Spin #10 : Wings : At the Speed Of Sound

Updated: Jul 7

Band Members on record : Paul McCartney - (vocals, bass, acoustic, electric guitars, double bass and keyboards), Linda McCartney - (vocals and keyboards), Denny Laine - (vocals, guitars, piano and harmonica), Jimmy McCulloch - (vocals, guitars), Joe English - (vocals, drums/percussion).


Wings : At the Speed of Sound Year Released : 1976 Produced by Paul McCartney Label: Capitol Records / EMI Price Range: $20-30AUD Speed: 33 1/3RPM Album Before : Venus and Mars (1975) Album After : London Town (1978) Further Listening : Wings Over America Live album (1976) LP : 1 x Black LP Mood for enjoying: Bit of a mish mash record that has something for everyone. I like the ballads, the fun stuff and the sad ones. Kick back late at night and spin this one to sing along with. Could be a healing record and you don't know it yet. Track Listing:

LP Side A

Let 'Em In - 5:11

The Note You Never Wrote - 4:20

She's My Baby - 3:08

Beware My Love - 6:28

Wino Junko - 5:21

Side B Silly Love Songs - 5:54

Cook Of The House - 2:39

Time To Hide - 4:32

Must Do Something About It - 3:43

San Ferry Anne - 2:07

Warm and Beautiful - 3:15

What's in the Sleeve ? Slipcase with photographs of the band and a sketch of the 'Speed of Sound' bar with Wings playing a live show. Poly bag to keep record protected from the paper. Photographs of band pulling silly faces /different faces on back cover.

"You'd think that people would've had enough of silly love songs. I look around me, and I see it isn't so. Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs. And what's wrong with that? I'd like to know, 'cause here I go again" ~ Silly Love Songs - Side B

Welcome to Spin #10- Wings : At The Speed Of Sound

Welcome to R'nR With Rylo everyone and I hope that you have all been well this week. We hope that the Easter Bunny has been kind to you and your family and you haven't gorged yourself too much on chocolate.


I chose this record for our #10 spin because it has a huge range and ability to make the listener feel a lot of things. Happy, sad or even reminisce a moment that you just want to remember, this record has got you covered.

Also wanted to say a big Congratulations to my sister and her husband who celebrated Saturday by getting married! Well done guys! 16/04/2022


For the review I used the set up in our loungeroom because I have been neglecting the better setup. It's not easy listening to records in our loungeroom unless its really late at night or the children are in a good mood. Yes, I am up late spinning this one. How you ask? With my Sennheiser headphones of course. So in-case you are reading for the first time, I have the Sherwood Turntable (PM-9805) and Sherwood Receiver (RX-4508) complete with 4 x Sherwood Bookshelf speakers (not used in this instance).


 

Drop the Needle (of course means place the stylus nicely on your wax):

So I have to be honest with this one everyone, I like Wings but don't know a lot of their albums other than Venus and Mars and this one. I remember browsing through my parents record collection one day and finding 'Band On The Run' with my mum. She put on that album and it was love at first listen for me. On our next trip to the local record store I remember mum picking up 'Red Rose Speedway' and I later picked up a copy of 'Venus and Mars' for their collection.


I then stumbled across a copy of our #10 spin, 'Wings : At The Speed of Sound' and must have spun it 5 times in a row because I really enjoyed the tracklisting/arrangement. This original pressing from 1976 is still in very good condition from the LP to the sleeve. I've since put the record in a plastic sleeve to prolong its condition but I can't fault it in anyway.


Wings at the time were copping a lot of criticism for being pretty much Paul McCartney and others so he used this record to challenge his band mates to each take a turn at lead vocals. It turned out to be a great motivator for the band and kept their popularity sky high for this album. So come on a spin with me while I place the LP on the turntable and drop the stylus.


The first sounds you hear are the very familiar sound of the Westminster Quarters doorbell. As soon as you hear the doorbell it will either drive you crazy because you've heard it so much or you will be transported straight into the song 'Let 'Em In'. It's McCartney singing lead on this one as he invites everyone through the front door of his place or the club. It really makes the listener feel like we are waiting at the door ready to hear what the band has to offer. It's a nice opener and leads nicely into the second song, 'The Note You Never Wrote'.