|Lightspeed (DVD) - Front Cover||Lightspeed (DVD) - Rear Cover|
|Catalogue No.||PPDVD 19/20|
|Total time||Disc 1 - 2 hours 9 minutes 7 seconds
Disc 2 - 2 hours 4 minutes 50 seconds
3 classic film productions + Bonus special features on two DVDs.
Over FOUR hours of music and visuals.
While at the Main Menu, there is a loop of 3 minutes 10 seconds featuring "Live And Let Die".
On the Main menu are Two choices:
James Paul McCartney Menu
17 Chapters listed whilst "Heart Of The Country" plays. This loops for 47 seconds.
One Hand Clapping Menu
18 Chapters listed whilst "One Hand Clapping" plays. This loops for 1 minute 28 seconds.
JAMES PAUL McCARTNEY
ATV Television Studios, Elstree, Studio D, Eldon Avenue, Borehamwood.
Recorded: Monday 19th February - Sunday 1st April 1973
Broadcast: Thursday 10th May 1973 on ITV at 9 p.m. (Shown on ABC-TV in America on Monday 16th April 1973)
The television special "James Paul McCartney" is the first occasion that a major pop or rock 'n' roll star starred in a prime-time television show aimed for both UK and USA TV audiences.
The show is broken down into eleven different segments:
- Part one: 'Big Barn Bed' - Stage performance by Wings, who play in front of an audience comprising a row of television sets.
During the song, each band member spells out, using captions on the screen, their likes and dislikes.
- Part two: 'Acoustic Medley' - Paul performs a medley of 'Blackbird', 'Bluebird', 'Michelle' (featuring a new arrangement, emphasising the French lyrics) and 'Heart Of The Country'.
As he sings, sitting on a stool surrounded by an array of photographic lights and umbrellas, Linda is seen taking photographs of his performance.
- Part three: 'Mary Had A Little Lamb' - The group, dressed all in white, perform the song on Hampstead Heath.
This comprises Paul sitting at the piano and Linda playing the tambourine, sitting in a tree swing while the other band members sit under it. These shots are inter-cut with footage of miscellaneous horse-riding sequences and, not surprisingly, some cameo appearances by some sheep.
- Part four: 'Wings And An Orchestra' - The group, now back in a studio setting backed by an orchestra, perform a medley comprising 'Little Woman Love' and 'C Moon' and then a complete version of 'My Love'. This was recorded 1st April 1973 at Elstree.
- Part five: 'Uncle Albert' - Paul is seen sitting in an armchair doing a crossword puzzle while Linda is seen pouring out a cup of tea. The scene then cuts to a row of identically dressed typists, among which is a pipe smoking Paul and Linda dressed in a secretarial outfit. The "we're so sorry. Uncle Albert" section is portrayed by a group of elderly people using the telephone.
(Additional scenes for the 'Admiral Halsey' part of the song, using extra scenes from the above, are cut prior to transmission.)
- Part six: 'Chelsea Reach' - Introduced by a voice-over from Paul, this part of the programme features a McCartney family and friends get-together at the Chelsea Reach public house near Liverpool.
Those present include Paul's father Jim, who is seen giving Paul money to help pay towards the drinks, plus Paul's Auntie Gin (whose fondness for the 1965 Beatles track 'I've Just Seen A Face' inspired the original working title for the song, 'Auntie Gin's Theme'), Auntie Dilys and fellow Liverpudlian Sixties musician Gerry Marsden. Not to mention, Paul's brother Mike McGear and many others. This sequence features chatter between the guests and then a participation in a pub singalong, which includes 'April Showers', 'Pack Up Your Troubles' and 'You Are My Sunshine'.
- Part seven: 'Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance' - Paul's tribute to the great Busby Berkeley musicals of the Thirties.
He sings the song, originally written for Twiggy to perform, dressed in a pink tuxedo, gold high-heeled shoes and wearing a moustache. Accompanying him is a large female dance troupe that is split, costume-wise, into two camps. One in blonde wigs and silver leotards, the other dressed as men in black suits. The spectacular foot-tapping and tap-dancing, excellently choreographed by Rob Iscove, ends in a flurry of glitter cascading from the ceiling.
- Part eight: 'Live And Let Die' - Paul and Linda open this sequence seated in an empty cinema eating popcorn. (In fact, this is an empty viewing room at Elstree studios.) He provides the voice-over: "You know, American movies have got better popcorn than European movies - but that's only an opinion. I go to the films to hear the soundtrack; the picture becomes a background. They've just filmed a background to some music I wrote. It's the new James Bond film, Live And Let Die, and I must admit that the film helps the music work. So does the popcorn." Shot at the same time as part four above, Wings are seen miming 'Live And Let Die' inter-cut with scenes from the new James Bond film. The scene ends with a "baddie" dressed in a hat and cloak setting off a bomb which explodes inside Paul's piano. He later reveals that this special effect had actually hurt his hand, a result of the flying wooden piano debris.
- Part nine: 'Beatles Medley' - A humorous scene where passers-by in a street near ATV's Borehamwood Studios are asked to sing a Beatles song.
Various off-key Beatles classics such as 'When I'm 64', 'Yesterday' and 'She Loves You' are delivered to the camera by the British public.
- Part ten: "Wings In Concert' - At the ATV Studios in Borehamwood, Wings are seen performing live (from the second afternoon show on 18th March) 'The Mess', 'Maybe I'm Amazed' and (for American viewers only) 'Long Tall Sally'. As that track is featured here this must be from a U.S. master. For the UK and European transmissions, the latter track is replaced by 'Hi Hi Hi' which was also recorded during the same live performance, and this is the version seen in the Bonus Section following.
- Part eleven: 'Yesterday' - For the eleventh and final sequence of the 50-minute show, with Linda and the other members of Wings sitting around him, Paul performs a solo acoustic guitar version of 'Yesterday'. This is his first rendition of the track since The Beatles acrimonious split almost three years earlier, played as a personal request to his fellow band members. The song concludes with the end of show credits running over the screen.
Note that during filming for this special, on Thursday March 15 1973 at the ATV studios in Borehamwood, Paul performed an unreleased acoustic medley of 'Bluebird'/'Mama's Little Girl'/'Michelle'/'Heart Of The Country' which does not appear in the finished version of the special. A similar medley, but this time without 'Mama's Little Girl', is included in the show.
No. Track Start
This feature starts with an ATV VTR clapperboard with clock that says Part 1.
This is followed by the ATV station ident.
1 Program Start - Big Barn Bed 0:23 2 Blackbird/Bluebird/Michelle/Heart Of The Country 4:44 3 Mary Had A Little Lamb 8:33 4 Little Woman Love/C Moon 12:08 5 My Love 14:43 6 Uncle Albert (note: no Admiral Halsey) 18:59 There is a break here with an ATV VTR clapperboard with clock that says Part 2.
7 Pub Sequence 21:29 8 Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance 27:40 9 Live And Let Die 32:00 There is a break here with an ATV VTR clapperboard with clock that says Part 3.
10 A Beatles Medley 35:27 11 The Mess 38:22 12 Maybe I'm Amazed 42:28 13 Long Tall Sally 46:05 14 Yesterday 48:10 Feature ends with the ITC ident.
Total time to this point is 51:16
James Paul McCartney - Bonus Tracks 15 Blackbird/Bluebird/Michelle/Heart Of The Country (2006) 51:21 16 Hi Hi Hi 55:12 Total time to this point is 58:26
ONE HAND CLAPPING
EMI Studio 2, 3 Abbey Road, London.
Recorded Wednesday 14th - Monday 19th August 1974 at Abbey Road Studios.
Working with the director David Litchfield, Wings recorded songs for a proposed live studio album and an MPL documentary, entitled "One Hand Clapping". The 50-minute programme included live studio performances and to conclude the show, a solo piano performance by Paul of 'Baby Face'.
'I'll Give You A Ring', remained unreleased until June 1982 when it appeared on the B-side of 'Take It Away', but of most significance is the unreleased performance of 'Suicide'.
Let It Be style behind the scenes footage of the group at work and at play is also included, such as Geoff Britton performing a drum solo and practising karate, as well as Paul and Jimmy jamming a version of 'Billy, Don't Be A Hero'.
Joining Wings at the sessions are the orchestral arranger/conductor Del Newman, and the Liverpool saxophone player Howie Casey, a veteran of the Liverpool music scene who first teamed up with Paul when he played in Hamburg with The Beatles in the early Sixties. Following this session, Paul invited Howie to join the group on a more permanent basis and he later appeared on the Wings 1975/1976 and 1979 concert tours.
The One Hand Clapping film remains unreleased, save for a brief snippet of 'Jet' which was broadcast on Capital Radio in London during Christmas of 1976.
The bonus feature from This Is Your Life was recorded Wednesday 13th November 1974 at Abbey Road and shown that night on Thames Television.
The ruse to trap John Conteh was that Paul and Linda invited him to the studio to have a celebratory snap shot taken after winning the World light-heavyweight boxing title at Wembley on October 1.
This clip starts with VTR intro and "Thames" station ident.
Before Conteh comes in Paul & Wings are running through "Juniors Farm".
After Eamon Andrews surprises John Conteh, this clip cuts to later in the show ....
Paul and Linda are then seen in the show by link from Abbey Road.
No. Track Start
1 One Hand Clapping 0:00 2 Jet 1:00 3 Soily 5:10 4 C Moon/Little Woman Love 11:11 5 Maybe I'm Amazed 17:20 6 My Love 23:01 7 Bluebird 26:12 8 Suicide 28:59 9 Let's Love/"Sitting At The Piano" 30:30 10 "All Of You" 31:53 11 I'll Give You A Ring 34:00 12 Band On The Run 37:28 13 Live And Let Die 43:25 14 Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five 46:39 15 Baby Face 51:22 Total time to this point is 53:17 One Hand Clapping - Bonus Tracks 16 Junior's Farm (Remastered stereo promo - "Take 16") 53:22 17 Live And Let Die (2006 multi-track video remix) 57:51 18 "This Is Your Life" (see notes above) 61:04 Total time to this point is 65:16
While at the Main Menu, there is a loop of 2 minutes 3 seconds featuring "You Gave Me The Answer".
On the Main menu is the choice to play "Wings Fly South" or go to the Chapters:
29 Chapters listed (as below) whilst "Rock Show" (fade-out) plays. This loops for 1 minute 7 seconds.
WINGS FLY SOUTH
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, Australia
Thursday 13th November 1975
Wings first arrived at Melbourne's Myers Music Bowl for an afternoon rehearsal where Paul and Linda's arrival is covered by Channel 9 news. Due to the incredible demand for tickets in Australia, this evening's concert at the Bowl in Melbourne is taped for an Australian TV special. Paul dedicates the show to "all the people who couldn't get in to see us".
For the transmission, an edited version of the show is broadcast which includes the following songs:
'Venus And Mars', 'Rock Show', 'Jet', 'Let Me Roll It', 'Maybe I'm Amazed', 'I've Just Seen A Face', 'Blackbird', 'Yesterday', 'Listen To What The Man Said', 'Call Me Back Again', 'Letting Go', 'Band On The Run' and 'Hi Hi Hi' (for the encore).
Having found out two days before that he cannot enter Japan and that part of the tour will be cancelled, Paul requests a copy of the entire concert film to be sent to Japan to compensate disappointed fans which will be shown on Japan's NHKTV channel. Coincidentally(?) the entire show seen on this DVD has Japanese sub-titles throughout.
The sound quality of this production is fantastic.
No. Track Start
1 Tuning Up 0:00 2 Venus And Mars/Rock Show 0:50 3 Jet 6:20 4 Let Me Roll It 10:34 5 Spirits Of Ancient Egypt 14:26 6 Little Woman Love/C Moon 19:14 7 Maybe I'm Amazed 24:19 8 Lady Madonna 29:52 9 The Long And Winding Road 33:10 10 Live And Let Die 37:53 11 Picasso's Last Words (Drink To Me) 42:17 12 Richard Cory 44:07 13 Bluebird 47:23 14 I've Just Seen A Face 52:13 15 Blackbird 54:57 16 Yesterday 58:03 17 You Gave Me The Answer 60:47 18 Magneto and Titanium Man 62:57 19 Go Now 66:44 20 Call Me Back Again 70:57 21 My Love 76:08 22 Listen To What The Man Said 81:09 23 Letting Go 87:05 24 Medicine Jar 93:07 25 Junior's Farm 97:58 26 Band On The Run 103:00 27 Hi Hi Hi 109:16 28 Soily 113:21 Total time to this point is 1 hour 58 minutes 27 seconds Wings Fly South - Bonus Track 29 "Melbourne Soundcheck" 118:29 Total time to this point is 2 hours 1 minute 40 seconds
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