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Let Me Roll It

Album This song officially appears on the Band On The Run Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1973
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Let Me Roll It” is a song by Paul McCartney and Wings released on the 1973 album Band on the Run. The song was also released as the B-side to “Jet” in early 1974, and has remained a staple of McCartney’s live concerts since it was first released.

Origin

Some critics saw the song as a pastiche of John Lennon’s sound, particularly the riff and the use of tape echo on the vocals. McCartney, however, didn’t intend the song to be a pastiche of Lennon. He did say the vocal “does sound like John… I hadn’t realised I’d sung it like John.

Live performances

Since its first release, McCartney has performed “Let Me Roll It” in his live concerts. He has also included live versions of the song on several live albums, including Wings over America, Paul Is Live, Back in the U.S. (and Back in the World), and Good Evening New York City.

In the recent tours, “Foxy Lady” from Jimmy Hendrix was performed at the end of “Let Me Roll It”, forming a kind of medley.

Paul McCartney, in Club Sandwich, 1994:

Let Me Roll It was not really a Lennon pastiche, although my use of tape echo did sound more like John than me. But tape echo was not John’s exclusive territory! And you have to remember that, despite the myth, there was a lot of commonality between us in the way that we thought and the way that we worked.

Paul McCartney, Billboard interview, 2001:

[Let Me Roll It] was a riff, originally, a great riff to play, and whenever we played it live, it goes down great. We’d play it on two guitars, and people saw it later as a kind of John pastiche, as Lennon-ish, Lennon-esque. Which I don’t mind. That could have been a Beatles song. Me and John would have sung that good.

Last updated on October 22, 2016

Lyrics

You gave me something.
I understand,
You gave me loving in the palm of my hand

I can't tell you how I feel
My heart is like a wheel
LET ME ROLL IT
Let me roll it to you
Let me roll it
Let me roll it to you

I want to tell you
And now's the time
I want to tell you that
You're going to be mine

I can't tell you how I feel
My heart is like a wheel.
LET ME ROLL IT
Let me roll it to you
Let me roll it
Let me roll it to you

Officially appears on


Band On The Run

Official album • Released in 1973

4:50 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Organ
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
September 1-23, 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Lagos, Nigeria

Session Overdubs:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


Jet / Let Me Roll It

7" Single • Released in 1974

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Organ
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
September 1-23, 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Lagos, Nigeria

Session Overdubs:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


Wings Over America

Official live • Released in 1976

3:45 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Keyboard, Vocals
Denny Laine:
Electric guitar, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Electric guitar, Vocals
Joe English:
Drums, Vocals
Mark Vigars:
Assistant mixing engineer
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer, Overdubs recording
Jack Maxson:
Recording engineer
Tom Walsh:
Assistant recording engineer

Concert From the concert in Cincinnati, USA on May 27, 1976


Paul Is Live

Official live • Released in 1993

4:12 • LiveL2

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyRobbie McIntoshHamish StuartPaul WickensBlair Cunningham
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing
Julian Mendelsohn:
Recording
Bob Kraushaar:
Recording

Concert From the concert in Boulder, USA on May 26, 1993


Band On The Run (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:50 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Organ
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
September 1-23, 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Lagos, Nigeria

Session Overdubs:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


Band On The Run (DTS 5.1)

Official album • Released in 1996

4:50 • DTS mixC

Session Recording:
September 1-23, 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Lagos, Nigeria

Session Overdubs:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


Band On The Run (25th Anniversary)

Official album • Released in 1999

4:50 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Organ
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
September 1-23, 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Lagos, Nigeria

Session Overdubs:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


Band On The Run (25th Anniversary)

Official album • Released in 1999

3:52 • LiveL3 • Includes Paul McCartney interview about the making of "Band On The Run" album

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyRobbie McIntoshHamish StuartPaul WickensBlair Cunningham
Paul McCartney:
Producer

Concert From "New World Tour - Rehearsal Concert" in London, United Kingdom on Feb 05, 1993


Wingspan Hits And History

Official album • Released in 2001

4:52 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Organ
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
September 1-23, 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Lagos, Nigeria

Session Overdubs:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


Wingspan: Hits & History [CD Sampler]

Official album • Released in 2001

4:50 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Organ
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Monday:
Assistant engineer
Pete Swettenham:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
September 1-23, 1973
Studio:
EMI Studios, Lagos, Nigeria

Session Overdubs:
October 1973
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
Late October / Early November 1973
Studio:
Kingsway Studios, London, UK

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


Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 5

Unofficial album

4:53 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 7

Unofficial album

4:27 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.14

Unofficial album

5:12 • Studio version


Magical Toronto Night

Unofficial live

4:29 • Live

Concert From the concert in Toronto, Canada on Jun 06, 1993


Eggs Up

Unofficial album

5:19 • Outtake


Live performances

“Let Me Roll It” has been played in 541 concerts and 4 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Let Me Roll It” has been played




Krakow • Tauron Arena

Dec 03, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour


Copenhagen • Royal Arena

Nov 30, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour




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