The Paul McCartney Project

All The Best! (US version)

By Paul McCartneyOfficial album • Part of the collection “Paul McCartney • Compilations

Timeline More from year 1987
US release date:
Nov 02, 1987

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Band On The Run

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

5:13 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Electric piano, Producer, Synthesizers, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Moog
Denny Laine :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Tony Visconti :
Orchestration
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday :
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham :
Assistant engineer
Beaux Arts Orchestra :
Horns, Strings

Session Recording:
September 1-23, 1973
Studio :
EMI Studios, Lagos, Nigeria

Session Overdubs:
October 1973
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio :
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


2.

Jet

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:09 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Moog, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Keyboards, Moog
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Piano
Tony Visconti :
Orchestration
Howie Casey :
Sax
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday :
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham :
Assistant engineer
Beaux Arts Orchestra :
Strings

Session Recording:
October 1973
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio :
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


3.

Ebony And Ivory

Written by Paul McCartney

3:43 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizers, Vocals, Vocoder
Stevie Wonder :
Backing vocals, Drums, Electric piano, Percussion, Synthesizers, Vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer
Mike Stavrou :
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 28, 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, Montserrat

Session Overdubs:
Mar 30, 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1981
Studio :
Strawberry Studios South, Dorkins, Surrey

Session Mixing:
Jan 19, 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


4.

Listen To What The Man Said

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:57 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Clarinet, Electric guitar, Electric piano, Moog, Producer, Strings arrangement, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Bongos, Electric guitar
Jimmy McCulloch :
Electric guitar
Joe English :
Drums, Percussion
Sid Sharp Strings :
Cello, Violas, Violins
Gayle Levant :
Harp
Tony Dorsey :
Strings arrangement
Dave Mason :
Electric guitar
Tom Scott :
Saxophone
Alan O'Duffy :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Biff Dawes :
Assistant mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Jan 31, 1975 and Feb 20, 1975
Studio :
Sea-Saint Recording Studio, New Orleans, USA

Session Overdubs:
Mar 03 to Mar 06, 1975
Studio :
Wally Heider Studios, Los Angeles, USA

Session Overdubs:
Mar 10, 1975
Studio :
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

Session Mixing:
Mar 26, 1975
Studio :
Wally Heider Studios, Los Angeles, USA


5.

No More Lonely Nights

Written by Paul McCartney

4:39 • Studio version


6.

Silly Love Songs

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

5:56 • Studio version


7.

Let 'em In

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

5:11 • Studio version


8.

Say Say Say

Written by Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson

3:55 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Electric guitar (?), Electric piano (?), Percussion (?), Synthesizers (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Michael Jackson :
Backing vocals, Vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Jerry Hey :
Horns
Nathan Watts :
Bass
Bill Wolfer :
Keyboards, Synthesizers
David Williams :
Electric guitar
Chris Smith :
Harmonica
Ricky Lawson :
Drums
Ernie Watts :
Horns
Gary E. Grant :
Horns
Gary Herbig :
Horns

Session Recording:
May 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK ; Odyssey Studios, London, UK

Session Recording:
April 1982
Studio :
Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, USA ; Sigma Sound Studios, New York City, USA

Session Mixing:
Feb 15, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


9.

Live And Let Die

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:13 • Studio versionA


10.

Another Day

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Seiwell :
Drums, Percussion
David Spinozza :
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Tim Geelan :
Recording
Ted Brosnan :
Recording assistant
Dixon Van Winkle :
Mixing

Session Recording:
Oct 12, 1970
Studio :
CBS Studios, New York City

Overdubs :
January, 1971
Studio :
A&R Studios, New York City

Session Mixed:
Feb 08, 1971
Studio :
A&R Studios, New York City


11.

C Moon

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:34 • Studio version


12.

Junior's Farm

Studio version


13.

Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

Studio version


14.

Coming Up

Written by Paul McCartney

3:52 • LiveA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitars, Electric piano, Engineer, Mixing, Percussion, Producer, Synthesizers, Tambourine, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


15.

Goodnight Tonight

Studio version


16.

With A Little Luck

Studio version


17.

My Love

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:09 • Studio version

About

From Club Sandwich N°46, Winter 1987:

To save you some head-scratching: the US have ‘Junior’s Form’ and ‘Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey’ to themselves, while the rest of us have ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’, ‘Once Upon A Long Ago’, ‘We All Stand Together’, ‘Mull Of Kintyre’ and ‘Pipes Of Peace’ that they don’t have. Paul’s British and American singles history explains most of this. ‘Junior’ was a bigger hit Stateside than at home, while ‘Albert/Halsey’ (a US number one) was never a British single. The live ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ was actually a bigger American than British hit: American fans may well have it on Wings Over America, while the rest of us can count it a happy bonus, ‘Long Ago’ and Rupert’s song are British-only singles; ‘Mull’ was an American B-side, only later promoted as half of a double A-side, ‘Pipes’ remained an American B-side. One other difference might escape the casual observer: the live ‘Coming Up’ (from Wings’ last tour) on the flip of Paul’s McCartney II version was the American hit (number one, in fact), so that’s the one on their album.

All The Best can afford to exclude five British or American top ten hits. ‘Hi Hi Hi’ (on Wings’ Greatest), ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’ (Wings Wild Life CD), ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ (Now That’s What I Call Christmas – Various Artists), ‘Waterfalls (McCartney II) and ‘Helen Wheels’ (Band On The Run in the US). And from ‘Let Me Roll It’ to ‘The Man’, we all have favourite album tracks we’d fit in if we could. But a hits album, rightly, is all about singles.

That being so, programming is obviously important. Both versions of All The Best achieve the same variety of mood that you get on a really good purpose-made album. One exception is Side Four on the Rest of the World set: after ‘Say Say Say’, the listener can wind down to the Horlicks hour in the pleasantest possible way. Editorial policy tends towards Bournvito, but there still seems nothing wrong with this – after all, Frank Sinatra designed whole albums for that time of day.

But why is the score ROW 20-USA 17? That’s our old friend the compact disc again. To keep things tidy, tracks on the American CD, record and tape will be the same, approaching the maximum CD time limit. Elsewhere the CD will lack ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’, ‘Goodnight Tonight’ and ‘With A Little Luck’. The first is on the Wings Over America double CD and the last will be out on the London Town CD before too long. With an excellent sleeve by Michael Ross, who also did ‘Once Upon A Long Ago’, and a clever film-and-animation TV advert by Derek Hayes, the signs look good for All The Best. The demand is there and much care has been taken to meet it in a satisfying way. Happy listening!

Last updated on March 26, 2020


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