Paul McCartney’s “Silly Love Songs!” Wings Soar “At The Speed Of Sound!”

Paul McCartney At The Speed Of Sound

Paul McCartney At The Speed Of Sound!

It’s an iconic image of Macca, taken from the photo sessions for his fifth Wings album, the terrific “Wings At The Speed Of Sound.”

at the speed of sound reissue

“At The Speed Of Sound” came at an interesting time for Paul McCartney. Wings was in the midst of their greatest success as a band:

Paul McCartney Venus And Mars

Wings was riding high with “Venus & Mars”, which had been one of the band’s biggest successes – here’s a look at that classic album:


McCartney’s Biggest #1!

After “Venus & Mars”, the band went into the studio and recorded “Speed Of Sound” before heading out on the hugely successful “Wings Over America” tour.

I saw that show at Seattle’s Kingdome…here is footage of that concert AND of the iconic Kingdome being imploded!

So Paul McCartney and Wings – including wife Linda – were indeed flying high as they headed into the studio to make another album.

“At The Speed Of Sound” was released in March 1976, and included the smash hit ‘Silly Love Songs’- the album was McCartney’s most successful American chart album – seven consecutive weeks at Number One!


I wanted to look at the terrific new special edition of the album, which includes a ton of great new stuff.

Paul personally supervised all aspects of the reissue – he’s been doing that for all of the remastered editions so far. The remastering work was done at Abbey Road by the same team who have worked on all of Paul’s reissues – as well as The Beatles’ catalogue, so you know they are treating this material well!

at the speed of sound reissue

Here is the promotional trailer that was released to promote the release of this newly remastered expanded album:

This Wings album includes the hit single “Let ‘em In” and one of Macca’s biggest hits ever, “Silly Love Songs.”

Here’s a great behind-the-scenes photo from the recording session I found at – kudos for this shot:

McCartney behind the scenes 1976

Let’s take a look “At The Speed Of Sound”, and the extras that are on the remastered special edition – the album kicks off with another McCartney classic:

“Let ‘Em In”

Paul McCartney Wings Let 'em In

“Someone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Someone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Do me a favor
Open the door and let ’em in, yeah, let ’em in

Sister Suzie, brother John
Martin Luther, Phil and Don
Brother Michael, auntie Gin
Open the door and let ’em in, yeah”

Wings Let 'em In single

Here is a great fact thanks to “”:

Paul McCartney “shouted out” to several of his relatives and friends in this song: his aunt (“Auntie Gin”) and brother (“Brother Michael”), the Everly Brothers (“Phil and Don”), Keith Moon (“Uncle Ernie”) and his famous former bandmate (“Brother John”). His reference to “Sister Suzie” was a reference to Linda, who once recorded a song under the name “Suzie And The Red Stripes.”

Here is a live version from Wings’ 1976 tour:

Next up is “The Note You Never Wrote”, with lead vocals by Denny Lane, then a song written by Paul for Linda, according to wikipedia:

Former Beatle Paul McCartney and wife Linda on the opening night of his three sold-out concerts at London's Empire Pool, Wembley on October 19, 1976. (AP Photo/John Glanville)

Former Beatle Paul McCartney and wife Linda on the opening night of his three sold-out concerts at London’s Empire Pool, Wembley on October 19, 1976. (AP Photo/John Glanville)

“She’s My Baby”

As wikipedia notes:

“She’s My Baby” is a love song sung by Paul directed at Linda. Critical opinion of the song has ranged from a description as Paul McCartney’s “sweetest, daftest love song” to a suggestion that it deserves an “honor for sheer awfulness.” In 1998, after Linda’s death, Paul McCartney rearranged the song for string quartet to be played at memorial concerts for his late wife. This version was included on the 1999 album Working Classical.”

I love that Macca turned it into a classical piece.

Up next is one of my all-time favorite rockers from Paul:


“Beware My Love”

This song begins soft and then builds into a crescendo of guitar and scorched Macca vocals. Once again, wikipedia did a great job explaining what makes this song so great:

It is in the key of D minor, although the harmonium and acoustic guitar sections of the prelude are in C major and A major, respectively. The melody of the bridges is based on a descending tetrachord played on the bass guitar. Rodriguez particularly praises Paul McCartney’s bass guitar playing, Joe English’s drumming and Linda McCartney’s and Denny Laine’s backing vocals. The song was recorded in a manner that replicated a live recording set up, with all the players recorded together. McCartney stated that he was looking to achieve “excitement in the backing vocal so it’s human; you can hear we’re all there.”

It’s one of his great songs! Here’s a live version of this classic song from their terrific 1976 tour of America:

“Wino Junko” ends side one of “Speed Of Sound, a fun caribbean-influenced song that was written by Jimmy McCulloch, then up next is side two, which opens with the album’s mega-single:

PaulMcCartney Silly Love Songs

“Silly Love Songs”

This is a real “love it or hate it” song for many McCartney fans. What can you say? He directly confronts those who say his music is too maudlin and sappy…

Silly Love Songs lyrics Paul McCartney

It’s not a favorite of mine, but it’s certainly catchy!

Here is the great promo film put out to support the single:

Linda McCartney at the speed of sound

Next up is “Cook Of The House”, a fun mini-rocker sung by Linda and the band, that shows them having a good time together – then next up is Denny Laine’s song:

“Time To Hide”

This is the only Wings album where every band member sings lead vocal on a song. Denny Laine also wrote this song, which is a good addition to the Wings catalog. Here’s Laine performing the song live on the 1976 tour:

Paul McCartney and Wings Speed of Sound

After this Wingsrocker, he finishes the album with three softer songs…you can sense the band was relaxed and having fun during the recording of the album, which to me explains the overall softer vibe than the previous “Venus & Mars”…

“Must Do Something About It”

Drum Joe English sings the lead on this song, although there is a great McCartney rehearsal version on this remastered edition of the album.

Here’s a fan video with Joe English on drums, also doing vocals:

Thanks to “Laserdisc70” for posting this on youtube.

“San Ferry Anne” and “Warm And Beautiful” wrap the album up, as I said, on a soft note, but “Warm And Beautiful” is one of McCartney most melodic songs, very much like “The Lovely Linda” on “McCartney”.

This soft ballad ends the album on a beautiful relaxed note, here is the audio-only version:


As I said, I love the remastered, expanded version of the album.

Here is a look at the bonus audio on the expanded edition:

1. Silly Love Songs [Demo]
2. She’s My Baby [Demo]
3. Message To Joe
4. Beware My Love [John Bonham Version]

Yes, a version of the song with Led Zeppelin’s maniac drummer on drums!

5. Must Do Something About It [Paul’s Version]

This rare out-take is Paul’s version of the song – his vocals instead of Joe’s…

6. Let ‘Em In [Demo]
7. Warm And Beautiful [Instrumental Demo]

DVD – Here is the bonus film that was included:

1. Silly Love Songs Music Video
2. Wings Over Wembley
3. Wings In Venice

speed of sound remastered wings

I’m glad Paul released a lot of the rehearsal material, especially when you can find bootleg material like this on the internet:

paul-mccartney-wings-speed-of-sound-early-mixes-bootleg cd

Let me know what your favorites are on this album, and if you missed it, I posted a story about Paul being in a recent Q magazine:

Paul McCartney Q magazine 30th anniversary

Macca talks about The Beatles, Kanye West and his Nirvana stint – you can read all about it here:

What’s interesting to me about Paul McCartney And Wings is that the band was a mega-success in the mid-70’s, but boy did they get off to a disastrous start!

Wings wild life cover

I took a look at the debut album from the band, which is certainly ragged, but also a great look at McCartney trying to move forward with his sound – see some great promo videos here:

Leave a note with your favorite Macca moments!

speed of sound remastered wings

Categories: 70's Cinema, 70's Music, Art, Awards, Books / Media, British Cinema, Classic Rock, documentary films, London, Memoirs, Music, Obscure Music, Talent/Celebrities, The Beatles, TV Show

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 replies

  1. When you like a band, John, you really do like them! A great tribute to Wings, and a literal feast for all their fans.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

New Classic Recipe


Rust Belt Girl

reading and writing the Rust Belt with Rebecca Moon Ruark

Take It Easy

Retired, not expired: words from the after(work)life. And music. Lots of music!

Hey, Traveler

Sharing travel tips, ideas, and anecdotes with fellow wanderers, dreamers, doers, and lovers of life

Stevie Turner

Realist, writer, reader, reviewer and rocker.

Cornwall in Colours

inspired by the colours of the land, sea and sky of Cornwall

Bonjour From Brittany

Celebrating what makes Brittany unique

Let's Go To The Movies

Film and Theatre Lover!

SoraNews24 -Japan News-

Bringing you yesterday's news from Japan and Asia, today.

Bite! Eat! Repeat!

52 Cookbooks. 52 Recipes. A Tasty 2022!

A Teacher's Reflections

Thirty Years of Wonder

Tanooki Homemade Cafe

Yummy Homemade Food Recipes to Make You Smile:)

In Saner Thought

"It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to detect and expose delusion and error"..Thomas Paine

Pete Springer

Passionate Teacher and Future Children's Author


Follow us as we follow the road


Travel Through Ireland and Europe

Diary of A Movie Maniac

A Personal Journey Through Cinema & Television

Geeking Out about It

BlerdWatching Waaay Too Much TV


Tea, Tours and Escapades

Robbie's inspiration

Ideas on writing and baking

You can always start now

journaling to see some answers

Realweegiemidget Reviews Films TV Books and more

You can take the girl out of Glasgow. Entertainment Reviews from a Wee Scottish Wife and Stepmum living in Finland.

I didn't have my glasses on....

A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.

Through the Shattered Lens

Where mainstream meets grindhouse, exploitation, otaku and gamers

Laura's Books and Blogs

Writing tips, giveaways, reviews, essays, and more!

Drew's Movie Reviews

Movie reviews from your average dude

But I Smile Anyway...

Musings and memories, words and wisdom... of a working family woman

Movie Reviews 101

Daily Movie Reviews

Cindy Bruchman

Photography. Observations. Adventures. Let's talk.

Invisibly Me

Live A Visible Life Whatever Your Health

Retired? No one told me!

Tonight I Dream. Tomorrow I Do!


The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Musings on cats, travel, gardens and life

Tranquil Dreams

Watching, Reading, Cooking & Travelling

An Historian About Town

History in the Making

Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

Adventures and Misadventures in Boulder, Colorado

It Rains... You Get Wet

Still more lazy thoughts from this one...

Admit One Film Addict

Psychotropic Cinema and more

emmakwall (explains it all)

Film & soundtrack reviews, good humour and lists


Burgers, Books, Music, Movies, Offbeat Adventures & Pop Culture!


Movie reviews and anything else that comes to mind

%d bloggers like this: