The Paul McCartney Project

Home recordings (aka "The Piano Tape")

Circa 1974 • For Paul McCartney

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From Steve Hoffman’s forums:

I’ve always wondered about the date of the “piano tape” too. Initially when it surfaced people said 1977 cos Mull was on it but then it went back to 1975, then Nashville, 1974 then 1973 but then Paul really threw a wrench in the works when he stated “Woman Kind” was from 1970! Now we have this tape which someone has claimed was recorded at Dustin Hoffman’s house (which by the way was April 1973 I think). The theory that Paul kept a tape recorder next to his piano at home for recording any new “ideas” does make sense but if the “piano tape” is made up of different recordings spanning from 1970 (assuming Paul’s dating is correct and we all know Paul’s memory is perfect lol) to say circa 1974 and even if the tape was only up to 1973… would anyone leave the same tape in their cassette recorder for 3 or 4 years without getting a newer blank tape? Surely in all that time he would have removed it to take to the studio or wherever to listen to his “Ideas” but then would he really take it back and use it again?? Plus to my ears the piano tape sounds like the recordings were done around the same time and not over the course of a few years. This “Hoffman Tape” also sounds a bit like the “Piano Tape” to my ears so I’m a bit dubious about its origins. I think we maybe talking about a horde of “ideas tapes” with some being from just one or two days and others from a few weeks but I highly doubt that one tape spans 3 or 4 years. Therefore the thought that Mull or Getting Closer could have their origins in 1970 is amazing but very possible!

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Songs recorded


1.

Million Miles

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording


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4.

Baby You Know It's True

Recording


5.

Women Kind

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording


6.

Getting Closer

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording


7.

In My Dreams

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording


8.

Rockestra Theme

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording


9.

Now That She Is Mine (Letting Go)

Recording



11.

Lunch Box / Odd Sox

Recording


12.

Treat Her Gently / Lonely Old People

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16.

Blackpool

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording


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18.

Girlfriend

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording


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20.

Upon A Hill

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording


21.

Sea

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording


22.

Love Is Your Road

Recording


23.

Sweet Little Bird

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording


24.

Partners In Crime

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording


25.

Suicide

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording


26.

Dr Pepper

Recording

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