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Flaming Pie - Ultimate Archive Collection

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Publisher:
Voo-Doo Records

Related sessions

This album has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Sessions with David Foster

September - October 1984


"Press To Play" sessions #1

March - May 1985



"Squid" session

Dec 12, 1986



Recording "Love Mix"

Apr 21, 1987



"Flowers In The Dirt" session #5

September - November 1988




Recording "Young Boy"

Started Feb 22, 1995


Overdubs for "Young Boy"

Mar 21-22, 1995


Recording "Broomstick"

Starting May 04, 1995


Recording "Used To Be Bad"

Starting May 05, 1995


Recording "If You Wanna"

Started May 11, 1995



Recording "Somedays"

Nov 01-03, 1995




Recording "Little Willow"

Started Nov 21, 1995


Recording "Souvenir"

Started Feb 19, 1996







Recording "Heaven On A Sunday"

Started Sep 16, 1996



Recording "Appaloosa"

Mar 07, 1998



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Track list

Disc 1


1.

From "Flaming Pie"


1.

The Song We Were Singing

Written by Paul McCartney

3:55 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass guitar, Double bass, Electric guitar, Harmonium, Harmony vocal, Lead vocal, Producer
Jeff Lynne :
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Harmony vocal, Keyboard, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Marc Mann :
Digital sequencing

Session Recording:
Nov 06-10, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs ?:
February 1996
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


2.

The World Tonight

Written by Paul McCartney

4:06 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Harmony vocal, Lead vocal, Percussion, Piano, Producer
Jeff Lynne :
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Harmony vocal, Keyboard, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Nov 13-17, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs ?:
February 1996
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


3.

If You Wanna

Written by Paul McCartney

4:37 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
12 string acoustic guitar, Bass guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Lead vocal, Producer
Steve Miller :
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Harmony vocal
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Started May 11, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


4.

Somedays

Written by Paul McCartney

4:15 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass guitar, Lead vocal, Producer, Spanish guitar
George Martin :
Orchestration
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Peter Lale :
Viola
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Gary Kettel :
Percussion
Rita Manning :
Violin
Skaila Kanga :
Harp
Martin Parry :
Flute
Jackie Hartley :
Violin
Keith Pascoe :
Violin
Levine Andrade :
Viola
Martin Loveday :
Cello
Peter Manning :
Violin
Christian Kampen :
Cello
Andy Findon :
Alto flute
Michael Cox :
Flute
Roy Carter :
English horn, Oboe

Session Recording:
Nov 01-03, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
Jun 10, 1996
Studio :
AIR Studios Lyndhurst, London, UK

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


5.

Young Boy

Written by Paul McCartney

3:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass guitar, Drums, Hammond organ, Lead vocal, Producer
Steve Miller :
Backing vocal, Electric guitar, Rhythm guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Frank Farrell :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Started Feb 22, 1995
Studio :
Steve Miller's home studio, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA

Session Overdubs:
Mar 21-22, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


6.

Calico Skies

Written by Paul McCartney

2:32 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Knee slap, Percussion, Producer, Vocal
George Martin :
Producer
Bob Kraushaar :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 03, 1992
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


7.

Flaming Pie

Written by Paul McCartney

2:30 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Harmony vocal, Lead vocal, Piano, Producer
Jeff Lynne :
Electric guitar, Harmony vocal, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 27, 1996
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


8.

Heaven On A Sunday

Written by Paul McCartney

4:27 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Acoustic solo, Backing vocal, Bass guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Fender rhodes, Harpsichord, Lead vocal, Percussion, Producer, Vibraphone
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
James McCartney :
Electric guitar solo
Jeff Lynne :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocal, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Michael Thompson :
French horn
Richard Bissill :
French horn
Richard Watkins :
French horn
John Pineguy :
French horn

Session Recording:
Started Sep 16, 1996
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


9.

Used To Be Bad

Written by Paul McCartney, Steve Miller

4:12 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass guitar, Drums, Lead vocal, Producer
Steve Miller :
Electric guitar, Lead vocal
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
May 05, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


10.

Souvenir

Written by Paul McCartney

3:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocal, Bass guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Harpsichord, Lead vocal, Piano, Producer
Jeff Lynne :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocal, Electric guitar, Keyboard, Producer
Kevin Robinson :
Trumpet
Chris 'Snake' Davis :
Saxophone
Dave Bishop :
Baritone saxophone
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Started Feb 19, 1996
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


11.

Little Willow

Written by Paul McCartney

2:58 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocal, Bass guitar, Electric guitar, Harmonium, Harpsichord, Lead vocal, Mellotron, Percussion effects, Piano, Producer, Spanish guitar
Jeff Lynne :
Backing vocal, Electric spinette harpsichord, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Started Nov 21, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs ?:
February 1996
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


12.

Really Love You

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr

5:18 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocal, Bass guitar, Electric guitar, Lead vocal, Producer, Wurlitzer piano
Ringo Starr :
Drums
Jeff Lynne :
Backing vocal, Electric guitar, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
May 14, 1996
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


13.

Beautiful Night

Written by Paul McCartney

5:09 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Additional percussion, Backing vocal, Bass guitar, Electric guitar, Hammond organ, Lead vocal, Piano, Producer, Wurlitzer piano
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocal
Ringo Starr :
Additional percussion, Backing vocal, Drums
Jeff Lynne :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocal, Electric guitar, Producer
George Martin :
Orchestral arrangement
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
John Barclay :
Trumpet
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
David Ogden :
Violin
Susan Milan :
Flute
Belinda Bunt :
Violin
Roger Garland :
Violin
Maciej Rakowski :
Violin
Rita Manning :
Violin
Bernard Partridge :
Violin
Jeremy Williams :
Violin
David Woodcock :
Violin
Graeme Scott :
Viola
Robert Bailey :
Cello
Anthony Pleeth :
Cello
Chris Laurence :
Double-bass
Michael Thompson :
Horn
Richard Watkins :
Horn
Andrew Crowley :
Trumpet
Mark Bennett :
Trumpet
Nigel Black :
Horn
Richard Edwards :
Trombone
Andy Fawbert :
Trombone
Marcia Crayford :
Violin
Adrian Levine :
Violin
Jackie Hartley :
Violin
Keith Pascoe :
Violin
Julian Tear :
Violin
Briony Shaw :
Violin
Bogustav Kostecki :
Violin
Jonathan Reeves :
Violin
Robert Smissen :
Viola
Stephen Thees :
Viola
Levine Andrade :
Viola
Philip Dukes :
Viola
Ivo Van Der Werff :
Viola
Stephen Orton :
Cello
Martin Loveday :
Cello
Robin McGee :
Double-bass
David Theodore :
Oboe

Session Recording:
May 13, 1996
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Recording:
May 14, 1996
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
Feb 14, 1997
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


14.

Great Day

Written by Paul McCartney

2:10 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Leg slap, Percussion, Producer, Vocal
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocal
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer
Bob Kraushaar :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 03, 1992
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


2.

Looking For You

Written by Paul McCartney

4:40 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocal, Hammond organ, Hofner bass, Lead vocal, Producer
Ringo Starr :
Congas, Drums
Jeff Lynne :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
May 14, 1996
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


3.

Broomstick

Written by Paul McCartney

5:10 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic bass, Acoustic guitar, Drums, Hammond organ, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Sound effects, Vocals and harmonies
Steve Miller :
Bass guitar, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
May 04, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


4.

The Light Comes From Within

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

2:59 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Electric piano, Hofner bass, Piano, Producer, Wurlitzer
Linda McCartney :
Electric piano, Lead vocals
James McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 18, 1998
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


5.

Appaloosa

Written by Linda McCartney

4:44 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Clarinet, Drums, Electric guitar, Hofner bass, Producer, Wurlitzer
Linda McCartney :
Lead vocal
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 07, 1998
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Orchestra overdubs:
Jan 29, 1992


6.

The Ballad of the Skeletons

Written by Paul McCartney, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass

7:47 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Drums, Guitar, Hammond organ, Maracas
Allen Ginsberg :
Voice
Philip Glass :
Keyboard
Lenny Kaye :
Bass, Producer
Marc Ribot :
Guitar
David Mansfield :
Guitar
Scott Ansell :
Recording 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

Disc 2


1.

Oobu Joobu - Part 1


1.

Some Folks Say Oobu

0.25 • Radio show


2.

Oobu Joobu Main Theme

0.30 • Radio show


3.

Fun Packed Show

0.09 • Radio show


4.

I Love This House

Written by Paul McCartney

3.44 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Electric guitar, Vocal
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer
David Gilmour :
Electric guitar
Dave Mattacks :
Drums
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
David Foster :
Keyboards
Jon Kelly :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 25 to Oct 02, 1984
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
March 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


5.

Clock Work

0.08 • Radio show


6.

The Ballad of the Skeletons

3.46 • Radio show


7.

Oobu Joobu We Love You

0.13 • Radio show


8.

Oobu Joobu Main Theme

0.56 • Radio show


2.

Oobu Joobu - Part 2


1.

Wide Screen Radio

0.12 • Radio show


2.

Oobu Joobu We Love You

0.06 • Radio show


3.

Oobu Joobu Main Theme

0.32 • Radio show


4.

Brilliant, What's Next?

0.03 • Radio show


5.

Atlantic Ocean

Written by Paul McCartney

6.25 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Maracas, Percussion, Producer, Vocals
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Phil Ramone :
Producer
Steve Lyon :
Recording engineer
Phil Picket :
Keyboards
Louis Jardim :
Percussion
Stuart Elliott :
Drums
Martin Barre :
Electric guitar

Session Recording:
Mar 20, 1987
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


6.

Paul McCartney Reminisces

1.24 • Radio show


7.

Bouree

0.23 • Radio show


8.

Oobu Joobu We Love You

0.12 • Radio show


9.

Oobu Joobu Main Theme

1.03 • Radio show


3.

Oobu Joobu - Part 3


1.

Intro Chat

0:09 • Radio show


2.

Oobu Joobu Main Theme

0:48 • Radio show


3.

Squid

Written by Paul McCartney

6:25 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer
Eddie Klein :
Engineer
Matt Butler :
Engineer

Session Recording:
Dec 12, 1986
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye


4.

Paul McCartney talks about "The World Tonight"

1:23 • Radio show


5.

Link

0:05 • Radio show


6.

Oobu Joobu Main Theme

0:59 • Radio show


4.

Oobu Joobu - Part 4


1.

Intro Chat

0:06 • Radio show


2.

Oobu Joobu Main Theme

0:37 • Radio show


3.

Link

0:18 • Radio show


4.

Don't Break The Promise

Written by Paul McCartney, Eric Stewart

3:39 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums (?), Electric guitar, Harmonium, Producer, Vocals
Hamish Stuart :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Matt Butler :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 09, 1988
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


5.

Paul McCartney Talks About Reggae

1:25 • Radio show


6.

Link

0:04 • Radio show


7.

Oobu Joobu Main Theme

0:57 • Radio show


5.

Oobo Joobu - Part 5


1.

And Now (Jingle)

0:10 • Radio show


2.

Oobu Joobu Main Theme

0:45 • Radio show


3.

Beautiful Night Chat

0:30 • Radio show


4.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Chat About Beautiful Night

1:53 • Radio show


5.

Ringo Starr Chat

0:30 • Radio show


6.

Beautiful Night (Flaming Pie Mix)

1:30 • Radio show


7.

Beautiful Night

Written by Paul McCartney

3:57 • Studio versionB • 1986 original version

Paul McCartney :
Piano, Vocals
Phil Ramone :
Producer
Neil Jason :
Bass
David Brown :
Electric guitar
Liberty Devitto :
Drums
David Lebolt :
Synthesizer
Steve Rinkoff :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Dave O'Donnell :
Assistant mixing engineer, Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 21-22, 1986
Studio :
The Power Station, New York, USA


8.

Goodbyes

0:19 • Radio show


9.

Oobu Joobu Main Theme

0:37 • Radio show


6.

Oobu Joobu - Part 6


1.

This One (Jingle)

0:07 • Radio show


2.

Oobu Joobu Main Theme

0:33 • Radio show


3.

Oobu Joobu We Love You (Jingle)

0:06 • Radio show


4.

Paul McCartney Chats About Abbey Road

0:52 • Radio show


5.

Strawberry Fields Forever (Paul Solo)

0:14 • Radio show


6.

Paul McCartney Chats About Abbey Road

1:00 • Radio show


7.

Come On Baby

0:54 • Radio show


8.

Paul McCartney Chats About Abbey Road

0:18 • Radio show


9.

Come On Baby (continued)

0:33 • Radio show


10.

End Chat Abbey Road

0:22 • Radio show


11.

Okay Are You Ready (Jingle)

0:08 • Radio show


12.

Love Mix

Written by Paul McCartney

2:58 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums (?), Keyboards, Piano (?), Producer, Vocals
Robbie McIntosh :
Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Matt Butler :
Mixing engineer
Phil Ramone :
Producer
Steve Lyon :
Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Apr 21, 1987
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
September - November 1988
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London, UK ?

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


13.

Wide Screen Radio (Jingle)

0:05 • Radio show


14.

Goodbye

0:18 • Radio show


15.

Oobu Joobu Main Theme

0:47 • Radio show


7.

Young Boy

Written by Paul McCartney

3:55 • Rough mixA1 • Early mix. Written on a Sunday, August 28 1995. Linda was preparing a veggy meal at the home of chef Pierre Franey, on Long Island, with a photgrapher and the New Yorker writer Bryan Miller watching. Paul was waiting in another room and had his guitar brought with him. The version released on the Capitol 3 track album sampler has the final chord intact.

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass guitar, Drums, Hammond organ, Lead vocal, Producer
Steve Miller :
Backing vocal, Electric guitar, Rhythm guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Frank Farrell :
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Started Feb 22, 1995
Studio :
Steve Miller's home studio, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA

Session Overdubs:
Mar 21-22, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


8.

Somedays

Written by Paul McCartney

4:26 • Rough mixA1 • Early mix. Written on Friday March 18, 1994 , while Paul accompanied Linda to a photo session for her vegetarian cooking book. To pass the time he wrote ‘Somedays’. This is the early mix, released on January 30, 1997 on the Capitol 3 track album sampler. The differences become most apparent in the second verse with alternate orchestration, variations in the Mellotron (some answering flute “laughs” on the first line where Paul sings “laugh”) and the line “Somedays, I look, I look at you with eyes that shine” is repeated at the end.

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass guitar, Lead vocal, Producer, Spanish guitar
George Martin :
Orchestration
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Peter Lale :
Viola
Jon Jacobs :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Gary Kettel :
Percussion
Rita Manning :
Violin
Skaila Kanga :
Harp
Martin Parry :
Flute
Jackie Hartley :
Violin
Keith Pascoe :
Violin
Levine Andrade :
Viola
Martin Loveday :
Cello
Peter Manning :
Violin
Christian Kampen :
Cello
Andy Findon :
Alto flute
Michael Cox :
Flute
Roy Carter :
English horn, Oboe

Session Recording:
Nov 01-03, 1995
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
Jun 10, 1996
Studio :
AIR Studios Lyndhurst, London, UK

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


9.

The Light Comes from Within

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

2:56 • Studio versionA1 • Censored version

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Electric piano, Hofner bass, Piano, Producer, Wurlitzer
Linda McCartney :
Electric piano, Lead vocals
James McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Keith Smith :
Recording engineer
Gregg Baggott :
Editing

Session Recording:
Mar 18, 1998
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Editing:
Jan 22, 1999
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


10.

The Ballad of the Skeletons

Written by Paul McCartney, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass

4:09 • 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 :
Recording 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


11.

The Ballad of the Skeletons

Written by Paul McCartney, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass

7:47 • 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 :
Recording 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 the liner notes:

[…] Indeed “Soon” means SOON, and in this case, it means RIGHT NOW! Yes, it is time for a further installment of the not-quite-a-year-old Ultimate Archive Collection series. That is if you wanna, if you wanna, if you wanna do it again! This title was a long time coming, and up until a few weeks ago, it looked like this title wasn’t going to come out at all! I do take the work I put into making these as good as they can be quite seriously, and I didn’t want to have a flawed version of this out there with shitty sounding early mixes on it. I let Speed Of Sound go out like that only because at the time those were the best versions of those songs to appear. However, thanks to nando (hi, nando! ) and his incredible generosity, we now have the Speed Of Sound roughs in fantastic quality. Yes, I will at some point be upgrading the UAC of that title at some point! And now, we have yet another incredibly generous gentleman to thank for an extremely rare upload! This time, it was carose who came up with the goods – the goods in question being the extremely rare (30 copies made) 3-track promo sampler of Flaming Pie! According to ‘Eight Arms’, all three tracks are early mixes, different to what wound up on Flaming Pie. Not quite true. I’ve a/b-ed The World Tonight from both the cassette and the regular version, and they are absolutely identical! No mix variants to be found at all! So scratch that one from the list! It makes one wonder if the supposed early mix of Beautiful Night is different as well… At any rate, I am extremely happy to finally be able to offer excellent versions of the early mixes of both Young Boy and Somedays from that tape. I’ve cleaned both up (slight hiss reduction, light eq and speed correction) as best as I can. I’m also happy to include the extremely rare “censored” version of Linda’s The Light Comes From Within, taken directly from the original cd-r acetate. Add to that all six installments of the Oobu Joobu series that was doled out on the Flaming Pie CD singles, all three versions of The Ballad Of The Skeletons (the track Paul recorded with Allen Ginsberg), the two contemporary b-sides and Linda’s final two recordings (which means that the entire Wide Prairie LP is now available on various volumes of the UAC series), and that adds up to two completely packed CDs! I was going to include a cobbled together version of Beautiful Night as a placeholder, should the true early mix ever pop up, but there was just no room here. So, it will appear on Rarities, along with many other orphaned tracks of this sort! But let’s not worry about that just yet. Right now, I’m very proud to offer my version of one of Paul’s very best albums. Enjoy!

NOTES:

There’s a four year gap between Off The Ground (1993) and Flaming Pie (1997). That’s mainly due to a world tour and the work on The Beatles Anthology. The album was recorded in several locations over two years, 1995 and 1997.

Nevertheless, there’s two songs that were recorded in 1992, even before the release of his last studio album. On September 3 Paul recorded the basic tracks with George Martin, in his Hog Hill Mill Studio. ‘Calico Skies’ was written in August 1991, in Long Island, during a power cut caused by Hurricane Bob. With nothing better to do, Paul wrote the song on an acoustic guitar. The other song, ‘Great Day’ was much older: written in 1972.

Fast forward to two years later.

In February 1995, while The Treetles put the finishing touches on the second new Beatles single ‘Real Love’, Paul hands over a cassette to the producer Jeff Lynne. It’s a compilation with some demos, mostly recorded during a recent stay in Jamaica. While Jeff remembers there were ten songs on it, some reports talk of at least twelve songs that wouldn’t be used on Flaming Pie. One of them titled ‘Give Me The Right To Freedom’.

Later that month, Paul and his family, plus engineer Geoff Emerick fly to Idaho, where thet have a meeting with Steve Miller. 25 years after ‘My Dark Hour’ they renew their collaboration in Miller’s farm in Sun Valley. There they work for three days on some songs. On February 22 the basic track of ‘Find Love’ is recorded. Later it twill be recristened to ‘Young Boy’. Paul will finish the song on his own on March 21 with some overdubs, with mixing the day after.

In May Miller and McCartney reconvene in the Hog Hill Mill studios to record more songs. In about two weeks six songs are put to tape, beginning with ‘Broomstick’, which ends up as a b-side. Two more songs will find a place on Flaming Pie: ‘If You Wanna’ and the jam track “’Used to Be Bad’. ‘(Sweet Home) Country Girl’, ‘Soul Boy’ and one more title remain in the archives.

While the world is getting Beatle crazy once more with the release of the first Anthology cd-box and the television series, Paul starts working with producer Jeff Lynne. ‘Somedays’ is recorded on November 1, followed by ‘The Song We Were Singing’ on the 6th, ‘The World Tonight’ on the 13th and ‘Little Willow’ on the 21st. They are all one-day sessions at Hog Hill Mill.

On November 18-19 there’s some diversion, as Paul works at The Church, the studio of Dave Stewart, to finish ‘Whole Life’, a track they started working on together in May.

There’s a two-month break while Linda has chemo.

On February 19, 1996 Paul and Lynne start working again. ‘Souvenir’ is the first song, followed by ‘Flaming Pie’ – a song wrote only a few days earlier, while riding horse. It is recorded in a 4 hour session on the 27th.

After another three-month gap, Paul and Jeff continue the collaboration, this time with the aid of Ringo Starr. On May 13 they record a new version of ‘Beautiful Night’, a song Paul first attempted in August 1986 with Phil Ramone. The day after they record ‘Looking For You’ and a jam: ‘Really Love You’.

A 14-piece ensemble overdubbed their contribution to ‘Somedays’ on June 10, 1996. George Martin wrote the arrangement.

The songs are finished and mixed in September 1996. On the 16th, a last song is recorded by Paul and Jeff: ‘Heaven on Sunday’, for which son James adds a guitar solo.

On January 30, 1997 Capitol Records makes a 3-track sampler cassette – allegedly only 30 copies are made. This contains early mixes of ‘World Tonight’, ‘Young Boy’ and ‘Somedays’. However, on February 14 more work is done on ‘Beautiful Night’, which receives a 38-piece orchestra in Abbey Road, again in an arrangement by George Martin.

CD 1

Tracks 1-14 – Flaming Pie, released on May 5, 1997 in Europe and two weeks later, on May 20 in the USA.

15 – Looking for You – recorded with Jeff Lynne and Ringo Starr on May 14, 1996 and released in the US on the single ‘The World Tonight’, which was the first (and only) US single, on April 17, 1997. In the UK and Europe it appeared on vinyl single and cd 1 of ‘Young Boy’, on April 28, 1997.

16 – Broomstick – recorded by Paul and Steve Miller on May 4, 1995 and released on April 28, 1997 on cd single 2 of ‘Young Boy’.

17 – The Light Comes From Within – recorded on March 18, 1998, by Paul, Linda and James and released on October 26, 1998 on Linda’s posthumous album Wide Prairie and in January 1999 also as a single.

18 – Appaloosa – recorded on March 17, 1998, by Paul and Linda and also released on Wide Prairie.

19 – Ballad of the Skeletons – recorded in April 1996 – see below – this is the ‘explicit version’, released on October 16, 1996 as a cd single by Allen Ginsberg. Both other versions (CD 2 – tracks 10 and 11) are also to be found on this cd single.

CD 2

In January 1995, Eddy Pumer, producer at Capital Radio (London), was contacted by Paul’s promotion man Joe Reddington to make a radio series titled, “Oobu Joobu”. Originally it was to be 6 one-hour shows, but it grew to 17 hours. This radio series was transmitted by American radio network Westwood One, between March27 and September 2, 1995. As a bonus on the cd singles from Flaming Pie, Eddy Pumer compiled a series of home demos, interviews, and unreleased songs into six long tracks, that were over six 5” cd-singles – two each for each British singles from the album. They were distributed in the UK and continental Europe, but not in the US. The main point of attraction were the unreleased songs, taken from the mid-Eighties sessions (see Flowers in the Dirt – UAC).

1 – Oobu Joobu – Part 1 – containing ‘I Love This House’, recorded on September 25, 1984 with producer David Foster
2 – Oobu Joobu – Part 2 – containing ‘Atlantic Ocean’, recorded in March 1987 with producer Phil Ramone

Both released on April 28, 1997 on the cd singles of ‘’The World Tonight’

3 – Oobu Joobu – Part 3 – containing ‘Squid’, recorded on November 12, 1986
4 – Oobu Joobu – Part 4 – containing ‘Don’t Break the Promise’, written with Eric Stewart and recorded on June 9, 1988

Both released on July 7, 1997 on the cd-singles of ‘Young Boy’

5 – Oobu Joobu – Part 5 – containing the original version of ‘Beautiful Night’, recorded on August 21, 1986 with producer Phil Ramone
6 – Oobu Joobu – Part 6 – containing ‘Love Come Tumbling Down’, recorded in March 1987 with producer Phil Ramone

Both released on December 15, 1997 on the cd-singles of ‘Beautiful Night’.

7 – Young Boy – written on a Sunday, August 28 1995. Linda was preparing a veggy meal at the home of chef Pierre Franey, on Long Island, with a photgrapher and the New Yorker writer Bryan Miller watching. Paul was waiting in another room and had his guitar brought with him. The version released on the Capitol 3 track album sampler has the final chord intact.

8 – Somedays – written on Friday March 18, 1994 , while Paul accompanied Linda to a photo session for her vegetarian cooking book. To pass the time he wrote ‘Somedays’. This is the early mix, released on January 30, 1997 on the Capitol 3 track album sampler. The differences become most apparent in the second verse with alternate orchestration, variations in the Mellotron (some answering flute “laughs” on the first line where Paul sings “laugh”) and the line “Somedays, I look, I look at you with eyes that shine” is repeated at the end.

9 – The Light Comes From Within – ‘censored version’, released in January 1999 on a UK 1-track promoonly CD-R acetate.

10 – Ballad of the Skeletons – edit

11 – Ballad of the Skeletons – clean version

Ballad of the Skeletons – in their own words

Allen Ginsberg: “I had a gig at Albert Hall in London [on Monday October 16, 1995]. A reading. I had been talking quite a bit to (Paul) McCartney, visiting him and bringing him poetry and haiku, and looking at Linda McCartney’s hotographs and giving him some photos I’d taken of them. So, McCartney liked it and filmed me doing “(The Ballad of The) Skeletons” in a little 8 millimeter home thing. And then I had this reading at (the) Albert Hall, and I asked (him) if he could recommend a young guitarist who was a quick study. So he gave me a few names but (then) he said, “If you’re not fixed up with a guitarist, why don’t you try me? I love the poem”. So I said, “It’s a date”.

Paul McCartney: “[Allen Ginsberg] came over to the house in Sussex to ask me if I knew anybody who would accompany him on guitar at a gig he was doing at the Albert Hall. So I suggested Dave Gilmour and Dave Stewart and a few others. Then when he’d gone it dawned on me that he wanted me to do it, so I rang him and said OK.”

Allen Ginsberg: “He showed up at 5 p.m. for the sound check. It was a benefit for literary things. There were 15 other poets (on the bill). We didn’t tell anybody that McCartney was going to play.”

Paul McCartney: “So we met up and I stuck a little Bo Diddley jinkity-jink behind his ‘Ballad of the Skeletons’, a really cool poem.”

Allen Ginsberg: “And we (had) developed that riff really nicely. In fact, Linda (had) made a little tape of our rehearsal. […] And he bought a box for his family. Got all his kids together, four of them, and his wife, and he sat
through the whole evening of poetry. We didn’t say who my accompanist was going to be. We introduced him at the end of the evening, and then the roar went up on the floor of the Albert Hall, and we knocked out the song. There’s a photo of us on the CD. It was a very lively and he was into it”

Paul McCartney: “He introduced me to the audience as his accompanist. He loved to be the Don, did Allen, the controller, and I loved to give him that.”

Allen Ginsberg: “He said if I ever got around to recording it, let him know.”

The studio version was recorded in April 1996.

Allen Ginsberg: “I did the poem at Carnegie Hall (in New York at a benefit) for the Tibet House, that followed the Albert Hall show. And… Danny Goldberg, (President of Mercury Records), was in the audience at Carnegie Hall, (and he) called up my office.. ’cause he heard it and liked it and said, “Do you want to record it?” I got together Marc Ribot, who I had played it with first, Lenny (Kaye) and David Mansfield. And Lenny was the session-maker… We made a basic track – and McCartney had said, “If you record it, I’d like to work on it. It would be fun”. So we did a 24-hour overnight-mail to him, and he got it, and listened to it, after a few days. He spent a day on it. He put on maracas, drums, (which was unexpected, which we needed), and organ, Hammond organ, trying to sound like Al Kooper. And guitar, which was very strong. Then the day it arrived, Philip Glass was in town, and he volunteered because he thought it was my hit, so he wanted to do something with it. He added on piano, very much in his style, and fitting perfectly onto the rest of the tape. Then Hal Willner wound up mixing it and brought out McCartney’s role and the structure that McCartney
had given to it, ’cause he gave it a very nice, dramatic structure. I had planned that after “Blow Nancy Blow” you would have four consecutive choruses of instrumentals. McCartney and I had planned the breaks the first time, and varied it a little..”

Allen Ginsberg: “[Paul] reacts to the words in an intelligent way. You can hear it on the tape. Like, if I say on the recording, “What’s cooking”, all of a sudden he brings in the maracas to get that really funny excitement. When I say, “Blow Nancy Blow”, he blows on the Hammond organ. He added a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of interpretation. And sometimes when I made a flub, he covered it. He left his lead sheet in his guitar case, so we had to share my lead sheet (at the gig), which was fun.”

One more thing

Two of the album’s tracks ‘Young Boy’ and ‘The World Tonight’ were featured in the Ivan Reitman comedy Father’s Day with Billy Crystal and Robin Williams. Apparently 5.1 mixes were especially made and ‘The World Tonight’ used over the end credits, was severely edited by one minute. As there’s no soundtrack album, this mix is only on the DVD.

Last updated on September 26, 2020


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