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Wings from the Wings

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AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson

Paul McCartney's world tour of 1976 not only resulted in Capitol's three-LP set Wings Over America, it also resulted in numerous bootlegs. One of the most rewarding was Wings From the Wings, which is also a three-LP set and documents McCartney and the Wings' June 23, 1976 performance at the Los Angeles Forum (which was the final show of that tour). Obviously a soundboard recording, this bootleg boasts generally excellent sound quality (with a few rough spots here and there) and finds McCartney in fine form on favorites that range from "Band on the Run," "Jet," and "Live and Let Die" to "Let 'Em In" and "Listen to What the Man Said." McCartney also excels on a handful of Beatles classics, including "Yesterday," "The Long and Winding Road," and "Lady Madonna." When Idle Mind Productions (one of the 1970s top bootleggers) first released this three-LP box set in 1976, it pressed all three LPs on colored vinyl -- one red, one white, and one blue. A second pressing from 1977 was also on colored vinyl, although not those colors. But more important than the color of a record is what it contains and in the case of Wings From the Wings the contents of the records are generally impressive.