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Peace In The Neighbourhood

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Off The Ground Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1993
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Peace In The Neighbourbood” is a track from 1993 album “Off The Ground“, and the second song of the album recorded (just after “Biker Like An Icon“):

‘Peace In The Neighbourhood’ is a rehearsal take. We were just kicking numbers around, so that the band would get to know how they went, and we just got a really nice casual take of ‘Peace In The Neighbourhood’. We thought later that we could make it a little bit more professional and did try a couple of times but never got the same vibe again. It was getting a little bit too stiff so we listened again to the rehearsal take and it was fine. I really love the drum sound on it.

Paul McCartney – From Club Sandwich 65 interview

Hamish Stuart – We went into the studio the day we were supposed to record it ‘properly’ and Julian Mendelsohn said to us, I don’t think you need to bother. He played the original rehearsal tape and it was all there. It had a nice looseness, little imperfections that actually feel good.

Paul McCartney – That take had such a good feel that we couldn’t improve on it, a beautiful slappin’ sound on the drums, real R&B.

Hamish Stuart – I kind of feel that from the ’60s on as the recording process evolved people started trying to make records perfect. And now the technology is there to make absolutely perfect. But I listen to that kind of music and it just goes right by me, I don’t hear any humanity in there, only machines, no character. I’d rather hear some string noise, mistakes, human beings sparking. We all love to play. Why should we give it up to technology?

Paul “Wix” Wickens – Robbie lets rip a bit at the end, though in a subdued style. Strapping a guitar on, ooing out there and doing it, that’s what he’s about, that’s when he’s at his best.

Robbie McIntosh – That was a good one for me, that guitar outro. We were rehearsing, arsing about really, so I wasn’t thinking, Woo, I’ve got the chance to show off now! It was aimless in a way and yet it ended up sounding quite nice.”

From the “New World Tour” tour book

Funny anecdote :

The dialogue heard during the track was a conversation between engineers Keith Smith and Eddie Klein about Britain’s Council Tax legislation

From Eight Arms To Hold You

Last updated on June 15, 2019

Lyrics

Best thing I ever saw
Was a man who loved his wife
In a place where things were good
I felt peace in the neighbourhood

That feeling in the air
Something was definitely there
It was a time when things were good
I felt peace in the neighbourhood

I was there, I really was.
At the center of a love vibration.
People sharing with their friend.
Helping each other out
Peace in the neighbourhood
Helping each other out

Then I woke up from my dream
To see things as they really are
People struggling to survive
How can peace hope to stay alive?

Well I was there...I felt so good
At the center of a love vibration.
People caring for their world
Helping each other out.
Peace in the neighbourhood
Helping each other out.
Peace in the neighbourhood
Helping each other out.

Best thing I ever saw
I saw a man who loved his wife.

Peace in the neighbour hood
Helping each other out.
Peace in the neighbourhood

Officially appears on


Off The Ground

Official album • Released in 1993

5:06 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Congas, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Percussion
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Bass
Paul Wickens:
Backing vocals, Piano
Blair Cunningham:
Drums, Percussion
Eddie Klein:
Conversation
Keith Smith:
Conversation
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
November 25th - December 6th 1991
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Paul Is Live

Official live • Released in 1993

4:55 • LiveL1

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

Session Recording:
July 1993
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Off the Ground - The Complete Works

Official album • Released in 1993

5:06 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Congas, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Percussion
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Bass
Paul Wickens:
Backing vocals, Piano
Blair Cunningham:
Drums, Percussion
Eddie Klein:
Conversation
Keith Smith:
Conversation
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
November 25th - December 6th 1991
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Paul Is Live (2019 remaster)

Official live • Released in 2019

4:55 • LiveL1.2019 • 2019 remaster

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

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

Bootlegs


Magical Toronto Night

Unofficial live

5:17 • Live

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


Let Me Roll It To Boulder

Unofficial live

5:01 • Live

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


Lumpy Trousers

Unofficial live

4:59 • Studio version


Viva Las Vegas

Unofficial live • Released in 1993

5:11 • Live

Concert From the concert in Las Vegas, USA on Apr 14, 1993


Off The Forum

Unofficial live • Released in 1993

5:19 • Live

Concert From "New World Tour - Warm-up show #2" in Milan, Italy on Feb 19, 1993


Videos

Album • Off The Ground

Live performances

“Peace In The Neighbourhood” has been played in 80 concerts and 2 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Peace In The Neighbourhood” has been played








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