The Paul McCartney Project

Band On The Run - Archive Collection

Timeline See what happened in November 2010
Release date:
Nov 02, 2010
Sessions This album has been recorded during the following sessions

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Band on the Run

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

5:14 • 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.

Bluebird

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:25 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Chimes, Guiro, Maracas, Percussion, Producer, Triangle, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Chimes
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals
Howie Casey:
Sax
Remi Kabaka:
Drums, Percussion
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer

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


4.

Mrs. Vandebilt

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Electric piano, Percussion, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Keyboards
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Percussion
Howie Casey:
Sax
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer

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


5.

Let Me Roll It

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:50 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Organ
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer

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


6.

Mamunia

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:51 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Percussion, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Moog
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Percussion
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer, Mixing
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer

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


7.

No Words

Written by Paul McCartney, Denny Laine

2:36 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Shaker, Synthesizer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Keyboards, Shaker
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Vocals
Tony Visconti:
Orchestration
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Trevor Jones:
Backing vocals
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer
Beaux Arts Orchestra:
Strings
Ian Horne:
Backing vocals

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


8.

Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

5:49 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Electric piano, Producer, Shaker, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Shaker
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Shaker, Vocals
Tony Visconti:
Orchestration
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Ginger Baker:
Shaker
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer
Beaux Arts Orchestra:
Horns, Strings
Pierre Denis Le Seve:
French narration

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


9.

Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

5:32 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Producer, Shaker, Synthesizers, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Organ, Shaker
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Bass, 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:
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

Disc 2


1.

Helen Wheels

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:48 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Moog
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday:
Assistant recording engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant mixing engineer

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.

Country Dreamer

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:10 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Bass
Henry McCullough:
Slide guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Brushes, Drums
Mark Vigars:
Assistant recording engineer
John Barrett:
Assistant mixing engineer
Alan Parsons:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Recording:
Sep 26, 1972
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


3.

From "One Hand Clapping"


1.

Bluebird

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:29 • TV showB • From "One Hand Clapping"

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineJimmy McCullochHowie CaseyGeoff Britton
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Mark Vigars:
Assistant recording engineer
John Barrett:
Assistant mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 27, 1974
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


2.

Jet

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:58 • TV showB • From "One Hand Clapping"

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineJimmy McCullochHowie CaseyGeoff Britton
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Mark Vigars:
Assistant recording engineer
John Barrett:
Assistant mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 28, 1974
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


3.

Let Me Roll It

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:26 • TV showB • From "One Hand Clapping"

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineJimmy McCullochGeoff Britton
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Mark Vigars:
Assistant recording engineer
John Barrett:
Assistant mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 28, 1974
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


4.

Band on the Run

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

5:15 • TV showE • From "One Hand Clapping"

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineJimmy McCullochGeoff Britton
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Mark Vigars:
Assistant recording engineer
John Barrett:
Assistant mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 27, 1974
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


5.

Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

6:00 • TV showB • From "One Hand Clapping"

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineJimmy McCullochGeoff Britton
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Mark Vigars:
Assistant recording engineer
John Barrett:
Assistant mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 30, 1974
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


6.

Country Dreamer

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

2:17 • TV showB • From "One Hand Clapping"

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineJimmy McCullochGeoff Britton
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Mark Vigars:
Assistant recording engineer
John Barrett:
Assistant mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 24, 1974
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


4.

Zoo Gang

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

2:02 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Accordion, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Producer
Linda McCartney:
Keyboards
Denny Laine:
Electric guitar
Henry McCullough:
Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer
Denny Seiwell:
Drums
Mark Vigars:
Assistant recording engineer
Alan Parsons:
Recording engineer
Andy Arthurs:
Assistant mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Apr 25, 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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

Disc 3


1.

Band On The Run

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

1:12 • Studio versionB • Nicely Toasted Mix

Performed by:
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Keith Smith:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Dec 10, 1998
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


2.

Band On The Run - Dialogue Link 1

2:17 • Interview • Paul McCartney interview about the making of "Band On The Run" album

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddy Pumer:
Producer

3.

Band On The Run

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:59 • RehearsalL3

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyRobbie McIntoshHamish StuartPaul WickensChris Whitten
Paul McCartney:
Producer

Session Recording:
Jul 21, 1989
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


4.

Mamunia - Dialogue Link 2 and 3

4:22 • Interview • Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney & Denny Laine interviews about the making of "Band On The Run" album

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddy Pumer:
Producer

5.

Bluebird

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

0:55 • LiveL2 • Recorded during the 1975 Australia tour, as part of a video message for Japanese fans

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineJimmy McCullochJoe English
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff White:
Recording

6.

Bluebird - Dialogue Link 4

0:23 • Interview • Paul McCartney interview about the making of "Band On The Run" album

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddy Pumer:
Producer

7.

No Words - Dialogue Link 5

1:24 • Interview • Paul McCartney & Geoff Emerick interview about the making of "Band On The Run" album

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddy Pumer:
Producer

8.

No Words - Band On The Run - Dialogue Link 6

1:47 • Interview • Paul McCartney & Tony Visconti interview about the making of "Band On The Run" album

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddy Pumer:
Producer

9.

Jet - Dialogue Link 7

2:55 • Interview • Paul McCartney interview about the making of "Band On The Run" album

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddy Pumer:
Producer


11.

Dialogue Link 8

1:44 • Interview • Paul McCartney & Clive Arrowsmith interview about the making of "Band On The Run" album

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddy Pumer:
Producer

12.

Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five - Dialogue Link 9 and 10

3:24 • Interview • Paul McCartney, James Coburn & John Conteh interview about the making of "Band On The Run" album

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddy Pumer:
Producer

13.

Mrs. Vandebilt - Dialogue Link 11

2:11 • Interview • Paul McCartney & Kenny Linch interview about the making of "Band On The Run" album

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddy Pumer:
Producer

14.

Let Me Roll It - Dialogue Link 12

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:52 • LiveL3 • Includes Paul McCartney interview about the making of "Band On The Run" album

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyRobbie McIntoshHamish StuartPaul WickensBlair Cunningham
Paul McCartney:
Producer

Concert From "New World Tour - Rehearsal Concert" in London, United Kingdom on Feb 05, 1993


15.

Mrs. Vandebilt - Dialogue Link 13

2:26 • Interview • Paul McCartney, Michael Parkinson & Linda McCartney interview about the making of "Band On The Run" album

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddy Pumer:
Producer

16.

Helen Wheels (Crazed) - Dialogue Link 14

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

5:33 • InterviewB • Crazed - Includes Paul McCartney & Christopher Lee interview about the making of "Band On The Run" album

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny Laine
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
September 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Lagos, Nigeria


17.

Band On The Run (Strum Bit) - Dialogue Link 15

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

1:01 • InterviewC • Strum Bit - Includes Paul McCartney & Clement Freud interview about the making of "Band On The Run" album

Performed by:
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Keith Smith:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Dec 10, 1998
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


18.

Picasso's Last Words - Dialogue Link 16

4:22 • Interview • Paul McCartney & Dustin Hoffman interview about the making of "Band On The Run" album

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddy Pumer:
Producer

19.

Picasso's Last Words (Drink To Me)

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

1:11 • Studio versionB • Acoustic version

Performed by:
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Additional engineering
Eddie Klein:
Recording engineer
Keith Smith:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Dec 04, 1998
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Additional engineeri:
Dec 07, 1998
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


20.

Band On The Run (Nicely Toasted Mix) - Dialogue Link 17

0:42 • Interview • Paul McCartney interview about the making of "Band On The Run" album

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Eddy Pumer:
Producer

21.

Band On The Run

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

0:36 • Studio versionD • Northern Comic Version

Performed by:
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Keith Smith:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Dec 10, 1998
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

About

From the press release:

MPL and the Concord Music Group are pleased to announce the re-release of Paul McCartney & Wings’ iconic Band on the Run on November 2nd, 2010. Heralded as one of the greatest albums of all time, the GRAMMY winning, smash # 1 album – originally released December of 1973 – yielded the immortal title track and world-wide hit “Jet” becoming Wings’ most successful and celebrated album ever.

Paul McCartney personally supervised all aspects of the Band on the Run reissue. The remastering work was done at Abbey Road using the same team who recently remastered the complete Beatles’ catalog.

Band on the Run will be available in a variety of formats originating with the single disc digitally remastered, essential 9-track standard edition. The 3 disc (2CD, 1 DVD) special edition features nine bonus audio tracks (including the top 10 smash “Helen Wheels”), rare footage of the McCartneys in Lagos and behind-the-scenes at the famous album cover shoot, original Band on the Run promotional video clips, the One Hand Clapping television special (highlighted by studio performances filmed at Abbey Road in 1974) all with beautifully enhanced packaging. Collectors will be especially thrilled by the 4 disc (3CD, 1 DVD) deluxe edition which adds an extraordinary 120-page hard bound book containing many unseen and unpublished photos by Linda McCartney and Clive Arrowsmith, album and single artwork, downloadable hi-res audio versions of the remastered album and bonus audio tracks, a full history of the album complete with a new interview with Paul and expanded track by track information for all four discs. The deluxe edition also includes a special Band on the Run audio documentary (originally produced for the 25th Anniversary edition). The original remastered album and bonus audio content will also be issued in a 2 disc 180gm audiophile vinyl edition that comes with an MP3 download of all 18 tracks. Lastly, the standard and deluxe versions of Band on the Run will be available digitally worldwide.

The musical achievement of Band on the Run is nearly matched by the amazing story behind its creation. Intrigued with recording abroad in the summer of 1973, McCartney searched for a list of studios around the world. Spotting one in the remote location of Lagos, Nigeria, he became enthralled with the idea of recording in Africa. Days before departure, lead guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell quit the band leaving the entire project to the three core members, Paul, his wife Linda McCartney and band-member Denny Laine (along with recording engineer Geoff Emerick). Recorded in August and September of 1973 (with further work done at AIR Studios in London in October 1973), they persevered through a tumultuous, yet creatively invigorating 2 month recording process battling difficult studio conditions, oppressive heat and a dangerous mugging at knife point. The thieves made off with the demo tapes (among other valuables), forcing the band to record the entire album from memory.

Band on the Run triumphed both critically and commercially. The album topped the US album chart 3 separate times, won a Grammy and went on to sell more than 7 million copies. Upon the release of Band on the Run, then Rolling Stone reviewer Jon Landau famously gushed, “The finest record yet released by any of the four musicians who were once called The Beatles.”

Paul is currently playing five songs from the album on his ‘Up and Coming Tour’. Live favorites over the last 8 years of touring have included “Jet”, “Band on the Run” and “Let Me Roll It”. In 2008 when Paul played a free outdoor show to over 500,000 people in Kiev, a Ukrainian poll listed “Mrs Vandebilt” as their all time favorite Paul McCartney song. It’s been included in the set ever since. At the start of this tour Paul added “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five” to the set.

Band on the Run marks the first release from the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, an ambitious reissue program that encompasses 40 years of cherished, classic material from the most successful songwriter and recording artist in music history. It’s also the initial physical release of the recently announced agreement between McCartney’s MPL and Concord Music Group to globally market and distribute McCartney’s venerated solo and Wings catalog.

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Photo by Linda McCartney

Last updated on November 3, 2016


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