Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest

By The FiremanOfficial album• Part of the collection “Paul McCartney • Studio albums

Timeline See what happened in November 1993
UK release date:
Nov 15, 1993
US release date:
Feb 22, 1994
Sessions This album has been recorded during the following sessions

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Transpiritual Stomp

Written by Paul McCartney, Youth

9:05 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Banjo, Double-bass, Flute, Producer
Youth:
Bass, Producer

Session Recording:
Oct 07 - Oct 10, 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


2.

Trans Lunar Rising

Written by Paul McCartney, Youth

9:11 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Banjo, Double-bass, Flute, Producer
Youth:
Bass, Producer

Session Recording:
Oct 07 - Oct 10, 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


3.

Transcrystaline

Written by Paul McCartney, Youth

8:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Banjo, Double-bass, Flute, Producer
Youth:
Bass, Producer

Session Recording:
Oct 07 - Oct 10, 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


4.

Pure Trance

Written by Paul McCartney, Youth

8:42 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Banjo, Double-bass, Flute, Producer
Youth:
Bass, Producer

Session Recording:
Oct 07 - Oct 10, 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


5.

Arizona Light

Written by Paul McCartney, Youth

8:42 • Studio versionA

Session Recording:
Oct 07 - Oct 10, 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


6.

Celtic Stomp

Written by Paul McCartney, Youth

8:35 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Banjo, Double-bass, Flute, Producer
Youth:
Bass, Producer

Session Recording:
Oct 07 - Oct 10, 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


7.

Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest

Written by Paul McCartney, Youth

8:10 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Banjo, Double-bass, Flute, Producer
Youth:
Bass, Producer

Session Recording:
Oct 07 - Oct 10, 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


8.

4 4 4

Written by Paul McCartney, Youth

7:37 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Banjo, Double-bass, Flute, Producer
Youth:
Bass, Producer

Session Recording:
Oct 07 - Oct 10, 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


9.

Sunrise Mix

Written by Paul McCartney, Youth

8:19 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Banjo, Double-bass, Flute, Producer
Youth:
Bass, Producer

Session Recording:
Oct 07 - Oct 10, 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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

About

From Wikipedia:

Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest is a 1993 ambient techno album by The Fireman, a duo consisting of Paul McCartney and producer Youth, who is best known as a member of Killing Joke and the Orb.

Background

The album consists of samples of McCartney material, mostly from the sessions that spawned his Off the Ground album, as well as samples of “Reception” and “The Broadcast” from Wings’ 1979 album Back to the Egg, as remixed by Youth. Neither McCartney nor Youth are credited on the album; rumours of McCartney’s involvement were eventually confirmed by EMI.

The project began when McCartney asked Youth to remix several tracks from McCartney’s Off the Ground album for use on possible 12″ singles. McCartney stated,

The brief from me was that he should only use stuff from our recordings, because dance mixes often feature a kick-drum sample or a James Brown snare sound and, as a consequence, the record ends up sounding a bit like someone else’s so I told Youth that I’d prefer any sound he might select to come off our recordings, mainly Off the Ground.

Recording

Regarding the project, Youth has stated,

I didn’t think it appropriate to remix any of the Off the Ground tracks the way I’d been briefed. I thought it would be better to do a more conceptual thing – that is, rather than remix a track I thought we should deconstruct the album into samples and then construct a new mix from those. And Paul liked the idea. He was into it, so I went for it.

Eventually, McCartney decided to join Youth in the studio to create new music to add to the tapestry along with the existing samples, and the project became a more collaborative effort. Although originally conceived as a series of 12″ remixes, McCartney became so enamoured with the results of the sessions that the project became this full-length album.

Release and reception

In a Melody Maker review, Michael Bonner wrote,

Paul McCartney has discovered dance music – and the results are as staggeringly brilliant as those that came from John Lydon’s similar road-to-Damascus-like conversion last year. Truly, we live in an age of miracles. Eschewing the easy option of making a remix album, McCartney and his collaborator, Youth, have chosen to follow the likes of Brian Eno down a more experimental and cerebral path. They take a melody and, with dexterous genre-hopping through ambient, trance and house, evolve a number of breathtaking variations. Like snowflakes, each song seems identical to the last, until closer inspection reveals that it has its own unique shape.

Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest was released in the UK on 15 November 1993, and in the US on 14 February 1994. The album, released on Parlophone in the UK, and Capitol in the US. “Transpiritual Stomp” was released as a 12″ single, with “Arizona Light Mix” as the B-side.

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