"Thrillington" session #2

Wednesday, June 16, 1971 • For Percy "Thrills" Thrillington

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Thrillington Official album.
Timeline More from year 1971
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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From mcbeatle.de:

[…] Upon returning the next morning, on Wednesday the 16th, for another 10 a.m. session in Studio Two, McCartney, Hewson and Clark recorded a group of 4 flutes, 1 piccollo and a boys choir, the latter appearing on only one song, “Ram On.” The afternoon session, which began at 2:30, featured a fairly well-known group of singers from France, The Swingle Singers. “They were an extremely talented group, very large,” says Hewson. “They were really terrific. They were known in Europe for doing sort of jazzy, scat renditions of Bach.” The Swingles, in all, appeared on five of the album’s eleven tracks.

That evening, beginning at 7:30, 9 more violins were taped, as were a set of 4 recorders. “We actually got Carl Dolmetsch and members of his family to come do the session,” says Hewson. Dolmetsch was known not only for his recorder playing, but for his family’s well-known recorders themselves, sold throughout the world. […]

Songs recorded


Too Many People

Written by Paul McCartney



3 Legs

Written by Paul McCartney



Ram On

Written by Paul McCartney




Smile Away

Written by Paul McCartney




Ram On

Written by Paul McCartney



Eight Arms To Hold You • Chip Madinger • Mark Easter

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.

As the paperback version is out of print, you can buy a PDF version on the authors' website


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