Remastering / remixing sessions for The 7” Singles Box

Autumn 2021 • For Paul McCartney

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the The 7” Singles Box 7" Single.
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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In December 2022, a new vinyl box set, called “The 7” Singles Box“, was released. Limited to 3000 copies, the product comprises 80 career-spanning 7″ singles, featuring 163 tracks and totalling 10 hours of music.

Some of the released tracks were specifically remastered for this project in late 2021.

The music on each of these 80 singles has been mastered and optimised for vinyl. Some of the work had been done previously for the LP pressings of Paul’s Archive Collection and Pure McCartney releases. Songs not included on those releases were remastered at Abbey Road Studios specially for this project.

To source the audio, Paul’s studio team went to the original master tapes, which in itself tells an interesting story in the development of sound recording, beginning on 1/4″ tape for the first singles through to .WAV files for the most recent. This audio was digitised where needed and all 80 singles were passed over to Abbey Road Studios in the autumn of 2021.

Following approval of the remastering, an Abbey Road Studios engineer cut a lacquer plate using a vinyl lathe to create the record’s grooves which are, in effect, a fingerprint of the sound waves of the music. This process is done twice per single, once for each side. These master discs are then carefully and quickly shipped to the pressing plant. In the case of The 7″ Singles Box, two pressing plants in continental Europe were enlisted to produce over a quarter of a million records. […]

From the liner notes of “The 7” Singles Box

Also, a unique mix of “Only Love Remains” was included in “The 7” Singles Box” instead of the 7″ mix released in 1986. It’s not known if MPL decided to consciously include this mix or if it was a mistake.

Are there differences between the true 7” mix of “Only Love Remains” and the previously unreleased mix on the 7” Singles box? Or are they minor?

The sax is a completely different take which is the standout difference. (IMO sounds like an earlier run through of the sax as it’s not quite there unlike the true single mix.) There are lots of other smaller differences as well, eg – The bongos run right through the Singles Box mix, but stop/start in places on the true single mix. There is a second tambourine on the true single mix (from ‘Old enough’) which is missing from the Singles Box Mix. Finally when the full drums kick in they are a lot more forward in the Singles Box mix.

From Paul McCartney – The 7″ Singles [Release date December 2nd 2022] | Page 80 | Steve Hoffman Music Forums

Last updated on December 26, 2022

Songs recorded



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Girls' School

Written by Paul McCartney

Mixing


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Cuff Link

Written by Paul McCartney

Mixing


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15.

I'm Carrying

Written by Paul McCartney

Mixing



17.

Old Siam, Sir

Written by Paul McCartney

Mixing


18.

Spin It On

Written by Paul McCartney

Mixing


19.

Getting Closer

Written by Paul McCartney

Mixing


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Take It Away

Written by Paul McCartney

Mixing


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24.

Tug Of War

Written by Paul McCartney

Mixing


25.

Get It

Written by Paul McCartney

Mixing


26.

Spies Like Us

Written by Paul McCartney

Mixing


27.

Press

Written by Paul McCartney

Mixing


28.

It's Not True

Written by Paul McCartney

Mixing



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Angry

Written by Paul McCartney, Eric Stewart

Mixing


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Ou Est Le Soleil

Mixing



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Birthday

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing


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Good Day Sunshine

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing


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All My Trials

Written by Traditional

Mixing


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C'mon People

Written by Paul McCartney

Mixing


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Fabulous

Written by Bernie Lowe, Kal Mann

Mixing


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Staff

Production staff

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Alex Wharton:
Remastering

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