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Released -  May 27, 1975 on Capital Records. Produced by Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney - Lead & Backing Vocals, Bass, Rhythm & Lead Guitars, Piano, Organ


Denny Lane - Rhythm Guitars, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals on "Spirits of Ancient Egypt"
Jimmy McCulloch - Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals on "Medicine Jar"
Joe English - Drums
Linda McCartney - Backing Vocals and Keyboards


Geoff Britton - Drums on "Love in Song", "Letting Go" and "Medicine Jar"
Dave Mason - Guitar on "Listen to What the Man Said"
Tom Scott -Saxophone on "Listen to What the Man Said"
Allen Toussaint  - Piano on "Rock Show"
Kenneth "Afro" Williams - Percussion on "Rock Show"

All songs written by Paul McCartney except: "Medicine Jar" written by Jimmy McCulloch & Colin Allen, and "Crossroads" by Tony Hatch

Venus and Mars     7.0
Rock Show   10.0
Love in Song      6.8
You Gave Me the Answer     7.4
Magneto and Titanium Man     8.6
Letting Go     8.2
Venus and Mars (Reprise)     6.7
Spirits of Ancient Egyp     6.2
Medicine Jar     7.8
Call Me Back Again     6.4
Listen to What the Man Said      8.0
Treat Her Gently/Lonely Old People     6.2
Crossroads     6.6
Ave.     7.4


Guess you can call Venus and Mars a comeback album for Paul McCartney's band Wings, since the album before, Band On The Run was really a solo McCartney LP, regardless of who it was credited to being put out by.

With its first two numbers, Venus and Mars starts off with a double salute at rock concerts and the build-up so many fans have before a show begins. Its very short title cut, "Venus and Mars", should had just been a part of the second song "Rock Show", and how come I have a feeling from looking at its lyrics that it more than likely once was. In fact, it comes back as a reprise six tracks later, but it isn't really the same song, as it only has the same title at that point. Not sure the reasoning in this, but what ever. Getting back to "Rock Show", this is by far the best song on the album, just filled with all kinds of energry, something several of the other songs on the LP lack.

"Magneto and Titanium Man" is my next favorite song found on here, full of fun even if the tale the lyrics tell is a bit on the silly side. Then the next best number is the slow and mellow, "Letting Go", sang in a way only McCartney can sound, stretching out the lyrics so you can understand his true feelings. I know many McCartney fans would rate the New Orleans sounding "Listen To What the Man Said" higher than what I gave it; it's better than okay, true, but not a ten in my book, either.

I guess Paul wanted to show everybody that this was a true band album, as he gave one of his songs to Denny Lane to sing, that being "Spirits of Ancient Egypt". Then he let his other guitarist, Jimmy McCulloch, sing lead on an anti-drug song that Jimmy wrote, "Medicine Jar". A very good song, the sad thing being was that McCulloch didn't take his own advice, which he wrote and sang about in the song, as he was unable to keep his own hands out of the medicine jar; he would died from an overdose of pills just four years later.

As I already mentioned, a few songs on here do lack a bit of energry, but overall, not a bad LP put out by Paul and his band.

- Keno 2005

To listen to some soundclips from VENUS & MARS or to purchase it click on: Venus and Mars

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