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JAMES PAUL McCARTNEY - 1973
While under appreciated by critics at the time of it’s
broadcast; James Paul McCartney remains a unique time capsule. The
special featured most of Wings singles to date along with tracks
from the new Wings LP Red Rose Speedway. Also included were
previews of “Live and Let Die” and
“Bluebird” as well as classic Beatles songs.
Commissioned by music publisher and head of ATV Sir Lew Grade, the
program came about as a compromise between Grade and McCartney over
songwriting disputes. Sir Grade challenged McCartney’s use of
wife Linda’s name as co-writer on the LP’s Ram and Wild
Life along with most of the singles through the end of 1972. As a
resolution, Paul agreed to videotape the special for ATV, with him
retaining total creative control. The special was produced and
directed by Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion. This team was responsible
for “ELVIS”, the 1968 Comeback Special. With its’
blend of live performances, promos and skits, James Paul McCartney
is a unique Television program worthy of revisiting. This
remastered version belongs in every McCartney fans’
collection. John later remarked, “I liked parts of
Paul’s TV special, especially the intro. The bit filmed in
Liverpool made me squirm a bit, but Paul’s a pro. He always
For this definitive edition, we have used a previously
unreleased source tape and restored the special using the finest
audio and visual elements available. This extra effort results in
the best presentation of James Paul McCartney to date.
Blackbird/Bluebird/Michelle/Heart Of The Country – 2006
remaster, acoustic medley re-synchronized to the original raw audio
Hi, Hi, Hi – Not included in US airings of the special,
taped live from ATV Studios
ONE HAND CLAPPING - 1974
With Band On The Run still riding high in the charts, Paul
assembled a new lineup for Wings in 1974. He took the band to
Nashville in June for a working holiday. The six-week stay resulted
in the first new Wings single in several months;
“Junior’s Farm/Sally G” was released in November.
Wings also worked on several Cold Cuts that Paul stated would be
issued after the next proper Wings LP. Pleased with the new lineup,
Paul and Wings gathered at EMI’s Studio Two in August to
rehearse and record old and new material. MPL videotaped the events
with the intent of producing a Television special. Geoff Emerick
recorded the sessions for possible commercial release. A tour was
also under consideration. The sessions took place over four days in
late August with almost forty hours of videotape shot. Directed by
David Litchfield, the idea was to shoot on videotape and then edit
and transfer the selected footage onto film. Frank Zappa’s
film 200 Motels inspired this technique. The film was named One
Hand Clapping, and is an interesting Wings documentary. The film
takes the viewer right inside Studio 2 as Wings rehearse, record
and share their thoughts. The film also gave each Wings member
their own spotlight section; Paul’s being a rare piano medley
that included several songs never heard before or since. In
early1975, during the Venus And Mars sessions, overdubs for the
films finale “Baby Face” were recorded in New Orleans.
In spite of the effort put into the project, One Hand Clapping
remains unreleased to this day.
Picture Perfect is extremely pleased to present One Hand
Clapping in incredible quality. For this edition, we have uncovered
an amazing 35mm film print buried in the archives. This discovery
far surpasses all previous 16mm reductions of this material. The
audio has been taken directly from the original Nagras to produce
this definitive edition. Apparently the transfer from video to film
produced less than optimal results and may very well be a reason
the project was scrapped. Short film excerpts from the finished
print have appeared over the years, but no evidence exist that the
original videotapes have survived.
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