The Paul McCartney Project

Hot As Sun

Written by Paul McCartney Instrumental

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1970
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

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

From Beatles Bible:

Although it had been performed occasionally by The Quarry Men, the first record of it is from 24 January 1969, when it was played by The Beatles during the Let It Be sessions at Apple Studios. Although mostly instrumental, McCartney added some vocal sounds and a spoken word passage: “Welcome to the South Sea Islands, where the sound of a wave landing on the sand brings joy to the air.”

From PopMatters:

In my opinion, “Hot As Sun/Glasses” is one of Paul McCartney’s best instrumental tracks. However, it is actually several different compositions put together and there are some lyrics at the end.

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.

The song ends with an eight-second sample of “Suicide”, an old-fashioned ditty that McCartney first began to compose in 1956. […]

Though “Hot As Sun/Glasses” was never released as a single or performed in concert by McCartney, it has made its way into pop culture in some unusual ways. In 1978, singer Noosha Fox recorded a version of the song that featured lyrics written by Tim Rice. Elaine Page covered the song later on, and her liner notes said that McCartney wrote it especially for her, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. While I have heard “Hot As Sun/Glasses” used as bumper music for PBS’ History Detectives TV series, YouTube is full of reports from New Yorkers who claim that a sped-up version of this song was used as a theme for local reruns of Popeye cartoons! Some people have wondered if the song was originally recorded that way and then slowed down, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Hot As Sun” has been played live only during the Wings 1979 UK tour.

Last updated on January 21, 2015

Officially appears on


McCartney

Official album • Released in 1970

2:08 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Bongos, Drums, Electric guitar, Maracas, Organ, Producer
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer
Robin Black:
Engineer

Session Recording:
December, 1969
Studio:
At home, Cavendish Avenue, London

Session Overdubs:
February, 1970
Studio:
Morgan Studios, London

Mixed:
February, 1970
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London


McCartney - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

2:09 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Bongos, Drums, Electric guitar, Maracas, Organ, Producer
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer
Robin Black:
Engineer

Recording:
December, 1969
Studio:
At home, Cavendish Avenue, London

Recording:
February, 1970
Studio:
Morgan Studios, London


McCartney - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

2:28 • LiveB

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineLaurence JuberSteve Holly
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer
Eddie Klein:
Recording
Jon Jacobs:
Mixing engineer assistant
Mark Vigars:
Recording
Jim Jones:
Recording assistant

Concert From the concert in Glasgow, United Kingdom on Dec 17, 1979

Mixed:
April 1980
Studio:
AIR Studios, London

Bootlegs


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 24th, 1969 - 3 & 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

1:35 • Rehearsal • Jan.24 - D3-20 - Hot As Sun 24.63

Session Recording:
Jan 24, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London


Studio Rarities Vol. 1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

4:46 • Outtake • Complete version of "Hot As Sun / Glasses / Suicide" medley

Recording:
c. 1970


Last Flight

Unofficial live • Released in 1998

3:00 • Live

Concert From the concert in Glasgow, United Kingdom on Dec 17, 1979


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 1

Unofficial album

1:30 • Demo • 1/24/69

Recording:
Jan 24, 1969



Live performances

“Hot As Sun” has been played in 18 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Hot As Sun” has been played


Concert For The People of Kampuchea

Dec 29, 1979 • United Kingdom • London • Hammersmith Odeon







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Daniel 2 years ago

I am a lifelong New Yorker - My first thought when I heard this was "I used to hear this when I watched cartoons, but this seems slower..."