Written by: McCartney
Recorded: December 1969-February 1970
Producer: Paul McCartney
Released: 17 April 1970 (UK), 20 April 1970 (US)
A song originally written in Rishikesh, India in 1968, ‘Junk’ was considered for The Beatles (White Album) and Abbey Road, although it remained unreleased until Paul McCartney’s first solo album in 1970.
‘Junk’ had an early working title of ‘Jubilee’, and was also known as ‘Junk In The Yard’.
Originally written in India, at Maharishi’s camp, and completed bit by bit in London. Recorded vocal, two acoustic guitars, and bass at home, and later added to (bass drum, snare with brushes, and small xylophone and harmony) at Morgan.
Paul McCartney recorded a demo version of ‘Junk’ at Kinfauns, George Harrison’s Esher bungalow, upon The Beatles’ return from India. It was eventually released in 1996 on Anthology 3. A rough version, lasting just 16 seconds and sung in mock French, was busked on 9 January 1969 during the Get Back sessions at Twickenham Film Studios.
When beginning work on his first solo album, McCartney recorded two versions of ‘Junk’ using his home studio at 7 Cavendish Avenue, London. More instrumentation was added at Morgan Studios.
Take one appeared on the McCartney album as ‘Singalong Junk’, with added Mellotron and percussion, whereas take two was given vocals and was issued as ‘Junk’.
‘Junk’ was first performed live as an instrumental during McCartney’s appearance on MTV Unplugged on 25 January 1991, and appeared as the final track on that year’s Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) album. An orchestral version opened McCartney’s 1999 album Working Classical.