My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Band on the Run was mostly recorded in Lagos, Nigeria with overdubs and other work done in London during the second half of 1973. The album was released in December of that year. McCartney plays most of the instruments on the album.
What I think: The album starts with the title track and “Jet”, which have always been two of my favorite McCartney songs. I love the playful nonsense in both of them and was pleasantly surprised to find the rest of the album continued much in that vein. “Bluebird” is the upbeat partner to “Blackbird”, “Mrs. Vandebilt”, “Let Me Roll It” and “Mamunia” are just wonderful pop, almost power pop, songs that seem to keep getting better as you go from one to the next. The album gets a little more serious with “No Words” and then stumbles at “Picasso’s Last Words”, but regains some of the magic with “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five”. It’s great brain candy and nothing to look to deep into, as Paul’s music tends to be.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Finally, it’s a McCartney album worthy of being in the book.
Rating (Out of 5): 4.5
Band on the Run Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (234/304)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%