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Seeking out the spark behind the song
"There was a film on TV about the Kreen-Akrore Indians living in the Brazilian jungle, their lives, and how the white man is trying to change their way of life to his, so the next day, after lunch, I did some drumming..."
from the press release for McCartney, April 1970
TV Times, 14-20 February 1970. Reproduced by kind permission of TVTimes
Your chance to get questions answered
Recently I saw a very enjoyable animated feature called Daumier's Law. Since I pride myself on "keeping up" with all of Paul's projects I was very surprised to find his name listed for the music and executive production, and wonder how it came about. Also, are there any plans to release the musical score?
Rachel Bremilst, Norfolk, MA, USA
It seems like you must have missed the Summer 1992 issue (#62) of Club Sandwich, Rachel, because it featured a two-page spread telling all about the award-winning Daumier's Law. (You can get a back issue copy through the Fun Club Offers sheet.) On the question of releasing the music separately, Paul told us then, "The idea at some point may be to release everything together on record...we'll see" and this still holds true - a release at some future time is ruled neither in nor out.
I'm really curious to know who can be heard in conversation in the interval between 'Peace In The Neighbourhood' and 'Golden Earth Girl' on the album Off The Ground.
Sarah Huckel, Mount Barker, SA, Australia
A case, once again, of "we've already told you" is the answer, Sarah. The Spring 1993 Sandwich (#65) gave the complete lowdown on who played what, did what, sang what and spoke what on Off The Ground, identifying Keith Smith (Paul's guitar technician) and Eddie Klein (Paul's studio engineer) as the conversationalists. What they were talking about, by the way, when they were unwittingly captured on tape, was Britain's Council Tax legislation.
I wonder if these following titles are Paul McCartney songs: 'On The Wings Of A Nightingale', 'Boil Crisis', '1822', 'Best Friend' and 'Suicide', and if they are can you give me some more information about them? Angelo Cannavo, Erdal, Norway
They are all McCartney Compositions, Angelo. 'On The Wings Of A Nightingale' was released by the Everly Brothers (see What A Blooming Giveaway elsewhere in this issue). 'Boil Crisis', '1882' [not 1822] and 'Best Friend' are unreleased from the Wings era, as is 'Suicide' except that an extremely brief snatch of what was then an unfinished version of the song could be heard on the 1970 album McCartney, at the end of'Glasses'.
Why, when performing the songs 'Let Me Roll It' and 'Hey Jude' on the New World Tour, did Paul and the band use a lift to carry them over the heads of the audiences when playing in Australia and the USA, but not in Europe? Stig Degerman, Vasteras, Sweden
Quite simply because of technical limitations, Stig. There was nothing more sinister to it than this, and no slight was intended against the European audiences. As for a specific explanation of why it wasn't technically possible...sorry, we don't have enough pages in the issue to get into it!
Another mystery solved: The location of the photograph of Paul first featured on the back cover of the Summer 1994 Sandwich, and the subject of two letters in last issue's Write Away, has finally been identified. It was taken in Rome during Paul's fune 1989 visit to Italy to promote the release of Flowers In The Dirt.
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1. & 9 across Who lived at Endsleigh Manor, Nr. Newbury, Berks? (5,12)
4. Cereal grass used in making whiskey (3)
7. Without a female escort (4)
8. English name of the American game of checkers (8)
9. See 1 across
10. Muscle that flexes the forearm (6)
13. Edible tuber (6)
15. Paul's "airborne" album? (3,3,6)
19. Lasting for all on one's term of existence (8)
20. Paul's Liverpool "Fame School" (4)
21. To arrange hair when wet (3)
22. Faithful, true as a lover (5)
1. Throw to batter in baseball (5)
2. Syncopated music Maigret arranged? (7)
3. Off-peak call from Switzerland (5)
4. Correct, straight (5)
5. Having died out (like, for example, the dinosaur) (7)
6. Short sleep (6)
11. Piano-keys or dice (7)
12. Educational establishment (6)
14. American name for tram, made famous by Judy Garland (1)
16. Swift; division of a navy under an admiral (5)
17. Russian novelist, dramatist and short-story writer (5)
18. Mountainous country, the world's only Hindu kingdom (5)
SOLUTION TO THE SPRING CROSSWORD IN CS 73