"Cold Cuts" session

August 1987 • For Paul McCartney

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Put It There CD Single.
AIR Studios, London, UK
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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Paul McCartney revisited yet again his “Cold Cuts” project, this time with producer Chris Thomas and engineer Bill Price. The list of tracks which has been worked on is not known, with the exception of “Mama’s Little Girl” and “Same Time Next Year“. Mixes of those songs created through this session would finally be officially released as B-sides in 1990.

This would be the last sessions on the “Cold Cuts” project. After bootleg versions appeared on the market, McCartney lost interest in the project:

Whatever happened to the Cold Cuts album project?

It became a bootleg, which put me off the idea.

The project originally started out as Hot Hitz And Kold Kutz, with two k’s and two z’s, but then someone at the record company said “Why have cold cuts on a hot hits album?” as a result of which it became simply Cold Cuts. So it went on the back-burner and cooled off, to mix a few metaphors, and then went even cooler when I discovered that it had become a bootleg.

I still have a lovely unused cover the for the album, drawn for me by Saul Steinberg, best known by the public for his New Yorker drawings. I got to know him and for many years was asking him to draw me a cover, and eventually he came up with something. This is probably the most compelling reason to issue the album, actually: just to use his cover!

Like the promo video compilation, though, these things can get in the way of other projects. I mean, if you’ve got a “real” album already out then to issue another one can be confusing. I’d love to release millions of things but it would mean issuing about 12 albums a year, and the powers that be don’t like that because you spread yourself too thin.

Paul McCartney, interviewed by Mark Lewisohn, Club Sandwich, Winter 1994

Last updated on May 25, 2020

Songs recorded


Same Time Next Year

Written by Paul McCartney


Album Officially released on Put It There


Mama's Little Girl

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney


Album Officially released on Put It There


Production staff

Chris Thomas:
Bill Price:

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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