Released: 7 September 2018
Paul McCartney: vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, piano, harpsichord, Moog snare, drums, percussion
Rusty Anderson, Brian Ray: electric guitar, vocals
Abe Laboriel Jr: cymbals, vocals
Greg Kurstin: drum programming, sampler, vibes
Tim Loo: cello
Doug Moffet: tenor saxophone
Jim Hoke: baritone saxophone
Steve Herrman: trumpet
Charles Rose: trombone
Tom ‘Bones’ Malone: bass trombone
‘Hunt You Down/Naked/C-Link’ is the three-part track which closes Egypt Station, Paul McCartney’s 17th solo studio album.
That’s a three-part song, which goes from this sort of rocker, ‘Hunt You Down’, and the words are: “I can’t find my love, no matter how hard I try,” you know, “She’s giving me the run-around,” just kind of like blues complaining lyrics. “Yeah, my woman done hurt me, I can’t find my love…” you know, it’s that kind of thing. So I’m having fun with that, and doing this rock ‘n’ roll piece, and that became Hunt You Down.
And then it goes through, into another song called ‘Naked’. And again it links through, ’cause there’s like a tempo change at the end of ‘Hunt You Down’. It goes from 4/4 into 3/4, and goes into this other song, which is a very simple song that I’d recorded pretty much on my own.
It’s a simple song about ‘I’ve been naked since I was born.’ And, you know, this thing we go through that’s life, that everyone goes through it, and in a way there are many situations that you find yourself where you’re kind of naked, socially. You can sort of feel naked: “I don’t know how to deal with this,” you know.
So that was a song about, that’s my take on that. As I say I played it myself, and sang it myself in the studio.
And then that links on to another thing we called ‘C-Link’ in the end, which it just me totally indulging myself in wanting to play guitar. And the original take on it is about 11 minutes, I think. But it’s just me really enjoying playing electric guitar. ’cause I always say to people, people often say, ‘Why do you still do it?’ I say: “’cause I love it. I love this thing.”
And I’m still thrilled with having the privilege of being able to go up to an amp, turn it on, get my guitar, plug it in and play it very loud. It’s a thrill, and it’s never stopped being a thrill, that.
And then there were certain little phrases that were kind of more melodic than others. A lot of it’s just bluesy phrases, there were one or two in there that suggested something else. So we orchestrated a few of the phrases, and made it a little more of a composition.
It was an idea that I fancied doing. I fancied doing it for a long time, of just getting someone – it turned out to be me – I was just going to get someone to play blues guitar against an orchestra holding a chord. In this case it was C, and then C minor, just the orchestra hold this chord for ever and ever and ever, and then this guitar playing over the top of it. And that finishes the album. Right at the end of that session… you just hear a little ‘Whoo!’ and that’s it.