June 12, 2008

Bedtime Music: Paul McCartney - Band on the Run (Live)

After doing last night's Bedtime Music of Sowing the Seeds of Love, I thought I'd give two more examples of multi-part musical collages, one tonight and another tomorrow.

The first is Paul McCartney & Wings' 1974 release,
Band on the Run. As Wikipedia notes, the song "...is composed of a three-part structure that revolves around the themes of escape and liberation." George Harrison contributed one of the lines in the middle section, "If we ever get out of here." This particular concert was done at the Paris Olympia Music Hall on October 22, 2007.

Odd-but-True Facts: (And this just goes to show you how weird 1970s musical tastes were at the time),
Band on the Run, which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, was preceded by Ray Stevens's The Streak and was followed by Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods' Billy, Don't Be a Hero.

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