One of The Beatles’ earliest original compositions, ‘Cayenne’ was recorded at Paul McCartney’s family home in Liverpool in 1960.
‘Cayenne’ was written by McCartney alone, although his songwriting partnership with John Lennon had already begun. An instrumental, the tune shows the clear influence of The Shadows on the group’s early songwriting,
The Beatles recorded themselves rehearsing at McCartney’s home at 20 Forthlin Road, Liverpool, in the spring or early summer of 1960. At the time they rarely played live, and kept the momentum in the group by writing and recording demos, one of which was ‘Cayenne’.
The tune had existed on bootlegs for some time prior to its official release, in a version lasting 2’30”. The Anthology 1 version was slightly sped up and faded out prematurely, with a running time of just 1:14.