Written by: McCartney
Recorded: December 1969
Producer: Paul McCartney
Released: 17 April 1970 (UK), 20 April 1970 (US)
Paul McCartney: vocals, guitar, bass guitar, tom tom, cymbal
Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)
The second song to be recorded at Paul McCartney’s home studio in London, That Would Be Something was also the second song on his début solo album.
Like the first song, ‘The Lovely Linda’, it was written at High Park Farm, McCartney’s Scottish retreat.
This song was written in Scotland in 1969 and recorded at home in London – mixed later at EMI (No. 2). I only had one mike, as the mixer and VU meters hadn’t arrived (still haven’t).
Although he was largely disdainful of the McCartney album, George Harrison praised That Would Be Something upon its release.
That Would Be Something and Maybe I’m Amazed I think are great and everything else I think is fair, you know. It’s quite good, but a little disappointing, but maybe I shouldn’t be disappointed, it’s best not to expect anything, then everything’s a bonus. I think those two tracks are very good and the others just don’t do anything for me.
McCartney first performed the song live on 25 January 1991, during the recording of Unplugged (The Official Bootleg), which was released later that year.
Perhaps inspired by the MTV Unplugged performance, That Would Be Something was first performed live by The Grateful Dead in September 1991, and again on several other occasions between then and June 1995.