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Wide Prairie is a posthumous compilation by Linda McCartney
Linda McCartney
Linda Louise McCartney, Lady McCartney was an American photographer, musician and animal rights activist. Her father and mother were Lee Eastman and Louise Sara Lindner Eastman....

. The album was compiled and released in 1998 by Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE, Hon RAM, FRCM is an English musician, singer-songwriter and composer. Formerly of The Beatles and Wings , McCartney is listed in Guinness World Records as the "most successful musician and composer in popular music history", with 60 gold discs and sales of 100...

 after his wife's death, after a fan wrote in enquiring about "Seaside Woman"; a reggae
Reggae
Reggae is a music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. While sometimes used in a broader sense to refer to most types of Jamaican music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that originated following on the development of ska and rocksteady.Reggae is based...

 beat type song which Wings
Wings (band)
Wings were a British-American rock group formed in 1971 by Paul McCartney, Denny Laine and Linda McCartney that remained active until 1981....

 had recorded in 1977, under the name Suzy and the Red Stripes
Suzy and the Red Stripes
The single was first released three years later, in 1977, on Epic Records in the US, due to the efforts of Epic's Steve Popovich, who was given label credit for mastering the original single...

, featuring Linda on lead vocals. Her husband compiled all her recordings with the help of Capitol Records and MPL Communications
MPL Communications
MPL Communications is the holding company for the business interests of Sir Paul McCartney. In addition to handling McCartney's post-Beatles work, MPL is also one of the world's largest privately owned music publishers through its acquisition of numerous other publishing companies...

. Lead guitar on the song The Light Comes Within is played by the McCartneys' son, musician
Musician
A musician is an artist who plays a musical instrument. It may or may not be the person's profession. Musicians can be classified by their roles in performing music and writing music.Also....* A person who makes music a profession....

/sculptor James McCartney
James McCartney
James Louis McCartney is a British musician and songwriter living in London. He is the only son of songwriter and former Beatle Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney...

.

Track listing


All songs by Linda McCartney
Linda McCartney
Linda Louise McCartney, Lady McCartney was an American photographer, musician and animal rights activist. Her father and mother were Lee Eastman and Louise Sara Lindner Eastman....

, except where noted.
  1. "Wide Prairie" – 4:33
    • Recorded by Wings
      Wings (band)
      Wings were a British-American rock group formed in 1971 by Paul McCartney, Denny Laine and Linda McCartney that remained active until 1981....

       on November 20, 1973 in Paris
      Paris
      Paris is the capital and largest city in France, situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region...

      , and in June 1974 in Nashville, Tennessee
      Nashville, Tennessee
      Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County. It is located on the Cumberland River in Davidson County, in the north-central part of the state. The city is a center for the health care, publishing, banking and transportation industries, and is home...

      .
    • Linda McCartney – Lead vocals, Mellotron, Backing vocals
    • Paul McCartney
      Paul McCartney
      Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE, Hon RAM, FRCM is an English musician, singer-songwriter and composer. Formerly of The Beatles and Wings , McCartney is listed in Guinness World Records as the "most successful musician and composer in popular music history", with 60 gold discs and sales of 100...

       – Bass, Piano, Rhodes, Electric organ, Backing vocals
    • Jimmy McCulloch
      Jimmy McCulloch
      James 'Jimmy' McCulloch was a Scottish musician and songwriter, born in Dumbarton and raised in Clydebank and Cumbernauld, Scotland, who was best known for playing lead guitar in Paul McCartney's Wings from 1974 to 1977...

       – Electric guitar
    • Denny Laine
      Denny Laine
      Denny Laine is an English songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, guitarist, and lead singer of The Moody Blues' 1965 debut album "The Magnificent Moodies"; and, later, best known for his role as co-founder of Wings...

       – Acoustic guitar
    • Davey Lutton – Drums
    • Vassar Clements
      Vassar Clements
      Vassar Clements was a Grammy Award- winning American jazz, swing, and bluegrass fiddler. Clements has been dubbed the Father of Hillbilly Jazz, an improvisational style that blends and borrows from swing, hot jazz, and bluegrass along with roots also in country and other musical...

       and Johnny Gimble
      Johnny Gimble
      John Paul Gimble , better known as Johnny Gimble, is an American country musician associated with Western swing. He is an award-winning fiddle player and considered one of the most impressive fiddlers in the genre's history....

       – Fiddles
    • Thaddeus Richard – Alto saxophone
    • Hewlett Quillen – Trombone
    • William Puett – Tenor saxophone
    • George Tidwell and Barry McDonald – Trumpets
    • Norman Ray – Baritone saxohone
  2. "New Orleans" – 3:13
    • Recorded in New Orleans February 1975 during Wings sessions for album Venus and Mars
      Venus and Mars
      Venus and Mars is the fourth album by Wings. Released as the follow-up to the enormously successful Band on the Run, Venus and Mars continued Wings' string of success and would prove a springboard for a year-long worldwide tour...

      , with further recording taking place on May 24, 1979.
    • Linda McCartney – Lead vocals, Piano
    • Paul McCartney – Bass, Piano, Backing vocals
    • Denny Laine – Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
    • Joe English – Drums
  3. "The White Coated Man" (P. McCartney, L. McCartney, Carla Lane
    Carla Lane
    Carla Lane, OBE is an English television writer responsible for many successful sitcoms, including The Liver Birds , Butterflies , and Bread ....

    ) – 2:13
    • A song critical of the practice of vivisection
      Vivisection
      Vivisection is defined as surgery conducted for experimental purposes on a living organism, typically animals with a central nervous system, to view living internal structure...

      , recorded March 21, 1988 and July 18, 1989.
    • Linda McCartney – Lead vocals, Casio keyboard
    • Paul McCartney – Hofner bass, Emulator strings, Drums, Electric guitar
    • Robbie McIntosh
      Robbie McIntosh
      Robbie McIntosh is an English guitarist. McIntosh is well known as a session guitarist and member of The Pretenders from 1982 until 1987. In 1988 he began doing session guitar work for Paul McCartney joining his band full time until early 1994...

       – Electric guitar
    • Steve Johnson – Synth strings, Trumpet, Bass kurzweil
    • Carla Lane
      Carla Lane
      Carla Lane, OBE is an English television writer responsible for many successful sitcoms, including The Liver Birds , Butterflies , and Bread ....

       - Spoken verse
  4. "Love's Full Glory" – 3:46
    • Recorded July 16, 1980 and October of the same year.
    • Linda McCartney – Lead vocals, Piano, Harmony vocal
    • Paul McCartney – Bass, Drums
    • Lloyd Green
      Lloyd Green
      Lloyd Green is an American steel guitarist. Green is most notable for his session work, having played on records with artists such as Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Lynn Anderson, Don Williams, Paul McCartney, Charley Pride and many others.-Early life:Lloyd Green was born on October 4, 1937 in Leaf,...

       – Pedal steel
    • Laurence Juber
      Laurence Juber
      Laurence Juber is an English-born guitarist who currently lives in California. Born 12 November 1952 in Stepney, East London, he was raised and went to school in North London...

       – Acoustic guitar
  5. "I Got Up" (L. McCartney, P. McCartney) – 3:19
    • Recorded November 11, 1973 and March 20 and July 9, 1998.
    • Linda McCartney – Lead vocals, Backing vocals
    • Paul McCartney – Bass, Organ, Piano, Backing vocals
    • Jimmy McCulloch – Guitar
    • Denny Laine – Backing vocals
    • Davey Lutton – Drums
  6. "The Light Comes From Within" (L. McCartney, P. McCartney) – 2:57
    • Recorded March 18, 1998, in what turned out to be Linda's final recording session before her death.
    • Linda McCartney – Lead vocals, Electric piano
    • Paul McCartney – Hofner bass, Electric guitar, Piano, Wurlitzer, Electric piano, Backing vocals
    • James McCartney
      James McCartney
      James Louis McCartney is a British musician and songwriter living in London. He is the only son of songwriter and former Beatle Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney...

       – Electric guitar, Acoustic guitar
  7. "Mister Sandman" (Ballard) – 2:50
    • Recorded in Jamaica
      Jamaica
      Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, in length, up to in width and 10,990 square kilometres in area. It is situated in the Caribbean Sea, about south of Cuba, and west of Hispaniola, the island harbouring the nation-states Haiti and the Dominican Republic...

       at The Black Ark
      Black Ark
      The Black Ark was the recording studio of reggae and dub producer Lee "Scratch" Perry, built in 1973 and located behind his family's home in the Washington Gardens neighborhood of Kingston, Jamaica...

       studio on June 20, 1977 and in Scotland
      Scotland
      Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the...

       in August of the same year.
    • Linda McCartney – Lead vocal
    • Paul McCartney – Electric guitar, vocals
    • Billy Gardner – Rhythm guitar
    • Baris Gardner – Bass guitar
    • Mike "Boo" Richards – Drums
    • Winston Wright – Keyboard
  8. "Seaside Woman" – 3:54
    • Recorded November 27, 1972.
    • Included in a short film by Oscar Grillo]that won the Palme d'Or
      Palme d'Or
      The Palme d'Or is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival and is presented to the director of the best feature film of the official competition. It was introduced in 1955 by the organising committee. From 1939 to 1954, the highest prize was the Grand Prix du Festival International du...

       award at the Cannes Film Festival
      Cannes Film Festival
      The Cannes International Film Festival , is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres including documentaries from around the world. Founded in 1946, it is among the world's most prestigious and publicized film festivals...

      .
    • The first song Linda McCartney ever wrote, according to Paul.
    • Linda McCartney – Lead vocals, Electric piano, Backing vocals
    • Paul McCartney – Bass, Backing and Harmony vocals
    • Denny Laine – Piano, Guitar, Backing vocals
    • Henry McCullough
      Henry McCullough
      Henry McCullough Henry McCullough Henry McCullough (born Henry Campbell Liken McCullough, 21 July 1943, Portstewart, Northern Ireland is an Irish guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, who has played guitar in such bands as Sweeney's Men, Spooky Tooth, Paul McCartney & Wings, and The Grease Band. He...

       – Guitar
    • Denny Seiwell – Drums
  9. "Oriental Nightfish" – 2:49
    • Recorded October 5, 1973 during sessions for the Wings album Band on the Run
      Band on the Run
      Band on the Run is an album by Paul McCartney & Wings, released in 1973. It was Wings' third album. It became Wings' most successful album and remains the most celebrated of McCartney's post-Beatles albums...

      .
    • Included in a short film titled Oriental Nightfish
      Oriental Nightfish
      Oriental Nightfish is a 1978 animated film directed by Ian Emes which accompanies the Linda McCartney track Oriental Nightfish. The film has a running time of 4m 30s and features animation by Ian Emes with the track Oriental Nightfish performed Wings, the band Linda and her husband Paul McCartney...

       by Linda McCartney and Ian Emes
      Ian Emes
      Ian Ronald Emes is a British animator and film director, from Handsworth, Birmingham, England, known for his work with Pink Floyd, who have used his animated films as back-projections in concert and released them as extras on their DVDs...

      .
    • Linda McCartney – Lead vocals, Moog, Electric piano
    • Paul McCartney – Bass, Drums, Guitar, Mellotron
    • Denny Laine – Flute
  10. "Endless Days" (L. McCartney, Mick Bolton) – 3:11
    • Recorded October 21, 1987.
    • Linda McCartney – Lead vocal
    • Mick Bolton – Piano, Keyboard
    • Ian Maidman – Bass and Drums
    • Geoffrey Richardson – Mandolin, Slide guitar
  11. "Poison Ivy
    Poison Ivy (song)
    "Poison Ivy" is a popular song by American songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It was originally recorded by The Coasters in 1959. It went to #1 on the R&B chart and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart...

    " (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
    Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
    Jerome "Jerry" Leiber and Mike Stoller were American songwriting and record producing partners. Stoller was the composer and Leiber the lyricist. Their most famous songs include "Hound Dog", "Jailhouse Rock", "Kansas City", "Stand By Me" Jerome "Jerry" Leiber (April 25, 1933 – August 22, 2011)...

    ) – 2:54
    • A cover version of the original by The Coasters
      The Coasters
      The Coasters are an American rhythm and blues/rock and roll vocal group that had a string of hits in the late 1950s. Beginning with "Searchin'" and "Young Blood", their most memorable songs were written by the songwriting and producing team of Leiber and Stoller...

      . Recorded October 21, 1987.
    • Linda McCartney – Lead vocal
    • Ian Maidman – Bass guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Backing vocals
    • Mick Bolton – Piano, Keyboards, Backing vocal
    • Steve Fletcher – Backing vocals
  12. "Cow" (L. McCartney, P. McCartney, Lane) – 4:24
    • Recorded July 24, 1988.
    • Linda McCartney - Lead vocals, Casio keyboard, Harmony vocals
    • Paul McCartney - Hofner bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Harmony vocals
    • Carla Lane - Spoken verse
  13. "B Side to Seaside" (L. McCartney, P. McCartney) – 2:38
    • As the title might suggest, recorded on May 10, 1977 specifically as a B-side for a single featuring "Seaside Woman".
    • Linda McCartney – Lead vocal, Backing vocal
    • Paul McCartney – Drums, Mellotron, Backing vocals, Electric guitars, Piano, Moog, Congas, Banjo
  14. "Sugartime" (Charles Echols, Odis Echols) – 2:06
    • A cover version of the original by The McGuire Sisters
      The McGuire Sisters
      The McGuire Sisters were a singing trio in American popular music. The group was composed of three sisters: Christine McGuire , Dorothy McGuire , and Phyllis McGuire...

      . Recorded in Jamaica
      Jamaica
      Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, in length, up to in width and 10,990 square kilometres in area. It is situated in the Caribbean Sea, about south of Cuba, and west of Hispaniola, the island harbouring the nation-states Haiti and the Dominican Republic...

       at The Black Ark
      Black Ark
      The Black Ark was the recording studio of reggae and dub producer Lee "Scratch" Perry, built in 1973 and located behind his family's home in the Washington Gardens neighborhood of Kingston, Jamaica...

       studio, June 20, 1977 and July 7, 1998.
    • Linda McCartney – Lead vocal
    • Paul McCartney – Wurlitzer, vocals
    • Billy Gardner – Rhythm guitar
    • Baris Gardner – Bass guitar
    • Mike "Boo" Richards – Drums
    • Winston Wright – Keyboard
  15. "Cook of the House" (P. McCartney) – 2:37
    • Recorded January–February, 1976.
    • Originally released in 1976 on the Wings album Wings at the Speed of Sound
      Wings at the Speed of Sound
      Wings at the Speed of Sound is the fifth album by Wings and was recorded and issued in 1976 in the midst of a large world tour as the follow-up album to the popular Venus and Mars.- History :...

       and also as the B-side to "Silly Love Songs
      Silly Love Songs
      Silly Love Songs is a song written by Paul and Linda McCartney and performed by Wings. The song appeared on the 1976 album, Wings at the Speed of Sound. It was also released as a single in 1976. The US single was released on 1 April 1976 and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The UK single was...

      ".
    • Linda McCartney – Lead vocal, Piano
    • Paul McCartney – Upright bass, Mellotron, Piano
    • Denny Laine – Electric guitar
    • Joe English – Drums
  16. "Appaloosa" – 4:44
    • Recorded March 7, 1998.
    • Inspired by a story about the Nez Perce tribe and their love for horses.
    • Linda McCartney – Lead vocal
    • Paul McCartney – Drums, Hofner bass, Clarinet, Wurlitzer, Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar

Personnel

  • Mick Bolton – piano, keyboards, vocals
  • Mike "Boo" Richards – drums
  • Vassar Clements
    Vassar Clements
    Vassar Clements was a Grammy Award- winning American jazz, swing, and bluegrass fiddler. Clements has been dubbed the Father of Hillbilly Jazz, an improvisational style that blends and borrows from swing, hot jazz, and bluegrass along with roots also in country and other musical...

     – fiddle
  • Joe English – drums
  • Steve Fletcher – vocals
  • Boris Gardner – bass
  • Billy Gardner – guitar
  • Johnny Gimble
    Johnny Gimble
    John Paul Gimble , better known as Johnny Gimble, is an American country musician associated with Western swing. He is an award-winning fiddle player and considered one of the most impressive fiddlers in the genre's history....

     – fiddle
  • Lloyd Green
    Lloyd Green
    Lloyd Green is an American steel guitarist. Green is most notable for his session work, having played on records with artists such as Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Lynn Anderson, Don Williams, Paul McCartney, Charley Pride and many others.-Early life:Lloyd Green was born on October 4, 1937 in Leaf,...

     – pedal steel
  • Steve Johnson – Kurzweil, string synth, trumpet
  • Denny Laine
    Denny Laine
    Denny Laine is an English songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, guitarist, and lead singer of The Moody Blues' 1965 debut album "The Magnificent Moodies"; and, later, best known for his role as co-founder of Wings...

     – guitar, vocals, piano, flute
  • Carla Lane
    Carla Lane
    Carla Lane, OBE is an English television writer responsible for many successful sitcoms, including The Liver Birds , Butterflies , and Bread ....

     – vocals
  • Davey Lutton – drums
  • Ian Maidman – bass, drums, vocals, guitar
  • James McCartney
    James McCartney
    James Louis McCartney is a British musician and songwriter living in London. He is the only son of songwriter and former Beatle Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney...

     – guitar
  • Linda McCartney – vocals, piano, electric piano, keyboards, mellotron, Moog
  • Paul McCartney
    Paul McCartney
    Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE, Hon RAM, FRCM is an English musician, singer-songwriter and composer. Formerly of The Beatles and Wings , McCartney is listed in Guinness World Records as the "most successful musician and composer in popular music history", with 60 gold discs and sales of 100...

     – bass, vocals, guitar, piano, drums, Wurlitzer, Mellotron, organ, banjo, electric piano, Rhodes, Moog, string synth, congas, clarinet
  • Jimmy McCulloch
    Jimmy McCulloch
    James 'Jimmy' McCulloch was a Scottish musician and songwriter, born in Dumbarton and raised in Clydebank and Cumbernauld, Scotland, who was best known for playing lead guitar in Paul McCartney's Wings from 1974 to 1977...

     – guitar
  • Henry McCullough
    Henry McCullough
    Henry McCullough Henry McCullough Henry McCullough (born Henry Campbell Liken McCullough, 21 July 1943, Portstewart, Northern Ireland is an Irish guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, who has played guitar in such bands as Sweeney's Men, Spooky Tooth, Paul McCartney & Wings, and The Grease Band. He...

     – guitar
  • Barry McDonald – trumpet
  • Robbie McIntosh
    Robbie McIntosh
    Robbie McIntosh is an English guitarist. McIntosh is well known as a session guitarist and member of The Pretenders from 1982 until 1987. In 1988 he began doing session guitar work for Paul McCartney joining his band full time until early 1994...

    – guitar
  • William Puett – tenor saxophone
  • Hewlett Quillen – trombone
  • Norman Ray – baritone saxophone
  • Thaddeus Richards – alto saxophone
  • Geoffrey Richardson – guitar, mandolin
  • Denny Seiwell – drums
  • George Tidwell – trumpet
  • Winston Wright – keyboards

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