Front Parlour

McCartney II album artwork - Paul McCartneyWritten by: McCartney
Recorded: June-July 1979
Producer: Paul McCartney

Released: 16 May 1980 (UK), 26 May 1980 (US)

Paul McCartney: keyboards, drums

Available on:
McCartney II

The first song on Paul McCartney's second solo album to be recorded, Front Parlour encapsulated the instant, no-frills approach he took for the record.

Front Parlour - McCartney II (Deluxe Version) [Remastered]


It was recorded shortly after Check My Machine, an experimental composition with which McCartney tested his recording equipment. That song ended up as the b-side to the Waterfalls single, making Front Parlour the earliest recording to feature on McCartney II.

That was the first thing I did on the album and it was done in the front parlour of an old farmhouse. It was empty at the time so we just brought the recording machinery in and used the kitchen as an echo chamber. It was a big echoey kitchen so I didn't have to use echo or any gimmicks on the sessions. I had to make do. I'd just have to stand in this big kitchen with a snare drum and belt it. That's how I got an echo snare. This little front parlour, which has still got the old wallpaper on it and a little fireplace, was where the main track was recorded. So I called it Front Parlour.
Paul McCartney

The original version of Front Parlour lasted more than a minute and a half longer than the McCartney II version. Like many songs on McCartney II, it was edited in order to trim the running length from a double to single album.

2 Responses to “Front Parlour”

  1. mr. Sun king coming together

    Actually, Joe, it wasn't the first song recorded in these sessions. A song called Check the Machine was.

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    • Joe

      According to McCartney this was the first song on the album to be recorded. Check My Machine was a b-side. So we're both correct!

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