3CD/DVD Box: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada (TBD)
2LP [Remastered Album + Bonus Audio]: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada (TBD)
2CD [Remastered Album + Bonus Audio]: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada (TBD)
Wild Life was the first Wings album but third overall by McCartney outside the shadow of his famous band. Paul and his wife Linda teamed up with drummer Denny Seiwell and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Denny Laine to create a relaxed, pastoral album that was intentionally as light as a feather. Recording occurred over a little more than a week at Abbey Road (with Alan Parsons engineering alongside Tony Clark), and a number of songs were recorded in just one take. “Dear Friend” – a response to John Lennon’s scathing “How Do You Sleep” which was, in turn, a response to Paul’s “Too Many People” – was a holdover from the Ram sessions. Recording took place from July 25-August 2, 1971, and on that latter date, McCartney announced the birth of Wings to the world. Wild Life arrived on December 7, making No. 10 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and No. 11 on the U.K. Albums Chart but was generally considered a commercial disappointment; it yielded no hit singles. Wild Life was eventually certified Gold in the United States, and has since become a cult favorite for its loose, freewheeling sensibility and homespun sound. The super deluxe 3CD/1DVD edition features:
- The remastered original album on CD 1;
- Eight rough mixes on CD 2;
- 17 bonus tracks on CD 3 including home recordings, outtakes, the single version of “Love Is Strange,” and both sides of Wings’ controversial debut single, “Give Ireland Back to the Irish”;
- A DVD with four featurettes; and
- A download card with 24bit/96kHz unlimited high-resolution audio download of the remastered album and bonus audio.
Wild Life is also available in 2CD and LP iterations. The Wild Life vinyl has the original album on one LP and the 17-track Bonus Audio collection on the second LP, and the 2CD version has identical audio content. Additionally, PaulMcCartney.com has an exclusive bundle of both Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway in a new slipcase plus an additional volume: Wings Over Europe. This mini-set has a 20-track compendium of the band’s performances on their 1972 European tour, plus a replica of the tour program and a 96-page book featuring Linda’s photos.