The Paul McCartney Project

Kreen - Akrore

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)

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This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


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Song facts

Kreen – Akrore” is the final track of Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, “McCartney“, released in April 1970. From the press release of the “McCartney” album:

There was a film on TV about the Kreen Akrore Indians living in the Brazilian jungle, their lives and how the white man is trying to change their way of life to his, so the next day after lunch I did some drumming. The idea behind it was to get the feeling of their hunt. So later piano, guitar and organ were added to the first section. The second had a few tracks of voices (Linda and I) and the end had overdubbed breathing, going into organ and two lead guitars in harmony. Done at Morgan. Engineer, Robin Black.

The end of the first section has Linda and I doing animal noises (speeded up) and an arrow sound (done live with bow and arrow – the bow broke), then animals stampeding across a guitar case. There are two drum tracks. We built a fire in the studio but didn’t use it (but used the sound of the twigs breaking).

Paul McCartney, 1970

From PopMatters:

Kreen Akrore” is the final track on the McCartney album. After watching a TV documentary about Brazil’s indigenous Kreen-Akrore tribe, McCartney was inspired to compose an instrumental track that would capture “the feeling of their hunt”.

The next day, after he recorded the drum sounds, McCartney and wife Linda did “animal noises”, including creating stampeding sounds with the aid of a guitar case. The two built a fire in London’s Morgan Studios, but only the sound of twigs breaking made it onto the final cut. Probably the most unusual addition was the sound of a bow and arrow, which later led McCartney to say that he played “bass, drums, acoustic guitar, lead guitar, piano, mellotron, organ, toy xylophone, and bow and arrow” on the album.

Unfortunately, even the most ardent McCartney fans usually overlook “Kreen Akrore”. A common complaint is that the song is pointless, or that McCartney doesn’t use much skill in his drumming. Even more unfortunate was the real-life plight of the Kreen-Akrore tribe, which was nearly killed off by common diseases three years later, when a government project brought them into contact with modern people. However, in recent years, their population has risen due to relocation.

Last updated on June 3, 2020

Officially appears on


McCartney

Official album • Released in 1970

4:15 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Producer
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Robin Black :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 12, 1970
Studio :
Morgan Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
February 1970
Studio :
Morgan Studios, London

Session Mixing:
February 1970
Studio :
Morgan Studios, London ?

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

4:15 • Studio versionA1992 • 1992 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Producer
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Robin Black :
Recording engineer
Steve Hoffman :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Feb 12, 1970
Studio :
Morgan Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
February 1970
Studio :
Morgan Studios, London

Session Mixing:
February 1970
Studio :
Morgan Studios, London ?

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


McCartney (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:15 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Producer
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Robin Black :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 12, 1970
Studio :
Morgan Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
February 1970
Studio :
Morgan Studios, London

Session Mixing:
February 1970
Studio :
Morgan Studios, London ?


McCartney - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

4:16 • Studio versionA2011 • 2011 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Producer
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Robin Black :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 12, 1970
Studio :
Morgan Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
February 1970
Studio :
Morgan Studios, London

Session Mixing:
February 1970
Studio :
Morgan Studios, London ?


McCartney (50th Anniversary)

Official album • Released in 2020

4:15 • Studio versionA2020 • 2020 half-speed mastering

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Producer
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Robin Black :
Recording engineer
Miles Showell :
Mastering

Session Recording:
Feb 12, 1970
Studio :
Morgan Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
February 1970
Studio :
Morgan Studios, London

Session Mixing:
February 1970
Studio :
Morgan Studios, London ?

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

Bootlegs


McCartney - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

4:15 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Producer
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Robin Black :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 12, 1970
Studio :
Morgan Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
February 1970
Studio :
Morgan Studios, London

Session Mixing:
February 1970
Studio :
Morgan Studios, London ?

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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