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Back To The Egg album artwork - Wings

Written by: Paul McCartney
Recorded: 22 September 1978; 1 April 1979
Producers: Paul McCartney, Chris Thomas

Released: 8 June 1979 (UK), 11 June 1979 (US)

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Back To The Egg

Personnel

Paul McCartney: vocals, acoustic guitar
Linda McCartney: vocals, keyboards
Denny Laine: vocals, acoustic guitar
Laurence Juber: 12-string acoustic guitar, bass guitar
Steve Holley: drums, percussion
David Hirst: soprano cornet
David Pogson: flugelhorn
Neil Jowett, Fred Ellis, Christopher Bacon, Peter Moorcroft, Jack Brooke, Philip McCann, Ken Macdonald, Malcolm Turton, David Carter: cornet
John Clough, Stuart derrick, John Slinger, Brian Broadbent: euphonium
Kevin Wadsworth, David Essex, Stephen Brooke: tenor horn
Frank Berry, Dennis Essex, Ian Copeland: trombone
George Morgan, Alan Holdsworth, Derek Jackson: bass trombone
Philip Gee, Richard Clough: percussion

‘Love Awake’ is a song on Wings’ last album Back To The Egg. It is part of a medley with ‘Winter Rose’. See more…

The most anthemic song on the album, it combines a classic McCartney ballad with the antique burnish of a North of England brass band. When we cut the basic track at the castle, Paul and Denny strummed acoustics while I played a high strung guitar. This is one of the secret weapons of the studio guitar slinger’s arsenal. It’s a regular guitar, but only the top two strings are tuned normally. The bottom four are pitched one octave higher – essentially the top half of a 12-string guitar. The result is an airy harpsichord-like sonority that blends with other acoustics, adding an extra dimension and sparkle.

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