The Paul McCartney Project

"Beautiful Night" / "Loveliest Thing" session

Aug 21-22, 1986 • For Paul McCartney

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Figure of Eight CD Single.
Timeline More from year 1986
The Power Station, New York, USA

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Paul McCartney spent two days in the studio with producer Phil Ramone, Liberty DeVitto and David Brown from from Billy Joel’s band, and session musicians David Lebolt and Neil Jason. They worked on two songs Paul wrote during the summer.

Paul McCartney, in Club Sandwich n°82, Summer 1997:

I wrote ‘Beautiful Night’ quite a few years ago, and I’ve always liked it, and people who heard an early recording that I made in New York, with some of Billy Joel’s players, have said that they liked it too. But I always felt that we hadn’t quite “pulled it off’ – you know? […]

Last updated on August 21, 2020

Songs recorded


Loveliest Thing

Written by Paul McCartney


Album Officially released on Figure of Eight


Beautiful Night

Written by Paul McCartney


Album Officially released on Beautiful Night #1



Neil Jason:
David Brown:
Liberty Devitto:
David Lebolt:

Production staff

Paul McCartney:
Phil Ramone:

Eight Arms To Hold You • Chip Madinger • Mark Easter

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. Not only are John, Paul, George and Ringo's official projects

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


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