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McGear

By Mike McCartney / McGearOfficial album • Part of the collection “Paul McCartney as producer, composer, or session musician in the 70s

Last updated on August 2, 2023

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Disc 1

  1. Sea Breezes

    Written by Bryan Ferry

    4:50 • Studio version

    Paul McCartney : Producer Peter Tattersal : Engineer

  2. What Do We Really Know?

    Written by Paul McCartney

    3:28 • Studio version

    Paul McCartney : Producer Peter Tattersal : Engineer

  3. Norton

    Written by Paul McCartney, Mike McCartney / McGear

    2:37 • Studio version

    Paul McCartney : Producer Peter Tattersal : Engineer

  4. Leave It

    Written by Paul McCartney

    3:45 • Studio version

    Paul McCartney : Producer Peter Tattersal : Engineer

  5. Have You Got Problems?

    Written by Paul McCartney, Mike McCartney / McGear

    6:18 • Studio version

    Paul McCartney : Producer Peter Tattersal : Engineer

  6. The Casket

    Written by Paul McCartney, Roger McGough

    4:19 • Studio version

    Paul McCartney : Producer Peter Tattersal : Engineer

  7. Rainbow Lady

    Written by Paul McCartney, Mike McCartney / McGear

    3:30 • Studio version

    Paul McCartney : Producer Peter Tattersal : Engineer

  8. Simply Love You

    Written by Paul McCartney, Mike McCartney / McGear

    2:51 • Studio version

    Paul McCartney : Producer Peter Tattersal : Engineer

  9. Givin' Grease a Ride

    Written by Paul McCartney, Mike McCartney / McGear

    5:36 • Studio version

    Paul McCartney : Producer Peter Tattersal : Engineer

  10. Bonus track on 1992 CD reissue

    1. Dance the Do

      Written by Paul McCartney, Mike McCartney / McGear

      3:54 • Studio version

      Paul McCartney : Producer Peter Tattersal : Engineer

    2. Sweet Baby

      Written by Paul McCartney, Mike McCartney / McGear

      3:47 • Studio version

      Paul McCartney : Producer Peter Tattersal : Engineer


From Wikipedia:

McGear is the second solo album by English singer Mike McGear, released in 1974.

History

The album was a collaboration between McGear and his older brother Paul McCartney, who produced the record. All tracks on the album are performed by McCartney’s band Wings, although all lead vocals are sung by McGear (McCartney can be heard singing the ending of “What Do We Really Know?“, on “Givin’ Grease A Ride” and occasional yells and harmony vocals on other tracks). At the time, McGear had just left his group Grimms, and McCartney was waiting for his Apple Records contract to expire. Because of Apple contract issues, McCartney was originally not credited as a performer.

Although the original intent had just been to record a single (“Leave It“), the project mushroomed into an entire album before the single was released. The album was recorded at Strawberry Studios, except for “Leave It“, which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios. “Leave It” reached #36 in the UK singles chart.

The front cover shows Mike captured like Gulliver, surrounded by little black and white people. Included in the people are pictures of the band members, as well as a childhood picture of Paul and Mike.

When Warner Brothers signed McGear and Badfinger to quite a bit of fanfare, coinciding with McCartney’s Apple contract nearing expiration, there was quite a bit of rumour at the time suggesting that Warners was trying to interest McCartney in signing with them.

Re-release

In 1991, McGear was re-released by Rykodisc in the U.S. with a previously unreleased version of the song “Dance The Do” as a bonus track (a different mix had been issued as a stand-alone single on UK Warner Bros). In 1992, McGear was re-released by See For Miles Records in the U.K. with two bonus tracks, “Dance The Do” and “Sweet Baby,” which had been the B-side of “Leave It.” The liner notes quote McGear as saying that “Sweet Baby” had originally been named “All My Lovin’” but “some other group had already done one with that name.

From Disc – July 19, 1975
From Record Mirror – October 5, 1974
From Disc – September 28, 1974
From Disc – March 29, 1975
From Melody Maker – October 12, 1974
From Melody Maker – October 5, 1974
Paul McCartney writing

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Jim Coats • 6 years ago

McGear fits in beautifully between Band on the Run and Venus and Mars in McCartney's catalogue. It's sharp, bright, melodic and I would say superior to Venus and Mars. While Paul is everywhere on the album, writing, producing, playing, singing it's still brother Mike's album as he infuses the tracks with humour and character all his own. A wonderful album, well worth tracking down.


The PaulMcCartney Project • 6 years ago

Thanks Jim for your views on McGear, indeed an underrated effort by the McCartneys imo !


clauskamp • 5 years ago

I simply love the two mcgear albums. I am looking forward to the the ressue.


Sean Macreavy • 3 years ago

Tomorrow, my good chums Peter Wadsworth (The Strawberry Archive) and Liam Newton (author of ’10cc: The Worst Band in the World’) and I will be baking, restoring and digitising a 1974 reel-to-reel tape from Strawberry Studios in Stockport marked simply ‘Paul McCartney’. It purports to be Paul’s sound effects reel for his brother’s album… We’ll keep you posted! Video and audio coming to YouTube very, very soon. Cheers, Sean.


The PaulMcCartney Project • 3 years ago

Wow that sounds amazing! Can't wait to hear that! Thanks Sean


Jon Maclean • 1 year ago

In 2019, Eclectic Records released an Expanded edition of “McGear”, as a double CD/DVD package. Well worth chasing up.


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