"Cold Cuts" overdubs and mixing

January 12th - 23th, 1981 • For Paul McCartney
AIR Studios, London, UK

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The last session for the last iteration of Wings, overdubbing and mixing tracks that would form the “Cold Cuts” set of rarities.

Finally Paul called up and said “I’m going to have George Martin produce this record [Tug Of War] and he does not want it to be a Wings album. He wants it to be a McCartney album and use session players, casting it on a per song basis” […] I figured that was pretty much the end of it, but then Paul added that he wanted to get together in January 1981 to work on the long-running Cold Cuts project.

Laurence Juber, in Guitar With Wings, 2014

I remember particularly “A Love For You”, because I had always liked that song, and I put some slide guitar on the track. […] At the sessions, Paul also put new vocals on “Water Spout” and “My Carnival”. The last song we worked on was a remix of “Same Time Next Year”. Ironically that was the first and the last track recorded during my tenure at McCartney University.

Laurence Juber, in Guitar With Wings, 2014

One of the jokes I’d been waiting to use for the minute Wings spit was to say, ‘Wings fold’! But, as it turned out, Wings didn’t actually fold, they just sort of dissolved, like sugar in tea.

Paul McCartney, in Wingspan, 2002

Last updated on February 15, 2020

Songs recorded


A Love For You

Written by Paul McCartney


Album Officially released on Ram - Archive Collection



Written by Paul McCartney




Same Time Next Year

Written by Paul McCartney


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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