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The original songbook for Paul's first solo album "McCartney"
24 May 2017
Pineapple Records
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As I mentioned in another comment in a nearby thread, I’ve had the official songbook for this first solo album “McCartney” for like 30 years, but only realized a couple of days ago that it contains little typewritten notes written by Paul himself, making little comments about some of the songs.  It was quite a treat to discover this and read them all.

Most of these comments by Paul describe what instruments he used, where he recorded the song, etc.  Sometimes he adds some interesting insight into his process.  For example, on the song “That Would Be Something “, Paul writes:

“I only had one mike, as the mixer and v.u. meters hadn’t arrived (still haven’t).”

As I was reading along, I was delighted by the very last comment Paul wrote, for “Maybe I’m Amazed “:

“Written in London, at the piano, with the second verse added later, as if you cared.”


That cheeky ending reminds me of a note Gordon Lightfoot wrote for the songbook for his own compilation album Gord’s Gold:

“For this tuning, use Travis picking. If you don’t know what Travis picking is, get a job.”

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