SLEEVE: VG+ MEDIA: NM- YEAR: 1978 ORIGIN: Japan EXTRAS: No obi, has insert + poster
The previous time Paul McCartney's Wings had been pared down to its core trio (Macca, wife Linda, and singer-guitarist Denny Laine), the band endured a star-crossed series of crises (the sudden defection of two band members and near-disastrous sessions in Nigeria) to produce its enduring 1973 masterpiece, Band on the Run. Conceived and recorded five years later under considerably more idyllic circumstances, London Town often seems like the previous album's laconic twin.
It's also a collection whose softened edges often foreshadow the tone of not only McCartney's later, oft-critiqued solo work, but that of old partner John Lennon's final album, Double Fantasy. Suffice it to say that "With A Little Luck" is not "Band on the Run," nor will "I've Had Enough" ever challenge "Jet" for pop-icon status. Still, there are enough natural McCartney-isms here ("Café on the Left Bank," "I'm Carrying") to suffuse it with a consistent, breezy tone. --Jerry McCulley