Tuesday, September 10, 2019

MACCA - Wild Life (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #4)

For September/October, I'm posting the Macca's complete series of VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection compiled by David1Marx.  These are all @320, converted from original FLAC files.  As noted above, this is not my work, but it doesn't seem to be currently available anywhere. So I plan to post one per day, until the complete series is available again.

Original Notes: In the Summer of 1971, Paul was eager to go back on the road. But in order to do that, he needed a band. He was very happy with the American musicians who had helped him to record Ram, so drummer Denny Seiwell and guitarist Hugh McCracken were natural choices. Although she wasn’t eager to do it, Paul absolutely wanted his wife to join the band.
He sensed a second guitar player was needed, preferably someone who could sing. So, he thought of Denny Laine –someone he knew from way back, when he was the singer of The Moody Blues.
Denny got a phone call on July 17, 1971 and arrived at Paul’s High Park home in Campbeltown, Scotland the next day.
After just a week of rehearsals, they start recording in Abbey Road’s Studio Two… without McCracken, who flew back to New York. As there has
been criticism about the elaborate arrangements on some of the Ram songs, Paul went this time for very spontaneous songs: preferably first takes.

The band is in the studio for just four days. A few weeks later, on September 13, Linda gives birth to Stella. While in hospital Paul thinks of name for his new band: Wings.

CD 1

Tracks 1-10 – Wings debut album Wild Life, released on December 7, 1971 in the U.K. and on December 6, 1971 in the U.S..
The original UK vinyl had only 8 tracks, as two short instrumental tracks (‘Bip Bop Link’ and ‘Mumbo Link’) weren’t mentioned separate, like on the
1993 cd The Paul McCartney Collection remaster.
‘Love Is Strange’ is allegedly the first reggae song recorded by Caucasian
artists. It’s a cover of a song from country singers Mickey and Sylvia,
from 1956. It was planned to be released as a single, in January 1972
backed with ‘I Am Your Singer’. The single didn’t get a release in the
U.K., but in Mexico both songs were put on an EP, together with ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘Mumbo’.
11 - Give Ireland Back to the Irish - recorded on February 1, 1972 in
the SARM West Studios, in Nottinghill, London, with new guitarist Henry
McCullough. It is a protest against the incidents in Londonderry on
January 30,1972, when British soldiers killed 13 unarmed people protesting against the British involvement in Northern Ireland. It is released as Wings debut single, on February 26, 1972.
12 - Give Ireland Back to the Irish (version) - instrumental, released
as the b-side of the above. Paul and Linda were very fond of reggae music, where it was customary to put an instrumental version on the b-side of a single.
13 - Mary Had a Little Lamb – in an effort to write a rock song for children, Paul put a nursery rhyme of nineteenth-century American origin, to music. Basis track recorded in January 1972, with brand new Wings guitarist Henry McCullough on mandolin. Overdubs added in March 1972. Released as the second Wings single, on May 12, 1972, in the U.K. and May 29, 1972 in the U.S..
14 - Little Woman Love – outtake of the Ram sessions, recorded on November 13, 1970, in the Columbia Studios, New York. With overdubs added in January 1971. Released as the b-side of ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’.
15 - Great Cock and Seagull Race – instrumental outtake of the Ram sessions, a.k.a 'Breakfast Blues' or ‘Rooster’. Recorded on February 22, 1971 in New York.
16 - Bip Bop/Hey Diddle/I Am Your Singer – recorded on June 5 or 6, 1971. On one of these days , Paul and Linda performed a few songs for the camera while sitting in the small garden outside their High Park home in Campbeltown, Scotland. The scène is later shown in the documentary Wings Over The World.
17-18 – 1882 – Paul’s solo piano demos for a song later to be recorded by Wings during the Red Rose Speedway sessions. Both demos are recorded in January 1972, during rehearsals with Wings in the Rude Studio.
19-21 - Dear Friend – three demos for a song written in an attempt to help reconcile the differences between him and John. The first two are solo piano demos by Paul, probably recorded in Summer 1970, while the third is recorded in February 1971. The basic track of the version on the Wild Life album is recorded in march 1971, in Los Angeles, during the mixing of the Ram album. The orchestration is added in September 1971.
22 - Complain To The Queen – improvisation, recorded on August 20, 1972, backstage during an interview for Dutch radio, at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

CD 2
After the British college tour, Wings made a second 1972 tour over the
summer of 1972. Paul, his family and band travelled all over Europe in a double decker bus. Between July 9 and August 24, Wings played 26 shows in France, Germany, Sweden, Holland, Denmark, Switzerland, Finland, Norway and Belgium. The last couple of show (The Hague and Antwerp) were recorded professionally, for possible inclusion of live tracks in the next Wings album, Red Rose Speedway.

1-2 - Eat at Home/Smile Away – the opening songs from the Wings show in the Evenementenhal, Groningen, The Netherlands on Augus 19, 1972. Released as a bonus track(s) with the Digital Download Edition of Ram, in May 2012.
3 - Bip Bop – the opening song from the Wings show in Le Pavillon, Montreux, Switserland, on July 22, 1972.
4 – 1882 – recorded live at the Congresgebouw, The Hague, The Netherlands, on August 21, 1972 (the same show where ‘The Mess’ was recorded). This version received a vocal overdub for possible release.
5-9 & 12-14 – the show in Cine Roma, Antwerp, Belgium on August 22, 1972 was also recorded.
The show is bootlegged on titles as Got Any Toothpicks (highlights, with has some bonus tracks from The Hague) and Okay, Good Evening (complete show).
5 - Best Friend – Another message song to John. This live track received multiple overdubs (acoustic guitar and harmonies) and remixes, to be
included on the outtakes album Cold Cuts. At one time it was retitled ‘Why Did You Treat Me So Bad’.
6 - Soily
7 - I Am Your Singer – a duet by Paul and Linda
8 - Seaside Woman – Linda solo
9 - Say You Don't Mind – Denny Laine’s solo spot: a cover of a Colin Blunstone song.
10 - Wild Life - recorded live at the Congresgebouw, The Hague, The Netherlands, on August 21.
11 - Henry's Blue – Henry McCullough’s solo spot: an instrumental blues song. In the official tour program sold at the Europe 1972 concerts, this is marked as ‘Henry’s Blue’ in the list of ‘Songs You May Hear…’.
12 - Give Ireland Back to the Irish
13 - Cottonfields - cover of a Lead Belly song, then in the charts in a Beach Boys version.
14 - My Love – the studio version was recorded but not yet released when played live.
15 - Hi, Hi, Hi – (or ‘High, Hi, High’ as it is titled in the tour program) recorded live in The Hague.
16 - Mary Had a Little Lamb - Alternate mix, with the children's voices in the chorus mixed out. Released in Germany on 7”.
17 - Mary Had a Little Lamb – early mix. The version as recorded in January 1972, before the overdubs were added in march. The backing vocals of McCartney daughters Heather and Mary are not yet included and there are a few overdubs yet to add. There is an extended coda ending that was not included in the single mix.
18 - Great Cock and Seagull Race - Dixon Van Winkle Mix, including overdubs added on December 17, 1971. Meant to be released as the b-side of a ‘Give Ireland Back To The Irish’. Released in May 2012 on the Special Edition of Ram in The Paul McCartney Archive Collection.
19 - Great Cock and Seagull Race – later mix
20 - Bip Bop/Hey Diddle – see CD 1, track 16 – this is a remix/edit, released on Wingspan: Hits and History, on May 7, 2001.

Wild Life (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #4)


25thBeatle said...

Thank you for these VooDoo versions. I have a couple that I got a couple of years ago and always looked for more. Please keep doing what you are doing!

Kees said...

Thank you very much again.

JHI said...

Point of order...'Say you don't mind' ISN'T a cover of a Colin Blunstone song. Denny wrote it and had it out as a rather psychedelic single in 1967, with a bit of a sonic reminiscent of Traffic's 'Hole in my shoe'


Here's the video for it.