Wide Prairie features 13 original songs
written by Linda as well as three cover versions. It stands as the
definitive collection of all the songs recorded by Linda over her last
Linda sings lead vocal on all the songs and plays various keyboards,
while Paul McCartney, who produced the album, sings backing vocals and
plays a variety of instruments. The album also includes the couple's
son James playing lead guitar.
Making her own solo album for the fun of it was an idea inspired in
Linda by a fan who had liked her song "Seaside Woman," the soundtrack to
an animated short film that won a Golden Palm at the 1980 Cannes Film
Paul explained, "A couple of years ago, a fan wrote to Linda saying she
had enjoyed "Seaside Woman" and asked if there were any more tracks of
hers available. That letter made us decide to gather all the music that
she had recorded through the years and put it on one album."
Wide Prairie reveals a varied mix of Linda's musical tastes - from the
pop-reggae of "Seaside Woman" and "Mister Sandman" to the punk spirit of "I
Got Up" and "The Light Came From Within." On "Cow" and "The White Coated Man,"
co-written with television screenwriter Carla Lane, Linda makes her
stand for animal rights. Her gentleness is heard in the ballads
"Endless Days" and "Appaloosa."
Linda's unpretentious sense of fun runs through the album - from her
perky and tongue-in-cheek "Wide Prairie," to the surreal animated film soundtrack song "Oriental
Nightfish," the bouncy "New Orleans" and her poppy cover versions of
"Sugartime" and "Poison Ivy."
Wide Prairie was recorded in England, the U.S., France and Jamaica at
varying times since November 1972. The album was completed in March, 1998, just a month before Linda's passing.