Glasses

Written by Paul McCartney Instrumental

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney LP.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1970
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1970 (Paul McCartney was 28 years old)

Master release


Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Other songs from the "McCartney" instrumental medley


Hot As Sun

Officially appears on McCartney


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Song facts

Glasses” is a fragment of a 3-parts instrumental on the 1970 “McCartney” album – the two other parts being “Hot As Sun” and a very few seconds of “Suicide“.

Wineglasses played at random and overdubbed on top of each other – the end is a section of a song called Suicide – not yet completed.

Paul McCartney, from the press release of “McCartney”, April 1970

The title “Glasses” was fun as we ended up with a huge amount of glasses all filled with water on a big table in Number 3. All glasses were meticulously filled with water to the desired pitch of the song. It seemed a very personal and warm album to do at the time, and good fun.

Phil McDonald – Engineer – From “McCartney – Archive Collection” book, 2011

Paul McCartney revisited his wine glasses technique in 1995 and in 2005. In 1995, for the Oobu Joob radio program, he and Linda recorded an improvisation with Linda playing the wine glasses:

Inspired by Mozart’s ‘Glass Menagerie Music For Glass Harmonica‘, this bit was recorded “at the end of a rehearsal session.” In a new attempt at using a technique first heard on the McCartney LP, Linda plays wine glasses as Paul plays piano, trying to determine the key.

From “Eight Arms to Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium” by Chip Madinger and Mark Easter

In 2005, in the PBS TV special Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road, Paul demonstrated how the technique works, using a 4-track Studer machine, recording two tracks of wine glasses, one track of harmonium, and a second track of harmonium while singing the lyrics of his 1973 hit “Band On The Run“.


From the press release of “McCartney”, April 1970

Last updated on April 13, 2022

Variations


A Medley with "Hot As Sun" • From "McCartney"

A1992 Medley with "Hot As Sun" - 1992 remaster

A1993 Medley with "Hot As Sun" - 1993 remaster • From "McCartney (1993)"

A2011 Medley with "Hot As Sun" - 2011 remaster • From "McCartney - Archive Collection"

A2020 Medley with "Hot As Sun" - 2020 half-speed mastering • From "McCartney (50th Anniversary)"

Officially appears on


McCartney

LP • Released in 1970

0:29 • Studio versionA • Stereo • Medley with "Hot As Sun", "Suicide"

Paul McCartney :
Glasses, Piano, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 21 to 25, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Late February 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


McCartney (by DCC Compact Classics)

CD • Released in 1992

0:29 • Studio versionA1992 • Stereo • Medley with "Hot As Sun", "Suicide"

Paul McCartney :
Glasses, Piano, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer
Steve Hoffman :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Feb 21 to 25, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Late February 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


McCartney (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

0:29 • Studio versionA1993 • Stereo • Medley with "Hot As Sun", "Suicide"

Paul McCartney :
Glasses, Piano, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer
Peter Mew :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Feb 21 to 25, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Late February 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


McCartney - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

0:29 • Studio versionA2011 • Stereo • Medley with "Hot As Sun", "Suicide"

Paul McCartney :
Glasses, Piano, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Simon Gibson :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Feb 21 to 25, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Late February 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


McCartney (Limited Red LP)

LP • Released in 2017

0:29 • Studio versionA2011 • Stereo • Medley with "Hot As Sun", "Suicide"

Paul McCartney :
Glasses, Piano, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Simon Gibson :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Feb 21 to 25, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Late February 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


McCartney (50th Anniversary)

Official album • Released in 2020

0:29 • Studio versionA2020 • Medley with "Hot As Sun", "Suicide"

Paul McCartney :
Glasses, Piano, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer
Miles Showell :
Mastering

Session Recording:
Feb 21 to 25, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Late February 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


McCartney I II III Limited Edition Colour 3LP Box Set

LP • Released in 2022

0:29 • Studio versionA2011 • Stereo • Medley with "Hot As Sun", "Suicide"

Paul McCartney :
Glasses, Piano, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Simon Gibson :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Feb 21 to 25, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Late February 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


McCartney I II III Box Set

Official album • Released in 2022

0:29 • Studio versionA2011 • Stereo • Medley with "Hot As Sun", "Suicide"

Paul McCartney :
Glasses, Piano, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Simon Gibson :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Feb 21 to 25, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Late February 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


Studio Rarities Vol. 1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

0:29 • Studio versionA2011 • Stereo • Complete version of "Hot As Sun / Glasses / Suicide" medley

Paul McCartney :
Glasses, Piano, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Simon Gibson :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Feb 21 to 25, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Late February 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


McCartney - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

0:29 • Studio versionA2011 • Stereo • Medley with "Hot As Sun", "Suicide"

Paul McCartney :
Glasses, Piano, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Simon Gibson :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Feb 21 to 25, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Late February 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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