After years of collecting dust in Paul McCartney's archival vaults, the long lost live Wings album Wings Over Europe, is living up to his legend. Recently released as part of the sprawling Paul McCartney And Wings – 1971-73 Limited Edition Box Set, which features both the new Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway “Archival Series” collections combined, Wings Over Europe spotlights the earliest live incarnation of Wings, featuring Paul and Linda McCartney, Denny Laine, Henry McCullough, and Denny Seiwell. All but one of the disc's 20 songs is from the band's summer '72 European trek, with the album's opening number “Big Barn Bed” coming from July 10th, 1973 at the lineup's final gig in Newcastle, England.
Among the highlights on the set is McCartney's first bonafide solo classic, “Maybe I'm Amazed,” a pair of Ram favorites, “Eat At Home” and “Smile Away” along with such early Wings staples as “Give Ireland Back To The Irish,” “Wild Life,” “My Love,” “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” and “Hi, Hi, Hi” — along with a pair of 1950's covers including particularly hot versions of Elvis Presley's “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” and a show-closing romp on Little Richard's “Long Tall Sally.”
During Wings' formative days, Paul McCartney explained that he deliberated did not want to treat Wings as a superstar act when it truly wasn't: “We could just go into hard rehearsal and then just go to Carnegie Hall, or something like that and do a big thing. But, I feel like I've done that, so we're gonna take it a bit looser than that. Y'know, we don't like the idea of sort of playing the big things. I get the fun out of just going playing, havin' a few people — y'know what I mean? It was good, sort of human-type fun, y'know? I think it gets a little bit, sort of, inhuman when you're (a) tiny figure and millions of people and stuff, y'know? Actually, the main thing is, it just loses the fun — you don't hear the funk of the group. You miss that bit of it and that's the dumb part.” , McCartney's legendary London townhouse in St. John's Wood was broken into while “Macca” was up North performing live in Liverpool. Although security cameras and alarms notified the authorities immediately, the perp was able to escape and no arrests have yet been made.