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Junk

Written by Paul McCartney

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

Other songs from "McCartney" appearing on "Unplugged" (1991)

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Song facts

Junk” is a song written by Paul McCartney in 1968 while the Beatles were in India, that appears on his first solo album released in 1970. An instrumental version of the song -named “Singalong Junk” also appears on this album.

From Wikipedia:

It was originally under consideration for The Beatles (also known as the White Album). It was passed over for that LP, as it was for Abbey Road. It was eventually released on McCartney’s debut solo album McCartney in 1970. The version McCartney played for the rest of the Beatles, in May 1968, was among other songs demoed at George Harrison’s Kinfauns home, before the recording of The Beatles was released on Anthology 3 on 22 October 1996. The song’s working title was “Jubilee“, and also known as “Junk in the Yard“. Take one appeared on the McCartney album as “Singalong Junk” and whereas take two was issued as “Junk“.

Besides the exclusion of vocals, “Singalong Junk” features mellotron strings and the melody is played on a piano. The song also features more prominent drums. This version of the song is said to have been the original instrumental backing to which McCartney was planning on singing, but he opted for a simpler arrangement for the vocal version instead.

Junk” was included on an EP (along with “Another Day“, “Oh Woman, Oh Why” and “Valentine Day“) released only in Mexico. This song has been dropped from his live setlist, but was included on McCartney’s and Wings 2001 compilation Wingspan: Hits and History.

From Beatles Bible:

[…] A rough version, lasting just 16 seconds and sung in mock French, was busked on 9 January 1969 during the Get Back sessions at Twickenham Film Studios. […] Junk was first performed live as an instrumental during McCartney’s appearance on MTV Unplugged on 25 January 1991, and appeared as the final track on that year’s Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) album. An orchestral version opened McCartney’s 1999 album Working Classical.

In the liner notes of McCartney, 1970:

Originally written in India at Maharishi’s camp and completed bit by bit in London. Recorded vocal, two acoustic guitars and bass at home and later added to (bass drum, snare with brushes, and small xylophone and harmony) at Morgan.

 

Last updated on January 24, 2015

Lyrics

Motor cars, handle bars, bicycles for two,
Broken hearted jubilee.

Parachutes, army boots, sleeping bags for two,
Sentimental jamboree.

Chorus.
"Buy, buy ", says the sign in the shop window
"Why, why?", says the junk in the yard.

Candlesticks, building bricks, something old and new,
Memories for you and me.

Repeat Chorus

Officially appears on


McCartney

Official album • Released in 1970

1:57 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Producer, Vocals, Xylophone
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


Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)

Official live • Released in 1991

2:27 • LiveL1

Concert From "MTV Unplugged" in Wembley, United Kingdom on Jan 25, 1991


Anthology 3

Official album • Released in 1996

2:25 • DemoB • Mono

Session Recording:
Late May 1968
Studio:
George Harrison's Home, Kinfauns, Esher, Surrey, UK


Working Classical

Official album • Released in 1999

2:49 • Classical versionC

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Eddie Klein:
Engineer
Andy Stein:
Arranger
Keith Smith:
Engineer
Steve Rooke:
Mastering
Krista Bennion Feeney:
First violin
Anca Nicolau:
Second violin
Joanna Hood:
Viola
Myron Lutzke:
Cello
Performed by:
Loma Mar Quartet
John Fraser:
Producer
Arne Akselberg:
Balance engineer
Paul Baily:
Editor
Caroline Haigh:
Editor

Session Recording:
February 21-25th, 1999
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Wingspan Hits And History

Official album • Released in 2001

1:57 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Producer, Vocals, Xylophone
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer
Robin Black:
Engineer

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


McCartney - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

1:57 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Producer, Vocals, Xylophone
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer
Robin Black:
Engineer

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


Pure McCartney

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio version


The Beatles (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

Demo

Session Recording:
Late May 1968
Studio:
George Harrison's Home, Kinfauns, Esher, Surrey, UK

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 1

Unofficial album

2:36 • Demo • 5/68

Recording:
May 1968


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 1

Unofficial album

Demo • 1/9/69


Pull the Plug and Go Mad!

Unofficial live

2:23 • Live


Dome In Rehearsal

Unofficial live

2:07 • Soundcheck

Concert From the concert in Fukuoka, Japan on Nov 18, 1993


White Album Sessions Volume 1

Unofficial album

2:35 • Studio version


Live performances

“Junk” has been played in 1 concerts and 1 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Junk” has been played


MTV Unplugged

Jan 25, 1991 • United Kingdom • Wembley • Limehouse Television Studios • TV show


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