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.