Off The Ground
Studio - Paul McCartney / Parlophone /EMI
Album Release Date: 01.Feb.1993
Paul’s first studio album of the 1990 came four years after the critically and commercially successful Flowers In The Dirt. As with that album, Off The Ground featured some collaborations with Elvis Costello, in ‘Mistress And Maid’ and ‘The Lovers That Never Were’. In fact, all the lyrics were given a thorough test, as Paul recalled at the time. “When I came to do this album one of the things I thought was that it might be good to be a little less casual and make sure I’d done my homework, make sure I liked all of the words in the songs. So I got a friend of mine, a poet called Adrian Mitchell, to look through the lyrics as if he was an English teacher. I went through it all with him and I can now say that they’re poet-proof.”
Paul McCartney - Lead Vocals, Bass, Acoustic & Spanish Guitars, Piano, Drums, Mellotron, Wurlitzer, Celeste, Sitar, Ocarina, Congas, Percussion, Backing Vocals.
Hamish Stuart - Second Vocals, Electric, Acoustic, Bass & 12 String Guitars, Piano, Percussion, Backing Vocals.
Linda McCartney - Second Vocals, Auto Harp, Celeste, Moog, Harmonium, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Train Whistle.
Robbie McIntosh - Electric, Acoustic, Spanish & Slide Guitars, Mandolin, Backing Vocals.
Wix Wickens - Piano, Clavinet, Hammond Organ, Accordian, Drum Programming, Synthesiser, Percussion, Backing Vocals.
Blair Cunningham - Drums, Congas, Backing Vocals.
Gordon Hunt - Oboe on Track 8
Susan Milan - Flute on Track 8
Davide Giovannini, Maurizio Ravalico, David Pattman - Percussion on Track 3
The Midnight Horns - Horn Section on Track 10
All songs composed by Paul McCartney except:
Tracks 4 & 9 composed by McCartney / MacManus
Tracks 4 & 8 arranged by Paul McCartney & Carl Davis; conducted by Carl Davis
Track 12 arranged by Paul McCartney & George Martin; conducted by George Martin
Produced by Paul McCartney and Julian Mendelsohn
Engineered by Bob Kraushaar
All tracks published by MPL Communications Ltd except:
Tracks 4 & 9 published by MPL Communications Ltd / Plangent Visions Music Ltd