On May 5th and 6th the new Wings five went into the studio to record a song Paul wrote in anticipation of it being featured as the title track for a major motion picture, Alan Alda starring in, Same Time Next Year. The song was submitted but rejected by the studio because too much of the plot was revealed in the song itself. It was tagged on at the end of the film, and finally released in 1990 as a B-side to “Put It There.
Not a bad little piano song, with lush orchestration, which really kicks in the last 30 seconds. “Same Time Next Year” Rating – 6.5
Only July 5th, the band went into the studio to record the music for the soundtrack for the proposed animated film, “Rupert The Bear.” The project has never seen the light of day, and was started back in the RAM days. A full 12 track album was mastered, but again with no film, no soundtrack. Many are instrumental tracks with McCartney dialog introduction describing the next segment of the story.Rupert Song
Tippi Tippi Toes
When The Wind Is Blowing
The Palace Of The King Of The Birds
Sea / Cornish Wafer
Walking In The Meadow
Rupert Song (reprise) ————————————————————————————
A few of the tracks have come out in ARCHIVE relays (“When The Wind Is Blowing” and “Sunshine Sometime”) but the project has yet to see the light of day.
Paul did revisit Rupert a few years later with “We All Stand Together (The Frog Song)” which highlighted the short animated film released in 1984 (as the opener before GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROAD STREET film.
On June 29-July 27th and again on September 11-29th and from October-December of 1978 the band worked on what would ultimately be the final Wings album, to be released in 1979.
In 1978 Linda made a animated film for her solo recording of “Oriental Nightfish.”
The new Wings made the music video for “I’ve Had Enough,” the last single off of LONDON TOWN.
On November 13th Wings Greatest was released.
Of the 12 songs on the album, two were solo Paul songs, so a bit of confusion. The cover is iconic for the statue on the mountain. It still remains in Paul’s MPL office, but to achieve this cover Paul had the statue flown to the Alps and photographed by helicopter, rather than inside a studio.
This album released ended Paul’s contract with Capitol records in the US. Paul was quite angry at the company for what he felt was lack of support on “Mull Of Kintyre” single, where many radio stations played the B-side “Girls School.” Also, he felt they didn’t go all out in promoting LONDON TOWN.
So when push came to shove Paul signed with Clive Davis and Columbia Records, for distribution in the states. The contract was the largest royalty rate ever for his five year contract (thru 1984).
Buddy Holly week was celebrated for the third year in September.
On October 3rd and 4th the band filmed the recording of The Rockestra Orchestra, again another film project which hasn’t officially seen the light of day as of yet.
Next…. 1979….the final full year of Wings.