Monday, May 20, 2013

Band on the Run Albums

Versions of the "Band on the Run" Album from Around the World

This is a collection of "Band on the Run" albums released in different markets. Back in the day, vinyl was distributed in various formats around the world, depending upon which local label was doing the distribution. Of mere historical curiosity now, the labels actually are pretty fair artwork in and of themselves. This collection shows the global reach of Paul McCartney in the 1970s, with each market alone sufficient to support an artist who does well there.

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Argentina.

"Band on the Run" was released on 5 December 1973 in the United States and 7 December 1973 in the United Kingdom. It came after a period of indifferent performance (by Paul McCartney standards) by Wings on the charts.

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France.

"Band on the Run" was a huge success around the world. It went to No. 1 in the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Norway, Canada, and Australia.

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India.

Unlike most albums of the 1970s, which had their day and that was it, "Band on the Run" remains popular into the 21st Century. A 2010 reissue saw "Band on the Run" return to the charts (not oldies charts, but simply the album charts) of numerous countries including the United States, the UK, Japan, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

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Italy.

All material on "Band on the Run" is credited to Paul and Linda McCartney except "No Words," which is credited to Paul and Denny Laine. Paul did the overwhelming majority of the composing, and Linda was added for obscure financial reasons.

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Japan.

While everyone knows that "Band on the Run" is an absolute classic of the 1970s, few may recall that, at first, it struggled on the charts. It took months for the album to gain momentum, which is completely different than albums today, which usually peak in their debut week. The reason "Band on the Run" surged up the charts after a few months of fairly mediocre performance (for Paul McCartney) is that the singles "Jet" and "Band on the Run" exposed people to the album. Many record buyers were a bit skeptical of McCartney at this point after singles like "Mary Had a Little Lamb," but the radio play erased those doubts.

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Mexico.

"Band on the Run" became the top-selling album of 1974 in Australia and Canada.

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New Zealand.

"Band on the Run" is certified triple-Platinum in the United States,  Platinum in the UK, and Gold in France. It is estimated that "Band on the Run" has sold 6 million copies worldwide.

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Japan.

"Band on the Run" finally hit No.1 in the United States in April 1974, months after its release.

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Korea.

Reviewers generally view "Band on the Run" positively. It regularly appears on "Best Album" lists.

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Korea.

While Paul McCartney basically buries some of his compositions (have you heard "Biker Like an Icon" recently?), that is not the case with "Band on the Run." Songs from the album appear as a cornerstone of all of McCartney's compilations that appear with great regularity.

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Germany.

Subsequent issues of "Band on the Run" have included additional material and with better fidelity. Currently, "Band on the Run" is available with high-resolution 24bit 96 kHz with no dynamic range compression limited and unlimited audio versions of all 18 songs on the remastered album and bonus audio disc. That's a bit better than the scratchy original albums.

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Greece.

"Band on the Run" was available in other formats, too. These included cassettes and 8-track cartridges. In the US, the 8-track tape version divided "Bluebird" in half. The UK 8-track tape version simply rearranged the order of the tracks to avoid splitting up any songs.

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Russia.

"Band on the Run" also is famous for its iconic cover. It featured a posed shot by multiple celebrities of the day who either were close British friends of the McCartneys or who were in  London at the time. This latter group included actor James Coburn, who happened to be in England filming "The Internecine Project."

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South Korea.

Linda McCartney came up with the concept for the cover shoot. It featured the members of Wings (Denny Laine and Linda) alongside talk show host Michael Parkinson, singer Kenny Lynch, actors James Coburn and Christopher Lee, boxer John Conteh, and Member of Parliament Clement Freud. Paul has vaguely stated that the idea of a "band" on the "run" came from a general Zeitgeist at the time in which many songs referred to "desperados" and outlaws and the like.

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