Album details

ArtistPaul McCartney & Wings
AlbumBand On the Run [Unlimited DR Remaster]
Album DR12
Min. track DR10
Max. track DR13
Track DR 13 13 13 11 11 13 10 13 11 (might not be in original order)
CodecFree Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC)
LabelMPL Communications
Label codeMPL Communications 24 bit 96k Unlimited Dynamic Range
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CommentPaul McCartney & Wings - Band on the Run [1973] [Album] 2010 - MPL Communications / MPL Communications 24 bit 96k Unlimited Dynamic Range / WEB Fixed tags for sonnycrocket's upload + cleaned up files. The audio industry has seen many technical innovations since Band on the Run was first released on vinyl in 1973, the most notable being digital recording. However, with the introduction of CD came two advances, “de-noising” and “peak limiting” which have become increasingly unpopular within certain areas of the music industry and amongst audiophiles. De-noising was introduced to remove the inherent sound, or hiss, associated with analogue tape. The amount of processing used to remove tape noise can be varied, but when used excessively, many believe that it also has a detrimental effect on elements of the musical sound. Peak limiting is a process that increases the loudness of music. It is achieved by holding the loudest peaks down and raising the overall level of the music. Much depends on the amount of limiting applied, but at its most extreme the result can be a serious reduction in the dynamic range and often audible distortion. The release of The Beatles’ remasters in 2009 saw a marked change in attitudes towards these issues, where both noise reduction and limiting were used sparingly with the aim of representing the master tapes more accurately. Such is the case with the newly remastered CD of Band on the Run: tape noise reduction has scarcely been used and the degree of limiting is subtle. In addition digital technology has advanced with the ability now to offer recordings in 24 bit/96kHz. The high resolution version is being made available via download and is being offered in two formats: limited, which is comparable in volume to the remastered CD, and un-limited, which in comparison with the limited version will sound quieter, but retain the dynamic range of the original master recording. Allan Rouse Abbey Road Studios From Wikipedia Background After the success of Red Rose Speedway, "Live And Let Die" - the new James Bond theme song - was released as the next "Wings" single (without McCartney's name in the artist credit) and became a worldwide smash. It was at this juncture that Paul and wife Linda McCartney began contemplating their next album. Bored with recording in the UK, they really wanted to challenge themselves and Wings by going to some exotic locale. Asking EMI to send him a listing of all its international recording studios, Paul happened upon Lagos in Nigeria and was instantly taken with the idea of recording in Africa. Alongside the McCartneys, guitarist Denny Laine was set to go, as well as lead guitarist Henry McCullough, and drummer Denny Seiwell. However, a few weeks before departing in late August, McCullough quit Wings in Scotland; with Seiwell following suit the night before the departure, this left just the core of the band, Paul, Linda and Denny Laine, to venture to Lagos alone. While there, both the McCartneys were mugged at knifepoint, and were accosted in the studio by legendary musician Fela Kuti for fear that Paul was plagiarizing African music (fears which McCartney quickly assuaged by playing Kuti the recorded music), and were persuaded to record at Ginger Baker's studio in Lagos (where he lived at the time) by the man himself, once he heard that the McCartneys were in town. It was a most action-packed time, clearly, and one which only saw the recording of the ensuing album's backing tracks. In October, after the band's return to London, final overdubs and orchestral tracks were added and the album was finished. "Helen Wheels" was released as a non-album single at the end of the month, becoming a worldwide Top 10 by the end of the year. As Band On The Run was being prepared for release, Capitol Records, who distributed The Beatles' Apple Records label there, slotted "Helen Wheels" into the album - although it was never McCartney's intention to do so. The 1993 international CD reissue of the album - without the single interrupting the album's line-up - confirms this. Release Band on the Run was issued that December to positively glowing reviews. The commercial reaction was slow, with the album gradually inching its way up the charts, but by the spring of 1974, bolstered by the hits "Jet" and the title track, Band On The Run was a large success. It reached #1 in the US on three separate occasions, a first, and eventually went triple platinum. In the UK, it spent seven weeks at the summit that summer, becoming the top selling British album of 1974. Its lingering success was also beneficial in allowing Wings the time to locate a new guitarist and drummer, and to integrate them into the band before beginning new recordings. In early 1975, Band on the Run won the Grammy award for "Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus." The lead track, "Band on the Run" generally set the pace for the rest of the album. To tie back in with the album's title, the final track, "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five" (also known as "1985"), fades into the "Band on the Run"'s chorus, to close off the album. A contemporary review by Jon Landau in Rolling Stone (issue #153) described the album as "the finest record yet released by any of the four musicians who were once called The Beatles". In retrospective reviews, Q magazine placed the album at #75 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever, and it was ranked #418 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Cover The cover of Band on the Run is also noteworthy. Shot on 28 October 1973, it depicts the now well-known shot of Paul, Linda, and Denny plus six other celebrities dressed as convicts caught in the spotlight of a prison searchlight. They are: Michael Parkinson (journalist and UK chat-show host), Kenny Lynch (singer, actor and comedian), James Coburn (Hollywood actor), Clement Freud (gourmet, raconteur, Member of Parliament, Just a Minute panellist and grandson of Sigmund), Christopher Lee (UK actor, best known for roles in horror films and as Saruman in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy) and John Conteh (Liverpool boxer who later became World Light-Heavyweight champion). The picture was taken against a garden wall in Osterley Park, Brentford. References to the cover were to be made later by McCartney himself (in the video for "Spies Like Us", along with Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd) as well as others (such as the movie poster for the Dreamworks' animated film Madagascar, which depicts the main characters standing against a wall in a pose similar to the original "Band on the Run" photo.) Track listing All tracks written by Paul and Linda McCartney, except where noted. 1. "Band on the Run" – 5:10 2. "Jet" – 4:06 Inspired by Paul and Linda's dog 3. "Bluebird" – 3:22 4. "Mrs Vandebilt" – 4:38 5. "Let Me Roll It" – 4:47 6. "Mamunia" – 4:50 An Arabic word for "safe haven" which McCartney happened upon while on holiday in Marrakesh and the name of a hotel there. 7. "No Words" (P. McCartney, Denny Laine) – 2:33 This song was begun by Denny Laine and finished by McCartney 8. "Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)" – 5:50 Inspired by actor Dustin Hoffman's suggestion to McCartney to compose a song on Pablo Picasso's death. Features Ginger Baker on shakers. Includes snippets from "Jet" and "Mrs Vandebilt" 9. "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five" – 5:27 Includes as finale a snippet from "Band on the Run" American track listing This variation of the album was released by EMI subsidiary Capitol Records in the United States, and remains the American version. 1. "Band on the Run" – 5:10 2. "Jet" – 4:06 3. "Bluebird" – 3:22 4. "Mrs Vandebilt" – 4:38 5. "Let Me Roll It" – 4:47 6. "Mamunia" – 4:50 7. "No Words" – 2:33 8. "Helen Wheels" – 3:44 9. "Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)" – 5:50 10. "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five" – 5:27 Personnel * Paul McCartney – lead, rhythm and bass guitars, drums, piano, keyboards, percussion, vocals * Linda McCartney – organ, keyboards, percussion, vocals * Denny Laine – rhythm, lead and bass guitars, vocals Additional personnel * Howie Casey – saxophone * Ginger Baker – percussion * Remi Kabaka – percussion * Tony Visconti – orchestrations * Ian and Trevor – backing vocals
foobar2000 1.3.2 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2014-06-06 16:28:51

Analyzed: Paul McCartney & Wings / Band on the Run

DR         Peak         RMS     Duration Track
DR13      -0.17 dB   -15.95 dB      5:14 01-Band on the Run
DR13      -0.02 dB   -14.73 dB      4:09 02-Jet
DR13      -1.67 dB   -17.34 dB      3:25 03-Bluebird
DR11      -1.09 dB   -14.63 dB      4:42 04-Mrs Vandebilt
DR11      -1.72 dB   -14.94 dB      4:50 05-Let Me Roll It
DR13      -1.68 dB   -17.13 dB      4:51 06-Mamunia
DR10      -3.38 dB   -16.17 dB      2:36 07-No Words
DR13      -2.17 dB   -17.95 dB      5:49 08-Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)
DR11      -0.02 dB   -15.25 dB      5:32 09-Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five

Number of tracks:  9
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate:        96000 Hz
Channels:          2
Bits per sample:   24
Bitrate:           2965 kbps
Codec:             FLAC
AlgorithmTT DR Offline Meter (or compatible)

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