Aired on Treasure Island Oldies – May 28, 2023
By the early spring of 1974, Paul McCartney & Wings had a monster hit with “Jet,” their first single release in both the US and UK from their Band On The Run album.
It’s too bad that the B side of the “Jet” single, which was also on this iconic album, got “lost in the shuffle” hit-wise as it showcases McCartney’s exceptional songwriting and his versatility …
The song exhibits McCartney’s ability to blend genres seamlessly and encapsulates the spirit of the 70s, combining elements of rock, blues, and psychedelia. The song opens with a gritty guitar riff reminiscent of McCartney’s love for bluesy rock and sets the stage for a musical journey.
Instrumentally, the track stands out with its tight-knit ensemble performance. The rhythm section, featuring Denny Laine on guitar provides a solid foundation. McCartney’s bass guitar work adds a layer of intensity – all supported by Linda McCartney’s keyboard and backing vocals, which add depth and richness to the sound.
McCartney’s soulful vocals draw you into a world where he intertwines his desire to be with his loved one and his affinity for the intoxicating effects of marijuana. The chorus supports this and can be described as a playful invitation, urging both the listener and his beloved to embrace the moment and share in the euphoria that both love and rolling a joint can bring. This dual significance adds depth and intrigue to an already captivating composition.
Fifty years since its December 1973 release, the Band On The Run album maintains its mystique and is a testament to the group’s impeccable talent.
Perhaps that “should’ve been a hit” track, the B side of “Jet,” will take on new meaning when Paul McCartney and Wings urge you to “Let Me Roll It,” this week’s Tom Locke moment in time.
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This “Moments In Time” story is yet another example of a “golden oldie” or forgotten favorite that earned its place in the evolution of Rock & Roll.