- Timeline More from year 1997
- US release date:
- May 17, 1997
- Best Buy
- OOBU 5
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Oobu Joobu Main Theme
From The Beatles Monthly Book N°255 July 1997:
Oobu Joobu – Ecology is a new Paul McCartney promo put together by MPL’s U.S. offices to promote Paul’s ‘Town Hall Meeting’ internet interview on VH-1 (U.S. MPL 0003127850). The disc features the fifth show of Paul’s award-winning U.S. radio series – an episode he designated as an environment special. Each track on the disc is linked to the green concept: ‘Looking For Changes’, ‘Peace ln The Neighbourhood’, ‘Wild Life’, ‘Mother Nature’s Son’, ‘Off The Ground’, ‘Cow’, ‘How Many People’ and ‘We All Stand Together’.
‘Cow’ is an otherwise unreleased Linda McCartney song, co-written with Bread scriptwriter Carla Lane. (This was one of a couple of tracks the pair recorded with Paul, the other being the anti-vivisection ‘White Coated Man’, available on the U.S. charity CD, Animal Magnetism.)
The Oobu Joobu disc features an edited version of McCartney’s original broadcast, and comes without commercials or contributions from other artists (the Chrissie Hynde and Jeff Beck tracks didn’t survive the copyright tangles). The rest of the show remains intact, however, and includes Paul’s introduction and spoken-word link pieces, as well as the ‘Oobu
Joobu’ theme tune.
Just 3,000 of these discs were reportedly manufactured for the Best Buy retail chain in the U.S., and fans had to buy a copy of Flaming Pie to get hold of one. Not surprisingly, copies are already changing hands on the U.K. collector’s market for f50.
From the liner notes:
The summer of 1995 saw the debut of Paul McCartney’s critically acclaimed radio series, Oobu Joobu, which featured :
Unreleased songs from Paul’s own private collection
Rehearsal outtakes from past tours
Never before heard McCartney recordings
Visits to Rude Studios – Paul’s home studio
Favourite selections from Paul’s personal jukebox
Chats with guest artists including Stevie Wonder and Brian Wilson
And many, many more rarities…
The fascinating glimpse into the ex-Beatle’s musical world, the radio series, whose name was inspired by a BBC production of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Cocu that McCartney heard some 30 years ago on the radio – was a 20-year labour of love, with material gathered from over 250 hours of rare recordings from Paul’s personal archives. The enclosed program is one of Paul’s favourite shows from the series highlighting his favourite cause – The Environment.
The series, directed by Paul McCartney and produced by London-based musician-producer Eddy Pumer, gave the listeners a relaxing hour of summer radio each week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and offered a little something for everyone: comedy, rarities, cooking tips, concerts, interviews and special guest appearances, all combined with a career that spans more than 30 years, making Oobu Joobu the radio event of 1995, and beyond.
“It’s time that we became the young child.
To build a better kind of future. What do you think ?”
– Paul McCartney