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WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIEND...
Flaming Pie has spawned the first-ever McCartney-Starkey composition as Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr teamed up to bring The Beatles' rhythm section back together again.
Ringo plays drums on two of the album tracks, 'Beautiful Night' and 'Really Love You' the latter being the first song that the pair have written together.
'Really Love You' was made up on the spot in the studio immediately after Paul and Ringo had recorded Beautiful Night.
Said Paul: "Once me and Ringo had done 'Beautiful Night', it wasn't enough. I'd had too much fun and I didn't want it to stop. So as he was here in the studio, playing great, I suggested that we lid a jam together - and that became 'Really Love You'
"Ringo got on his kit, I grabbed my Hofner bass and we just made up the song there and then. Playing with Ringo again was just like the old days. I realised that we hadn't done this for so long but it comfortable and it was still there".
Although Paul and Ringo performed together - with George - in the studio for the Beatles' "reunion" singles 'Free As A Bird' and 'Real Love', the pair have only once appeared on stage together in recent years; when they performed 'Hey Jude' at the Earth Day charity show at The Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, in 1993.
Ringo's influence is heard in the rest of the drumming on the album. Paul plays drums on the other tracks himself - but on a drumkit especially made to be an exact copy of Ringo’s famed rig.
OUR LYNNE'S BACK
JEFF LYNNE, producer of the much-heralded Beatles "reunion" songs 'Free As A Bird' and 'Real Love', has teamed up with Paul McCartney again to co-produce and perform on Flaming Pie.
Impressed by his legendary ears, Paul called in Jeff to work on the new album and to work in a new/old way.
Said Paul: "Watching The Beatles Anthology had a good effect on me because it reminded me not only of the standards of the Beatles songs but also of the time that we didn't take to do an album.
"In the early days of The Beatles, we'd record two songs in a morning, go down the pub for an hour, and record two more songs in the afternoon.
"I wanted to get back into some of that. I rang up Jeff and told him I had a bunch of songs and asked if he could come over. He said 'How long? Six weeks or so?' I said 'No, two weeks. We might get bored of each other after that".
The pair recorded one song, the title track Flaming Pie, from scratch in just four hours
"I sang it live and we even got it mixed within that four-hour time limit we'd set ourselves", said Paul, "This is an attitude that I want to take more in the future".
ANTHOLOGY TV TEAM'S "BACKSTAGE" EYE ON PIE
"WILDMAN WONFOR" RETURNS FOR NEW MACCA CRACKER
by Will Botticelli
TAKE TWO - Anthology director Geoff "Wildman" Wonfor has made a new TV film behind the scenes with a Beatle.
Following the massive success of the Anthology series, which told The Beatles' story from their beginnings to 1970, Wonfor has filmed a new documentary that brings Paul's side of it bang up to date.
Wonfor and his original Anthology production team have spent weeks filming behind the scenes as Paul made his new album.
"The Anthology told The Beatles' story of 25 years ago", said Wonfor, "This new film tells a Beatle's story, Paul's story, as it is now".
He added: "It is a sequel that was crying out to be made as both so much has changed and so much hasn't. With this new film, we're going backstage again inside the life of a Beatle".
Insiders say the one-hour TV documentary - sought by Granada TV, who bought The Beatles Anthology - is "a frank and funny fly-on-the-wall study of McCartney" which reveals a side that the Anthology's audience never saw.
Said Wonfor: "Millions of people learnt The Beatles' story through the Anthology this new film will reveal that there's more to that story to learn yet".
An ITV spokesman told The Flame that Wonfor's new film should be screened in May in the UK. The film will be shown on VH1 in the USA and it is also set to be screened in at least 30 countries worldwide.
THE JOKER PLAYS A HAND
FLAMING PIE sees the first collaboration since the Sixties of Paul McCartney and legendary guitarist Steve Miller.
Although both Paul and Steve performed at the 1993 Earth Day show at the Hollywood Bowl, they have not recorded since a Beatles bust-up threw them together one night in the Sixties.
Back then, Paul and Steve made 'My Dark Hour' together at Olympic Studios, Barnes, after a Beatles recording session broke up in a business row and Paul was left there alone - until Steve walked in and asked "does that mean the studio's free?"
Having written 'Young Boy' over lunch, Paul flew out to Steve's studio in Sun Valley, Idaho, where they recorded the song together. Inspired by this session, they got together again to record 'If You Wanna', a song written by Paul whilst staying in Minneapolis during his 1993 New World Tour.
"I love Steve's guitar-playing but I'd been told that he was very difficult to produce because he's a great perfectionist", said Paul, "In fact his roadie told me that he can sometimes take three hours to decide what guitar to use.
"But I'd just say to him ‘Whack that guitar up, Steve - bloody hell, that sounds good' and I found him very comfortable to work with.
"After we'd done 'Young Boy' in America, I got him over in England and he came saying 'I want to get you singing Texas blues'. That sounded like a good offer and he turned up with millions of little blues riffs.
'I Used To Be Bad' came out of that. It was just a jam, really, with Steve whacking out these riffs. I got on the drums and we just went for it, with Steve suggesting these old blues words... I used to be bad, but I don't wanna be bad no more.
"I hit on the idea that he should sing the first line and I'd sing the second, sort of like answering him, and we'd work through the whole song like that, alternating lines.
"And when we did that, you could see the engineers' faces light up in the control room - Oh, this'II work - so that was it; a little duet, sung on one mike, from a jam. And we did it in one take".
WILD DAY OUT AGAIN
Following in the footsteps of The Beatles' 'Wild Day Out' photosession of the Sixties, director Geoff "Wildman" Wonfor retrod the path for the making of 'The World Tonight' video.
Wonfor astonished a British seasdide town by having Paul romp about it - in and out of shops and amusement arcades and strolling the sand dunes - as he sang the song with a boom box on his shoulder.
Said Wonfor: "People were shocked to see Paul out filming, unannounced in the street. The weirdest thing was when he stood in the road, thumbing a ride - nobody gave him a lift".
THE MAGICAL MUSICAL TOUR
FOR the first time ever, Paul McCartney is to take radio listeners inside his world on a magical musical tour of his private recording studio.
Following the success of Paul's radio series Oobu Joobu - in which he hosted his own radio show and played favourite songs from his personal record collection - he's taking to the airwaves again with The Flaming Pie Radio Show.
In the new show - which will be aired over two hours in the USA - Paul guides the audience around the wonders of his studio where Flaming Pie was recorded and reveals its secrets.
"Over the years Paul has collected many instruments that were played by The Beatles on their seminal albums", said producer Eddy Pumer, "In this new show he demonstrates those instruments and reveals how he's played them again for his new album".
Producer Pumer added: "This radio show is unique. No other rock star has ever taken his audience around his studio like this before. The programme gives the listener an inside ear on the magic of making this album.
"Besides talking about his inspiration for the new songs, he lets the listener in on many musical secrets and there are a number of special - and hilarious - moments as Paul impromptuly demonstrates his instrument collection, like the original synthesizer that The Beatles used on 'Strawberry Fields'".
The Flaming Pie Radio Show will be syndicated across the USA by the MJI Rock Network and will also be airplayed throughout the world.