In the last few days I've managed to enjoy another viewing of Paul McCartney's 2005 'Chaos And Creation In Abbey Road' and another listen to Paul McCartney & Wings unofficial CD release 'Last Flight, the Complete 1979 Glasgow Concert'
In 1979, Paul McCartney was 37 years old, had been touring regularly in the 70's but nine years after the Beatles split was still only performing four Beatles songs out of a set list of 22 songs.
SET LIST 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, The Fool on the Hill, Let It Be, Hot as Sun / Glasses, Spin It On, Twenty Flight Rock, Go Now, Arrow Through Me, Wonderful Christmastime. Coming Up, Goodnight Tonight, Yesterday, Mull of Kintyre, Band on the Run.
In a prolific 70's Paul McCartney had released a stunning nine studio albums plus Wings Greatest LP hits compilation and the expansive, expensive, epic triple LP set 'Wings Over America.
When Back To the Egg was released in June 1979 it wasn't deemed his strongest solo album of the decade but it came to life on the road where it seemed to find its true home.
The album's opening rocker Getting Closer was the first song from the album performed live on Wings UK tour after opener, the Beatles classic Got To Get You Into My Life. Tour de force rockers Old Siam Sir & Spin It On were meant for the stage as did the under rated ballad Arrow Through Me. Denny Laine's performed the Moodies classic Go Now along with Again and Again and Again, his new song from Back To The Egg replacing Say You Don't Mind in the set list from Wings previous tour.
Other than the 'Back to the Egg' songs there were other songs premiered in 1979.
Coming Up, a new unreleased McCartney song was given an airing, it remained in the vaults until April 1980 when a studio version of Coming Up was released from the McCartney 11 album, thankfully the 1979 live version recorded in Glasgow was released on the B-side.
Non album single Goodnight Tonight released earlier in the year was performed complete with beatbox while Wings new Christmas single 'Wonderful Christmastime' thats become a Christmas classic is still performed regularly if Paul plays live during the winter months in the UK! Every Night was suprisingly one of three songs taken from his debut solo album 'McCartney' including the classic Maybe I'm Amazed while the inclusion of Hot as Sun/Glasses, raised a few eyebrows or should that be glasses?
"Here's the part of the set where we like to do something different" says Paul on the Glasgow CD before launching into rocker '20 Flight Rock' while I've Had Enough (London Town), Cook of the House (Wings at the Speed of Sound), No Words (Band on the Run) and mega selling hit single Mull of Kintyre from 1977 all debuted on the Back to the Egg tour.
That made 18 new performances out of a 22 song set list...
While listening to Paul McCartney & Wings unofficial CD release 'Last Flight, the Complete 1979 Glasgow Concert' brought back memories of his two 1979 concerts at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester, watching Chaos And Creation In Abbey Road' left me with regrets that we never got to hear songs live that I personally think are among the best of his solo career as he never toured the UK in 2005 when Chaos and Creation was released.
In the USA Paul eventually included four songs from the album, Fine Line, Jenny Wren, English Tea and the song he debuted at Glastonbury in 2004, Follow Me.
I wonder if he has anything up his sleeve for the Pyramid stage this year?