On the 50th anniversary of the December 7, 1971 release of Paul McCartney and Wings’ Wildlife, UMe announces the re-release on February 4, 2022 of Wings’ debut LP as a limited edition half-speed mastered vinyl press. Pre-order the 50th anniversary limited edition Wildlife HERE.

Following the eclectic charm and intimacy of 1970s solo McCartney and 1971 indie-pop lo-fi house progenitor RAM credited to Paul and Linda McCartney, Wildlife found Paul redefining his post-Beatles creative identity once again, this time starting his tenure as a founding member of Wings. A frenzied turn to the left compared to its predecessors, Wildlife was recorded in just over a week, with over half of the songs captured in one take. The end result would be eight songs spanning the gamut from merry freewheeling jams to proto-chamber pop to introspective musings – all bristling with raw, jagged energy akin to the grungiest of garage bands – whatever. on the streamlined blues-rock rave-up. from the overture “Mumbo”, a reggae-tinged reinvention of Mickey and Sylvia’s “Love Is Strange”, or the plaintive and heartbreaking ballad “Dear Friend”.

Be part of the top 10 and win gold in the United States, Wildlife faces an admittedly difficult battle as Paul’s first post-Beatles band. In a recent reassessment, Billboard noted that Wildlife listeners “can throw in all that cultural baggage and just enjoy the tunes… by not hitting any obvious Beatles trope, Wings has achieved something fresh and inviting…” And in fact, Wildlife would prove to be the first spark of the Wings phenomenon which would develop and flourish in one of the defining sounds of rock n roll of the 70s. Red Rose Speedway, Band On The Run, Venus and Mars, at the speed of sound through the live opus 3LP Wings over America, and the sold-out shows that provided the model for the ’70s arena rock experience – can all be traced back to the big bang of those first eight months in which Wings would go on to form, come out Wildlife in December 1971 and played their very first concerts in February 1972.

The 50th anniversary edition of Wildlife was cut at half speed at Abbey Road Studios using a high resolution transfer of the 1971 original tapes.


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