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Reception

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Back To The Egg Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1979
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Reception” is the opening song of “Back To The Egg“, the latest album by Wings released in 1979.

From Wikipedia:

[…] The album’s opening song is “Reception“, an instrumental, in which McCartney attempted to capture the effect of turning a radio dial and finding “about four stations at once“. The track features a guitar-controlled synthesizer (played by Juber) over a funk-inspired bassline, and spoken voices, including a reading of part of “The Poodle and the Pug“, from Vivian Ellis’s opera Big Ben (1946). The next three songs – “Getting Closer“, “We’re Open Tonight” and “Spin It On” – adhere to the proposed album-wide concept. Writing in Melody Maker in June 1979, Mark Williams interpreted “Reception” as representing a radio being tuned in a car, whereby “the occupant is on his way to a gig, hence ‘Getting Closer’ [to the venue] and, upon arrival, ‘We’re Open Tonight’“. The notional live performance is then reflected in the sequencing of what Madinger and Easter term “heavier rock tracks such as ‘Spin It On’“. […]

While the commercial version on Back To The Egg lasts 1:08, a rough mix lasting 2:34 has surfaced and is “radically different due to the content, level and placement of the imposing broadcasts” (from Eight Arms To Hold You, by Madinger & Easter).

Samples of “Reception” have been used on Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest, the first album by the Fireman released in 1993.

Last updated on March 26, 2018

Lyrics

What did you do
When you were making
The effort sheriff
Well we were after
A man who was apparently
Been doing something pretty desperate…

We started off
And we were two days
On his tail
But we lost him…

Officially appears on


Back To The Egg

Official album • Released in 1979

1:08 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Producer
Denny Laine:
Electric guitar
Laurence Juber:
Electric guitar
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Phil McDonald:
Engineer
Steve Holly:
Drums
Chris Thomas:
Producer

Session Recording:
September 11 to 29, 1978
Studio:
Lympne Castle, Kent

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


Back To The Egg (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

1:08 • Studio versionA

Session Recording:
September 11 to 29, 1978
Studio:
Lympne Castle, Kent

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

Bootlegs


Back To The Egg - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

1:08 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Producer
Denny Laine:
Electric guitar
Laurence Juber:
Electric guitar
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Phil McDonald:
Engineer
Steve Holly:
Drums
Chris Thomas:
Producer

Session Recording:
September 11 to 29, 1978
Studio:
Lympne Castle, Kent

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


Back To The Egg - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:34 • Rough mixB • Long version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.12

Unofficial album

2:34 • Rough mixB • Early take - July 1978


Eggs Up

Unofficial album

2:34 • Rough mixB


Oh, Mistake (Back To The Egg Outtakes)

Unofficial album • Released in 1997

2:31 • Rough mixB


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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