Recording "Beautiful Night"

Monday, May 13, 1996 • For Paul McCartney

Part of

"Flaming Pie" sessions with Jeff Lynne at Hog Hill Mill #3

May 1996 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Flaming Pie

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Flaming Pie Official album.
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Master release

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Paul McCartney, in Club Sandwich n°82, Summer 1997:

I sat at the piano and Ringo sat at the drums. It was so comfortable and lovely to work with him again. Jeff Lynne and I produced. Ringo was very happy with it and we tagged on the fast bit at the end, which wasn’t on the original recording. 

Ringo came here, to the studio, to do ‘Free As A Bird’ and ‘Real Love’, and brought his kit with him. It sounds great when it’s recorded, the snare, the bass. He then left his kit here, in storage, so I phoned up and ordered exactly the same pieces, and set up my new kit in exactly the same way. In fact, Ringo used my model of his kit for ‘Beautiful Night’.

Mark Lewisohn, in Club Sandwich n°82, Summer 1997:

[…] With Paul at the piano and Ringo on drums, the song came together comfortably. Wanting to play some guitar on the end, Paul introduced a new element to his composition, the uptempo finale, and the microphone caught some characteristic ad-libbing by Ringo and Paul as they prepared to leave the studio. […]

At the end of “Beautiful Night“, we can hear Ringo Starr making fun.

l think everyone who makes a record has that option, to leave the daft stuff on at the end. You nearly always fade it out but at the end of ‘Beautiful Night’, it had been such a good take that Ringo started having fun, acting like he was a doorman, throwing people out. I love that so much. lt’s very Beatley. lt’s a very Beatley idea to do that, because we did a bit of that in the group…. Beautiful Night actually sounds a bit Beatley too… ln fact, I swear that at the end of Beautiful Night, you can almost hear a sort of very John Lennony voice in there. Listen to it. Check it out.

Paul McCartney, from The Beatles Monthly Book N°261, January 1998

Last updated on September 29, 2020

Songs recorded


Beautiful Night

Written by Paul McCartney



Beautiful Night

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Run Through version

Album Officially released on Flaming Pie


Production staff

Paul McCartney:
Jeff Lynne:
Geoff Emerick:
Jon Jacobs:

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