Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Working Classical Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1999
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1995 (Paul McCartney was 53 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions

Related interviews

"Standing" in the Shadow of Love

Sep 27, 1997 • From Billboard

Paul McCartney Goes Classical

Nov 01, 1997 • From FI Magazine

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Song facts

Spiral” is a piece of classical music written by Paul McCartney and released in 1999 on Working Classical. From the liner notes of the album:

In comparison, Spiral is more impressionistic, much of it (despite some imposing climaxes along the way) heard as though through a heat haze. The haunting opening, featuring a solo flute memorably underpinned by a sustained chord in the strings, gradually fills out until the announcement of a little descending motif (B-A-G-E), which becomes increasingly important. The emergence of a string quartet from the orchestral texture momentarily threatens to destabilise the tonality, until the solo flute gently soothes the music’s troubled surface.

Last updated on May 13, 2018

Officially appears on

Working Classical

Official album • Released in 1999

10:02 • Classical versionA

Paul McCartney :
Executive producer
Eddie Klein :
Recording engineer
Performed by :
London Symphony Orchestra
Keith Smith :
Recording engineer
Steve Rooke :
John Fraser :
Arranger, Producer
Lawrence Foster :
Richard Rodney Bennett :
Arne Akselberg :
Balance engineer
Paul Baily :
Caroline Haigh :

Session Recording:
February 21-25th, 1999
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Something For The Weekend – Paul McCartney’s Glastonbury Groove

Official album • Released in 2004

8:36 • Studio version

Live performances

“Spiral” has been played in 3 concerts.

Latest concerts where Spiral has been played

"Heart Strings" Benefit Concert

Sep 07, 2012 • USA • Pittsburgh • Heinz Hall


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