"Same Time Next Year" session

May 5th-6th 1978 • For Paul McCartney

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Put It There CD Single.
EMI Studios, Abbey Road
RAK Studios, London

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Wings went into RAK Studios in London on May 5th to record a new, mystery song which may be featured in a film. They had a most successful day taping bass, drums, guitar and piano. The following day a full 68-strong string orchestra was added at Abbey Road Studios. The arrangement, written by Paul with Fiachra Trench, also featured a small clarinet section and a cimbalon, which for anyone who didn’t know, is a strange zither-like instrument which can be seen in one of the pictures below. The Dolmetsch family made up a recorder quartet to complete the song with vocals by Paul. WE’LL KEEP YOU POSTED!

From Club Sandwich NĀ°8, April / May 1978
From Laurence Juber on Twitter : This photo was used as the cover of a UK guitar magazine – taken in Scotland May ā€™78, shortly after I joined Wings.
From Meet the Beatles for Real: Spotted near Abbey Road – May 7, 1978 – This is the last photo I have from this time period of Paul with the mustache.

Last updated on May 10, 2023

Songs recorded


Same Time Next Year

Written by Paul McCartney



Production staff

Paul McCartney:
Chris Thomas:

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