2. "Band on the Run"
If anyone still wondered whether McCartney could
really cut it solo, "Band on the Run" settled the question once and
for all. It's an audaciously daft multipart suite about a rock & roll
prison break, with hints of escaping his Beatles past. ("If we ever get
out of here" was a phrase George Harrison had muttered in a business
meeting.) But even when McCartney is singing about conflict and confinement, he
gets swept up, hollering in delight. The whole world decided to run along with
him, taking the song to the top of the pop charts here. No one dismissed him as
a lightweight after this.