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Glasses

Written by Paul McCartney Instrumental

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney Official album.
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)

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“. From the press release of “McCartney“:

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 PopMatters:

The first part, “Hot As Sun”, written in 1959, is one of the first instrumental songs McCartney wrote. A happy-sounding guitar-based melody, it uses an organ to make the carnival-sounding middle part. It then abruptly cuts into “Glasses”, which is mostly composed by the sound of electronic waves traveling through the rims of drinking glasses. This is a technique that McCartney seems to be fond of; in the PBS TV special Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road (available on The McCartney Years DVD set), he shows how it can be done. […]

Phil McDonald was engineer on the “McCartney” album and mentioned in the liner notes of McCartney 2011 edition:

The title ‘Glasses’ was fun as we ended up with a huge amount of glasses all filled with water on a big table in [Abbey Road Studio?] Number 3. All glasses were meticulously filled with water to the desired pitch of the song.

Last updated on June 2, 2020

Officially appears on


McCartney

Official album • Released in 1970

2:08 • Studio versionA • Medley with "Hot As Sun"

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:
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)

Official album • Released in 1992

2:08 • Studio versionA1992 • 1992 remaster

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:
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

2:08 • Studio versionA • Medley with "Hot As Sun" - 1993 remaster

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:
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

2:08 • Studio versionA • Medley with "Hot As Sun"

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:
February 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


McCartney (50th Anniversary)

Official album • Released in 2020

2:08 • Studio versionA2020 • Medley with "Hot As Sun" - 2020 half-speed mastering

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:
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

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.24

Unofficial album

1:17 • Studio version


Studio Rarities Vol. 1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

Outtake • Complete version of "Hot As Sun / Glasses / Suicide" medley

Recording :
c. 1970

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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