By Stephen Pate – Despite the people issues in trying to keep a group of unequal talents in play, Sir Paul McCartney succeeded with Wings 4th and 5th albums – Venus and Mars and Wings at the Speed of Sound.
Both albums are re-released with remastered sound in Deluxe packages this month.
Along with Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes, it’s an abundance of musical riches for fans.
The original Venus and Mars CD had plenty of hits and familiar songs like “Junior’s Farm“, “Listen to What the Man Said“, “Venus and Mars” and “Rock Show” to keep us happy in 1975.
We were just starting to realize in 1975 that Paul McCartney was fantastically gifted and talented inside and outside The Beatles. I won’t make comparisons with Lennon and Harrison but McCartney did keep up the musical output.
We all love Paul’s singing on ballads and rock songs and I really dig his bass guitar work. Of course Denny Laine on lead guitar was awesome, which comes through the mix in this re-issue.
This reissue pulls out all the stops with personal re-mastering supervision by Paul at Abbey Road Studios which has fabled sound. The remastered sound does the album justice. Everyone is raving about it.
Four versions to consider and collect
- The 2-CD Venus and Mars has 27 songs plus Auto-Rip MP3s in the US and UK for a modest $15.88.
- Venus And Mars (Deluxe Edition) [+digital booklet] costs $12.49 for digital only fans.
- I am tempted by the Venus and Mars (Gatefold Vinyl) at $27.99 which is how we bought the original release in 1975, only back then it was $9 I think.
- But, I fell for the extras in the Venus and Mars (Deluxe Book) packaging with2 CDs, 1 DVD of videos from the recording bound in a 128 page hardback book.
Sir Paul pulls out all the stops to make you feel special with the deluxe package, offering Wings fans materials that are not available otherwise at a reasonable $69 price.
This package and Wings Over America [Deluxe Edition] are very collectible and a treat for fans like myself.
Better in Canada?
You bet things are better in Canada. All three packages cost less!
- Venus & Mars (Remastered 2 CD) is $15.97.
- Venus & Mars (Gatefold) [2 LP Vinyl] is $24.99.
- Venus & Mars (Deluxe Collector’s Edition) [CD + DVD] is $63.73.
We get free shipping in Canada after $25 and no US Exchange to pay. Our Canadian $ is sliding down. Gotta love Amazon.ca who want the Canadian business.
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By Stephen Pate, NJN Network