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Return of the “Rock Show”: Paul McCartney’s “Wings Over America” Takes Flight In May

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Wings Over AmericaPaul McCartney has always been one for tradition.

Last year, Macca used the annual Record Store Day campaign to preview his deluxe Archive Collection release of 1971’s Ram with a vinyl replica single of “Another Day” b/w “Oh Woman, Oh Why.”  This year, the reveal of McCartney’s RSD exclusive confirmed the news that diehards have been expecting since the Archive Collection first began: the 1976 chart-topping triple-album Wings Over America is coming on May 27 (Europe) and May 28 (North America) to the lavish Archive Collection series.  Wings Over America will be preceded by the April 20 RSD release of a 12-inch EP of the live “Maybe I’m Amazed.”  As on the original release, Side One includes “Maybe” in full and edited versions in mono, and Side Two presents the full and edited versions in stereo.

When “Maybe I’m Amazed” first appeared on 1970’s McCartney, a lush standout on a rather spare collection of homemade songs, it quickly gained popularity, but McCartney declined to officially release it as a single.  It wasn’t until the 1976 live version from Wings Over America came along that McCartney relented.  His ode to the lovely Linda then scaled the charts to No. 10 in the United States and No. 28 in the United Kingdom.

“Maybe I’m Amazed” was just one highlight of the expansive, electrifying career retrospective that was Wings Over America, however.  The deluxe edition of Wings looks to be the mightiest entry yet in McCartney’s box set series, with 3 CDs, 1 DVD and 4 books!  The original album only will also be released in a standard 2-CD edition and as a 3-LP set.  In addition, the long-awaited Rockshow film will receive standalone issues on Blu-ray and DVD!

Hit the jump for all of the specs!

Following well-received jaunts through smaller venues including 1972’s Wings University Tour and Wings Over Europe Tour, Paul McCartney’s new band was ready to embark on its most ambitious tour yet.  Wings Over the World took in three continents, 66 concerts and roughly one million fans beginning on September 9, 1975.  On May 3, 1976, the group made its debut in America with the “Wings Over America” leg, marking McCartney’s first concert appearances in the U.S. since Beatlemania.  He was joined by wife Linda plus Denny Laine, Jimmy McCullough and Joe English plus a four-person horn section.  Between that Fort Worth date to the leg’s conclusion on June 23 in Inglewood, California, Wings played 31 dates for 600,000 American fans.  Wings then took the summer off before returning for five more European shows in September including a grand “Wings Over Wembley” finale back home in England.

Wings Over America was originally planned by McCartney as a two-record set, but as he freely acknowledges, a bootleg 3-LP version of the Inglewood show on June 23 spurred him on to release an official 3-vinyl set.  As the bootleg included “Go Now” from Denny Laine’s Moody Blues days – a song only performed during the California stand – so did the official release.  Compiled from a number of professionally recorded shows from the tour, Wings Over America arrived in stores on December 10, 1976 and reached No. 1 in the U.S. in early 1977, becoming the final of five consecutive No. 1 albums for Wings.  (It was a U.K. No. 8 album.)  Most notably, the high-energy, stadium-rock shows found McCartney fully embracing his Beatles legacy.  He included the five Beatles songs he performed on the tour: “Lady Madonna,” “The Long and Winding Road,” “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” “Blackbird” and of course, “Yesterday.”  The adventurous set also saw Wings cover Paul Simon (“Richard Cory”) and run through their biggest hits (“Live and Let Die,” “Band on the Run,” “Silly Love Songs,” “My Love”).

Wings Over America flew into record shops on CD in 1984 from Columbia Records as a 2-CD set; when McCartney departed Columbia for his old home of EMI, Wings Over America went out-of-print and was subsequently reissued by EMI.  A 1999 Toshiba-EMI reissue from Japan reinstated the 3-disc format of the original LP set.  Yet all compact disc editions are now commanding high prices on the secondhand market.

Wings Over America Box

The 3-CD/1-DVD/4-book box set contains:

  • The original Wings over America album remastered on 2 CDs at Abbey Road;
  • A bonus audio disc recorded live at San Francisco’s Cow Palace;
  • A bonus DVD containing the 75-minute Wings Over the World television program and the photo gallery montage entitled Photographer’s Pass;
  • A 110-page commemorative tour book with new interviews and liner notes from David Fricke as well as copious backstage photos;
  • The ‘Wings over America’ leatherette-bound ‘Tour Itinerary’ containing memorabilia facsimiles: printed 8X10 glossy band photos, a backstage pass, the invitation to the end-of-tour party at the Harold Lloyd Estate in Beverly Hills, concert tickets, original album artwork, tour posters, set lists, lyrics, press materials and more;
  • An entire book of Linda McCartney photography featuring Paul and the band circa the spring of 1976; and
  • The Ocean View, an hardbound compendium of drawings and sketches by artist Humphrey Ocean that captures the band on tour..

Rockshow BDBut that’s not all coming from the Macca camp.

Rockshow, the 1980 concert film from the 1976 Wings Over America tour, featured thirty songs from the tour from the New York, Seattle and Los Angeles stands.  Though it’s been released on VHS, Beta (yes, Beta!) and laserdisc, the upcoming DVD and BD releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment will mark its debut in those formats.  Past home video releases have edited six songs from the original 125-minute length, resulting in a 102-minute running time.  Seven songs were issued on DVD as part of the McCartney Years set, including “Rockshow,” one of the cut songs from the other home video issues.

The complete, full-length concert has been fully restored from the original 35mm film and also boasts restored and remastered sound, including a 5.1 surround mix for the first time.  It arrives on June 10 in Europe and June 11 in North America.

The film will also be screened theatrically on May 15; visit for details.

Full track listings for all of the associated Wings Over America releases can be found below!

Paul McCartney and Wings, The Paul McCartney Archive Collection: Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition) (Hear Music, 2013) (Amazon U.K. link TBD)

CD 1

  1. Venus and Mars/Rock Show/Jet
  2. Let Me Roll It
  3. Spirits of Ancient Egypt
  4. Medicine Jar
  5. Maybe I’m Amazed
  6. Call Me Back Again
  7. Lady Madonna
  8. The Long and Winding Road
  9. Live and Let Die
  10. Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)
  11. Richard Cory
  12. Bluebird
  13. I’ve Just Seen a Face
  14. Blackbird
  15. Yesterday

CD 2

  1. You Gave Me the Answer
  2. Magneto and Titanium Man
  3. Go Now
  4. My Love
  5. Listen to What the Man Said
  6. Let ‘Em In
  7. Time to Hide
  8. Silly Love Songs
  9. Beware My Love
  10. Letting Go
  11. Band on the Run
  12. Hi Hi Hi
  13. Soily

CD 3: Live at the Cow Palace

  1. Let Me Roll It
  2. Maybe I’m Amazed
  3. Lady Madonna
  4. Live and Let Die
  5. Picasso’s Last Words
  6. Bluebird
  7. Blackbird
  8. Yesterday

DVD: Wings Over the World (75 minutes) plus Photo Gallery

Wings Over America - Cover

Paul McCartney and Wings, Wings Over America (Standard Edition) (Capitol SWCO 11593, 1976 – reissued Hear Music, 2013) (Amazon U.S.) (Amazon U.K.)

Contents are identical to CDs 1 & 2, above.

Wings, Wings Over America (Capitol SWCO 11593, 1976 – reissued 2013, three vinyl LPs) (Amazon U.S.) (Amazon U.K.)

Side One

  1. Venus and Mars/Rock Show/Jet
  2. Let Me Roll It
  3. Spirits of Ancient Egypt
  4. Medicine Jar

Side Two

  1. Maybe I’m Amazed
  2. Call Me Back Again
  3. Lady Madonna
  4. The Long and Winding Road
  5. Live and Let Die

Side Three

  1. Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)
  2. Richard Cory
  3. Bluebird
  4. I’ve Just Seen a Face
  5. Blackbird
  6. Yesterday

Side Four

  1. You Gave Me the Answer
  2. Magneto and Titanium Man
  3. Go Now
  4. My Love
  5. Listen to What the Man Said

Side Five

  1. Let ‘Em In
  2. Time to Hide
  3. Silly Love Songs
  4. Beware My Love

Side Six

  1. Letting Go
  2. Band on the Run
  3. Hi Hi Hi
  4. Soily

Paul McCartney and Wings, Rockshow (Eagle Rock Entertainment, 2013) (Amazon U.K. link) (Amazon U.S. link TBD)

  1. Venus And Mars / Rock Show / Jet
  2. Let Me Roll It
  3. Spirits of Ancient Egypt
  4. Medicine Jar
  5. Maybe I’m Amazed
  6. Call Me Back Again
  7. Lady Madonna
  8. The Long and Winding Road
  9. Live and Let Die
  10. Picasso’s Last Words
  11. Richard Cory
  12. Bluebird
  13. I’ve Just Seen a Face
  14. Blackbird
  15. Yesterday
  16. You Gave Me the Answer
  17. Magneto and Titanium Man
  18. Go Now
  19. My Love
  20. Listen To What The Man Said
  21. Let ‘Em In
  22. Time To Hide
  23. Silly Love Songs
  24. Beware My Love
  25. Letting Go
  26. Band on the Run
  27. Hi Hi Hi
  28. Soily

McCartney - Maybe I'm Amazed single

Wings, Maybe I’m Amazed (Capitol PRO-8574/SPRO-8577, 1976 – reissued 2013)

  1. Maybe I’m Amazed (Mono – Short Version)
  2. Maybe I’m Amazed (Mono – Album Version)
  3. Maybe I’m Amazed (Stereo – Short Version)
  4. Maybe I’m Amazed (Stereo – Album Version)

Written by Joe Marchese

April 9, 2013 at 13:28

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  1. I’m screwed… Can anyone recommend a retailer that I can make such a reservation overseas? Without Parasol, I am quite lost…


    March 7, 2013 at 14:12

  2. No vinyl release?


    March 7, 2013 at 17:06

    • We will report back on the full specs of the Archive Collection releases as soon as those specs are available. That said, I think there’s a very good shot that a remastered vinyl edition of “WOA” will, indeed, arrive.

      Joe Marchese

      March 7, 2013 at 17:33

      • Very good, thanks for the reply & keep up the good work.


        March 8, 2013 at 10:41

  3. Great news, potentially. I hope Rockshow will get a standalone release on DVD or Blu-ray though, because unless there’s some really worthwhile bonus material on the Wings Over America CDs, I don’t feel the need to buy it again.

    Also, at some point I’d love for one of the 1972 college shows, or any pre-1976 shows to be released. There have been bootlegs, but they’ve all had terrible sound.

    Hell, maybe one of these years we’ll get an official release of the full Glasgow ’79 show.

    Oh, and Let It Be on Blu-ray, and “Carnival of Light” please.


    March 7, 2013 at 19:53

  4. I too hope that Rock Show will be expanded to include the entire concert and released as a stand alone DVD & BluRay set instead of being exclusively part of an over priced deluxe set for Wings Over America. I had been waiting for years and years for Thrills Thrillington to be remastered and reissued on CD only for it to be made available exclusively in the deluxe RAM reissue. Such a major disappointment. I did not and will not buy that expensive set. I mean, at what point does Sir Paul have enough money? Does he really need to charge so much for these reissues, not to mention the prices for his concert tickets. Sheesh!


    March 9, 2013 at 03:30

    • Right on, Zubb… I mean, Paul’s hardly the only rich rock star whose ticket prices are insane (I used to go to 15-20 concerts a year when younger, now I go to one or two a year, tops) but he’s the richest of them all.

      I was happy enough with the two-disc RAM, and I definitely DON’T want or need the deluxe set. Same goes for Wings Over America, or really any of the deluxe boxes of the past few years (from the likes of Pink Floyd, Gabriel, Clapton, etc.).

      Standalone DVDs/Blu-rays, and standalone releases of vintage concerts that are just sitting in a vault somewhere, or comprehensive collections of rare, unreleased tracks, are what I’m interested in. Not having to repurchase albums I already own (and have likely purchased more than once already), or an overpriced collection that includes pointless little trinkets or vinyl.

      Vinyl has made a comeback, but it’s only a niche market appealing to small number of devotees. While I love album art and all that, I have no use for vinyl, and I’d guess that’s true for most people now or else it wouldn’t have gone away to begin with. So don’t package that with other rarities I’m interested in buying.

      If the labels don’t feel like it’s cost-effective to put out standalone vintage concerts, etc., then make them available as high-quality downloads at a reasonable price. I can burn the music on to a CD myself, thank you very much.


      March 9, 2013 at 10:38

      • I agree with all your points, and on a related matter–what are all the classic rockers and legacy acts with vintage concerts and unreleased tracks sitting in vaults waiting for?? Their fan base is aging and sadly, dying off, and it’s doubtful that generations raised on Justin and Rhianna are going to be pining for that stuff in the years to come. Are you listening Paul? Neil?? Bruce???


        March 9, 2013 at 17:28

      • You got that right Joe F. Why ARE they sitting on this stuff? I would love to have a DVD or BluRay of a classic 70s Elton John concert, perhaps the Rock of the Westies tour. For that matter, why is Dick Clark Productions keeping their vaults so tightly sealed? How long do they think fans of Bandstand, Where The Action Is, Happening and all the other great DCP music shows are going to be around anyway? Get a lot of that stuff out on DVD and syndicate full episodes of Bandstand like has been done with Soul Train. The clock is ticking.


        March 9, 2013 at 21:16

  5. It’s strange that they didn’t include the single edits and mono versions of “Maybe I’m Amazed” on the box set. It looks like it would’ve fit on the third disc. Considering is asking $293.06 (!!!!!) for it, I think I will pass. I already have the old EMI edition. I’ll look for the RSD vinyl to get the mono mix for about $280 less.

    At least it ships free! 🙂

    Jason Michael

    April 10, 2013 at 16:46

  6. GREAT news about Rockshow being released as a standalone!!


    April 10, 2013 at 21:43

    • I totally agree, and restored to full length! A dream come true for me. Will make seeing Paul at Safeco Field in Seattle come this July all the more sweet since I was at the Kingdome show in 1976 as well! the Wings era is definitely my favorite of the McCartney post Beatle years.


      April 10, 2013 at 22:23

  7. O.k. the article seems to be badly worded and written concerning “Rockshow”. It is getting a d.v.d. and blu-ray release but NOT a c.d. release? Or the c.d.s are being released but in some variation of “Wings Over America”? I’m confused as hell. There seems to be a listing of come c.d. set three discs long, what’s that? Also wasn’t John Bonham at some thing in the late 1970’s with Paul McCartney? Is that involved with “Rockshow” somehow?


    June 11, 2013 at 13:29

  8. AlexKk,

    No, on Paul and Wings 1979 last album,Back To The Egg John Bonham,Pete Townsend,and David Gilmore all played on the song Rockestra and I think they played on another song on the album and they played live with Paul in that 1979 Kampuchea.


    September 25, 2013 at 01:29

    • Kampuchea concert I meant.


      October 3, 2013 at 03:29

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