Paul McCartney and Wings released the “Band on the Run” LP on December 5, 1973 i…

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Paul McCartney and Wings released the “Band on the Run” LP on December 5, 1973 in the US (Dec. 7 in the UK). It marked the fifth album by Paul McCartney since his departure from the Beatles. Sales were modest initially, but its two hit singles – “Jet” and “Band on the Run” helped the record become the top-selling studio album of 1974 in the United Kingdom and Australia. It remains McCartney’s most successful album and the most celebrated of his post-Beatles works.

The majority of Band on the Run was recorded at EMI’s studio in Lagos, Nigeria, as McCartney wanted to make an album in an exotic locale. Shortly before departing for Lagos, however, drummer Denny Seiwell and guitarist Henry McCullough left the group; with no time to recruit replacements, McCartney went into the studio with just his wife Linda and Denny Laine, doubling on drums, percussion and most of the lead guitar parts himself as well as bass. On arriving, it was discovered that the studio was below standard, and conditions in Nigeria were tense and difficult; the McCartneys were robbed at knife-point, during which a bag containing unfinished song lyrics and demo tapes was taken. They went back to London and finished the album there.

The album cover photograph was taken at Osterley Park, west London, on Oct. 28, 1973 by photographer Clive Arrowsmith. It depicts Paul, Linda and Denny plus six other well-known people dressed as convicts caught in the spotlight of a prison searchlight. They are Michael Parkinson, chat-show host and journalist; Kenny Lynch, actor, comedian and singer; James Coburn, actor; Clement Freud, politician, columnist, gourmet and raconteur ; Christopher Lee, actor; and John Conteh, a boxer who later became World Light-Heavyweight champion.

Do you ever listen to this record these days?

Happy 44th (US) Birthday to “Band On The Run”!!!!

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