Band On The Run

by Wings

Band On The Run

Band on the Run is the third studio album by the British–American rock band Paul McCartney and Wings, released by Apple on 30 November 1973. It was McCartney’s fifth album after leaving the Beatles in April 1970. Although sales were modest initially, its commercial performance was aided by two hit singles – “Jet” and “Band on the Run” – such that it became the top-selling studio album of 1974 in the United Kingdom and Australia, in addition to revitalising McCartney’s critical standing. It remains McCartney’s most successful album and the most celebrated of his post-Beatles works. The album was mostly recorded at EMI’s studio in Lagos, Nigeria, as McCartney wanted to make an album in an exotic location. Shortly before departing for Lagos, 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. McCartney therefore played bass, drums, percussion and most of the lead guitar parts. The studio was of poor quality and conditions in Nigeria were tense and difficult; the McCartneys were robbed at knifepoint, losing a bag of song lyrics and demo tapes. After the band’s return to England, final overdubs and further recording were carried out in London, mostly at AIR Studios. In 2000, Q magazine placed Band on the Run at number 75 in its list of the “100 Greatest British Albums Ever”. In 2012, it was listed at 418 on Rolling Stone’s revised list of “the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. A contemporary review by Jon Landau in Rolling Stone describes the album as being the “finest record yet” by a former Beatle “with the possible exception of John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band”. It was McCartney’s last album released on Apple Records. In 2013, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.


  1. Band On The Run (5:11)
  2. Jet (4:08)
  3. Bluebird (3:22)
  4. Mrs. Vandebilt (4:39)
  5. Let Me Roll It (4:49)
  6. Mamunia (4:51)
  7. No Words (2:35)
  8. Helen Wheels (3:45)
  9. Picasso’s Last Words (Drink To Me) (5:49)
  10. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five (5:30)

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Format Vinyl LP Album Reissue Remastered Stereo (50th Anniversary, Half-Speed Mastering)
Label MPL (2)
Catalog Number 00602455435620
Notes 50th Anniversary Edition Half-Speed mastered at Abbey Road Studios “Cut by Miles Showell…19 February 2023.” North American track list including ‘Helen Wheels’ as track B3 Includes large fold-out poster depicting many small photographs. Inner sleeve has picture on one side and lyrics on the other side. Made in Germany.
Discogs URL Wings - Band On The Run