"At The Speed Of Sound" sessions #1

September - October 1975 • For Wings

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Wings At The Speed Of Sound Official album.
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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From The Scotsman:

He once sang that his desire was always to be there. But previously unpublished photographs reveal that life was not always so idyllic on Kintyre for Sir Paul McCartney. The images show the former Beatle practising on his bass guitar in a chilly converted barn in front of an electric fire, next to an old curtain.

He is sockless and wearing what appear to be a pair of elderly slippers. In another of the photographs taken by his first wife Linda, Sir Paul looks a little dishevelled as he rehearses for the Wings at the Speed of Sound album in December 1975. The McCartneys had gone to Scotland around Christmas that year in a brief family break from a hectic touring schedule.



From Facebook – On this week in Wings history ‘At The Speed Of Sound’ was released. Photo taken during the recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios by Linda McCartney

Last updated on April 1, 2023

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Going further

Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989

With 25 albums of pop music, 5 of classical – a total of around 500 songs – released over the course of more than half a century, Paul McCartney's career, on his own and with Wings, boasts an incredible catalogue that's always striving to free itself from the shadow of The Beatles. The stories behind the songs, demos and studio recordings, unreleased tracks, recording dates, musicians, live performances and tours, covers, events: Music Is Ideas Volume 1 traces McCartney's post-Beatles output from 1970 to 1989 in the form of 346 song sheets, filled with details of the recordings and stories behind the sessions. Accompanied by photos, and drawing on interviews and contemporary reviews, this reference book draws the portrait of a musical craftsman who has elevated popular song to an art-form.

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Eight Arms to Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium

We owe a lot to Chip Madinger and Mark Easter for the creation of those session pages, but you really have to buy this book to get all the details!

Eight Arms To Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium is the ultimate look at the careers of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr beyond the Beatles. Every aspect of their professional careers as solo artists is explored, from recording sessions, record releases and tours, to television, film and music videos, including everything in between. From their early film soundtrack work to the officially released retrospectives, all solo efforts by the four men are exhaustively examined.

As the paperback version is out of print, you can buy a PDF version on the authors' website

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