Wild Life mixing #1

Friday, August 6, 1971 • For Wings

Part of


Recording the "Wild Life" album

Jul 24 - Oct 17, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Wild Life

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Wild Life LP.
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Master release


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From July 24 to July 27, Paul McCartney and his new band Wings spent three days recording the basic tracks of their first album, “Wild Life“. They continued on July 29 (and July 30 ?)

On this day, Tony Clark and Alan Parsons made rough mixes on the eight songs recorded so far.

I did a lot of mixing and engineering on “Wild Life” and I was sent off to mix a couple of tunes. And one of the songs, can’t really remember which, I did my own little mix and they liked it and left it that way. More than the usual role of engineer or at least assistant. In a way that was my first big break, that credit (as an engineer). It was a good album.

Alan Parsons – Interview with Rick Glover in 1996 – Quoted in Maccazine – Volume 47, Issue 1 – The birth of Wings

I also mixed the song “I Am Your Singer.” It was supposed to be a rough mix, but Paul liked it so much it ended up on the record. I’m on backing vocals on “Tomorrow” as well. On Wild Life, I was slightly surprised that Paul didn’t want to apply the same amount of polish as he had [on previous records]. There was no spending all night getting a bass part. He wanted it just to be a band.

Alan Parsons – Interview with John Borack, Goldmine Magazine, March 30, 2018

The final mix of “I Am Your Singer” was also made on this day.

Last updated on May 6, 2022

Songs recorded


1.

Mumbo

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

Mixing • Rough mixing

Album Officially released on Wild Life - Archive Collection


2.

Bip Bop

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

Mixing • Rough mixing

Album Officially released on Wild Life - Archive Collection


3.

Love Is Strange

Written by Ethel Smith, Mickey Baker, Sylvia Vanderpool

Mixing • Rough mixing

Album Officially released on Wild Life - Archive Collection


4.

Wild Life

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

Mixing • Rough mixing

Album Officially released on Wild Life - Archive Collection


5.

Some People Never Know

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

Mixing • Rough mixing

Album Officially released on Wild Life - Archive Collection


6.

I Am Your Singer

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

Mixing • Rough mixing

Album Officially released on Wild Life - Archive Collection


7.

Tomorrow

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

Mixing • Rough mixing

Album Officially released on Wild Life - Archive Collection


8.

Dear Friend

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

Mixing • Rough mixing

Album Officially released on Wild Life - Archive Collection


9.

I Am Your Singer

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

Mixing

Album Officially released on Wild Life

Staff

Production staff

Tony Clark:
Mixing engineer
Alan Parsons:
Mixing engineer assistant

Going further


Eight Arms to Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium

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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Maccazine - Volume 40, Issue 3 - RAM Part 1 - Timeline

This very special RAM special is the first in a series. This is a Timeline for 1970 – 1971 when McCartney started writing and planning RAM in the summer of 1970 and ending with the release of the first Wings album WILD LIFE in December 1971. [...] One thing I noted when exploring the material inside the deluxe RAM remaster is that the book contains many mistakes. A couple of dates are completely inaccurate and the story is far from complete. For this reason, I started to compile a Timeline for the 1970/1971 period filling the gaps and correcting the mistakes. The result is this Maccazine special. As the Timeline was way too long for one special, we decided to do a double issue (issue 3, 2012 and issue 1, 2013).


Maccazine - Volume 47, Issue 1 - The birth of Wings

"Maccazine is a hard copy magazine (a bound paperback) about Paul McCartney. It is published twice a year. Due to the fact that the Internet has taken over the world and the fact that the latest Paul McCartney news is to be found on hundreds of websites, we have decided to focus on creating an informative paper magazine about Paul McCartney."

"In this issue we take you back to the early days of Paul McCartney’s solo career when he decided to form a new group. With Wings he proved there was life after The Beatles. This Maccazine features a detailed timeline of ‘the birth’ of the band with interesting entries including many new facts and unpublished photos. Follow-up timelines will be published in the upcoming years."

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