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Started Feb 19, 1996

Recording "Souvenir"

For Paul McCartney

Last updated on September 7, 2020

Master session


  • Recording studio: Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Master release


Some of the songs worked on during this session were first released on the "Flaming Pie" Official album.

Some of the songs from this session also appear on:

Souvenir” was recorded in February 2016 during the second round of sessions with Jeff Lynne.

During the work on “Souvenir“, another song emerged – what would become “Flaming Pie” – which would be the second song recorded during those sessions. Paul McCartney, in Club Sandwich n°82, Summer 1997:

I was working with Jeff Lynne on ‘Souvenir’ when we decided that we wanted to add some raw, heavy-ish guitars. We had the amps belting in the studio, playing the guitars in the control room with long leads, and while the engineers were getting the sound we started vamping and found a few chords and some funky riffs. I started shouting a little bit of a melody and so I asked the engineer to stick on a DAT tape. We just jammed, but then I suggested we turn it into a song. The words came to me a few days later when I was out horse riding with Linda, going through some birch woods. I was musing and dreaming about the lyrics, looking for a rhyme for “sky”, going through the alphabet, when I got to “pie”. The words “flaming pie” fitted and I got quite excited about it. “Making love underneath the moon” became “Making love underneath the bed” – it was great fun to write.

Paul McCartney

Session activities

  1. Souvenir

    Written by Paul McCartney



Production staff

Going further

Eight Arms to Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium

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.

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