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Album: Flaming Pie
# Song Title   Time
1)    Song We Were Singing, The
2)    World Tonight, The
3)    If You Wanna
4)    Somedays
5)    Young Boy
6)    Calico Skies
7)    Flaming Pie
8)    Heaven on a Sunday
9)    Used to Be Bad
10)    Souvenir
11)    Little Willow
12)    Really Love You
13)    Beautiful Night
14)    Great Day
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Paul McCartney (vocals, 6- & 12-string acoustic guitars, electric guitar, Spanish guitar, piano, Wurlitzer piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Mellotron, Hammond organ, harpsichord, harmonium, vibraphone, acoustic & electric basses, drums, percussion); Steve Miller (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Jeff Lynne (acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, electric harpischord, background vocals); James McCartney (electric guitar); Chris "Snake" Davis (saxophone); Dave Bishop (baritone saxophone); Kevin Robinson (trumpet); Michael Thompson, Richard Bissill, Richard Watkins, John Pigneguy (French horn); Ringo Starr (drums, percussion, background vocals); Linda McCartney (background vocals).
  • Producers: George Martin, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney.
  • Engineers: Geoff Emerick, Jon Jacobs, Bob Kraushaar.
  • Includes liner notes by Paul McCartney, Mark Lewisohn and Geoff Baker.
  • FLAMING PIE was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Album Of The Year.
  • Personnel: Paul McCartney (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, Spanish guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, harpsichord, harmonium, organ, Wurlitzer organ, Mellotron, vibraphone, double bass, bass guitar, drums, percussion, background vocals); Jeff Lynne (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Steve Miller (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); James McCartney (electric guitar); Skaila Kanga (harp); Belinda Bunt, Adrian Levine, David Woodcock, Maciej Rakowski, Bernard Partridge, Jeremy Williams, Jacqueline Hartley, Briony Shaw, Julian Tear, Peter Manning, Keith Pascoe, Marcia Crayford, Roger Garland, Boguslav Kostecki, Rita Manning, David Ogden, Johnathan Rees (violin); Robert Smissen, Ivo Jan van der Werff, Jeremy Smissen, Stephen Tees, Levine Andrade, Philip Dukes, Peter Lale, Graeme Scott (viola); Robert Bailey , Christian Kampen, Steven Orton, Martin Loveday, Anthony Pleeth (cello); Martin Parry , Michael Cox, Susan Milan (flute); Andy Findon (alto flute); Roy Carter , David Theodore (oboe); Chris Davis , Snake Davis (saxophone); Dave Bishop (baritone saxophone); Mark Bennett , John Barclay, Andrew Crowley , Kevin Robinson (trumpet); Michael Thompson , Richard Watkins (French horn, horns); Richard Bissill, John Pigneguy (French horn); Andy Fawbert, Richard Edwards (trombone); Nigel Black (horns); Robin McGee, Chris Laurence (double bass); Ringo Starr (drums, percussion, background vocals); Gary Kettel (percussion); Linda McCartney (background vocals).
  • Liner Note Authors: Mark Lewisohn; Geoff Baker.
  • Recording information: AIR Lyndhurst, England (09/03/1992-09/16/1996); EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (09/03/1992-09/16/1996); Idaho, Unites States (09/03/1992-09/16/1996); Sussex, England (09/03/1992-09/16/1996).
  • Photographer: Linda McCartney.
  • Unknown Contributor Role: Paul McCartney.
  • Explaining how the Beatles got their name, John Lennon once wrote, "A Man appeared on a flaming pie and said unto them 'From this day on, you are Beatles with an 'A.'" Paul McCartney obviously has the Beatles on his mind on his first album since the BEATLES ANTHOLOGY blitz, and, as the title suggests, he's also keeping a healthy sense of humor about it. The songs on FLAMING PIE include a couple of quintessential Paul love ballads; some perky, Everly Brothers-style pop-rock; a stab at Aretha Franklin soul balladry of the sort the Beatles might well have tried in their later days; a screaming R&B throwaway that emerged from a jam with Ringo Starr; and, what the heck, a Texas blues number that features Paul and not-even-close-to-a-Beatle Steve Miller trading vocal lines. Some tunes feature Paul solo; others find him and Beatles disciple Jeff Lynne sharing the instruments and production. A couple add sweet orchestrations by Beatles producer George Martin, and one features Paul's son James on lead guitar.
  • It's a little bitta this and a little bitta that--sometimes silly, as on the title cut, which is a barrage of John Lennonesque nonsense lines, and sometimes touching, as on the acoustic love ballads "Somedays" and "Calico Skies." The former faintly echoes the melody of the Beatles' "For No One"; the latter is as unabashed (and un-silly) a love song as McCartney has ever written.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (6/26/97, p.54) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Musically, the album is sparer than McCartney's recent efforts. Jeff Lynne and George Martin are sensitive collaborators in their co-productions with the singer....finds McCartney grappling with history, both personal and public, in intriguing ways..."

Q (1/98, p.113) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."

Q (6/97, p.130) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...FLAMING PIE isn't the work of a careerist looking over his shoulder or worrying about his reputation, it's the sound of a pop genius remembering that his primary gift is that of an instinctive simplicity..."
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