Episode 7 – Venus and Mars

In a wide-ranging episode, Ryan and Chris cover Wings’ great Venus and Mars. Along the way, they touch on Jimmy McColloch’s background, the “secret Wings album” McGear by Paul’s brother Mike, solo Beatles output from 1974, and even a little something from Paul’s dad.

Listen to the MP3 audio now (247.1 MB, 107:49)

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Discussion includes:
“Venus & Mars”
“Rock Show”
“Love In Song”
“You Gave Me The Answer”
“Magneto and Titanium Man”
“Letting Go”
“Venus and Mars (Reprise)”
“Spirits of Ancient Egypt”
“Medicine Jar”
“Call Me Back Again”
“Listen to What The Man Said”
“Treat Her Gently / Lonely Old People”
“Junior’s Farm”
“Sally G”
“Walking In The Park With Eloise”
“Bridge On The River Suite”
“My Carnival”
“Lunch Box / Odd Sox”
“4th of July”
“Let’s Love”
“Baby Face”


  1. Really loving the podcast, guys. I’m a huge solo Paul fan so I’ve been having a blast listening to your takes on his many songs – especially the obscure ones. That said, am I the only he one who really enjoys Medicine Jar and Spirits of Ancient Egypt? I didn’t even realize they were badly received until now! My one weak spot on the album actually is Call Me Back Again. Great at 2.5 minutes, really, really overstretched at 5. Great vocal and I know Paul himself loves it but I don’t think it has enough musical ideas to stretch on for so long.


    1. Thank you for writing in! We’re sure some people love it. CMBA is great and we understand if you think it is too long.


  2. Great episode. I have to say that, after a period of thinking that V&M was really not so good, you’ve brought me back to it. It’ll never be a favorite, but I have a new appreciation for much of the record. That said, one of the things that’s always bugged me is the gauze-y SQ, something I didn’t fully appreciate until I heard the single mix of Letting Go, which is like a lightning bolt: clean, clear, and direct. I wish they would’ve taken that approach with the mix of the album itself.


  3. Ilan, you are not alone. I love Medicine Jar. It’s the only song off V&M that doesn’t seem to get improved by it’s WOA live version (for those that exist). I vastly prefer the live versions of all the others that make it into the set and onto the records – especially Listen to What the Man Said where I think the extra few beats per minute really lift it.

    Guys, I’m working my way through the archive having only discovered this last week as a result of hunting for any news about London Town and BTTE archive editions. I’m just about getting to the end of the Wings era… Loving it so far (although I do disagree here and there).


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