'THE LYRICS: 1956 TO THE PRESENT' out November 2nd
In this extraordinary book, with unparalleled candour, Paul recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career.
Edited and Introduced by Paul Muldoon
Published 2nd November, 2021
Studio - Wings / Parlophone / EMI
Album Release Date: 31.Mar.1978
London Town – Wings' seventh album – saw the departure of both Jimmy McCulloch and Joe English from the line-up, Linda’s pregnancy (with James), a song written for Michael Jackson (‘Girlfriend’) and recording one of the biggest-selling singles of all time, ‘Mull of Kintyre’. (Released before the album was completed, the track did not appear on London Town until a 1993 reissue.) Despite its title, the album was recorded in the Virgin Islands, not least because of the weather. As Paul said, “We thought of recording London Town in the Virgin Islands on the basis, I think, that it was warmer there. There wasn’t a studio but we took mobile equipment and installed it on a boat – it was as good as being in a proper studio, but if you wanted to have a break you could dive off the side for a swim! In a typical day we’d swim, have breakfast, sunbathe a while, just like you do on holiday, and then putter across in the dinghy to the other boat and make some music for a few hours.” The relaxed atmosphere made for a light, pleasingly laidback and hugely melodic album that went on to achieve huge success.
Paul McCartney: Vocal, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion, violin, flageolet, recorder
Denny Laine: Vocal, guitar, bass, flageolet, recorder, percussion
Linda McCartney: Vocal, keyboards, percussion
Jimmy McCulloch: Guitar, percussion
Joe English: Vocal, drums, percussion, harmonica.
All tracks composed McCartney except
Tracks 1, 6, 11, 13, 14 & 16 composed by McCartney/Laine
Produced by Paul McCartney
Engineer: Geoff Emerick
Assistant Engineers: Pete Henderson, Mark Vigars, Steve Churchyard
All tracks published by MPL Communications Ltd.