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THE LONDON TOWN ALBUM – ARTWORK

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London Town is the sixth studio album by Wings, released in 1978. The album had a long and tumultuous gestation which saw the loss of two band members, the birth of James and the release of the then best-selling single in British history.

In February 1977, Wings began recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios, which continued until the end of March. Here, Wings recorded five songs: “Girls’ School”, “Name and Address”, “London Town”, “Children, Children” and Linda McCartney’s “B-Side to Seaside”, later issued as the flip-side of the Wings single “Seaside Woman” (issued under the name “Suzy and the Red Stripes”).The initial plan of touring the US again was thwarted by Linda’s discovery that she was pregnant with her and Paul’s third child. With the knowledge that they were not going to tour and had time at their disposal – and once again looking for different locales to record in – Wings found themselves moored on a yacht called “Fair Carol” in the Virgin Islands during the month of May where several new songs were recorded. Reflecting the nautical locale, the album’s initial working title was Water Wings. As Linda’s pregnancy progressed, the band halted the sessions for the album, save for the recording of a new track called “Mull of Kintyre” that August and the completion of the already begun “Girls’ School”, which would be released as a single – Wings’ one and only release in 1977.

Before the single’s release came two defections from Wings: drummer Joe English had become homesick for America and returned home, and lead guitarist Jimmy McCulloch left to join the Small Faces that September. For the first time since 1973’s Band on the Run, Wings were down to the core three of Paul, Linda and Denny Laine, reflected on the picture sleeve of the single, which showed the three remaining members. In November, two months after the birth of son James, and shortly after sessions for London Town resumed, the Scottish tribute “Mull of Kintyre” was released to enormous commercial success, becoming the UK’s biggest-selling single (outstripping The Beatles’ largest seller “She Loves You”). Although it would be topped in 1984 by Band Aid, “Mull of Kintyre” still ranks as the UK’s fourth biggest selling single and the largest selling non-charity single.

After some final overdubbing in January 1978, London Town was completed and preceded by the US No. 1 “With a Little Luck” that March, while the album was released a week later.

London Town LP artwork

Uncropped photo of the London Town LP cover.

This is the original un-cropped photo that was used for the cover of the London Town album.

Original background used for the cover and labels :

 

The official album:

 

Vinyl :

Personnel

  • 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

 


JOHN’S LETTER TO CYNTHIA SELLS FOR $30,000 AT AUCTION

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The letter John wrote to Cynthia, urging her to stop talking to the press about their romance and split, has sold at auction for over $30,000 (GBP23,100). The note, in which John dismisses rumours Yoko Ono ended his marriage in 1968, sold as part of an RR Auction online event.
A second letter, written to the editor of an unidentified magazine on the same day, urging him or her to print John’s side of the story following the publication of excerpts of Cynthia’s book in the News of the World was also part of the auction prize, which was expected to go under the hammer for $10,000 (GBP7,700).

 

PAUL AND STEP-SON ARLEN AT VILEBREQUIN

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Paul spent the afternoon (saturday) with step-son Arlen Blakeman, at Vilebrequin in East Hampton
Paul with Arlen walking in the Big Apple. Arlen- whose father is American politician Bruce Blakeman – looked equally pleased to be spending time with his step-dad.

 


PAUL AND ARTIST TELL US WHY THEY ARE “INCONVENIENT” TO HELP SAVE THE PLANET

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A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Paul McCartney, Bono, Pharrell Williams, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Ryan Tedder, Adam Levine, DNCE, The Chainsmokers, Jennifer Hudson, Rainn Wilson, Shailene Woodley, Randy Jackson and Steve Aoki tell us why they are “Inconvenient” to help save the planet.

 


PAUL HAS GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT FOR A CHARITY ALBUM TO FEATURE A CHOIR VERSION OF “WE ALL STAND TOGETHER”

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Paul McCartney has given the green light for a charity album to feature a choir version of his 1984 hit, We All Stand Together.

Sung by 10 Choirs with Purpose – a selection of singers including Britain’s Got Talent finalists, the Missing People Choir, and the NHS Choir, it will also be released as a Christmas single.

Pupils from the Parrs Wood High School Choir, who sang with Ariana Grande at the One Love Manchester concert, will also join in on the Stand Together album, which aims to spread messages of hope after loss and the power of community.

Originally recorded by Paul and the Frog Chorus, the song reached number three in the UK charts and includes the lyrics: “Win or lose, sink or swim/One thing is certain we’ll never give in/Side by side, hand in hand/We all stand together.”
The cheerful tune has already seen a new lease of life this year after it was adapted for the trailer for the upcoming season of The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4.

All profits from Stand Together album sales will be split equally between the choirs or their nominated charities.

Record producer, James Hawkins, said: “We All Stand Together is the perfect song to bring together all the different choirs featuring on the album.

“The message ‘one thing is certain we’ll never give in’ resonates with every group, and we are so excited to be bringing this classic song to a whole new generation.”


SPECIAL MOMENT WITH PAUL AND LITTLE ARYA AT HAMPTON CHUTNEY

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A weekend at the Indian Chutney Co. restaurant in Amagansett, New York. Paul  playing with little Arya, daughter of the designer Sebastian Alappat, founder of the School of Yoga and Meditation For children, Spark.

seabats16: “You never know who you’ll run out to out east! Here’s little Arya making eyes at Paul McCartney who was totally in love with our little bubble at Hampton Chutney Co.”