Paul McCartney Rocks: Laurence Juber Recalls Wings' Rough-and-Tumble Final Album, 'Back to the Egg'

Wings guitarist Laurence Juber [left] performs with Paul and Linda McCartney in December 1979 (Image credit: Pete Still/Redferns/Getty Images)

Forty years ago, Paul McCartney released one of the heaviest, hardest-rocking albums of his career, 1979's Back to the Egg. Please note that we're not talking about "heavy" as in Motörhead, Judas Priest or Van Halen, all of whom also released albums that year. We're talkin' heavy as defined by the guy who wrote "The Fool on the Hill," "My Love," "You Gave Me the Answer" and "Warm and Beautiful."

Of course, McCartney also wrote "Helter Skelter," "The End," "Hi, Hi, Hi" and "Soily" — and Back to the Egg relies heavily on that side of his personality. 

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.