influence. McCartney agreed to go there for one day. Recording for the majority of the album's basic tracks, together with initial overdubbing, was completed after six weeks in Nigeria. In October, two weeks after the band's return to London, work began at George Martin 's AIR Studios on transferring many of the eight-track recordings to sixteen-track.
Visconti said that the arrangements were collaborations with McCartney, and was surprised he was not correctly credited for his work until the 25th anniversary reissue. Vanderbilt "  and " Jet ", and would go on to become Wings' regular horn player. McCartney agreed, although it was never his intention to include the track. Early versions of the Capitol release fail to list "Helen Wheels" on the label or the CD insert, making the song a " hidden track ". The album cover photograph was taken at Osterley Parkwest London, on 28 October by photographer Clive Arrowsmith.
The spotlight's low potency meant everyone had to stand still for two seconds for proper exposureAlbum) was made difficult by the photographer and subjects reportedly being in a "substance haze" following a party held by McCartney, making it harder for them to hold the pose.
The golden hue of the picture is due to Arrowsmith using a regular daytime film instead of a Tungsten filmwhich would be better suited for night-time photographs. Upon release, Band on the Run received mostly favourable reviews. Author Robert Rodriguez writes that, after the disappointment of McCartney's previous work since the Beatles, "It was exactly the record fans and critics had long hoped he would make …" .
In a combined review for Starr's concurrently released Ringo album, Charles Shaar Murray of the NME wrote: "The ex-Beatle least likely to re-establish his credibility and lead the field has pulled it off with a positive master-stroke of an album entitled Band On The Run. If anybody ever puts down McCartney in your presence, bust him in the snoot and play him this. He will thank you for it afterwards.
Writing in The New York TimesLoraine Alterman considered the album to be "bursting with a great deal of compelling music even if the lyrics at times make as much sense as that cover photo" and admired the "fascinating range of sounds" offered in the title track, as well as the "lovely, romantic aura" of "Bluebird". While noting the importance of studio production on the overall effect, Alterman wrote: "McCartney has managed to make the complexities of multi-track recording sound as natural and fresh as tomorrow.
Village Voice critic Robert Christgau wrote in "I originally underrated what many consider McCartney's definitive post-Beatles statement, but not as much as its admirers overrate it. Pop masterpiece?
The commercial reception was unspectacular initially, with the record-buying public wary after Wings' preceding releases. Although McCartney had been reluctant to issue album tracks as singles,  the public's apparent lack of interest in Band on the Run led to him ceding to the recommendations of Capitol's head of marketing, Al Coury who had similarly pushed for the inclusion of "Helen Wheels".
McCartney therefore authorised single edits for the two new A-sides. During that time, its chart performance similarly reflected the popularity of the two singles, with the album spending three weeks at number 2 in April, and six weeks at number 1 throughout August and the first week of September. The album topped the Billboard chart on three separate occasions during and was the top selling album of that year in Australia  and Canada. Band on the Run was eventually certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America ; it would go on to sell 6 million copies worldwide  and become EMI's top selling album of the s in the UK.
Init was released on 5. In Maythe album was made available through the iTunes Store. InBand on the Run: 25th Anniversary Editiona special extended edition of the album, was released to coincide with twenty-five years after the album began to take off in March after a slow start.
The package includes an extra disc of live renditions of songs throughout the years, as well as brief new renditions by McCartney. Spoken testimonials are also included from McCartney himself, late wife Linda to whom this retrospective release is dedicatedLaine, Dustin Hoffman the inspiration behind "Picasso's Last Words"and the celebrity faces on the cover, including James Coburn, who was in Britain at the time filming The Internecine Projectand Christopher Lee.
All songs written by Paul and Linda McCartneyexcept where noted. This disc contains an audio documentary of the album, originally released in as Disc 2 of the 25th Anniversary Edition reissue. Download only Pre-order bonus tracks on paulmccartney. According to Bruce Spizer : . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the title song from the album, see Band on the Run song, Album). Album by Paul McCartney and Wings. Paul McCartney and Wings. Paul thought, 'I've got to do it, either I give up and cut my throat or [I] get my magic back.
It's a collection of songs and the basic idea about the band on the run is a kind of prison escape. At the beginning of the album, the guy is stuck inside four walls and breaks out. There is a thread, but not a concept. Supplementary discs Special and Deluxe editions. Perone 17 October Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 August Rolling Stone Archived from the original on 2 June Retrieved 13 June Posted on 21 January International Business Times.
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