Dave Amitri on Red Rose Speedway
September has been a strange month so far. My mum passed away in August and her funeral was on the 8th September. We were sat having a beer and a sandwich at my brother’s house as the news filtered through that The Queen had died. Why is that relevant to this, my fourth McCartney / Wings album Red Rose Speedway? Well, I’d been listening to the album and trying to find an angle but nothing came. It was all very nice, pleasant, middle of the road, radio friendly fare. Then as I was thinking about Mum and my childhood it hit me. The whole album reminded me of a day off school in 1973 when I was seven. Following mum round the kitchen as she did her chores while listening to Terry Wogan, Pete Murray and Jimmy young on Radio 2. I don’t claim to remember the songs that were being played but I remember the style and mood and Red Rose Speedway sits firmly in its midst. Very nice, pleasant, middle of the road, radio friendly fare.
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