The Paul McCartney Project

The Ballad of the Skeletons

Timeline See what happened in 1996
UK release date:
Jan 23, 1997
US release date:
Jul 15, 1996
Publisher:
Mercury Records
Reference:
697120101
Sessions This album has been recorded during the following sessions

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

The Ballad of the Skeletons

Written by Paul McCartney, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass

7:49 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Drums, Guitar, Hammond organ, Maracas
Allen Ginsberg:
Voice
Philip Glass:
Keyboard
Lenny Kaye:
Bass
Marc Ribot:
Guitar
David Mansfield:
Guitar
Scott Ansell:
Engineer
Danny Goldberg:
Executive producer
David Silver:
Executive producer
Hal Willner:
Mixing engineer
Joe Palmaccio:
Mastering

Session Recording:
October 1995
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


2.

The Ballad of the Skeletons

Written by Paul McCartney, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass

4:11 • Studio versionA1 • Edit

Paul McCartney:
Drums, Guitar, Hammond organ, Maracas
Allen Ginsberg:
Voice
Philip Glass:
Keyboard
Lenny Kaye:
Bass
Marc Ribot:
Guitar
David Mansfield:
Guitar
Scott Ansell:
Engineer
Danny Goldberg:
Executive producer
David Silver:
Executive producer
Hal Willner:
Mixing engineer
Joe Palmaccio:
Mastering

Session Recording:
October 1995
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


3.

Amazing Grace

2:51 • Studio version


4.

The Ballad of the Skeletons

Written by Paul McCartney, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass

7:48 • Studio versionA2 • Clean

Paul McCartney:
Drums, Guitar, Hammond organ, Maracas
Allen Ginsberg:
Voice
Philip Glass:
Keyboard
Lenny Kaye:
Bass
Marc Ribot:
Guitar
David Mansfield:
Guitar
Scott Ansell:
Engineer
Danny Goldberg:
Executive producer
David Silver:
Executive producer
Hal Willner:
Mixing engineer
Joe Palmaccio:
Mastering

Session Recording:
October 1995
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

About

From Dangerous Minds:

Throughout his long career, Allen Ginsberg was keenly aware of the power of music—and an association with generationally key musicians, like Bob Dylan and The Clash—as the candy-coated bullet to see his poetry and ideas for social and political transformation reach the younger generation.

“The Ballad Of The Skeletons” with Philip Glass, Lenny Kaye, session guitarist David Mansfield, Marc Ribot and Paul McCartney (on organ, maracas and drums) was Ginsberg’s final 1996 release and in many ways, it’s probably the best of his recorded work. Even at nearly 8-minutes in length, the number never never gets dull—well with a backing band like that one…—as Ginsberg voices the lines of 66 skeletons representing American culture and hegemony. The poem was first published in the pages of The Nation in 1995.


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