Recording "Take It Away", "Average Person"

February 16-18, 1981 • For Paul McCartney

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Tug Of War Official album.
Studio:
AIR Studios, Montserrat

Songs recorded


1.

Take It Away

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording


2.

Average Person

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording


3.

Dress Me Up As A Robber

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording • Unreleased alternate take

Unreleased track

Staff

Musicians

Ringo Starr:
Drums
Steve Gadd:
Drums

About

Stanley [Clarke] and I had worked together before. I did a few albums with him, and we worked together with Chick Corea. He was someone familiar that I knew and felt comfortable with. I had worked with Ringo before, but never with Paul. The call came in, and I said I’d love to work with him. I’d never been to Montserrat before, so I was looking forward to it. […] I’d never worked with George Martin before, and I’d never met Geoff Emerick, so it was a whole new experience. That was the first time I ever met Denny Laine, and it was the first time I met Paul and Linda and the kids. It was pretty exciting. Ringo was also there, and Ringo and I played on the tracks together.

[…] Everybody just took care of business. The music played us, you know? It wasn’t like they were putting everything under a microscope; they just wanted the music to feel good. It was really a very enjoyable experience. We struck up a friendship.

Steve Gadd, from Tug Of War Archive Collection, 2015

They rented a sailboat one day, and we went and sailed to this beach, had a picnic and waterskied. They really went out of their way to entertain us. I’ve got a lot of good memories of that project.

Steve Gadd, from Tug Of War Archive Collection, 2015
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