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Pass On This Side

By Thornton, Fradkin & Unger And Big BandOfficial album • Part of the collection “Paul McCartney as producer, composer, or session musician in the 70s

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Disc 1

  1. God Bless California

    Written by Leslie Fradkin

    3:36 • Studio version

    Paul McCartney : Bass, Vocals Linda McCartney : Vocals Denny Seiwell : Drums Leslie Fradkin : Guitar, Lead vocal Paul Thornton : Guitar, Vocals Bob Unger : Vocals Randy Edelman : Piano, Vocals

  2. M'Lady

    3:17 • Studio version

  3. Jimi

    3:14 • Studio version

  4. Christopher's Sorrow

    4:03 • Studio version

  5. Walkin' Guitar Blues

    4:38 • Studio version

  6. Oh Woman

    3:17 • Studio version

  7. To Err Is Human

    4:17 • Studio version

  8. Sometimes

    2:51 • Studio version

From “Linda McCartney, The Biography“, by danny Fields:

[…] A much more contributory and active role for Linda in Paul’s musical endeavours was being planned by early 1971, when the family was in New York for the recording of Ram; she was to start going really and truly professional by singing back-up on other people’s albums – no kidding.

Musician Leslie Fradkin was working on his first solo album at the time and enlisted the help of his friend, the much sought-after studio drummer Denny Seiwell, who was then working with Paul, to come over when he had some time and help with overdubs and such. Seiwell walked into Fradkin’s studio, and said, ‘I have a bass player for you.’

‘You can park your gear over there,’ Fradkin said to the bassist. ‘I’ll be with you in a minute.’

He didn’t look anything like what I remembered, he had aviator glasses on and his hair was slicked back, and then I realized who it was, but I didn’t pass out, I was preoccupied with getting my own thing done. So he introduced me to Linda, and said, ‘Well, she can help out too, she can sing.’

My attitude then was, and it’s always been, that if he says it’s OK, then it’s OK. I never felt that she should have nothing to do with his music. I knew that she’d sung on ‘Another Day’ [a true duet featuring Paul and Linda, it went to number one on the British charts], and I knew that she’d done bits and pieces on his first album that they did at home or something.

She had a little trouble with pitch, I vaguely recall. But I thought if she wants to sing, that’s fine. The record sounds very good, by the way. Paul seemed anxious about her confidence, and he encouraged her a lot. I’ve always had the feeling that Paul pushed her into becoming a musician, maybe to bring her closer to him, I don’t know, but it was definitely something coming from him, not from her. He was very much the instigator. She was like, ‘OK, I’ll give it a try, but I’m kind of scared, I don’t really want to do this.’

I think history shows that she grew as a musician and got better and better, and as time went on she actually became, I think, quite good. […]

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