The Paul McCartney Project

"McCartney II" sessions #1

June - July 1979 • For Paul McCartney

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the McCartney II Official album.
Timeline More from year 1979
Studio:
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK
Studio:
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

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In June / July 1979, Paul McCartney recorded a series of synth-based experimentations, which would later be released as his second album, “McCartney II” in 1980. To put things into perspective, in Summer 1979, Wings was still existing – soon to be on the road – for its final UK autumn tour, and the planned but cancelled Japan tour early 1980.

Those recordings were done in two of his properties – in Sussex then Scotland – and temporarily transformed into home studios by Eddie Klein:

One day I received a call asking me to meet up with Paul to discuss a recording project he had in mind. Paul explained to me that he wanted to do some recordings in the same way he’d done with the McCartney album almost ten years previously. This entailed simply plugging the microphones into the tape machine inputs and completely bypassing the recording console. […] He wouldn’t need a recording engineer standing by, and would therefore be able to record whenever the mood took him.

I don’t know of anyone else who has recorded in this way, it seems so basic and pioneering but the very idea appealed to me. […] I set up the equipment in the old farmhouse in Sussex where Paul had chosen to record and all went well. […] Delivering the equipment and setting it up for recording was all that was required of me. In fact, I rarely saw Paul. He truly recorded everything on his own. When he was finished in Sussex I would dismantle it all and take it up to the barn on Paul’s farm in Ranachan, Scotland and set it up there. Once I’d tested everything I left to return home.

Eddie Klein, from McCartney II Archive Collection, 2011

By sessions’ end, roughly 20 songs were recorded. They would be mixed soon after (in September / October) at Abbey Road, and then shelved for the time being – with the exception of Wonderful Christmastime, released in November 1979.

From Twitter – Paul’s studio set up in Scotland during recording sessions for ‘McCartney II’. Photo by Linda McCartney #ThrowbackThursday #TBT
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From puremccartney.com – PAUL RECORDING ‘MCCARTNEY II’, EAST SUSSEX, 1980
From Instagram – Linda McCartney

Last updated on July 11, 2020

Songs recorded


1.

Coming Up

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Album Officially released on McCartney II


2.

Temporary Secretary

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Album Officially released on McCartney II


3.

On The Way

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Album Officially released on McCartney II


4.

Waterfalls

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Album Officially released on McCartney II


5.

Nobody Knows

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Album Officially released on McCartney II


6.

Front Parlour

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Album Officially released on McCartney II


7.

Summer's Day Song

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Album Officially released on McCartney II


8.

Frozen Jap

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Album Officially released on McCartney II


9.

Bogey Music

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Album Officially released on McCartney II


10.

Darkroom

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Album Officially released on McCartney II


11.

One Of These Days

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Album Officially released on McCartney II


12.

Check My Machine

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Album Officially released on Waterfalls / Check My Machine


13.

Secret Friend

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Album Officially released on Temporary Secretary / Secret Friend


14.

Blue Sway

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Album Officially released on McCartney II - Archive Collection


15.

Mr. H Atom

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Album Officially released on McCartney II - Archive Collection


16.

You Know I'll Get You Baby

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Album Officially released on McCartney II - Archive Collection


17.

All You Horse Riders

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Album Officially released on McCartney II - Archive Collection


18.

Bogey Wobble

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Album Officially released on McCartney II - Archive Collection


19.

Wonderful Christmastime

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Album Officially released on Wonderful Christmastime

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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