Sticking Out of My Back Pocket: Mixing It Up

Photo of Paul in the studio recording McCartney III with graphic text added on top with 'Sticking Out Of My Back Pocket' written on it in purple writing for November 2023's playlist.

Mixing is an art form where an audio engineer skilfully blends and balances separate tracks within a session to ensure they harmonise beautifully when played together. Alternative mixes may feature a distinctive vocal track, enhanced drum presence, or, in the case of "Underdubbed" versions of Band on the Run, no orchestration or overdubbed instruments. Different mixes can, and often do, offer a fresh take on familiar tunes!

This year's first edition of the 'Sticking Out Of My Back Pocket' playlist shows a different side to Paul's music, by showcasing the alternative mixes. Many tracks from his discography boast alternative versions that remain largely unexplored, so we're reaching into the archives and giving them their moment in the spotlight! From the recently released underdubbed mixes commemorating 50 years of Band on the Run, to the raw energy of ‘The World Tonight (rough mix)' from Flaming Pie, this playlist invites listeners to "go back so far" into the mixing process.

As we ponder what 2024 holds, let's celebrate the art of music production. Check out the latest playlist and experience these classics through a new lens!