Thursday, 4 June 2009

McCartney's Archival project news


Some news coming from the archive work that is currently being done on the McCartney studio sessions future 4CD boxed set. First off, some interesting facts the archivists have discovered while reviewing songs for the three earlier discs.
Work has been done on three unreleased tracks from the Park Gates sessions late 198O with Wings: "Ecology of the world", "Rock'n'roll Rodeo " and "Good Morning Song" : these tracks were considered for disc 3, but dropped.
The medley from Give My Regards To Broadstreet ("Yesterday", "Wanderlust" and "Here, There & Everywhere") originally included "Fool on the Hill". It contains a new horns arrangement.
The South Strawberry sessions late 1981 with Stevie Wonder for "Ebony & Ivory" overdubs includes a couple of great jams for "Long and Winding Road " and "Lady Madonna".
Some overdubs were made at Montserrat for the "Ode to a Koala Bear" track.
The first working title for Get It was "Gotta Get It".
A lot of jams were recorded at Montserrat including one with Carl Perkins, Stevie Wonder, Paul and Denny Laine (just before he left), and one Denny Laine song was recorded at Montserrat.
"Any Younger" and "Unbeliavable Experience" were originally part of the "Sweetest Little Show" three-tracks medley with a length of more than 8 minutes. Recording started in March 1981 at Air Studios. During the same sessions, Paul recorded a special song for Lee Eastman for his birthday.

News about disc 4:
For disc four, still in research state, the following tracks have been chosen so far;
- Man We Was Lonely (duet with Johnny Cash)
- Is it Raining in London (with Hamish Stuart)
- Return to Pepperland
- So like Candy (with Elvis Costello)
- Sweet Home Country Girl
- Cello in The Ruins
- Winter Comes

Paul would like to re-record some songs for the project, so only 22 songs from the archives could be on disc 4 plus 3 new recordings ("Tomorrow", "Waterfalls" and the last song that Linda wrote are under consideration, with a duet with James on the last), but no recordings have been made yet.
15 unknown tracks are to be added on the listing later on as the project continues.

Meanwhile, I spent some time yesterday with the great Wings guitar player Henry McCullough, who did a gig in Oslo. Although a pleasant man, he could shed no new light on the ongoing archival project, even though he probably plays on a number of the 1972-1973 era songs. He explained that McCartney's people did not need to be in touch with him about releasing some of the old stuff, because he was paid for his session work back then, whether it was released or not.

6 comments:

Mat said...

How many collaborations that I didn't knew: Johnny Cash, but also Stewart Copeland!
Well, there's a big missing: the McCartneys sessions with Stevie Wonder in Lennon's house, back in 1974. Who's got the rights?

SCOUSE GIT ON ACID said...

Thank you for keeping us up to date with developments on the archival set. Just when you think you have a handle on what McCartney has in the archives something new arrives to wet the tastebuds. The only thing what strikes me on the first three discs is no songs from the Russian Album sessions?

emixdub said...

Thank yo for the update !

cactus flower said...

There is nothing officially released, you are kind of acting like you know all the stuff. But I won't believe your posting about all these so called great new cd's mpl did not post any news about this and it is MPL or more correctly paulmccartney.com who does the offical news.

Sorry to interrupt your party.
Greetings from The Netherlands

Wogew said...

Of course there's nothing official. That's way too early for a fall 2010 release. By the way, whenever there's a McCartney news item, have you ever heard it first on his official web page? They are always the last website to post news about McCartney, and that's because they have restrictions. They can't write anything until everything is 100% cleared. As a free enterprise, I'm also writing news that are still on the rumour stage of the process.

Professor Benjamin Levi Marks said...

The Henry McCullough Wings was always my favorite. Red Rose Speedway Wings was perfect.

Been out of commission for two months on the final leg of a four year, exhausting 24/7 career adventure (to hell and back).

That ended this week. Just came back in from a funeral service held in my back yard for favored neighborhood pet who was communally owned. Snow White - a petite female cat. She was hit by a car and crawled into my estate to die. She loved my garden - filled with birds and flowers and will now rest there for eternity. Memories of the passing of MJ will always be tied to our little feline friend for me.