Paul McCartney & Wings – Wild Life – Limited Edition, 50th Anniversary, Half-Speed Mastered, LP, Capitol, 2022

Paul McCartney & Wings – “Wild Life” Half-Speed Master LP 50th anniversary reissue of Paul McCartney & Wings’ 1971 debut album, Wild Life, which found Paul once again redefining his post-Beatles creative identity, this time beginning his tenure as a founding member of Wings. A rollicking left turn from it’s predecessors, the album was recorded in barely more than a week, with more than half of the songs captured in a single take. The end result would be eight songs running the gamut from joyous freewheeling jams to proto-chamber pop to spare introspective musings – all bristling with a raw, jagged energy akin to the grungiest of garage bands – whether on the careening blues-rock rave-up of opener “Mumbo,” a reggae-tinged reimagining of Mickey & Sylvia’s “Love Is Strange,” or the plaintive and heart wrenching ballad “Dear Friend.” Limited Edition Indie Exclusive pressed using half-speed mastering on a specially adapted Neumann VMS-80 lathe.