Overdubs for "Somedays"

Monday, June 10, 1996 • For Paul McCartney

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Flaming Pie Official album.
AIR Studios Lyndhurst, London, UK

Master release

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During this session, George Martin scored a string arrangement for “Somedays“. This was recorded at Martin’s most recent studio, Lyndhurst Hall.

When I got to the final version of that, I thought that I just maybe could use a little arrangement. So I rang George Martin up. He’s such an old friend and so nice to work with that it’s great to find an excuse, you know, just to work with him on a song. Who’s better to do it than George. I said “by the way George, I’ve got this little tune, what do you think, you know”. “Oh, I see you haven’t lost your touch, Paul” Haha.

Paul McCartney, in “Flaming Pie Radio Special”

When I heard Somedays, it immediately reminded me of the vintage Paul. It’s quite difficult to keep writing hits. Even when you know the greatest hitmaker of all. It was nice to see that Paul was getting back to his roots because I think Somedays is a classic song. I think it’s one of those simple ones, deceivingly simple, but so difficult to write. I loved it, I thought it was terrific. When I listen to it and then Paul said “what do you think we should do then”, I thought it needed small forces, I needed a chamber group again. So when I scored it, it was very simple instrumentation and I gave a kind of idea of what it would be. He liked it.

George Martin, in “Flaming Pie Radio Special”
From AIR Studios – Built in 1884 by Alfred Waterhouse, architect of the Natural History Museum, Lyndhurst Hall is now one of the world’s largest recording rooms. The live area accommodates a full symphony orchestra and choir simultaneously, with an inspiring acoustic that musicians love. The flexibility of the space is perfect for film scoring, orchestral recordings and live performances. Since Sir George Martin opened Lyndhurst Hall in 1992 the music recorded here has been heard in cinemas and homes across the globe.

Last updated on September 10, 2020

Songs recorded



Written by Paul McCartney




Peter Lale:
Gary Kettel:
Rita Manning:
Skaila Kanga:
Martin Parry:
Jackie Hartley:
Keith Pascoe:
Levine Andrade:
Martin Loveday:
Peter Manning:
Christian Kampen:
Andy Findon:
Alto flute
Michael Cox:
Roy Carter:
English horn, Oboe

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