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Flaming Pie sessions with Steve Miller at Hog Hill Mill

May 1995 • For Paul McCartney

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Flaming Pie Official album.
Timeline More from year 1995
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Some songs from this session appear on:


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Paul McCartney started working with Steve Miller for his next solo album – which would become “Flaming Pie” – in February 1995. He had then been invited by Miller in his personal studio in Idaho. At the end of those first sessions, had been agreed that Miller would visit Paul in Hog Hill Mill in May.

They said, can you come over and do some guitar parts and maybe sing some more.

Steve Miller, from the “Flaming Pie – Archive Collection” book, 2020

During those two weeks in the Sussex, they worked on three tracks which would be released. They also spent time on songs which are still unreleased :

One was an instrumental and I think McCartney just made up some lyrics on it — ‘Soul Boy’ is that one. And ‘Sweet Home Country Girl’ is a little blues tune that I’d been working on for years. And we did a bunch of tunes and we recorded a bunch of stuff. But, y’know, just because Paul McCartney’s on it doesn’t mean it’s a hit, or it’s a great song, or it’s fabulous, or ‘Man, this is the best piece of work I ever heard! You gotta put this out.’ And so, if it doesn’t come out, there’s usually a reason for it.

Steve Miller, talking to Howie Edelson, for Beatlefan magazine

Here is Steve Miller describing how the work with Paul went:

Generally, you know, when I’m working with Paul, everything is one take and it’s like be great instantly and here we go and there we were. You know, that’s the thing that I really enjoy if I’m really inspirational from working this way was that it sort of got me out of you know sitting in the studio and thinking and working and thinking and working. When Paul showed up with his songs he knew exactly how those songs went pretty much what he wanted me to play and he wrote the vocal backgrounds for me. You know he showed me what would you want me to do on the tunes that he had all thought out.

Steve Miller, from the “Flaming Pie Radio Special”

Last updated on September 6, 2020

Related sessions


Recording "If You Wanna"

Started May 11, 1995 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Flaming Pie


Recording "Used To Be Bad"

Starting May 05, 1995 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Flaming Pie


Recording "Broomstick"

Starting May 04, 1995 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Flaming Pie


Overdubs for "Young Boy"

Mar 21-22, 1995 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Flaming Pie

Songs recorded


1.

(Sweet Home) Country Girl

Written by Paul McCartney, Steve Miller

Recording • Unclear if (Sweet Home) Country Girl was worked on during those May sessions, or during the February sessions with Steve Miller

Unreleased track


2.

Soul Boy

Written by Paul McCartney, Steve Miller

Recording • Unclear if Soul Boy was worked on during those May sessions, or during the February sessions with Steve Miller

Unreleased track


3.

Broomstick

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Instrumental version

Album Officially released on 2020 exclusive downloads


4.

Young Boy

Mar 21-22, 1995Overdubs for "Young Boy"


5.

Broomstick

Starting May 04, 1995Recording "Broomstick"


6.

If You Wanna

Starting May 05, 1995Recording "Used To Be Bad"


7.

Used To Be Bad

Starting May 05, 1995Recording "Used To Be Bad"


8.

If You Wanna

Started May 11, 1995Recording "If You Wanna"

Staff

Production staff

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Jon Jacobs:
Engineer

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