- Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the McCartney LP.
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Later in February 1970, McCartney moved to the more familiar Abbey Road Studios, with the booking again under the name of Billy Martin. There, he carried out further mixing on the previously recorded material, as well as taping new selections. On 22 February, McCartney recorded “Every Night” – another composition rehearsed during the Get Back sessions, and a song that authors Chip Madinger and Mark Easter note as the “first ‘professional’ recording” on the finished album, given its position as track 4, following “Valentine Day”. Also on the 22nd, McCartney recorded “Maybe I’m Amazed”, a piano-based ballad dedicated to Linda, and, in Madinger and Easter’s description, “the most elaborate instrumental track on the LP“. The final new recording for McCartney was “Man We Was Lonely”, which he taped on 25 February, having composed it earlier that day.
Final mixes of songs such as “Junk” and “Teddy Boy” had been completed at Morgan Studios, and McCartney now did the same for the remaining tracks on the album. During this process, “Hot as Sun” and “Glasses” were segued into a medley, ending with a snippet of McCartney performing the song “Suicide” on piano. Unacknowledged in the track listing for the album, “Suicide” was a composition that he had intended for Frank Sinatra to record; a full performance of the song by McCartney was eventually released on the 2011 reissue of McCartney. He also edited two separate instrumental pieces into one for “Momma Miss America”, the first portion, as he announces on the recording, having the title “Rock ‘n’ Roll Springtime” originally.
With his homemade approach to recording, McCartney eschewed the musical sophistication that had distinguished the Beatles’ work with producer George Martin, particularly the band’s 1969 album Abbey Road, and instead returned to the “as nature intended” ethos of Get Back. McCartney played all the musical instruments on the album – from acoustic and electric guitars and bass to keyboards, drums and various percussion instruments – with Linda supplying backing vocals on some songs, most noticeably on “Man We Was Lonely”. She also contributed the breathing and animal-like sounds, with McCartney, on the album-closing “Kreen-Akrore”. McCartney has said that Linda was instrumental in bolstering his spirits and confidence during the making of McCartney.
On 23 March, while American producer Phil Spector began mixing the Get Back tapes for release as the Beatles’ Let It Be album, in Abbey Road’s Studio 4, McCartney completed work on his eponymous album in Studio 2. Although McCartney has frequently maintained that he was ignorant of Spector’s involvement until receiving an acetate copy of Let It Be for approval, author Peter Doggett writes that after “several weeks”, McCartney had finally “answered the string of messages he’d received about Phil Spector” and had agreed to let him prepare Let It Be for release.
Last updated on October 21, 2015
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