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That Would Be Something

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1970
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1969 (Paul McCartney was 27 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"McCartney" session (home recordings)

December 1969 to Jan 03, 1970


Other songs from "McCartney" appearing on "Unplugged" (1991)


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Song facts

That Would Be Something” is the second track of Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, McCartney, released in April 1970. It was only the second song recorded for the album. From Wikipedia:

McCartney sings and plays acoustic guitar, bass, electric guitar, tom tom and a cymbal. This song and “Valentine Day” were mixed at Abbey Road Studios on 22 February 1970. McCartney would also record “Every Night” and “Maybe I’m Amazed” the same day. In the song McCartney also performs vocal percussion to simulate a drum kit.

From the press release of the McCartney album:

This song was written in Scotland in 1969 and recorded at home in London – mixed later at EMI (No. 2). I only had one mike, as the mixer and VU meters hadn’t arrived (still haven’t).

Paul McCartney

Despite the sentiment of betrayal that the other Beatles members felt when Paul McCartney issued the press release for the McCartney (suggesting he was quitting The Beatles), George Harrison had some positive words about “That Would Be Something” and “Maybe I’m Amazed“:

That Would Be Something and Maybe I’m Amazed I think are great and everything else I think is fair, you know. It’s quite good, but a little disappointing, but maybe I shouldn’t be disappointed, it’s best not to expect anything, then everything’s a bonus. I think those two tracks are very good and the others just don’t do anything for me.

George Harrison, 1970

McCartney first performed the song live on 25 January 1991, during the recording of Unplugged (The Official Bootleg), which was released later that year. In 2001, Paul McCartney recorded a version of “That Would Be Something” on acoustic guitar which appeared on a radio show to promote the “Wingspan” compilation and on the Wingspan TV special.

Last updated on June 2, 2020

Lyrics

That would be something
It really would be something
that would be something
To meet you in the falling rain, momma,
meet you in the falling rain.

Officially appears on


McCartney

Official album • Released in 1970

2:43 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer

Session Recording:
December, 1969
Studio :
At home, Cavendish Avenue, London

Session Mixing:
Feb 22, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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


Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)

Official live • Released in 1991

4:02 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Percussion
Robbie McIntosh :
Acoustic guitar
Hamish Stuart :
Acoustic bass, Vocal harmonies
Paul Wickens :
Piano
Blair Cunningham :
Drums
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Eddie Klein :
Assistant engineer
Gary Stewart :
Assistant engineer
Peter Craigie :
Assistant engineer
Gary Bradshaw :
Monitor engineer

Concert From "MTV Unplugged" in Wembley, United Kingdom on Jan 25, 1991


McCartney (by DCC Compact Classics)

Official album • Released in 1992

2:43 • Studio versionA1992 • 1992 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer
Steve Hoffman :
Remastering

Session Recording:
December, 1969
Studio :
At home, Cavendish Avenue, London

Session Mixing:
Feb 22, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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


McCartney (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

2:43 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer

Session Recording:
December, 1969
Studio :
At home, Cavendish Avenue, London

Session Mixing:
Feb 22, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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


McCartney - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

2:42 • Studio versionA2011 • 2011 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer

Session Recording:
December, 1969
Studio :
At home, Cavendish Avenue, London

Session Mixing:
Feb 22, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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


McCartney (50th Anniversary)

Official album • Released in 2020

2:43 • Studio versionA2020 • 2020 half-speed mastering

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Producer, Recording engineer, Vocals
Phil McDonald :
Mixing engineer
Miles Showell :
Mastering

Session Recording:
December, 1969
Studio :
At home, Cavendish Avenue, London

Session Mixing:
Feb 22, 1970
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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

Live performances

“That Would Be Something” has been played in 8 concerts.

Latest concerts where has been played


Wingspan: Memorial Day Weekend Special

May 25, 2001 • USA • Radio show







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