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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.”


WATCH BAKED GOODS SING PAUL IN CHANNEL 4’s FIRST ‘BAKE OFF’ TRAILER

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Paul and the Frog Chorus’ ‘We All Stand Together’ soundtracks the trailer

The first trailer has been released for Channel 4’s new-look The Great British Bake Off.

It was announced earlier this year that Mighty Boosh star Noel Fielding is teaming up with Sandi Toksvig to host Channel 4’s first series of Bake Off, replacing departing BBC presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. TV chef Prue Leith will be a new judge alongside Paul Hollywood, who opted to move stations with the show.

With the new series “coming soon”, this new animated trailer sees slices of cake, croissants and other baked goods singing Paul and the Frog Chorus’ ‘We All Stand Together’. Watch below.


NEW PHOTO COLLECTION: ‘ONE ON ONE’ IN JAPAN

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The most recent leg of Paul’s ‘One On One’ tour has come to an end in the US. As we look forward to it kicking off again in September, we’re also reminded of the first show of the year on the 25th April at the iconic Budokan in Tokyo.

Following that incredible start to the tour leg, Paul went on to play three sold out shows at the Tokyo Dome in the same week!

PaulMcCartney.com was on hand to capture the excitement, atmosphere and relationship between Paul and his fans, and today we publish a new selection of exclusive shots from the week.

Check out the photos by clicking HERE!

 

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11th September — Newark, NJ — Prudential Center
12th September — Newark, NJ — Prudential Center
13th September — New York, NY — Madison Square Garden
17th September — New York, NY — Madison Square Garden
19th September — Brooklyn, NY — Barclays Center
21st September – Brooklyn, NY — Barclays Center
23rd September — Syracuse, NY — Carrier Dome
26th September — Uniondale, NY — NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
27th September — Uniondale, NY — NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1st October — Detroit, MI — Little Caesars Arena
2nd October — Detroit MI — Little Caesars Arena
13th October: Porto Alegre, Beira-Rio Stadium
15th October: São Paulo, Allianz Parque
17th October: Belo Horizonte, Mineirão Stadium
20th October: Salvador, Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova
24th October: Atanasio Girardot Stadium, Medellín, Colombia
28th October: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
2nd December: nib Stadium, Perth, WA
5th December: AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
6th December: AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
9th December: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
11th December: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
12th December: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
16th December: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, NZ


PAUL WILL RECEIVE “LA ORDEN JUAN DEL CORRAL” IN COLOMBIA

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Paul will receive during his visit to Colombia in october, La Orden Juan del Corral, en Categoría Oro. This Order is given to celebrities who fight for the protection of environment.
The Honor was approved on Friday, August 4 by all the councilors of Medellín.

Paul McCartney will be getting ‘One On One’ with Colombia this 24 October at Atanasio Girardot Stadium, Medellín, Colombia.

Speaking about his forthcoming visit Paul said:
“The last time we played in Colombia we had a blast and I always wanted to go back. I’m really excited to get there with my new show this year. Can’t wait to see them all and have a rock party.”


PAUL PLAYS DRUMS ON UPCOMING FOO FIGHTERS LP

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Foo Fighters recruited Paul to play drums on one track from their upcoming ninth LP, Concrete and Gold. In a new interview with ET Canada, in which Dave Grohl called the Beatle “the most wonderful guy in the world,” the band detailed how quickly the collaboration came together.

“He hadn’t even heard of the song,” said an unspecified member of the sextet. “He comes in and Dave picked up an acoustic and showed him real quick. He sat on his special drum set that his tech set up for him. I sat there with a drumstick conducting. He did two takes.”

McCartney previously collaborated with Grohl and two other surviving members of Nirvana (bassist Krist Novoselic and current Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear) on “Cut Me Some Slack,” an original song recorded for Grohl’s 2013 film, Sound City.

Grohl clarified that Paul isn’t the surprise “pop star” guest Foo Fighters have been teasing for over a month. In June, the singer told BBC Radio 1, “[He or she] sings backup on one of the heaviest songs on the record. And we’re not telling anybody who it is.” But in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Grohl walked back his phrasing, explaining, “This person is, I think, is more than [a pop star].”

“It was sort of towards the end of the album and this person came up and said, ‘Man, I’d really love to sing on your record,'” the frontman continued. “I looked at [producer] Greg [Kurstin] and said, ‘OK, come in tomorrow and we’ll figure something out.’ So we found a backup part for this person to sing and we decided we were gonna make it our own dirty little secret and see if anyone can figure it out.”