Recording "Some People Never Know"

Sunday, July 25, 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.
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Master release

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This was the second day of recording the basic tracks of Wings’ first album, “Wild Life“, and the focus was on the song “Some People Never Know“.

Paul and Linda had been out to Oxford Street. There was that guy selling a long tube, two-foot long. And if you span it round, you got that whistling effect. We had no tracks left so we put it on a gap of a vocal track. You can hear that this sound stops suddenly because it had to drop out before the vocal came in.

Tony Clark – Interview with Luca Perasi – From Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) by Luca Perasi

I start spinning this thing. All of a sudden, harmonically, it made the right noises.

Denny Seiwell, 2018

Below is a memory from a fan spotting Paul McCartney during the initial recording of “Wild Life”. Days mentioned in his memories don’t really match the days of recording – he mentioned that he met him outside Abbey Road, on a Friday and a Saturday, when the first recording session for “Wild Life” was on a Saturday.

After dinner that night we decided to go down to Abbey Road once more, and maybe even try to say Hello, and tell him that we weren’t the ones that painted his wall.  Not more than half-hour after we’d arrived there, the now familiar green Rolls pulled in the yard.  I thought this might be the last chance to say something.  The excitement level was high, and I got a surge of nerve up and just walked into the parking area and up to the car, much to everyone’s amazement. When Paul got out, I said something like, “excuse me Paul, could I just have 30 seconds of your time?”  He looked at me with a weird stare and said, “yeah?”  My brain then went numb!  I couldn’t think of a damn thing to say for what seemed like an eternity.  All I could think to say finally was, “are you recording a new LP?”  (Brilliant, as if he was there to build a house) He said, “actually we’re just trying a few things out.”  “Well,” I told him, “my friends out there and I are fans and look forward to your next record.”  He said, “thanks, gotta go—good night now.”  He walked up the stairs and inside.   My friends all rushed up and congratulated me and trying to make me believe what I had just done.  We then went to a pub and basked in our glory for the rest of the night.

Mike Sacchetti – From fanzine The Write Thing, June/July 1984 – From Meet the Beatles for Real: Encounters in 1971

Paul McCartney spent Sunday night recording et EMI’s Abbey Road Studio. The security net was so tight that EMI staff couldn’t get in.

From Melody Maker, July 31, 1971
From Melody Maker, July 31, 1971

Last updated on May 5, 2022

Songs recorded


Production staff

Tony Clark:
Alan Parsons:
Engineer assistant

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