Interview for Apple Records • Thursday, April 9, 1970

"McCartney" press release Q&A

Interview of Paul McCartney
Published by:
Apple Records
Interview by:
Peter Brown
Timeline More from year 1970

Album This interview has been made to promote the McCartney LP.

Master release

Songs mentioned in this interview

Hot As Sun

Officially appears on McCartney


Officially appears on McCartney

Momma Miss America

Officially appears on McCartney

Oo You

Officially appears on McCartney

Teddy Boy

Officially appears on McCartney

The Lovely Linda

Officially appears on McCartney

Valentine Day

Officially appears on McCartney

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On April 9, 1970, advanced copies of Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, “McCartney“, were sent to the UK press, accompanied with a press kit. Included in the press kit was a Q&A, where Paul strongly suggested the Beatles’ adventure was over.

Q: Why did you decide to make a solo album?

A: Because I got a Studer 4-track recording machine at home – practised on it (playing all instruments) – like the results and decided to make it into an album.

Q: Were you influenced by John’s adventures with the Plastic Ono Band, and Ringo’s solo LP?

A: Sort of, but not really.

Q: Are all the songs by Paul McCartney alone?

A: Yes sir.

Q: Will they be so credited: McCartney?

A: It’s a bit daft for them to be Lennon-McCartney-credited, so ‘McCartney’ it is.

Q: Did you enjoy working as a solo?

A: Very much. I only had me to ask for a decision, and I agreed with me. Remember Linda’s on it too, so it’s really a double act.

Q: What is Linda’s contribution?

A: Strictly speaking she harmonises, but of course it’s more than that because she is a shoulder to lean on, a second opinion, and a photographer of renown. More than all this, she believes in me – constantly.

Q: Where was the album recorded?

A: At home, at EMI (No. 2 studio) and at Morgan studios (Willesden!).

Q: What is your home equipment (in some detail)?

A: Studer 4-track machine. I only had, however, one mike, and, as Mr Pender, Mr Sweatham and others only managed to take six months or so (slight delay), I worked without VU meters or a mixer, which meant that everything had to be listened to first (for distortion, etc…) then recorded. So the answer – Studer, one mike and nerve.

Q: Why did you choose to work in the studios you chose?

A: They were available. EMI is technically good, and Morgan is cosy.

Q: The album was not known about until it was nearly completed. Was this deliberate?

A: Yes, because normally an album is old before it comes out. (aside) Witness ‘Get Back’.

Q: Why?

A: I’ve always wanted to buy a Beatles album like ‘people’ do and be as surprised as they must be. So this was the next best thing. Linda and I are the only two who will be sick of it by the release date. We love it really.

Q: Are you able to describe the texture or the feel of the theme of the album in a few words?

A: Home, Family, Love.

Q: How long did it take to complete – from when to when?

A: From just before (I think) Xmas, until now. The Lovely Linda was the first thing I recorded at home, and was originally to test the equipment. That was around Xmas.

Q: Assuming all the songs are new to the public, how new are they to you? Are they recent?

A: One was 1959 (‘Hot As Sun’), two from India (‘Junk’, ‘Teddy Boy’), and the rest are pretty recent. ‘Valentine Day’, ‘Momma Miss America’, and ‘OO you’ were ad-libbed on the spot.

Q: Which instruments have you played on the album?

A: Bass, drums, acoustic guitar, lead guitar, piano and organ-Mellotron, toy xylophone, bow and arrow.

Q: Have you played all these instruments on earlier recordings?

A: Yes – drums being the one that I would normally do.

Q: Why did you do all the instruments yourself?

A: I think I’m pretty good.

Q: Will Linda be heard on all future recordings?

A: Could be; we love singing together, and have plenty of opportunity for practice.

Q: Will Paul and Linda become a John and Yoko?

A: No, they will become a Paul and Linda.

Q: Are you pleased with your work?

A: Yes.

Q: Will the other Beatles receive the first copies?

A: Wait and see.

Q: What has recording alone taught you?

A: That to make your own decisions about what you do is easy and playing with yourself is difficult but satisfying.

Q: Who has done the artwork?

A: Linda has taken all the photos, and she and I designed the package.

Q: Is it true that neither Allen Klein nor ABKCO have been nor will be in any way involved with the production, manufacturing, distribution or promotion of this new album?

A: Not if I can help it.

Q: Did you miss the other Beatles and George Martin? Was there a moment eg, when you thought ‘wish Ringo was here for this break?”

A: No.

Q: Assuming this is a very big hit album, will you do another?

A: Even if it isn’t, I will continue to do what I want – when I want to.

Q: Are you planning a new album or single with the Beatles?

A: No.

Q: Is this album a rest away from the Beatles or the start of a solo career?

A: Time will tell. Being a solo album means it’s the start of a solo career… and not being done with the Beatles means it’s a rest. So it’s both.

Q: Have you any plans for live appearances?

A: No.

Q: Is your break from the Beatles temporary or permanent, due to personal difference or musical ones?

A: Personal differences, business differences, musical differences, but most of all because I have a better time with my family. Temporary or permanent? I don’t know.

Q: Do you see a time when Lennon-McCartney becomes an active songwriting partnership again?

A: No.

Q: What do you feel about John’s peace effort? The Plastic Ono Band? Giving back the MBE? Yoko’s influence? Yoko?

A: I love john and respect what he does – it doesn’t give me any pleasure.

Q: Have you plans to produce any other artists?

A: No.

Q: Were there any of the songs on the album originally written with the Beatles in mind?

A: There older ones were. ‘Junk’ was intended for ‘Abbey Road’, but something happened. ‘Teddy Boy’ was for ‘Get Back’ but something happened.

Q: Were you pleased with ‘Abbey Road’? Was it musically restricting?

A: It was a good album. (No. I for a long time).

Q: What is your relationship with Klein:

A: It isn’t – I am not in contact with him, and he does not represent me in any way.

Q: What is your relationship with apple?

A: It is the office of a company which I part-own with the other three Beatles. I don’t go there because I don’t like the offices or business, especially when I’m on holiday.

Q: Have you any plans to set up an independent production company?

A: McCartney Productions.

Q: What sort of music has influenced you on this album?

A: Light and loose.

Q: Are you writing more prolifically now? Or less so?

A: About the same. I have a queue waiting to be recorded.

Q: What are your plans now? A holiday? A musical? A movie? Retirement?

A: My only plan is to grow up.

From – The historic UK press kit for Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, McCartney, where for the first time he announces his break with The Beatles. Often referenced but rarely seen, this 1970 press kit for the “McCartney” album contains a written interview where Paul is asked “Are you planning a new album or single with the Beatles” and answers “no.” When asked “Is this album a rest away from the Beatles or the start of a solo career” he answer a vague “Time will tell…” He says of his break with the Beatles “temporary or permanent ? I don’t know.” Asked if he foresees a time when Lennon-McCartney resumes as an active songwriting partnership again he again answers simply “no.” These comments and others contained within rocked the world when this press kit was sent out–this was the first intimation that the Beatles might indeed be over (and they were !) This very rare press kit includes the 3 page interview printed as a folio, a sheet of “general information,” 2 pages of lyrics, another 3 page folio of “information” (actually Paul’s notes on each song), and two 6.5″ x 9.5″ press photographs. Everything is in excellent condition, with one small stain on the first page of the interview. This came from the estate of Ralph J. Gleason, legendary music critic, co-founder of Rolling Stone magazine, and friend of the Beatles. A very important Beatles collectible.

Last updated on April 3, 2022


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Ed 2 years ago

A glaring error that has the opposite meaning:

Q: Have you played all these instruments on earlier recordings?
A: Yes – drums being the one that I would normally do.

Colleen 1 year ago

How unfortunate for you, as a young family man who just completed an album for the public to enjoy, to be asked such ridiculous questions and to have to endure this interview until the end. I liked your last answer. You were quick to respond with a great answer. The rest is history and now … keep on rockin’…

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