TITLE: Wild Life
YEAR RELEASED: 1971
CHART ACTION: #10 US, #11 UK
SINGLES: None. They released three non-album singles in 1972
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Radio stayed the hell away from this.
LINEUP: Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Paul formed a new group! Paul gave the new group half-baked songs!
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The first three cuts tell the tale. “Mumbo” was a jam with made-up lyrics. “Bip Bop” is what the title says. “Love Is Strange” is a reggaed-up cover that lasts almost five minutes. That’s 3/8 of the record, not counting the reprises for the first two (ye Gods, McCartney). They’re nice to listen to, and all – Paul’s a genius of melody – but there’s nothing substantial from the man himself. (The cover is well chosen, but familiar.)
Four of the other tracks are actual songs that make decent album filler, and then there’s “I Am Your Singer”. Sample lyrics “You are my song / I am your singer”. It’s a duet between Paul and Linda. Oh, criminy.
Keep it around if you’re a Beatles completist – otherwise you can pass and spare yourself from having “Bip Bop” stuck in your head against your will.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Dear Friend” is a response to John Lennon’s vicious “How Do You Sleep”. The title cut was also the first clue that that McCartney’s were going down the path of animal-rights and vegetarianism.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, two of the singles are there. One was banned by the BBC (“Give Ireland Back to the Irish” – #16 UK, #21 US). The other was “Mary Had a Little Lamb” (#9 UK, #28 US), recorded in response to the BBC banning the former.
GRADE: C-: I perversely mixed “Mumbo”, “Bip Bop” and “I Am Your Singer” to a lot of folks – maybe for spite?