Band On The Run

by Wings

Original Release Date: 1973-12-05

Band On The Run

Band on the Run is the third studio album by the British–American rock band Paul McCartney and Wings, released in December 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 described the album as being “with the possible exception of John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band, the finest record yet released by any of the four musicians who were once called the Beatles”. It was McCartney’s last album issued on the Apple record label. In 2013, Band on the Run was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.


  1. Band On The Run (5:12)
  2. Jet (4:09)
  3. Bluebird (3:23)
  4. Mrs. Vandebilt (4:40)
  5. Let Me Roll It (4:51)
  6. Mamunia (4:51)
  7. No Words (2:35)
  8. Picasso’s Last Words (Drink To Me) (5:49)
  9. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five (5:28)

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Format Vinyl LP Album Stereo
Label Apple Records
Catalog Number PAS 10007
Notes Includes large fold-out poster depicting many small photographs. Inner sleeve has picture on one side and lyrics on the other side. Also available on cassette and cartridge. ℗ 1973 EMI Records Ltd. An Apple Record. This version of the release has 3 corners cut on the inner sleeve. Looking at the lyrics side of the inner sleeve, both top corners are cut and so is the bottom right corner. This presentation differs from other releases.
Discogs URL Wings - Band On The Run