"It's all so good. I'm here for every mix and every outtake. He's so precise with his cheeriness and I'm in his marching band for life."
This was an Instagram post by someone who had been listening to the deluxe edition of "Wings At The Speed Of Sound." I reread the phrase "precise with his cheeriness" over and over. I love it, though I'm not really sure I understand it exactly. Still, it managed to resonate.
I bought "Speed Of Sound" the week it came out at Crazy Eddie's on Coney Island Avenue. My cousin did, too. We both hated it. We mocked every track. I think many people did. But I love this record now.
Most are satisfied with remembering the simple lyrics to "Let 'Em In" and not the brilliant, slow burn arrangement. The same goes for "Silly Love Songs" with its relentless chorus of "I love yous" while dismissing the beautifully layered production or killer horn arrangement. And no credit at all goes to the rest of the band members and their vocal contributions. Yes, Linda's "Cook Of The House" is cringemaking, and Jimmy McCulloch's "Wino Junko" isn't much better. But both Denny Laine vocals "The Note You Never Wrote" and "Time To Hide" are excellent, as is drummer Joe English's entry, "Must Do Something About It." As a matter of fact, those three songs sound less like McCartney solo tracks and more like a band influenced by McCartney, which was Sir Paul's goal for Wings in the first place.
I found the isolated bass track for "Silly Love Songs," You'll need a bit of patience, but you will be rewared if you stick with it. It's a song in itself, with Paul never just laying down bottom, but creating real music with one four-stringed guitar.