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Wings (2)London Town

Genre:Rock
Style:Pop Rock
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Tracklist

London Town4:10
Cafe On The Left Bank3:25
I'm Carrying2:44
Backwards Traveller1:07
Cuff Link2:03
Children Children2:20
Girlfriend4:31
I've Had Enough3:02
With A Little Luck5:45
Famous Groupies3:34
Deliver Your Children4:17
Name And Address3:07
Don't Let It Bring You Down4:34
Morse Moose And The Grey Goose6:27

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Notes

This album was recorded in different places around the world:
- Abbey Road Studios in London, 7 February-31 March 1977, 25 October-1 December 1977 and 4-23 January 1978
- aboard the yacht Fair Carol in Watermelon Cay (Virgin Islands), 1-31 May 1977
- AIR Studios in London, 3-14 December 1977

Released on 27 March 1978 (United States) and on 31 March 1978 (United Kingdom)

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MrDayInTheUk's avatar
MrDayInTheUk
Edited one month ago
Poor London Town. Doesn’t seem to get much love. Well, I think it’s great. It has a nice, laidback, almost folky vibe in places. With A Little Luck is a classic Macca song, and I was always surprised that the title track was never a big hit single. My copy doesn’t have the poster. Boo ☹️

Where’s the deluxe edition archive release ?????? I want !!!!
Alexei1979's avatar
Alexei1979
This CD has hard noise reduction and sounds with cutted highs and reverberation tails. Beware. British 1987 and Japanese 1989 version sounds much closer to original vinyl.
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Sumogirl
Edited 7 months ago
Another great album from Wings. I was SOOOO into Wings for a while. I eventually did discover the Beatles as well. I look at the cover of this and all the feels for Denny Laine come up. I had such a crush on him. LOL Just a solid album of music. Some of it, admittedly, is quite goofy.
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I have what looks like an original UK copy of this (no poster) but the inner sleeve is different. It's got much the same design, but it's missing the little pink and blue London Bridges set behind the text. I can't find any images of an inner like this. Is it a rarity/miss-print?
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bachelor-62
Copyright (c) – IMF
MADE IN EUROPE FOR IMF
This is Unofficial release!
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streetmouse
By this time it’s rather evident that Paul’s never going to release that dynamic post-Beatles album in any shape form or fashion, he’s found a safe place to live with a safe audience whom I imagine listen to this legend while remembering where he came from … sort of like making love while imaging you’re with someone else.

I don’t believe that McCartney was setting for middle of the road tranquility, rather I feel that it snuck up on him slowly, evolving into fatherhood, marriage and all of the baggage and happiness that go along with it. Rolling down this road is rather elemental, it pays the bills, it puts a smile on the faces of Paul’s fans, but there nothing here that sounds deeply rooted, nothing laced with sophistication, nothing dare I say sultry and imaginative. All that’s laid down here is simply breezy contentment, fraught with whimsical determination, where there are no dynamic mood changes, for that matter, there are no real mood changes period, leaving our protagonist starkly out of focus with both himself and the times.

Earlier in his solo career, I might have suggested that McCartney was in search of himself, but certainly by 1978 he knew who he was, what he was capable of doing, what he wanted to do, and what he ended up doing; and here that sounds as if he were entirely disinterested. London Town was not received well, and while it had some good singles, there was even less to embrace listeners than ever before. By this time, even Sir Paul could see the writing on the wall, where rather than accept the blame himself, he chose to take it out on Capital Records and their lackluster promotion, though in all fairness to Capital (and I didn’t think much of record labels in those days) how is one supposed to promote something that’s just not that good.

Of course there are those who thought London Town was noting short of brilliant, simply smashing, some even implying that the album was conceptual, that the record was smooth and well polished, sparse but clean, with a positive vibe, filled with ever-present acoustic guitars wrapped around playful songwriting and delightful harmonies. Personally, I don’t hear any of that in the broader sense, what I hear is lightweight fluff with nothing memorable or awe inspiring, and it’s certainly not a step up from At the Speed of Sound, as those in the Paul camp doggedly might imply. That being said, I think most, whether they were in the Paul camp or not, would admit that the most notable flaw was that the album lacked even one great single. So I’ll repeat, the album is both slick and slight, conceptually skinny and smart in its way, yet the hallmark of a great, or even above average album is one that’s consistent, and London Town is not consistent.

It’s absolutely necessary to point out that Punk came about by just such bloated artists who road on their ‘used to be’ credits, giving the world nothing while dollars fell from the skies and fans praised these feathered halfhearted efforts. I’m no punk, though I can appreciate their stance, where I find this record to be nothing but charming, where perhaps tiny fairies danced around the studio casting magical spells, dispensing sugarcoated candies that simply made everyone so happy and decidedly mellow.

Again, this is a McCartney album where it’s tough to be negative about it because I believe its intentions are certainly pure. Yet really … my parents would have enjoyed this record, where that in itself says far too much.

*** The Fun Facts: Paul and company couldn’t even make a proper album photo here, matter of fact, from their cutout and cropped position, they’d be standing, or perhaps hovering just off the pier over the water looking away from the London Bridge. Then there’s the album-back photo, where they’re even further out over the river, all with new haircuts and summer clothes. Of course this was all before photoshop, nevertheless, it’s all so glaringly manipulated and fake.

Review by Jenell Kesler
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cacozambra66
TO my ears the very best sounding CD of this album.
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cacozambra66
The 2nd best Wings album IMHO. The Capitol US CD has the very best sound of all have heard, sounding like a mint LP.
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dktide91
It seems there are a lot of counterfeit/bootleg versions of this CD along with some of the other '93 "Paul McCartney Collection" remasters for around $13-14 each. That seems really low for something like this that's 25 years old. That brings me to my question, how can one tell if a copy is counterfeit/bootleg?
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The very first issue of this cd does not have the MPL logo printed on the cd! Otherwise same cd print.