Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

By Paul McCartneyOfficial album• Part of the collection “Paul McCartney • Studio albums

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UK release date:
Sep 12, 2005
US release date:
Sep 12, 2005

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Fine Line

Written by Paul McCartney

3:05 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Baldwin spinet, Bosendorfer grand piano, Epiphone casino electric guitar, Hofner bass, Ludwig drums, Martin d28 acoustic guitar, Shakers, Tambourine, Vocals
Millennia Ensemble:
Strings
Nigel Godrich:
Producer

Recording:
September 2004
Studio:
AIR Studios, London


2.

How Kind of You

Written by Paul McCartney

4:47 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bosendorfer grand piano, Cuerrero, Epiphone casino electric guitar, Flugelhorn, Hofner bass, Ludwig drums, Martin d28 acoustic guitar, Piano and epiphone acoustic guitar loops, Shaker, Vocals
Nigel Godrich:
Piano and epiphone acoustic guitar loops, Producer

Recording:
April, 2005
Studio:
AIR Studios, London


3.

Jenny Wren

Written by Paul McCartney

3:47 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Epiphone texan acoustic guitar, Ludwig floor tom, Vocals
Nigel Godrich:
Producer
Pedro Eustache:
Duduk

Recording:
October 2004
Studio:
Ocean Way Recording, Los Angeles


4.

At the Mercy

Written by Paul McCartney

2:38 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
B3 organ, Cello, Fender telecaster electric guitar, Hofner bass, Mass vibrachimes, Steinway grand piano, Tambourine, Vocals
Millennia Ensemble:
Strings and brass
Nigel Godrich:
Producer
Jason Falkner:
Electric guitar
James Gadson:
Drums

Recording:
April and September 2004
Studio:
Ocean Way Recording, Los Angeles ; AIR Studios, London (strings)


5.

Friends To Go

Written by Paul McCartney

2:43 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bosendorfer grand piano, Epiphone casino electric guitar, Flugelhorn, Hofner bass, Hohner melodica, Ludwig drums, Martin d28 acoustic guitar, Shakers, Tambourine on snare, Vocals
Nigel Godrich:
Producer

Recording:
April 2005
Studio:
AIR Studios, London


6.

English Tea

Written by Paul McCartney

2:12 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bosendorfer grand piano, Hofner bass, Ludwig bass drum, Recorders, Tubular bells, Vocals
Millennia Ensemble:
Strings and brass
Nigel Godrich:
Producer

Recording:
November 2004 and April 2005 (overdubs)
Studio:
Ocean Way Recording, Los Angeles ; AIR Studios, London (strings)


7.

Too Much Rain

Written by Paul McCartney

3:24 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bosendorfer grand piano, Epiphone casino electric guitar, Fender stratocaster electric guitar, Hofner bass, Ludwig drums, Maracas, Martin 12 string guitar, Martin d28 acoustic guitar, Schmidt autoharp, Vocals
Nigel Godrich:
Producer

Recording:
September 2004
Studio:
AIR Studios, London


8.

A Certain Softness

Written by Paul McCartney

2:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Crown upright piano, Cymbal, Harmonium, Hofner bass, Paiste gong, Petersen classical guitar, Triangle, Vocals
Nigel Godrich:
Producer
Jason Falkner:
Classical guitar.
Joey Waronker:
Bass drum, Bongos, Shaker.

Recording:
April 2004
Studio:
Ocean Way Recording, Los Angeles


9.

Riding to Vanity Fair

Written by Paul McCartney

5:07 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Epiphone casino electric guitar, Hofner bass, Martin d28 acoustic guitar, Toy glockenspiel, Vocals, Wurlitzer electric piano
Nigel Godrich:
Producer
James Gadson:
Drums
The Los Angeles Music Players:
Strings
David Campbell:
Arrangement
Stephanie Bennett:
Harp

Recording:
April 2004 and January 2005
Studio:
Ocean Way Recording, Los Angeles


10.

Follow Me

Written by Paul McCartney

2:31 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Block, Epiphone casino electric guitar, Epiphone texan acoustic guitar, Hofner bass, Ludwig drums, Percussion, Tambourine, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Acoustic guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Block, Percussion, Tambourine
Brian Ray:
Acoustic guitar
Millennia Ensemble:
Strings
Nigel Godrich:
Producer

Recording:
September 2003 and April 2005 (overdubs)
Studio:
RAK Studios, London


11.

Promise to You Girl

Written by Paul McCartney

3:10 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Crown upright piano, Epiphone casino electric guitar, Hofner bass, Ludwig drums, Moog, Shaker, Steinway grand piano, Tambourine, Triangle, Vocals
Nigel Godrich:
Producer

Recording:
November 2004
Studio:
Ocean Way Recording, Los Angeles


12.

This Never Happened Before

Written by Paul McCartney

3:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Epiphone casino electric guitar, Hofner bass, Ludwig drums, Vocals, Yamaha grand piano
Millennia Ensemble:
Strings and brass
Nigel Godrich:
Producer

Recording:
September 2003 and April 2005 (overdubs)
Studio:
RAK Studios, London


13.

Anyway

Written by Paul McCartney

3:50 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bosendorfer grand piano, Cello, Gibson l5 electric guitar, Harmonium, Hofner bass, Ludwig drums, Martin d28 acoustic guitar, Moog, Steinway grand piano, Vocals.
Millennia Ensemble:
Strings and brass
Nigel Godrich:
Producer

Recording:
November 2004 and April 2005 (overdubs)
Studio:
Ocean Way Recording, Los Angeles


14.

I've Only Got Two Hands

Written by Paul McCartney

3:12 • Studio versionA • 20 seconds of silence after Anyway, there is this hidden track


15.

Bonus track on the Japanese edition of the album


1.

She Is So Beautiful

Written by Paul McCartney

Studio versionA • Bonus track on the Japanese edition of the album

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Dingers, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
Millennia Ensemble:
Brass

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

About

From Wikipedia:

Chaos and Creation in the Backyard is the thirteenth solo studio album by Paul McCartney, released in 2005. A long time in the making, the set was produced by Radiohead and Beck collaborator Nigel Godrich at George Martin’s suggestion.

McCartney plays almost all of the instruments, similar to his 1970 album McCartney and the 1980 McCartney II album. In addition, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard marks the first time since 1984’s Give My Regards to Broad Street that McCartney was not involved in producing one of his studio albums.

Chaos and Creation in the Backyard was McCartney’s last rock album release for longtime label EMI. He signed a deal with Hear Music, owned by Starbucks, in March 2007. […]

Production

Upon being asked to produce an album with McCartney, Godrich admitted: “My initial reaction was one of terror, not only because it’s a very important person, but I really wasn’t sure how willing he would be to get his hands dirty.”

The two tentatively began a collaboration, recording the songs “This Never Happened Before” and “Follow Me” which was enough to convince both of them that they could develop an album. Godrich’s participation was active: he inspired McCartney to write the song “At the Mercy“, added piano loops on “How Kind of You” and worked with McCartney to slow the tempo of “Riding to Vanity Fair” which McCartney says “changed the mood completely“. Although initially taken aback, McCartney appreciated Godrich’s tenacity and honesty.

According to McCartney, Godrich was at times blunt in his appraisal of McCartney’s songs-in-progress during the making of Chaos and Creation in the Backyard: “Nigel… refused to allow me to sing songs that he didn’t like, which was very cheeky of him.”

Recording

Recording sessions for the album were done over a long period of time, with many pauses. First sessions were held at RAK Studios, London in September 2003 by McCartney and his band. After a few takes, Godrich said to McCartney he wanted to work with him alone, not involving the band. After some months’ break, sessions resumed at Ocean Way Studios, Los Angeles in April 2004, with more sessions in September. Final recordings took place at AIR Studios, London in April 2005.

Artwork

The cover for Chaos and Creation in the Backyard is from a photograph of McCartney strumming a guitar in his family’s backyard in Liverpool, taken by brother Mike McCartney (aka Mike McGear) and originally entitled Paul Under Washing, before being retitled Our Kid Through Mum’s Net Curtains.

Release

The first single, the upbeat “Fine Line“, was released in late August 2005, ahead of the release of Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, and reached No. 20 in the UK. A second single, “Jenny Wren“, reached No. 22 in the UK that November.

The ‘US’ Tour in 2005 helped to promote the album in the US and Canada.

There was also a promotional concert for the album held at Abbey Road Studios, called Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road.

Reception

[…] Advance reviews for Chaos and Creation in the Backyard were very strong and signified that after delivering Flaming Pie, Run Devil Run, Driving Rain and this album – all in uninterrupted succession – McCartney was in a late-career creative peak. Many critics and longtime listeners also acknowledged that the album was unusually reflective and intimate-sounding for McCartney. The sudden shift in direction was generally considered an unexpected and welcome surprise, and resulted in four Grammy nominations for the album, including the nomination for Album of the Year.

In the United States, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard debuted at the number-six on the Billboard 200 with sales of 91,545 copies. It stayed on chart for a total of 21 weeks, selling over 530,000 copies up to 2007. However, the album underperformed in the United Kingdom, peaking at the number-ten on chart and spending only 3 weeks inside the top 200 with cumulative sales of around 45,000 units. It fared better in France, selling in excess of 100,000 copies during a 21-week chart run.

According to the annual report published by EMI, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard had sold 1.3 million copies worldwide by the end of March 2006. […]

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