Venus and Mars

Venus and Mars
Venus and Mars
Studio album by Wings
Released 27 May 1975 (US)
30 May 1975 (UK)
Recorded January - April 1975 at Sea Saint, New Orleans and Wally Heiders Studio, Los Angeles
Genre Rock
Length 43:11
Label Capitol
Producer Paul McCartney
Wings chronology
Band on the Run
Venus and Mars
Wings at the Speed of Sound

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.[1] It was Paul McCartney's first post-Beatles release under the Capitol Records label.



After recording Band on the Run as a three-piece with wife Linda and guitarist Denny Laine, McCartney added Jimmy McCulloch on lead guitar and Geoff Britton on drums to the Wings line-up in 1974. Having written several new songs for the next album, McCartney decided upon New Orleans, Louisiana as the recording venue, and Wings headed there in January 1975.[1]

As soon as the sessions began, the personality clash that had been evident between McCulloch and Britton during Wings' 1974 sessions in Nashville became more pronounced, and Britton — after a mere six month stay — quit Wings, having only played on three of the new songs.[1] A replacement, American Joe English, was quickly auditioned and hired to finish the album.[2]

The sessions themselves proved to be very productive, not only finishing the entire album, but also several additional songs including two future McCartney B-sides: "Lunch Box/Odd Sox" and "My Carnival".[1] McCartney also decided to link the songs together much like The Beatles had on Abbey Road to give the album a more continuous feel.[3]

John Lennon, often in a nostalgic mood while in Los Angeles, had told May Pang (his then girlfriend) that he planned to visit the McCartneys during the recording sessions for Venus and Mars, but this was not to be. Lennon's planned visit would be permanently postponed due to his reunion with Yoko Ono.[4]


Preceded by the single "Listen to What the Man Said" in May, Venus and Mars appeared two weeks later to decent reviews and brisk sales. The album reached #1 in the United States, the United Kingdom and worldwide (as did "Listen to What the Man Said" in the US) and sold several million copies during the 70's, with sales now pitched at over 10 million, even if the reaction was less than what had greeted Band on the Run a year earlier.

Two additional singles, "Letting Go" and "Venus and Mars/Rock Show" were released, though to less success. Although the latter almost reached the US Top 10, it didn't chart at all in the UK.

By September, Wings kicked off what would be their year-long Wings Over the World tour in the UK, with Australia, the US and Canada penciled in for the coming months; Venus and Mars material would be heavily featured.

In 1983 it was first issued on compact disc by Columbia Records, although early 1983 pressings were pressed in Japan by CSR Compact Disc which was etched in the inner ring. This CD was one of the first pressed at CBS/Sony's Digital Audio Disc Plant in Terre Haute, Indiana CD pressing plant. The Columbia McCartney Discs are prized by audiophiles for their mastering. In 1993, Venus and Mars was remastered and reissued on CD as part of "The Paul McCartney Collection" series with "Zoo Gang" (a UK television theme that was the UK B-side of "Band on the Run" in 1974), "Lunch Box/Odd Sox" (B-side of "Coming Up" in 1980), and "My Carnival" ("Spies Like Us"' B-side in 1985) as bonus tracks. In 2007, Venus and Mars was reissued in digital form on iTunes with these bonus tracks plus the 6-minute-plus "party mix" of "My Carnival".

Wings' interpretation of the theme to Crossroads, a British soap opera, was sometimes used to end the show in place of the regular theme tune, usually when there was a cliffhanger ending with a hint of sadness involved.

The album was also originally released in 4-channel quadraphonic. In 1996 the quadraphonic version of the album was released on Compact disc in the DTS 5.1 Music Disc format.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (B+) [5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link

Track listing

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Venus and Mars"   Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney 1:20
2. "Rock Show"   P. McCartney, L. McCartney 5:31
3. "Love in Song"   P. McCartney, L. McCartney 3:04
4. "You Gave Me the Answer"   P. McCartney, L. McCartney 2:15
5. "Magneto and Titanium Man"   P. McCartney, L. McCartney 3:16
6. "Letting Go"   P. McCartney, L. McCartney 4:33
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Venus and Mars (Reprise)"   P. McCartney, L. McCartney 2:05
8. "Spirits of Ancient Egypt" (lead vocals by Denny Laine) P. McCartney, L. McCartney 3:04
9. "Medicine Jar" (lead vocals by Jimmy McCulloch) Jimmy McCulloch, Colin Allen 3:37
10. "Call Me Back Again"   P. McCartney, L. McCartney 4:58
11. "Listen to What the Man Said"   P. McCartney, L. McCartney 4:01
12. "Treat Her Gently/Lonely Old People"   P. McCartney, L. McCartney 4:21
13. "Crossroads Theme"   Tony Hatch 1:00

Additional tracks

All songs written by Paul and Linda McCartney.

The Paul McCartney Collection's 1993 reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Notes Length
14. "Zoo Gang"   Theme from the UK TV series The Zoo Gang 2:01
15. "Lunch Box/Odd Sox"   Previously released as B-side of a single "Coming Up" in 1980 3:50
16. "My Carnival"   Previously released as B-side of "Spies Like Us" in 1985 3:57
iTunes exclusive track
No. Title Notes Length
17. "My Carnival" (12" Party Mix) (Remixed by Gary Langan) Previously released on 12" maxi-single of "Spies Like Us" 6:02


Additional personnel


Chart positions

Chart (1975/76) Position
Australian Kent Music Report Chart[6] 2
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[7] 1
Dutch Mega Albums Chart[8] 5
French SNEP Albums Chart [9] 1
Italian Albums Chart[10] 11
Japanese Oricon LP Chart[11] 9
New Zealand Albums Chart [12] 1
Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart[13] 1
UK Albums Chart [14] 1
U.S. Billboard 200 [15] 1
West German Media Control Albums Chart [16] 11

Year-end charts

Chart (1975) Position
Australian Albums Chart[6] 8
Canadian Albums Chart[17] 5
Italian Albums Chart[10] 33
Japanese Albums Chart[18] 33
UK Albums Chart[19] 5
U.S. Billboard Year-End[20] 57
Chart (1976) Position
U.S. Billboard Year-End[21] 45

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[22] Platinum 100,000^
Japan (Oricon Charts) 152,000[23]
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[25] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


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  8. ^ " Wings - At The Speed Of Sound" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
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  10. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia - Gli album più venduti del 1975" (in Italian). Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
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  17. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1975". RPM. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
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  21. ^ "Top Pop Albums of 1976". Archived from the original on 2 August 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2007. 
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  23. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4871310779. 
  24. ^ "British album certifications – Wings – Venus and Mars". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Venus and Mars in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  25. ^ "American album certifications – Wings – Venus". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
The Best of The Stylistics by The Stylistics
Horizon by the Carpenters
UK number-one album
28 June 1975
19 July 1975
Succeeded by
Horizon by the Carpenters
Horizon by The Carpenters
Preceded by
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
by Elton John
Billboard 200 number-one album
19–25 July 1975
Succeeded by
One of These Nights by Eagles
Preceded by
Gråt inga tårar by Thorleifs [1]
Norwegian VG-lista number-one album
25/1975 - 38/1975 (14 weeks)
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
by Elton John
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
by Elton John
Canadian RPM Chart number-one album
26 July 1975
13 September 1975
Succeeded by
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
by Elton John
Fandango! by ZZ Top
Preceded by
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
by Elton John
New Zealand Chart number-one album
8 August 1975
Succeeded by
The Very Best of by Roger Whittaker

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