The Paul McCartney Project

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UK release date:
Oct 03, 1983
Publisher:
Parlophone
Reference:
12R 6062

Related sessions

This album has been recorded during the following studio sessions




Mixing "Say Say Say"

Feb 15, 1983

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Track list

Side 1


1.

Say Say Say

Written by Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson

5:40 • Studio versionA1 • 12" Remix

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Backing vocals, Electric guitar (?), Electric piano (?), Percussion (?), Synthesizers (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Michael Jackson :
Backing vocals, Vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Jerry Hey :
Horns
Nathan Watts :
Bass
Bill Wolfer :
Keyboards, Synthesizers
David Williams :
Electric guitar
Chris Smith :
Harmonica
Ricky Lawson :
Drums
Ernie Watts :
Horns
Gary E. Grant :
Horns
Gary Herbig :
Horns
John Benitez :
Remixing

Session Recording:
May 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK ; Odyssey Studios, London, UK

Session Recording:
April 1982
Studio :
Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, USA ; Sigma Sound Studios, New York City, USA

Session Mixing:
Feb 15, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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

Side 2


1.

Say Say Say

Written by Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson

7:00 • Studio versionA2 • Instrumental version

Paul McCartney :
Arrangement, Electric guitar (?), Electric piano (?), Percussion (?), Synthesizers (?)
George Martin :
Arrangement, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Jerry Hey :
Horns
Nathan Watts :
Bass
Bill Wolfer :
Keyboards, Synthesizers
David Williams :
Electric guitar
Chris Smith :
Harmonica
Ricky Lawson :
Drums
Ernie Watts :
Horns
Gary E. Grant :
Horns
Gary Herbig :
Horns
John Benitez :
Remixing

Session Recording:
May 1981
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK ; Odyssey Studios, London, UK

Session Recording:
April 1982
Studio :
Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, USA ; Sigma Sound Studios, New York City, USA

Session Mixing:
Feb 15, 1983
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


2.

Ode To A Koala Bear

Written by Paul McCartney

3:45 • Studio version

About

About this 12″:

Paul goes mod with ‘Say Say Say’, bringing in John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez to remix the song in vocal and instrumental versions (plenty of backing voices on the latter, though), clocking in at a combined 12 mins. 40 secs. ‘Ode To A Koala Bear (not on album) is the kind of good-humoured love song I thought people had forgotten how to write: lovely.

From Club Sandwich N°36, 1985

From The Beatles Monthly Book, N°91, November 1983:

The four-minute-long version of the song on the 7” is what you have been hearing on the radio; but to feel the full effect of a fine production by George Martin and remix by ‘Jellybean’ Benitez you should get a copy of the 12”. For a start, “Say Say Say” is nearly two minutes longer there; there’s the bonus of a seven-minute instrumental version on the
flipside, giving you the chance to play at being a Beatle for a day; and most important of all, the song leaps out of the speakers at you, with a depth of sound totally missing on the 7” take. […] The 12” also has extra instrumental breaks between the verses and the middle eight, and generally sounds much more like a fully-fledged disco dance classic than the rather more gentle 7”.

Last updated on May 3, 2020


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