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Wide Prairie is a posthumous compilation album by Linda McCartney.

Wide Prairie
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Studio album / Compilation by
Released26 October 1998
Recorded1972 – 1980, 1987 – 1989, 1998
GenrePop
Length52:09
LabelParlophone
ProducerLinda McCartney, Paul McCartney, Lee Perry & Ian Maidman
Linda McCartney chronology
Ram
(1971)
Wide Prairie
(1998)
Singles from Wide Prairie
  1. "Wide Prairie"
    Released: 9 November 1998
  2. "The Light Comes from Within"
    Released: January 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Contents

OverviewEdit

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.[2]

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,[3] while "The Light Comes from Within" charted at #56 charts.[3]

Track listingEdit

All songs by Linda McCartney, except where noted.

  1. "Wide Prairie" – 4:33
  2. "New Orleans" – 3:13
    • Recorded in New Orleans February 1975 during Wings sessions for album Venus and Mars, with further recording taking place on 24 May 1979.
    • Linda McCartney – lead vocals, piano
    • Paul McCartney – bass, piano, backing vocals
    • Denny Laine – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
    • Joe English – drums
  3. "The White Coated Man" (Paul McCartney, L. McCartney, Carla Lane) – 2:13
  4. "Love's Full Glory" – 3:46
  5. "I Got Up" (L. McCartney, P. McCartney) – 3:19
    • Recorded 11 November 1973 and 20 March and 9 July 1998.
    • Linda McCartney – lead vocals, backing vocals
    • Paul McCartney – bass, organ, piano, backing vocals
    • Jimmy McCulloch – guitar
    • Denny Laine – backing vocals
    • Davey Lutton – drums
  6. "The Light Comes from Within" (L. McCartney, P. McCartney) – 2:57
    • Recorded 18 March 1998, in what turned out to be Linda's final recording session before her death.
    • Linda McCartney – lead vocals, electric piano
    • Paul McCartney – bass guitar, electric guitar, piano, Wurlitzer, electric piano, backing vocals
    • James McCartney – electric guitar, Acoustic guitar
  7. "Mister Sandman" (Pat Ballard) – 2:50
  8. "Seaside Woman" – 3:54
    • 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.
    • Linda McCartney – lead vocals, electric piano, backing vocals
    • Paul McCartney – bass, backing and harmony vocals
    • Denny Laine – piano, guitar, backing vocals
    • Henry McCullough – guitar
    • Denny Seiwell – drums
  9. "Oriental Nightfish" – 2:49
    • Recorded 5 October 1973 during sessions for the Wings album Band on the Run.
    • Included in a short film titled Oriental Nightfish by Linda McCartney and Ian Emes.
    • Linda McCartney – lead vocals, Moog, electric piano
    • Paul McCartney – bass, drums, guitar, Mellotron
    • Denny Laine – flute
  10. "Endless Days" (L. McCartney, Mick Bolton) – 3:11
    • Recorded 21 October 1987.
    • Linda McCartney – lead vocal
    • Mick Bolton – piano, keyboard
    • Ian Maidman – bass and drums
    • Geoffrey Richardson – mandolin, slide guitar
  11. "Poison Ivy" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) – 2:54
    • A cover version of the original by the Coasters. Recorded 21 October 1987.
    • Linda McCartney – lead vocal
    • Ian Maidman – bass guitar, drums, electric guitar, backing vocals
    • Mick Bolton – piano, keyboards, backing vocal
    • Steve Fletcher – backing vocals
  12. "Cow" (L. McCartney, P. McCartney, Lane) – 4:24
    • Recorded 24 July 1988.
    • Linda McCartney – lead vocals, Casio keyboard, harmony vocals
    • Paul McCartney – bass guitar, drums, electric guitar, harmony vocals
    • Carla Lane – Spoken verse
  13. "B-side to Seaside" (L. McCartney, P. McCartney) – 2:38
    • As the title might suggest, recorded on 16 March 1977 specifically as a B-side for a single featuring "Seaside Woman".
    • Linda McCartney – lead vocal, backing vocal
    • Paul McCartney – drums, Mellotron, backing vocals, electric guitars, piano, Moog, congas, Banjo
  14. "Sugartime" (Charlie Phillips, Odis Echols) – 2:06
    • A cover version of the original by the McGuire Sisters. Recorded in Jamaica at The Black Ark studio, 20 June 1977 and 7 July 1998.
    • Linda McCartney – lead vocal
    • Paul McCartney – Wurlitzer, vocals
    • Billy Boy – rhythm guitar
    • Boris Gardiner – bass guitar
    • Mike "Boo" Richards – drums
    • Winston Wright – keyboard
  15. "Cook of the House" (L. McCartney, P. McCartney) – 2:37
    • Recorded January–February 1976.
    • Originally released in 1976 on the Wings album Wings at the Speed of Sound and also as the B-side to "Silly Love Songs".
    • Linda McCartney – lead vocal, piano
    • Paul McCartney – upright bass, Mellotron, piano
    • Denny Laine – electric guitar
    • Joe English – drums
  16. "Appaloosa" (L. McCartney, P. McCartney) – 4:44
    • Recorded 7 March 1998.
    • Inspired by the history of the Nez Perce tribe and their Appaloosa horses.
    • Linda McCartney – lead vocal
    • Paul McCartney – drums, bass guitar, clarinet, Wurlitzer, Acoustic guitar, electric guitar

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wide Prairie at AllMusic
  2. ^ Mike Kovacich (1998-10-27). "Paul McCartney – :Wide Prairie – MACCA-Central, The Paul McCartney FUNsite". Macca-central.com. Retrieved 2011-09-09.
  3. ^ a b "Chart Log UK: M – My Vitriol". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 6 May 2013.

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