Driving Rain

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

Timeline See what happened in November 2001
UK release date:
Nov 12, 2001
US release date:
Nov 12, 2001
Sessions This album has been recorded during the following sessions

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Lonely Road

Written by Paul McCartney

3:16 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Executive producer, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Pedal steel guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums, Tambourine
Gabe Dixon:
Electric piano
David Kahne:
Mixing, Organ, Producer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer, Mixing
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 16, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


2.

From A Lover To A Friend

Written by Paul McCartney

3:49 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Executive producer, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
12-string electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums
Gabe Dixon:
Piano
David Kahne:
Mixing, Producer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer, Mixing
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 20, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


3.

She's Given Up Talking

Written by Paul McCartney

4:57 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Executive producer, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Electric guitar, Leslie pedal
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Electronic percussion
Gabe Dixon:
Hammond organ
David Kahne:
Electric guitar, Mixing, Producer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer, Mixing
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 17, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


4.

Driving Rain

Written by Paul McCartney

3:27 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Executive producer, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
12-string electric guitar, Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums
Gabe Dixon:
Electric piano
David Kahne:
Mixing, Producer, Synthesizer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer, Mixing
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 27, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


5.

I Do

Written by Paul McCartney

2:56 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Executive producer, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums, Tambourine
Gabe Dixon:
Piano
David Kahne:
Mixing, Orchestral samples, Producer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer
David Leonard:
Mixing

Session Recording:
Feb 17, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


6.

Tiny Bubble

Written by Paul McCartney

4:21 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric guitar, Executive producer, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums
Gabe Dixon:
Hammond organ
David Kahne:
Mixing, Producer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer, Mixing
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 25, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


7.

Magic

Written by Paul McCartney

3:59 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Executive producer, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums
Gabe Dixon:
Piano
David Kahne:
Mixing, Producer, Synthesizer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer, Mixing
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 25, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


8.

Your Way

Written by Paul McCartney

2:55 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Drums, Electric guitar, Executive producer, Percussion, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Backing vocals, Bass, Pedal steel guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Backing vocals, Drums, Electronic drums
Gabe Dixon:
Backing vocals, Hammond organ
David Kahne:
Mixing, Producer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer, Mixing
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 18, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


9.

Spinning On An Axis

Written by Paul McCartney, James McCartney

5:16 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Executive producer, Percussion, Vocals
James McCartney:
Percussion
Rusty Anderson:
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Percussion
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums, Percussion
Gabe Dixon:
Percussion
David Kahne:
Mixing, Piano, Producer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer, Mixing
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 21, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


10.

About You

Written by Paul McCartney

2:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Electric guitar, Executive producer, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
12-string electric guitar, Bass
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums, Tambourine
Gabe Dixon:
Electric piano, Hammond organ
David Kahne:
Mixing, Producer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer, Mixing
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 16, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


11.

Heather

Written by Paul McCartney

3:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Executive producer, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Backing vocals
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums
Gabe Dixon:
Backing vocals
David Kahne:
Mixing, Producer, Strings sampling
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Ralph Morrison:
Violin
Paul Hicks:
Engineer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer, Mixing
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 02, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


12.

Back In The Sunshine Again

Written by Paul McCartney, James McCartney

4:23 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric guitar, Executive producer, Vocals
James McCartney:
Electric guitar
Rusty Anderson:
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums
Gabe Dixon:
Piano
David Kahne:
Mixing, Producer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer
David Leonard:
Mixing

Session Recording:
Feb 28, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


13.

Your Loving Flame

Written by Paul McCartney

3:44 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Executive producer, Piano, Tambourine, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Backing vocals, Drums
Gabe Dixon:
Backing vocals, Hammond organ
David Kahne:
Mixing, Producer, Strings sampling
David Campbell:
Viola
Matt Funes:
Viola
Joel Derouin:
Violin
Larry Corbett:
Cello
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer
David Leonard:
Mixing

Session Recording:
Jun 19, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


14.

Riding Into Jaipur

Written by Paul McCartney

4:08 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Executive producer, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
12-string electric guitar, Tampura
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Electronic percussion
Gabe Dixon:
Piano
David Kahne:
Mixing, Producer, Synthesizer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer, Mixing
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 16, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


15.

Rinse The Raindrops

Written by Paul McCartney

10:13 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Executive producer, Spanish guitar, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Accordion, Drums
Gabe Dixon:
Electric piano, Hammond organ, Piano
David Kahne:
Mixing, Producer
Mark Dearnley:
Engineer, Mixing
Jaime Sickora:
Assistant engineer
Kevin Mills:
Second assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 19, 2001
Studio:
Henson Recording Studio, Los Angeles


16.

Freedom

Written by Paul McCartney

3:34 • Studio versionL1

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums
Gabe Dixon:
Electric piano
Eric Clapton:
Electric guitar
Will Lee:
Bass

Live recording:
Oct 20, 2001
Studio:
Madison Square Garden

Overdubs:
Oct 23, 2001
Studio:
Quad Studios, New York

About

From Wikipedia:

Driving Rain is the twelvth studio album by Paul McCartney, recorded and released in 2001.

Background

Clearly determined to follow the example of Run Devil Run‘s brisk making, Driving Rain – except for two songs – was cut with David Kahne co-producing in two weeks, starting in February 2001 and with a set of new musicians whom McCartney intended on backing him on tour. The cover of the album featured a photograph taken with a Casio wristwatch that had a built-in camera.

Music and lyrics

Driving Rain features many songs inspired by and written for Heather Mills. “Back in the Sunshine Again” was co-written by McCartney and his son, James. On 11 September 2001, McCartney was sitting on a plane in New York City when the terrorist attacks occurred and was able to witness the events from his seat. Incensed at the tragedy and determined to respond, he composed “Freedom” and helped organise (alongside Harvey Weinstein) The Concert for New York City, a massive all star show at Madison Square Garden on 20 October where “Freedom” was performed to a very receptive audience.

The song “About You” was written for Mills, as thanks for helping McCartney grieving the death of his first wife, Linda McCartney.

Release

In November 2001, Driving Rain was released to generally strong reviews but stunned many with its very low sales. The album sold 66,000 copies in its first week in the US. Perhaps due to the lack of a hit single to support it, Driving Rain peaked at number 46 in the UK, and became McCartney’s lowest-selling album in his homeland. The US reaction was a little stronger, with the album peaking at number 26 and being certified Gold by the RIAA.

Reviewing the album for Uncut magazine, Ian MacDonald noted McCartney’s spontaneous approach to its recording, such that, “In parts (for example, the lengthy closer ‘Rinse The Raindrops’), the results are almost ferocious, coming as close to a McCartney-esque Tin Machine as one could reasonably imagine.” MacDonald considered the more “polished and produced” tracks to be “the most successful“, however, and concluded: “Possibly a grower, this album is certainly better than anything Macca’s done for some while, if not the late masterpiece some of us have been hoping for.

Impulsively, McCartney halted the pressing of Driving Rain so that “Freedom” could appear as a hidden track (since the artwork had already been printed). The just-released “From a Lover to a Friend” (which only reached number 45 in the UK) was repackaged with “Freedom“, although the single failed to re-chart.

Beginning in April 2002, the Driving USA tour – a significant success which would lead to worldwide tour extensions – was launched.

In May 2007, McCartney said there are those who ascribe “militant” connotations to “Freedom” and, because of this, he had decided to remove the song from his 2007 setlist, while also suggesting that it could possibly return when he next mounted a US tour. About the song, McCartney added: “I thought it was a great sentiment, and immediately post 9/11, I thought it was the right sentiment. But it got hijacked. And it got a bit of a militaristic meaning attached itself to it, and you found Mr. Bush using that kind of idea rather a lot, in a way I felt altered the meaning of the song.” […]

Last updated on October 20th, 2015

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