Helen Wheels single artwork - Paul McCartney & WingsWritten by: Paul McCartney
Recorded: 26 September 1972
Producer: Paul McCartney

Released: 26 October 1973 (UK), 12 November 1973 (US)


Paul McCartney: vocals, bass guitar
Linda McCartney: vocals
Denny Laine: guitar, vocals
Henry McCullough: pedal steel guitar
Denny Seiwell: drums

‘Country Dreamer’ was the b-side of Wings’ 1973 single ‘Helen Wheels’.

Paul McCartney recorded a demo of ‘Country Dreamer’ in 1970. According to drummer Denny Seiwell, it was played again during the Ram sessions, although no studio recording from that time has been released.

The song was recorded during the sessions for Red Rose Speedway in September 1972.

Leftover feelings from the McCartneys spending time at their farm in Scotland. Paul played acoustic, Denny was on bass and Henry played a pedal steel guitar. Never played one before. Not bad, uh?
Denny Seiwell
Paul McCartney Recording Sessions (1969-2013), Luca Perasi

A two-disc acetate version of Red Rose Speedway, dated 13 December 1972, shows how the album was originally conceived. Side one featured ‘Big Barn Bed’, ‘My Love’, ‘When The Night’, and ‘Single Pigeon’, while side two contained ‘Tragedy’, ‘Mama’s Little Girl’, ‘Loup (1st Indian On The Moon)’, and ‘I Would Only Smile’. Side three contained ‘Country Dreamer’, ‘Night Out’, ‘One More Kiss’, and ‘Jazz Street’, and side four featured ‘I Lie Around’, ‘Little Lamb Dragonfly’, ‘Get On The Right Thing’, ‘1882’ (live) and ‘The Mess I’m In’ (Live).

The ‘Helen Wheels’ single was released as a single in the United Kingdom on 26 October 1973, as Apple R 5993. It reached number 12 on the singles chart.

In the United States it was issued on 12 November 1973, as Apple 1869. Its chart peak was number 10.

In 1987 Red Rose Speedway was first issued on compact disc, with ‘I Lie Around’, ‘Country Dreamer’, and ‘The Mess’ as bonus tracks.

Band On The Run was reissued on CD in 1993, with ‘Helen Wheels’ and ‘Country Dreamer’ as bonus tracks.

In November 2010 Band On The Run was the first release in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection series. The expanded multi-disc versions included performances from One Hand Clapping, filmed on 15 August 1974 at Abbey Road Studios. An unused segment, titled The Backyard, featured McCartney seated in the Abbey Road gardens, performing a number of songs including ‘Country Dreamer’, which was included on the album reissue.