Monday, September 29, 2014

Wings' "Call Me Back Again" - New Video

Call Me Back Again
Call Me Back Again

"Call Me Back Again" is from the 1975 Wings album "Venus and Mars." It is a fine album track, with Beatlesesque harmonies that weren't really appreciated at the time.

Paul is re-releasing the old Wings catalog, and "Venus and Mars" is getting the deluxe treatment. So, this album track, which featured heavily on mid-70s Wings set lists and was on Wings Over America, the classic Wings live album set, gets a brand new music video to accompany the release.

Incidentally, if you watch the video, you may wonder what the numbers mean - and rest assured, they always mean something. MPL is not chary about letting that information out for us plebians to understand, so let's have at it, shall we:
  • GAR 6922 was the McCartney family phone number when Paul was growing up at Forthlin Road [MPL];
  • The "Venus and Mars" release date was May 27, 1975, thus the number 270575.
Please don't call the numbers - Paul doesn't live there anymore.

This is just a fascinating continuing project. Imagine, if you will, a world in which Shakespeare could come back and illustrate a portfolio of his plays for us, or Caruso could return and re-record his best operas. They could say, "Why are you overlooking this one? It has a deeper meaning than any of the others, and here's why. But you've overlooked it!"

That is roughly what is going on here, and you can take that analogy any which way that you want to in your head. This continuing retrospective can't last forever, so enjoying this while it lasts is the key.
The Venus and Mars album cover was a ubiquitous sight in the mid-1970s. The two balls - pool balls - are meant to represent... Venus and Mars.

The video heralds the deluxe treatments that the former Beatle is giving both "Venus and Mars," and the following year's "Wings at the Speed of Sound." The former featured the hit single "Listen to What the Man Said," while the latter contained fan favorites "Silly Love Songs" and "Let 'Em In."

The two-disc deluxe versions, which both came out on 4 November 2014, have been expanded to include demos and previously unreleased tracks, as well as a remastered copy of the original album. The three-disc configuration contains a hardback book with previously unpublished photos, interviews with McCartney, track-by-track info and a bonus DVD with footage from around the time each record was released.


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