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2020 Album Draft- Round 12 Pick 8- Compilation- Introgroove selects- Wings- Wings Greatest.

Reviewing my Desert Island list up to this point, I’m surprised that only a couple of the first eleven have a heavy element of personal nostalgia attached to them. Some of my chosen titles go back forty-fifty-plus years, but I didn’t start listening to a few of them until I reached adult age in the early 1990’s. My compilation selection, however, is almost a purely nostalgic one. Not that I don’t listen to Wings anymore, but I’m pretty much a regular release fan as opposed to hits collections these days. And for those occasions when I want to hear a cross section of McCartney’s music, Wingspan eclipsed Wings Greatest in 2001. Actually, 1987’s All the Best! did that before, but I digress. While my older brothers had the individual albums downstairs, Wings Greatest, released in 1978 just before the final Wings album with yet another lineup, was my singular Paul McCartney record for a few years, and I wore it out on my hand-me-down record player as a kid.

Top 10 Paul McCartney and Wings Songs

I have a similar relationship with hits comps almost across the board. When I was young, it was mostly a matter of finance – I had to get the most bang for my (or my mom’s) buck. Hits comps were albums unto themselves. This was true with greatest hits releases by The Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, James Taylor, the Eagles, and others. As I got older and wanted to explore a band or individual artist I was unfamiliar with, compilations were a logical place to start. That’s how I got into Bobs Dylan and Marley, Jethro Tull, Steely Dan, Leonard Cohen, Fairport Convention, and others.

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Looking at the Wings Greatest track listing, it’s still a good album. I don’t care if I ever hear Band on the Run or Jet again – thankfully they’re the first two tracks on the Band on the Run album and I can easily skip them – but I still enjoy the rest of it, even Silly Love Songs and Let ‘Em In. Five of the songs were initially issued as singles: Junior’s Farm, Hi, Hi, Hi, Live & Let Die, Another Day, and Mull of Kintyre, so in a way it almost was a “new” album. And, those are still among my favorite McCartney songs. Paul shows no sign of slowing down, and hopefully the upcoming McCartney III release will produce a few more great ones. As for his back catalog, Wings Greatest represents comfort and familiarity with a simpler time in my life. It’s been years since I owned a copy of this album, but I even culled its tracks from Wingspan into a “Wings Greatest” playlist. Because I’m a nerd like that.

Side One:

  1. Another Day
  2. Silly Love Songs
  3. Live and Let Die
  4. Junior’s Farm
  5. With a Little Luck
  6. Band on the Run

Side Two:

  1. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
  2. Hi, Hi, Hi
  3. Let ‘Em In
  4. My Love
  5. Jet
  6. Mull of Kintyre


  1. A fine album of the best of – I’ll say it – an under-rated band. Wings sold a lot but I think never got much respect because people so readily compared them to the Beatles. I had this one on LP too! Like most of them…now I even quite like “Mull of Kintyre”, I relistened to that last week…in the day I really didn’t like it because of the bagpipes.

    • I think Paul genuinely wanted Wings to be thought of as a band that he happened to be the leader of after he was a part of that “other” band. As much of a control freak as he is, he did allot songs for Denny, Jimmy, and even Linda to sing on those albums. Denny’s songs are some of my favorite Wings tracks. But, of course, it was always going to be Paul’s band for better and for worse.

  2. I had this also Stephen and this is where my source of Wings music came from….until I got Band on the Run later on. Great pick Stephen. The cover always fascinated me.

  3. Dang that is a hella list. Not sure if I’ve heard that last song but love every one of these songs. I agree with Dave, Wings is an under-rated band. Glad McCartney is still going strong. He sets the bar for quality music. Nice choice and write-up for comp album!

  4. I have this kicking around. Enjoyed your piece. These sort of releases were a great bang for the buck. You’d get a good bunch of tunes that would open up doors to the albums. I always perk up on Jr’s Farm. Good choice Groove.

  5. My brother played “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” to death when he was little (as kids are wont to do), so I feel the same way about that as you do “Band on the Run.” I regularly skipped the track when I got this album on vinyl. It remains an excellent compilation in its own right but was most definitely eclipsed by “Wingspan.”

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