Wingspan is the soundtrack to how Paul McCartney dared to follow The Beatles, featuring both tracks from his hugely successful early solo career (1970 – 1984) and classics performed as Wings. The album features 40 songs, including 17 hits that sold more than a million and comes in at two-and-a-half hours of McCartney music on a double CD. Wingspan was launched in tandem with a two-hour film of the same name that tells the intimate inside story of Wings for the first time on television. It candidly reveals how Paul and Linda tried to raise a young family and front a new band against the handicaps of creating a post-Beatles band, controversial pot busts by police and bans by the BBC. Despite setting themselves the hardest job in rock and roll, in the space of nine years Wings soared to international success with 17 million-seller singles, five US number 1 albums and eventually a US stadium show that broke The Beatles' attendance record. "It's an intimate scrapbook of us during that time," Paul said, "charting the dramatic turns of events that we dealt with, how we started out with Wings by really going back to square one, right back to basics, and how the band grew to become one of the biggest-selling acts of the Seventies." The album was another major success, peaking at number two in America and number five in the UK, also charting in the top forty across Europe.
Re-mastered by Peter Mew and Geoff Emerick
Executive Producer Paul McCartney
All tracks published by MPL Communications Ltd
Except CD1 Track 4 published by MPL Communications Ltd & EMI United Partnership Ltd; CD2 Tracks 2, 4, 8, 10, 11, 13, 18 published by Northern Songs