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- Apple Records
- Interview by:
- Peter Brown
- Timeline More from year 1970
- Album This interview has been made to promote the McCartney Official album.
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This Q&A was included in the press kit for the “McCartney” album, sent to the UK press on April 9, 1970.
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’.
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?
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?”
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
Last updated on June 7, 2020