Wide Prairie

Wide Prairie is a posthumous compilation album by Linda McCartney.

Wide Prairie
Studio album / Compilation by
Released26 October 1998
Recorded1972–1980, 1987–1989, 1998
GenrePop, rock
ProducerLinda McCartney, Paul McCartney, Lee Perry & Ian Maidman
Linda McCartney chronology
Wide Prairie
Singles from Wide Prairie
  1. "Wide Prairie"
    Released: 9 November 1998
  2. "The Light Comes from Within"
    Released: January 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]


The idea for the album was inspired by a fan who wrote in inquiring about "Seaside Woman", a reggae song which Wings had recorded in 1972 under the name Suzy and the Red Stripes featuring Linda on lead vocals.[3]

The album is composed of songs by different incarnations of Wings recorded between 1972 and 1980, including previously released single only "Seaside Woman" and "Cook of the House", a track from Wings at the Speed of Sound, and Linda McCartney’s works recorded in the end of the 80’s and 90’s,

Lead guitar on the song "The Light Comes from Within" is played by the McCartneys' son, musician/sculptor James McCartney.

Promotion and receptionEdit

The album reached #127 in the UK charts with two singles released in support. The title track made the top 75, at #74,[4] while "The Light Comes from Within" charted at #56 charts.[4]

Track listingEdit

All songs by Linda McCartney, except where noted.

1."Wide Prairie"Recorded by Wings on 20 November 1973 in Paris, and in June 1974 in Nashville, Tennessee.4:33
2."New Orleans"Recorded in New Orleans February 1975 during Wings sessions for their album Venus and Mars, with further recording taking place on 24 May 1979.3:13
3."The White Coated Man" (Paul McCartney, L. McCartney, Carla Lane)A song critical of the practice of vivisection, recorded 21 March 1988 and 18 July 1989.2:13
4."Love's Full Glory"Recorded 16 July and October 19803:46
5."I Got Up" (L. McCartney, P. McCartney)Recorded 11 November 1973 and 20 March and 9 July 1998.3:19
6."The Light Comes from Within" (L. McCartney, P. McCartney)Recorded 18 March 1998, in what turned out to be Linda's final recording session before her death.2:57
7."Mister Sandman" (Pat Ballard)Recorded at the Black Ark studio on 20 June 1977 and in Scotland in August of the same year.2:50
8."Seaside Woman"Recorded 27 November 1972. Released as a single 31 May 1977.
Included in a short film by Oscar Grillo that won the Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.
The first song Linda ever wrote, according to Paul.
9."Oriental Nightfish"Recorded 5 October 1973 during sessions for Band on the Run.
Included in a short film titled Oriental Nightfish by Linda McCartney and Ian Emes.
10."Endless Days" (L. McCartney, Mick Bolton)Recorded 21 October 1987.3:11
11."Poison Ivy" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)Recorded 21 October 1987.2:54
12."Cow" (L. McCartney, P. McCartney, Lane)Recorded 24 July 1988.4:24
13."B-side to Seaside" (L. McCartney, P. McCartney)As the title might suggest, recorded on 16 March 1977 specifically as a B-side for a single featuring "Seaside Woman".2:38
14."Sugartime" (Charlie Phillips, Odis Echols)Recorded in Jamaica at The Black Ark studio, 20 June 1977 and 7 July 1998.2:06
15."Cook of the House" (L. McCartney, P. McCartney)Originally released in 1976 on the Wings album Wings at the Speed of Sound and also as the B-side to "Silly Love Songs".2:37
16."Appaloosa" (L. McCartney, P. McCartney)Inspired by the history of the Nez Perce tribe and their Appaloosa horses.4:44


  • Linda McCartney – Lead, backing and harmony vocals, Mellotron, piano, Casio keyboards, electric piano, Moog
  • Paul McCartney – Bass guitar, piano, Rhodes, electronic organ, backing vocals, string synthesizer, drums (on "The White Coated Man" and "Love's Full Glory"), Wurlitzer, electric guitar, clarinet (on "Appaloosa"), upright bass, engineer (on "Sugartime"), congas, Banjo
  • Jimmy McCulloch – Electric guitar (on "Wild Prairie" and "I Got Up")
  • Denny Laine – Acoustic and electric guitar, backing vocals (on "I Got Up"), piano (on "Seaside Woman"), flute (on "Oriental Nightfish")
  • Henry McCullough – Guitar (on "Seaside Woman")
  • Lloyd Green – Pedal steel (on "Love's Full Glory")
  • Laurence Juber – Acoustic guitar (on "Love's Full Glory")
  • James McCartney – Electric and acoustic guitar (on "The Light Comes from Within")
  • Robbie McIntosh – Electric guitar (on "The White Coated Man")
  • Billy Boy – Rhythm guitar (on "Mister Sandman")
  • Boris Gardiner – Bass guitar (on "Mister Sandman" and "Sugartime")
  • Davey Lutton – Drums (on "Wild Prairie" and "I Got Up")
  • Joe English – Drums (on "New Orleans" and "Cook of the House")
  • Mike "Boo" Richards – Drums (on "Mister Sandman" and "Sugartime")
  • Denny Seiwell – Drums (on "Seaside Woman")
  • Ian Maidman – Bass, drums, engineer and producer (on "Endless Days" and "Poison Ivy"), electric guitar and backing vocals (on "Poison Ivy")
  • Geoffrey Richardson – Mandolin, slide guitar (on "Endless Days")
  • Mick Bolton – Piano, keyboards, backing vocals (on "Endless Days" and "Poison Ivy")
  • Steve Johnson – String synthesizer, Kurzweil synthesizer, trumpet (on "The White Coated Man")
  • Winston Wright – Keyboards (on "Mister Sandman")
  • Vassar Clements and Johnny Gimble - Fiddles (on "Wild Prairie")
  • Thaddeus Richard – alto saxophone (on "Wild Prairie")
  • William Puett – tenor saxophone (on "Wild Prairie")
  • Norman Ray – baritone saxophone (on "Wild Prairie")
  • Hewlett Quillen – trombone (on "Wild Prairie")
  • George Tidwell and Barry McDonald – trumpets (on "Wild Prairie")
  • Steve Fletcher – Backing vocals (on "Poison Ivy")
  • Carla Lane – Spoken verse (on "The White Coated Man" and "Cow")


  1. ^ Wide Prairie at AllMusic
  2. ^ Beaumont, Mark (4 November 1998). "Linda McCartney - Wide Prairie (Parlophone)". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000.
  3. ^ Mike Kovacich (27 October 1998). "Paul McCartney – :Wide Prairie – MACCA-Central, The Paul McCartney FUNsite". Macca-central.com. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Chart Log UK: M – My Vitriol". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 6 May 2013.

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