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Paul McCartney & Wings' 'One Hand Clapping' Will Finally Get an Official Release

The sessions were ostensibly a follow-up to the chart-topping 'Band on the Run,' with an accompanying in-studio look at the group performing for a possible live album.

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The 1974 sessions will be released after 50 years.

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A 1974 recording session from Paul McCartney & Wings entitled One Hand Clapping is finally seeing the light of day after 50 years.

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Wings take flight again. Paul and Linda McCartney at Heathrow Airport with fans.

Filmed as a "rockumentary" and recorded over four days in August 1974 at EMI Studios, One Hand Clapping found the McCartneys, Denny Laine and new Wings members including guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and drummer Geoff Britton just back from their time at Sound Shop Studios in Nashville, where they recorded the standalone single "Junior's Farm" and "Sally G." Director David Litchfield filmed the sessions.

With orchestral arranger Del Newman and saxophonist Howie Casey (who had previously played with the Beatles in Hamburg and joined Wings for their world tour in 1976), the sessions were ostensibly a follow-up to the chart-topping Band On The Run with an accompanying in-studio look at the group performing for a possible live album.

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As stated in the press release: "Over the years, various parts of One Hand Clapping have been bootlegged with varying degrees of success. Some of the material has also appeared on official McCartney releases." However this project (which will also be available to stream in a Dolby Atmos mix by Giles Martin and Steve Orchard), "features the original artwork, including a TV sales brochure for the unreleased film at the time, and will be the first time the audio for the film—plus several additional songs recorded off-camera — have been officially issued."

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Paul McCartney and Wings... One Hand Clapping

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One Hand Clapping will be released in multiple formats, including an online exclusive 2LP + 7" package featuring an exclusive vinyl single of previously unreleased solo performances recorded on the final day of the sessions in the backyard of EMI Studios. These include the unreleased track "Blackpool," the Beatles' iconic "Blackbird," Wings B-side "Country Dreamer," and cover versions of Eddie Cochran’s "Twenty Flight Rock" (the first song McCartney played to John Lennon when they met in 1957) and Buddy Holly’'s "Peggy Sue" and "I'm Gonna Love You Too."

Wings' commercial peak Band on the Run recently returned to the Billboard charts thanks to a deluxe reissue, which included a special "underdubbed" mix.

One Hand Clapping 2LP + 7"

*previously released 2010 Band on the Run Archive Collection DVD

**previously released as bonus audio on Archive Collection releases

Disc 1


One Hand Clapping* 02:15

Jet* 03:59

Soily* 03:55

C Moon/Little Woman Love* 03:19

Maybe I’m Amazed* 04:52

My Love* 04:15


Bluebird* 03:27

Let’s Love* 01:09

All of You* 02:04

I’ll Give You a Ring* 02:03

Band on the Run* 05:20

Live and Let Die* 03:26

Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five* 05:50

Baby Face* 01:56

Disc 2


Let Me Roll It** 04:28

Blue Moon of Kentucky 03:05

Power Cut 01:33

Love My Baby 01:13

Let It Be 01:02

The Long and Winding Road/Lady Madonna 02:10


Junior’s Farm 04:17

Sally G 03:28

Tomorrow 02:12

Go Now 03:35

Wild Life 04:30

Hi, Hi, Hi 03:57

Disc 3 (7")


Blackpool 01:43

Blackbird 02:27

Country Dreamer** 02:17


Twenty Flight Rock 02:08

Peggy Sue 01:24

I’m Gonna Love You Too 01:10


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