How To Play Let Me Roll It By Paul McCartney And Wings

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Let Me Roll It by Paul McCartney & Wings released on the 1973 album Band on the Run.

The song was also released as the B-side to “Jet” in early 1974, and has remained a staple of McCartney’s live concerts since it was first released.

Some critics, such as Rolling Stone’s Jon Landau, saw the song as a pastiche of John Lennon’s sound, particularly the riff and the use of tape echo on the vocals. McCartney, however, didn’t intend the song to be a pastiche of Lennon. He did say the vocal “does sound like John. … I hadn’t realized

I’d sung it like John.”

The song’s title was inspired by a quote from George Harrison’s “I’d Have You Anytime”, the opening track from his critically acclaimed All Things Must Pass.

According to Ultimate Classic Rock contributor Nick DeRiso, Lennon incorporated the riff from “Let Me Roll It” into his 1974 song “Beef Jerky.” DeRiso rated it as Wings’ 7th greatest song.