Sign up with your email address to be the first to know about new products, VIP offers, blog features & more.

You are viewing MIKE MCCARTNEY


By Posted on 0 No tags 0

Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles got to know each other from the start of Hendrix’s solo career. During Hendrix’s first months in London, John Lennon and Paul McCartney began turning up backstage at the small clubs where Hendrix’s Experience started playing in late ’66.

Hendrix manager Chas Chandler spoke about that welcome support for the band. “We got a tremendous amount of help from people like Mick Jagger, Paul, McCartney, and John Lennon,” Chandler said. “They would rave about Hendrix.”

Indeed, the Beatles connection directly led to Hendrix’s appearance at Monterey Pop, which represented his big break in America. McCartney personally recommended Hendrix to festival organizers, and they took the Beatle’s word when they booked the Experience.

The friendship grew tighter in May ’67, when McCartney hosted a party for Hendrix following an Experience performance at the Saville Theatre. And when McCartney produced his brother Mike McGear’s record in June, Hendrix played guitar on a few tracks.
Paul McCartney produced brother Mike McGear’s album that featured Jimi Hendrix on 2 tracks.

Hendrix’s May ’67 performance at the Saville (owned by Beatles manager Brian Epstein) has become legendary for a few reasons. Along with McCartney, George Harrison was also in attendance at a show that occurred three days after the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

At the concert, Hendrix performed a cover of the title track, which he’d incredibly worked up with the Experience in the previous day or two. McCartney once said he considered that tribute by Hendrix among the great compliments of his career.

The following month, when McCartney produced his brother Mike McGear’s album, Hendrix and Paul got together again. This time, Hendrix was guesting on guitar (and, reportedly, sitar). John McDermott identified two tracks that featured Hendrix: “So Much” and “Ex-Art Student.”

Both appeared on the LP titled McGough & McGear, though Hendrix’s recording contract wouldn’t have allowed him to appear in the credits on the record.

Graham Nash and ex-Yardbirds bassist Paul Samwell-Smith also played on ‘McGough & McGear’
The McGough & McGear LP also featured Graham Nash, John Mayall, and Paul Samwell-Smith, who previously played bass for The Yardbirds in the Eric Clapton and late Jeff Beck eras.
“So Much” was written by Roger McGough and Mike McGear. It was recorded by McGough & McGear in 1967. It was recorded at De Lane Lea Studios in London and was produced by Paul McCartney. The recording features Jimi Hendrix on guitar, Noel Redding on bass, Mitch Mitchell on drums, and Spencer Davis on guitar. The recording also features Graham Nash, Jane Asher and Margaret Asher on backing vocals. It was released on the 1968 album McGough & McGear.


By Posted on 0 12

A great new Mike McGear CD reissue that came out recently in Europe on Cherry Red Records: the “McGear” album, originally released in 1974. Paul and Linda McCartney as well as Denny Laine and Jimmy McCulloch from Wings perform the music on the album with the main vocals by Mike McCartney.

Mike McCartney is best known, musically speaking, for his Top Ten hits in the UK as a part of The Scaffold (“Thank U Very Much”, “Lily the Pink”, “Liverpool Lou”), a comedy group, as well as three terrific albums “McGough & McGear”, “Woman” and my personal favorite “McGear”.
McGear” was also produced by Paul McCartney and he co-wrote most of the songs on the album as well.

The 2 CD/DVD Cherry Red Records reissue comes in a small box and contains the main “McGear” album remastered as well as a second CD of outtakes, singles and alternate versions plus a quite fun DVD that contains two humorous interviews with Mike McCartney.
The set also includes a great booklet and two insert posters filled with memorabilia of the era courtesy of Mike McCartney as well as three wonderful mini-lp covers to hold the CD/DVD discs.
Great sound, great packaging and great content.




There is also a vinyl version of this reissue available as well and can be found on either Amazon… H E R E .

The music and production are top notch on this album as well and Paul and Linda McCartney and Wings can be heard throughout the album which is full of Beatles and solo McCartney style touches throughout that lift the album to something very special indeed.

If you’ve never heard this material and are a fan of Paul McCartney’s music and want to hear something that totally sounds like him yet is unique because of Mike McCartney’s take on life then you owe it to yourself to track this album down.