Paul McCartney & Wings – Last Flight (Silver Apple SIAP 011/12)

Last Flight (Silver Apple SIAP 011/12)

Apollo Theater, Glasgow, Scotland – December 17th, 1979

Disc 1:  Got To Get You Into My Life, Getting Closer, Every Night, Again And Again And Again, I’ve Had Enough, No Words, Cook Of The House, Old Siam Sir, Maybe I’m Amazed, Fool On The Hill, Let It Be, Hot As Sun, Spin It On, Twenty Flight Rock, Go Now, Arrow Through Me, Wonderful Christmastime

Disc 2:  Coming Up, Goodnight Tonight, Yesterday, Mull of Kintyre, Band On The Run.  Bonus tracks, Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK – December 29th, 1979:  Got To Get You Into My Life, Every Night, Coming Up, Lucille, Let It Be, Rockestra Theme

The Vigatone release of this tape many years ago sent shivers down the spine of the Beatles/Wings collecting community.  This is a professionally recorded and mixed show intended for release but scrapped.  This is perhaps the best concert from the final Wings tour.

It comes from an excellent soundboard recording, perfect in almost every detail.  There is a horrible instance of skipping in the tape during “Got To Get You Into My Life.”   

The winter tour in support of the much-maligned Back To The Egg album had been overlooked for some time due to the paucity of the source tapes.  SilverApple, a Japanese label, simply copied the Vigatone release including the officially released set from the Kampuchea concert several weeks afterwards setting a pattern for future releases. 

This is a good way to find this show.  The show itself is excellent.  Mixing seldom-played songs with material from Back To The Egg and of course some Beatle material make this set a winner. 

The highlight for me is the rare Wonderful Christmastime followed by Coming Up and the robo-driven Goodnight Tonight.  The emotional finale of Mull Of Kintyre is icing on the cake of a very strong show.  If you can find this tape in any form (and there are more releases), do yourself a favor and find it.

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