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Wingspan: Hits And History

Wingspan: Hits And History by Paul McCartney
Released: May 2001
Label: Hear Music
Going through the end of the Beatles to Wings to his early '80s hits, this is the best overview of Paul McCartney's solo output available. The first disc showcases 18 hit singles, while the second unearths key album tracks (why weren't "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Tomorrow" released as singles?). This is expansive enough to illustrate Macca's abilities as a sonic innovator and restless rocker and his playful way with melody and harmony. While the brilliant but oppressive shadow of the Beatles often had solo McCartney half-trying, most of these tracks have not only survived the test of time, but have even improved with age.
Nick Dedina