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Wings, "Helen Wheels" ('72 Thinline content)

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Telecaster88, Jan 22, 2021.

  1. Telecaster88

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    Thanks, that was fun!
    Sir Paul was rockin’ a lefty plexiglass Dan Armstrong, too.
     
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    Chiogtr4x Poster Extraordinaire

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    Denny Laine looks really high!

    Cool Thinline- I used to think they were ugly, like an abomination from a Classic Telecaster.

    But I think after reading old reviews in the British 'Guitar and Bass' of both the original Thinline's ( say '69 and '72's) and the reissues, over the years ( I bought this magazine all the time in the Tower Records days, '90's...)
    - the editors always made a point of stating the WideRange pickups on the original semi-hollow Tele body were a fantastic combination- like 'the best sounding ever!' Telecasters.

    Side: a buddy of mine lent me his black '79 Tele Thinline for a gig in 1980, when my Les Paul Signature got stolen

    So I came around to liking the ugly duckling Teles- and they aren't so ugly!

    That sure sounds like Paul's lead playing though - that frantic edgy 'Taxman' phrasing is always there.
     
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    elihu Poster Extraordinaire

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    Gotta be Henry McCullough on lead guitar though...
     
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    Fun stuff! I seem to remember Paul playing a different, solid body Tele in the studio pictures on the original album jacket. Pretty sure Henry was gone by then, and Paul's playing the leads ... you can even sorta hear a bit of Taxman-style in that lead run-out at the end?
     
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    Henry had left the band before it was recorded. Only Paul, Linda and Denny went to Nigeria where it was recorded. I just did some Googling and apparently it was Paul. It has a similar beginning as his Taxman solo.

    Funny, because listening to that solo just now....after many many years...I can see that it subconsciously influenced me rather a lot. I recognise quite a few of those licks and phrasing in my playing.
     
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  7. elihu

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    Y'all are right-must be Paul on lead...
     
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    I've never heard that one before.
     
  9. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Poster Extraordinaire

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    I think his name is Jimmy McCullough, not Henry
    ( the one on Wings over America)

    Still think it's Paul on lead though, but that song takes me right back to Sophomore year, HS!
     
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    Nope, Henry was the first lead player in Wings and ended up being replaced by Jimmy after Band on the Run was recorded (up until he OD'd).
     
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    Related?

    Great song anyways. I think Wings are highly underrated in the "Guitar Fraternity".
     
  12. TG

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    No. Spelled differently.

    I knew a guy near here who had an SG that Henry McCullough used to own.
     
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