Paul McCartney referred to the recording of the 1973 landmark album Band on the Run as "one of the most frightening periods of my life." In this episode we discuss the tumultuous events leading up to the recording of the album, the struggles Wings encountered in Nigeria, and a song-by-song analysis of the album's tracks.


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A great interview with Paul on the making of the album Band on the Run. Note his explanation for "Jet":

McCartney's 2008 performance of "Mrs. Vanderbilt" in front of 350,000 fans in Kiev, Ukraine:

An energetic performance of "Nineteen Hundred Eighty Five" from the television special One Hand Clapping (1974):