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Mumbo

Written by Paul McCartneyLinda McCartney Instrumental

Album This song officially appears on the Wild Life Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1971
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Mumbo” is the opening track of Wings’ debut album, “Wild Life”, released in December 1971.

Paul McCartney in "Conversations With McCartney", by Paul Du Noyer:

Mumbo is just a big scream of no words. A wacky idea, cos it was just ‘Whuurrrgghh A-hurrgghhh!’ and we mixed it back so it was like ‘Louie Louie’. Everyone’s going, What are the words of that? Just hope they don’t ask for the sheet music. Which no one ever did, luckily.

From paulmccartney.com, October 29, 2018:

PM.comAnd while you’ve been sitting here remastering the album, are there songs that you’d forgotten about?

Paul: Yeah, absolutely! Well, to tell you the truth, I don’t listen to my old albums much, you know. I just don’t. So, I mean, to me it’s very strange that I would dare to do a track like ‘Mumbo’. To open an album with a track that hasn’t got any lyrics! It’s like, ‘Whoah!’ I mean, I think it’s kind of cool now. Like, ‘Wow, okay…!’

PM.com: It’s a very spontaneous way of making music – just getting in a room and playing.

Paul: Yeah. And, you know, this was following The Beatles. I’m not trying very hard, you know! [Jokingly sings the opening line of ‘Mumbo’, ‘Welllllllllllllllll….!!!’]

[…] I mentioned earlier about ‘Mumbo’ being quite experimental, especially to finish off the record with the shorter “link” version. I think that song came from, you know, the band would just get an idea of a chord, or something. We’d just jam on it. And, it would be just, ‘Okay, this is in F’, or whatever key it’s in. And we’d just play. And I’d sort of shout stuff over the top. It’s all part of becoming a band. You know, you learn that I’m gonna be goofy and sing some goofy things, and you – for example – as the drummer have got to come along with it and do your own thing. And Denny Seiwell, I think, is really brilliant on all this stuff. 

Last updated on October 30, 2018

Officially appears on


Wild Life

Official album • Released in 1971

3:58 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Organ, Piano
Denny Laine:
Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Drums, Tambourine (?)
Tony Clark:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons:
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jul 26, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 08, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Wild Life (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:58 • Studio versionR1993

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Organ, Piano
Denny Laine:
Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Drums, Tambourine (?)
Tony Clark:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons:
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Peter Mew:
Remastering

Session Recording:
Jul 26, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 08, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Twin Freaks

Official album • Released in 2005

5:24 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Clive Goddard:
Mixing engineer
Freelance Hellraiser:
Producer

Session Recording:
Circa 2004
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Wild Life (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

3:55 • Studio versionR2018 • 2018 Remaster

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Organ, Piano
Denny Laine:
Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Drums, Tambourine (?)
Tony Clark:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons:
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Alex Wharton:
Remastering
Steve Orchard:
Remastering

Session Recording:
Jul 26, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 08, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Wild Life (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

3:53 • Rough mixC

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Tambourine (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Organ, Piano
Denny Laine:
Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Drums, Tambourine (?)
Tony Clark:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons:
Mixing engineer assistant, Recording engineer assistant
Alex Wharton:
Remastering
Steve Orchard:
Remastering

Session Recording:
Jul 26, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Aug 06, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Wings Over Europe

Official album • Released in 2018

3:41 • LiveL1

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineHenry McCulloughDenny Seiwell
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Alan Parsons:
Recording engineer
Alex Wharton:
Mastering
Steve Orchard:
Mixing
Jeremy Gee:
Recording engineer assistant
Graham Fleming:
Recording engineer assistant

Concert From the concert in Antwerp, Belgium on Aug 22, 1972

Bootlegs




Arles'72

Unofficial live • Released in 2001

4:43 • Live

Concert From the concert in Arles, France on Jul 13, 1972


Wings Over Amsterdam

Unofficial live • Released in 2001

3:19 • Live

Concert From the concert in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Aug 20, 1972


Live In Groningen - August 19, 1972

Unofficial live • Released in 2001

3:56 • Live

Concert From the concert in Groningen, Netherlands on Aug 19, 1972


Live performances

“Mumbo” has been played in 17 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Mumbo” has been played








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