Recording "Ballroom Dancing", "Wanderlust", "Sweetest Little Show"

Friday, January 2, 1981 • For Paul McCartney

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Tug Of War Official album.
Parkgate Studio, Sussex, UK


Session Jan 02, 1981 • Recording "Ballroom Dancing", "Wanderlust", "Sweetest Little Show"

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I thought it was going to be this quick album. That it was going to be three weeks at Park Gate [in Sussex] and then two weeks at AIR London mixing. But it just went on and on, and then Montserrat came into it, and we were just constantly recording stuff. Of course, in Paul’s situation, he could call anyone or go anywhere. It just grew and grew and grew, and we had all these tracks, and there was obviously the stuff in Montserrat, but it wasn’t done like Tug of War first and then Pipes of Peace. All these tracks came together.

Engineer Jon Jacobs, from the Tug Of War Archive Collection, 2015

Last updated on May 9, 2020

Songs recorded



Ballroom Dancing

Written by Paul McCartney




Written by Paul McCartney



Production staff

George Martin:
Geoff Emerick:
Jon Jacobs:
Assistant engineer

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