Recording "Kreen - Akrore"

Wednesday, February 18, 1970 • For Paul McCartney

Part of


"McCartney" sessions at Morgan Studios

Feb 12-20, 1970 • Songs recorded during this session appear on McCartney

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the McCartney LP.
Studio:
Morgan Studios, London, UK

Master release


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The previous night, on February 17, 1970, Paul McCartney watched a TV documentary – “The Tribe That Hides From Man“ – about Brazil’s indigenous Kreen-Akrore tribe.

This inspired him to create, on this day and the following days at Morgan Studios, an instrumental track that would be released on his debut solo album, “McCartney“.

There was a film on TV about the Kreen Akrore Indians living in the Brazilian jungle, their lives and how the white man is trying to change their way of life to his, so the next day after lunch I did some drumming.

The idea behind it was to get the feeling of their hunt. So later piano, guitar and organ were added to the first section. The second had a few tracks of voices (Linda and I) and the end had overdubbed breathing, going into organ and two lead guitars in harmony.

Done at Morgan. Engineer, Robin Black.

The end of the first section has Linda and I doing animal noises (speeded up) and an arrow sound (done live with bow and arrow – the bow broke), then animals stampeding across a guitar case. There are two drum tracks.

We built a fire in the studio but didn’t use it (but used the sound of the twigs breaking).

Paul McCartney, from the press release of “McCartney”, April 1970

Paul and Linda went to Harrods to buy a bow, an arrow and a target… We set this up in the studio and recorded the sound of the arrows flying through the air and hitting the target…

Robin Black – Engineer – Interview from “Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013)” by Luca Perasi

Last updated on April 15, 2022

Songs recorded


1.

Kreen - Akrore

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording

Staff

Musicians

Paul McCartney:
Organ, Drums, Backing vocals, Percussion, Electric guitar, Bass, Piano

Production staff

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Robin Black:
Recording engineer

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