The Paul McCartney Project

McCartney II

Timeline More from year 1980
UK release date:
May 16, 1980
US release date:
May 22, 1980

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From paulmccartney.com:

McCartney II was Paul’s first solo album since the formation of Wings in 1971. While its highly electronic style was certainly innovative, its cosily domestic origins were reminiscent of 1970’s McCartney album. (Aptly, the two were reissued at the same time in 2011, as part of the remastered Paul McCartney Archive Collection, with extra audio and video material.) As Paul said at the time, “I made a couple of albums, the normal way you make albums, and I felt like doing it the homemade way again because I quite like recording like that – where I play all the instruments. It’s almost like a hobby to do it that way.” Recorded in the summer of 1979, when the future of Wings remained uncertain, the album was conceived at home on Paul’s farm in Scotland. The first song recorded for the project was ‘Check My Machine’ (eventually included as a B-side on the ‘Waterfalls’ single), inspired by Paul’s experiments with his new equipment. Work on the album was interrupted to make way for what turned out to be Wings’ last tour, but it was finally released in May 1980. 

The album


McCartney II

By Paul McCartney • Official album

Special editions


Coming Up

By Paul McCartney • 12" Single


Coming Up

By Paul McCartney • 7" Single


McCartney II (1993)

By Paul McCartney • Official album



Waterfalls

By Paul McCartney • 7" Single

Related singles


Coming Up

By Paul McCartney • 7" Single


Coming Up

By Paul McCartney • 12" Single


Coming Up

By Paul McCartney • 7" Single



Waterfalls

By Paul McCartney • 7" Single


Related bootlegs




The Lost McCartney Album

By Paul McCartney • Unofficial album

Related songs




Bogey Music

Officially appears on McCartney II




Coming Up

Officially appears on McCartney II


Darkroom

Officially appears on McCartney II


Front Parlour

Officially appears on McCartney II


Frozen Jap

Officially appears on McCartney II



Nobody Knows

Officially appears on McCartney II


On The Way

Officially appears on McCartney II


One Of These Days

Officially appears on McCartney II


Summer's Day Song

Officially appears on McCartney II


Temporary Secretary

Officially appears on McCartney II


Waterfalls

Officially appears on McCartney II


Related films


Coming Up

1980 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by Keith McMillan


Waterfalls

1980 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by Keith McMillan

Related artists

Related sessions


Overdubs and mixing "Summer's Day Song"

October 1979 • Songs recorded during this session appear on McCartney II


"McCartney II" sessions #2

September - October 1979 • Songs recorded during this session appear on McCartney II


"McCartney II" sessions #1

June - July 1979 • Songs recorded during this session appear on McCartney II


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