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Paul McCartney And Wings*Wild Life

Label:Capitol Records – 00602435611730, MPL (2) – 00602435611730, UMe – 00602435611730, Capitol Records – 3561173, MPL (2) – 3561173, UMe – 3561173
Series:Mastered At Abbey Road Studios - Half Speed Mastering – 00602435611730
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo, Half-Speed Mastering
Country:Worldwide
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Genre:Rock
Style:Pop Rock

Tracklist

A1Mumbo3:55
A2Bip Bop4:10
A3Love Is Strange4:50
A4Wild Life6:40
B1Some People Never Know6:37
B2I Am Your Singer2:15
B3Bip Bop (Link)0:52
B4Tomorrow3:24
B5Dear Friend5:49
B6Mumbo (Link)0:46
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50th Anniversary Half-Speed Mastering limited edition reissue.
Comes with a Dark Green 'Obi' strip, a plain Yellow Inner sleeve and an (A5-size) 'Half-speed Mastering' Certificate.

Originally released in December 1971.
This edition was cut by Miles Showell at half speed using high resolution transfers of the original master tapes at Abbey Road Studios, 23rd July 2021. This half-speed master closely references the 2018 remaster by Alex Wharton and Steve Orchard. It was made as a vinyl specific transfer in high resolution and without digital peak limiting for the best possible reproduction.

Original Release ℗ & © 1971 MPL Communications Inc.
A Capitol Records release; ℗ 1971 & © 2021 MPL Communications Inc under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.
Made in Germany. 00602435611730

All tracks published by MPL Communications Inc except: Side 1 track 3 Ben-Ghazi Ent, Inc / Twenty Nine Black Music, administered by Songs of Universal, Inc (BMI).

Sleeve photograph, original design, and Wings drawing on back cover by Paul McCartney © 1971 MPL Communications Ltd. Disc labels © 1971 Paul McCartney under exclusive license to MPL Archive LLP

In the runout areas all Optimal plating symbols (e.g., "Λ1" and "Λ𐰃") may be mirrored and/or inverted.
In this B-side runout there are two undecipherable Optimal symbols between the "B1" and "3561173" strings.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 02435 61173 0
  • Barcode (Scanned): 602435611730
  • Matrix / Runout (A side runout): BL 49903-01 A1 Λ1 3561173 MILES. ABBEY ROAD ½ SPEED. ROOM 30.
  • Matrix / Runout (B side runout): BL 49903-01 B1 3561173 MILES. ABBEY ROAD ½ SPEED. ROOM 30

Other Versions (5 of 169)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Wild Life (LP, Album, Stereo)Apple Records, Apple Records2C 062-04946, 2 C 062-04946France1971
Wild Life (LP, Album, Stereo)Apple Records, Apple RecordsPCS 7142, 1E 062 o 04946UK1971
Wild Life (LP, Album)Apple Records, Apple RecordsSW-3386, SW 3386Canada1971
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Wild Life (LP, Album, Stereo, Jacksonville)Apple Records, Apple RecordsSW 3386, SW-3386US1971
Wild Life (LP, Album)Odeon1J 062-04.946Spain1971

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Reviews

  • RobberSoul's avatar
    RobberSoul
    Not my favourite Macca/Wings album by any stretch, but this definitely is the best version of it I have heard.
    • Paul9p's avatar
      Paul9p
      An overall great pressing of this very good album.
      One of the best Wings albums in my opinion.
      • CarsonSS's avatar
        CarsonSS
        Definitely not as good as ram, but over hated by some people
        • paulisdead's avatar
          paulisdead
          Edited one year ago
          The best way to describe the 50th Anniversary Half Speed is neutral sounding. That’s doesn’t mean it’s a bad or boring pressing. It sounds close to the 1972 UK pressing but there is more detail in the 50th Anniversary pressing than on the UK original (see Wings (2) - Wild Life). The approach is closer to the master tape than a typical pop album of the era. Whether that’s your cup of tea – is up to you.

          Comparing the two, there were some key differences I noticed, particularly in the EQ choices. The overall sound is more toward the modern ear, than a 1970’s pop audience playing back on a cheap turntable. The hi-mid range isn’t as boosted as the original 1970’s pressing, which you can hear in the vocals. The bass has more sub in the kick drum & bass guitar and stereo image nice and clean. That said, the UK is now slouch in that department either.

          There is more tape noise noticeable on some tracks on the 50th, but it’s not distracting and may even give you some reassurance that this release hasn’t had the top end sucked out by noise reduction. There has clearly been some cleaning work done to the sibilance on “Some People Never Know”, with the line “out SHHHINE the rest” being repaired in the same way the distortion on the 2009 remaster of Abbey Road’s “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” had the crackle removed from John’s “Yeah!” scream. The album was mastered from a High Resolution file transfer. So it's likely repairs were made in DAW (most likely) to the file or they sourced an early generation master without the distortion (less likely as EMI engineers would have never of allowed a “glitch” like that at the mastering stage). Speaking of "glitchs", yes, the extra drum beat that was on the end of "Love Is Strange" on the 2018 Archive Series release, is on here too. So it's more than likely, the same master used for the 2018 Wings (2) - Wild Life release, but it's still unknown if that beat IS a digital editing glitch or it's on the tape and they forgot to edit it out like the original releases (note - the 2018 remaster also has the sibilance in "Some People Never Know" repaired).

          The quality of the pressing is outstanding, flat, clean with next to no pops. Although, have an anti-static sleeve handy, as the record is packed with a cardboard sleeve. The images on the artwork look great and the card used on the sleeve is of high quality.

          Overall, if you’re thinking of getting a copy, I’d strongly recommend it. I doubt, we’ll see another audiophile pressing of Wings Wild Life anytime soon. If you'll miss that sibilance on "Some People Never Know" or want that old school EQ, go with the 1972 original (either UK or the Australian which is an even hotter press!). But be aware, although this album was a common stable of the bargain bins back in the day, NM and VG+ are getting up there in price.
          • albertomvasquez's avatar
            I've got it yesterday as a present. Fantastic pressing. Five stars.
            • rpmzine's avatar
              rpmzine
              This is the best mastering difference I've seen in a Macca album. It's just a beauty.
              • gdphoto's avatar
                gdphoto
                This pressing sounds fantastic! I have been listening to this album since it first came out and this is the best there is and maybe ever will be. I cannot believe it's from a digital source.
                • BrunoBananas's avatar
                  BrunoBananas
                  Great! Flawless record. Wish every album would be issued with such dedication. An LP really worth its money and the space on your shelves.
                  • ceegargeorge's avatar
                    ceegargeorge
                    An absolute masterpiece in mastering! Dead quiet and this copy brings new life to this 50 year old record!
                    • jfdch's avatar
                      jfdch
                      Great sound indeed !... I like this LP very much !

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