The Paul McCartney Project

Chaos And Creation In The Backyard - Ultimate Archive Collection

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Publisher:
Voo-Doo Records

Related sessions

This album has been recorded during the following studio sessions



Recording "Whole Life"

Oct 22-23, 2003

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Fine Line

Written by Paul McCartney

3:05 • Studio version


2.

How Kind Of You

Written by Paul McCartney

4:47 • Studio version


3.

Jenny Wren

Written by Paul McCartney

3:47 • Studio version


4.

At The Mercy

Written by Paul McCartney

2:38 • Studio version


5.

Friends To Go

Written by Paul McCartney

2:43 • Studio version


6.

English Tea

Written by Paul McCartney

2:12 • Studio version


7.

Too Much Rain

Written by Paul McCartney

3:24 • Studio version


8.

A Certain Softness

Written by Paul McCartney

2:42 • Studio versionA


9.

Riding To Vanity Fair

Written by Paul McCartney

5:07 • Studio version


10.

Follow Me

Written by Paul McCartney

2:31 • Studio version


11.

Promise To You Girl

Written by Paul McCartney

3:10 • Studio version


12.

This Never Happened Before

Written by Paul McCartney

3:24 • Studio version


13.

I've Only Got Two Hands

Written by Paul McCartney

3:18 • Studio version


14.

She Is So Beautiful

Written by Paul McCartney

3:04 • Studio versionA


15.

Comfort Of Love

Written by Paul McCartney

3:10 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Bells, Drums, Electric guitar, Electric piano, Metronome, Piano, Shakers, Spinetta, Tambourine, Vocals
Nigel Godrich :
Producer

Session Recording:
September 2003
Studio :
RAK Studios, London

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


16.

Growing Up Falling Down

Written by Paul McCartney

3:28 • Studio versionA


17.

I Want You To Fly

Written by Paul McCartney

5:03 • Studio version


18.

This Loving Game

Written by Paul McCartney

3:16 • Studio version


19.

Summer Of '59

Written by Paul McCartney

2:10 • Studio version


20.

A Friend Like You

Written by Brian Wilson, Steve Kalinich

3:37 • Studio version


21.

Heal The Pain

Written by George Michael

4:44 • Studio version


22.

Whole Life

Written by Paul McCartney, Dave Stewart

3:55 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Paul Wickens :
Electric piano, Organ
Brian Ray :
Bass
Dave Stewart :
Acoustic guitar

Session Recording:
Oct 22-23, 2003
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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

Disc 2


1.

Fine Line

Written by Paul McCartney

3:05 • Studio version • [basic tracks]


2.

Riding to Vanity Fair

Written by Paul McCartney

5:08 • Studio version • Riding To Vanity Fair [instrumental]


3.

At the Mercy

Written by Paul McCartney

2:38 • Studio version • At The Mercy [instrumental]


4.

Anyway

Written by Paul McCartney

3:51 • Studio version • [instrumental]


5.

Jenny Wren

Written by Paul McCartney

2:09 • Studio version • [promo edit]


6.

This Never Happened Before

Written by Paul McCartney

3:14 • Studio version • [promo edit]


7.

Chaos And Creation Introduction

3:03 • Studio version


8.

Friends To Go

Written by Paul McCartney

3:08 • Studio version


9.

Nigel Godrich Introduction

1:10 • Studio version


10.

How Kind Of You

Written by Paul McCartney

3:35 • Studio version


11.

BBC Radio 2 Introduction

5:24 • Studio version


12.

Band On The Run

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

1:11 • Studio version


13.

Quarrymen Introduction

1:15 • Studio version


14.

In Spite Of All The Danger

Written by Paul McCartney, George Harrison

1:43 • Studio version


15.

Woolton Village Fete Introduction

1:55 • Studio version


16.

Twenty Flight Rock

Written by Eddie Cochran, Ned Fairchild

1:56 • Studio version


17.

Lady Madonna

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:44 • Studio version


18.

English Tea

Written by Paul McCartney

1:19 • Studio version • Introduction


19.

English Tea

Written by Paul McCartney

1:59 • Studio version


20.

Bill Black Bass Introduction

1:26 • Studio version


21.

Heartbreak Hotel

Written by Elvis Presley, Mae Boren Axton, Thomas Durden

0:54 • Studio version


22.

Mellotron Introduction

0:56 • Studio version


23.

Baby Won't You Come With Me

1:32 • Studio version


24.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Written by Lennon - McCartney

0:59 • Studio version


25.

Blackbird

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:06 • Studio version • Bouree/ Introduction


26.

Jenny Wren

Written by Paul McCartney

3:50 • Studio version


27.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:09 • Studio version


28.

Blackbird

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:50 • Studio version


29.

Multitrack Introduction

1:47 • Studio version


30.

Take 2 - Piano

1:08 • Studio version


31.

Take 3 - Bass

0:58 • Studio version


32.

Take 4 - Guitar

1:04 • Studio version


33.

Take 5 - Lead Guitar

1:26 • Studio version


34.

Blue Suede Shoes

Written by Carl Perkins

1:28 • Studio version

About

From the liner notes:

Little needed to be done to Chaos And Creation to make it worthwhile. To many, this is one of Paul’s best albums. It’s hard to disagree with that viewpoint as there are so many strong songs to choose from, all with extremely interesting and varied arrangements. Paul did well to work with a producer who challenged him (Nigel Godrich). It just makes one wish that Paul did more of this as he achieved stellar results this time around. To add to this fantastic album, I’ve included all the B-sides,promo edits and even alternate mixes from the era (including the three instrumental tracks featured on the DVD that came with the deluxe copies of the CD). There’s even a bonus stripped down mix of Fine Line that was included as a) there was just enough room to include it, and b) it’s a really cool sounding mix! To top it all off, I’ve included the complete ‘Chaos And Creation At Abbey Road’ show, which was a concert of sorts where Paul (and only Paul) went through a few of the songs from the album acoustically, and showed off some of the techniques used to record those tracks. Paul being Paul, he slipped in a few “oldies” here and there, but all with different arrangements than what was released on record. All in all, it’s a pretty fascinating glimpse into the mind of a musical genius and as I had just enough time to include it, made perfect sense to do so! As with all of these, there’s full artwork / disc labels included for those who appreciate those sort of things!

NOTES:

CD 1 – 1-14 – Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, recorded with producer Nigel Goldrich (Radiohead and Beck), between September 2003 and April 2005. Many tracks were recorded with Paul playing all the instruments. Released on September 12, 2005.

1 – Fine Line – recorded in September 2004, in the AIR Studios, London. Released as the first single, on August 29, 2005 in the UK (and a day later in the US).
2 – How Kind of You – recorded during the final sessions in April 2005 in the AIR Studios, London.
3 – Jenny Wren – recorded in October 2004 in the Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles. Presented as the second British and European single on November 29, 2005.
4 – At the Mercy – recorded with a band, in March 2004 in the Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles.
5 – Friends to Go – recorded in April 2005, in the AIR Studios, London, in memory of George Harrison.
6 – English Tea – recorded in October 2004 in the Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles.
7 – Too Much Rain– recorded in September 2004, in the AIR Studios, London.
8 – A Certain Softness – recorded with a band, in March 2004 in the Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles.
9 – Riding to Vanity Fair – recorded with a band, in March 2004 in the Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles.
10 – Follow Me – recorded in September 2003 with the tourband, during the first sessions with Nigel Goldrich, in the Abbey Road Studios, London.
11 – Promise to You Girl – recorded in October 2004 in the Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles.
12 – This Never Happened Before – recorded in September 2003, in the RAK Studios in London. Planned to be released as the third single in February 2006. The cd-single would have had 3 more unreleased songs from the sessions: ‘A Modern Dance’, ‘Perfect World’ and ‘Watching My Fish Drown’. Altough the song was also presented at the soundtrack of the movie Lake House at that time, the single was never released.
13 – Anyway – recorded in October 2004 in the Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles.
14 – I’ve Only Got Two Hands – recorded in April 2005, in the AIR Studios, London and presented as hidden track, after a 20 second break.
15 – She Is So Beautiful – recorded in October 2004, in the Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles. Released on September 12 2005 as bonus track on the Japanese edition of the album and also available as i-tunes bonus track.
16 – Comfort of Love – recorded in September 2003 in Abbey Road Studios, London and released on August 29, 2005 as b-side of the single ‘Fine Line’.
17 – Growing Up Falling Down – recorded in March 2004 in the Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles and released on the cd-single ‘Fine Line’.
18 – I Want You to Fly – recorded in March 2004 in the Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles and released on November 21, 2005 on the European cd-single ‘Jenny Wren’.
19 – This Loving Game – recorded in March 2004 in the Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles and released on November 21, 2005 on the European cd-single ‘Jenny Wren’.
20 – Summer of ’59 – recorded in April 2005 in the AIR Studios, London and released on November 29, 2005 as b-side of the Britsh 7” vinyl ‘Jenny Wren’.
21 – A Friend Like You – recorded on September 22, 2003 in the Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles as a duet with Brian Wilson. Released on June 22, 2004 on the Brian Wilson album Gettin’ In Over My Head.
22 – Heal The Pain – Duet with George Michael, released on November 13, 2006 on the album Twenty Five.
23 – Whole Life – remake of a song written and recorded with Dave Stewart in may 1994. New version recorded in October 2003 in Abbey Road Studios, Londen, again with Dave plus Paul’s touring band. Released on January 11, 2005 on the benefit EP 46664 One Year On in various countries. In the US it was only available as an Itunes download.

CD 2

1 – Fine Line – Basic track – No idea where or when this was released
2-4 – Instrumental mixes – on the bonus DVD by the Special Edition of Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, released on September 12, 2005
5 – Jenny Wren – promo edit, released on the promo cd in November 2005.
6 – This Never Happened Before – promo edit, released on two promo cd’s in February 2006 in the USA.
7-36 – Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road. On July 25, 2005 gave a private concert in Abbey Road Studio 2, to promote the not yet released album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard. Paul played (mostly solo) stripped down versions of some new songs and radically reworked arrangements of some old ones. The concert was filmed and shown on December 17, 2005 on BBC Two (UK) and on February 27, 2006 on PBS (USA).

Last updated on August 29, 2020


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