The Analog Kid blog has been featuring out-of-print ’80s albums on “The Lost Boys” series for quite a while, and now it’s time for the ’70s to join the party! “Lost In The Flood: Hard-To-Find ’70s Albums” will give you the chance to listen to some great music from the ’70s that can no longer be easily acquired on-line or at your local record store (especially since many of you probably no longer even HAVE a local record store!).

 

Rolling Stone called Wings’ 1979 album Back To The Egg “the sorriest grab bag of dreck in recent memory.” While I agree with the “grab bag” part, the “dreck” reference seems just a tad harsh. Back To The Egg is certainly no Band On The Run, but Paul McCartney and his band sound like they are having a blast on the record. “Spin It On” and “Old Siam, Sir” rock harder than anything McCartney had done in years, and Paul’s voice sounds fantastic on the album. “Getting Closer” was a decent-sized hit in the U.S. (it reached #20 0n the Billboard Hot 100), and “Arrow Through Me” was also a Top 30 hit.

Back To The Egg was Sir Paul’s first album after leaving Capitol for Columbia Records, and his new label likely wasn’t particularly happy with the lack of Top 10 hits on the record. In retrospect, the album might have been better received if Paul had included “Goodnight Tonight,” a stand-alone Top 5 single from earlier in 1979 that was recorded during the Back To The Egg sessions. Paul would appease the Columbia executives in 1980 with the #1 solo smash “Coming Up,” and Wings would forever cease to exist. You can’t argue with the sheer volume of records that Paul sold as a solo artist in the early ’80s after disbanding Wings, but the lack of a true backing band kept him off the road for nine long years.

Back To The Egg has inexplicably been out of print on CD for years now, and copies command top dollar on the reseller market. Hopefully there will be a deluxe reissue of the album in the near future, but until then the Analog Kid hopes you enjoy listening to this “dreck” as much as I do!

Note: check out the bonus tracks for a comprehensive collection of everything Paul released in 1979, including the epic Wings performance from the Concert For The People Of Kampuchea in December of 1979.

 

Back To The Egg

Wings: Back To The Egg

Columbia Records, 1979

 

1. “Reception” (McCartney)

Reception

2. “Getting Closer” (McCartney)

Getting Closer

3. “We’re Open Tonight” (McCartney)

We’re Open Tonight

4. “Spin It On” (McCartney)

Spin It On

5. “Again And Again And Again” (Laine)

Again And Again And Again

6. “Old Siam Sir” (McCartney)

Old Siam, Sir

7. “Arrow Through Me” (McCartney)

Arrow Through Me

8. “Rockestra Theme” (McCartney)

Rockestra Theme

9. “To You” (McCartney)

To You

10. “After The Ball/Million Miles” (McCartney)

After The Ball/Million Miles

11. “Winter Rose/Love Awake” (McCartney)

Winter Rose/Love Awake

12. “The Broadcast” (McCartney)

The Broadcast

13. “So Glad To See You Here” (McCartney)

So Glad To See You Here

14. “Baby’s Request” (McCartney)

Baby’s Request

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Bonus Tracks!

The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.

Band On The Run 2

Paul McCartney & Wings: “Let Me Roll It” (Paul & Linda McCartney)

From the album Band On The Run

Apple Records, 1973

Let Me Roll It

 

Paul McCartney_ Singles & B-Sides 2

Wings: “Goodnight Tonight” [Long Version] (McCartney)

Goodnight Tonight [Long Version]

Wings: “Daytime Nightime Suffering” (McCartney)

Daytime Nightime Suffering

Both taken from the 12″ single Goodnight Tonight

Columbia Records, 1979

 

Paul McCartney_ Singles & B-Sides 3

Paul McCartney: “Wonderful Christmastime” (McCartney)

Wonderful Christmastime

Paul McCartney: “Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reggae” (Marks)

Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reggae

Both taken from the 7″ single Wonderful Christmastime

Columbia Records, 1979

 

goodnight

Wings: “Goodnight Tonight” [Single Version] (McCartney)

Parlophone Records, 1979

Goodnight Tonight

 

Concerts For The People of Kampuchea 3

Paul McCartney & Wings: “Got To Get You Into My Life” (Lennon/McCartney)

Got To Get You Into My Life

Paul McCartney & Wings: “Every Night” (McCartney)

Every Night

Paul McCartney & Wings: “Coming Up” (McCartney)

Coming Up

Rockestra: “Lucille” (Collins/Penniman)

Lucille

Rockestra: “Let It Be” (Lennon/McCartney)

Let It Be

Rockestra: “Rockestra Theme” (McCartney)

Rockestra Theme

Taken from the album Concerts For The People Of Kampuchea

Atlantic Records, 1981

Vinyl rip courtesy of the Analog Kid

 

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3 responses »

  1. UTCz says:

    LOVE Back to the Egg. I remember when it came out, KLOL in Houston used to do midnight “screenings” where they would play a new album all the way through. School had just ended, we lived out in the country. Set up my tent in the front yard with a sleeping bag and a transistor radio, just listening to music all night. Anyway, that night they debuted Back to the Egg, went and bought the tape the next day. Was lucky to get the reissue CD years ago with the extra tracks. Even throwaways like Love Awake and Baby’s Request are little gems of pop greatness. Have virtually everything on here, the Goodnight Tonight 12-inch and 7-inch singles, the Concert for Kampuchea album (that would be a great lost album for the future, Pretenders and the Who kicked ass on that one, Rockpile with Robert Plant, Ian Dury, I love that album).

  2. James P Mac says:

    Thanks for the Concerts For The People Of Kampuchea set, I just just looking for that!

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