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Paul McCartney
 
The World Tonight - Front Cover The World Tonight - Rear Cover
The World Tonight - Front Cover The World Tonight - Rear Cover
The World Tonight - 7inch Front The World Tonight - 7inch Rear
The World Tonight - 7inch Front The World Tonight - 7inch Rear
The World Tonight - CD1 Front The World Tonight - CD1 Rear
The World Tonight - CD1 Front The World Tonight - CD1 Rear
The World Tonight - CD2 Front The World Tonight - CD2 Rear
The World Tonight - CD2 Front The World Tonight - CD2 Rear
Label Parlophone
Catalogue No. RP 6472
CD RS6472 (CD)
CD R 6472 (CD)
Country of Origin England
Release Date 7th July 1997 (all formats)
U.K. Chart Detail :
Entry Date :19th July 1997
Highest Position :23
Weeks in Chart :2 Weeks
Detail : Paul's fiftieth single.
Credited to "Paul McCartney".

The second single to be pulled from "Flaming Pie", this was released in exactly the same style as the previous release, "Young Boy". There was a 7" picture disc single (seen above), and two different CD's all released the same day.
The A-side was recorded 13th November 1995 and features just Paul and Jeff Lynne, and the B-side (also from the album !) was recorded on 5th May 1995, and features Paul with Steve Miller.

The first CD version (CDRS 6472) has the same two tracks as the 7", plus 10 more minutes of "Oobu Joobu" (Part 3).
The second CD (CDR 6462) has "The World Tonight" coupled with another album track, "Really Love You" which features Jeff Lynne and Ringo recorded 14th May 1996, plus another 7 minutes of "Oobu Joobu" (Part 4).

The "Oobu Joobu Part 3" listing is :

  1. Intro chat
  2. Oobu Joobu Main Theme
  3. Squid
  4. Paul talks about "The World Tonight"
  5. Link
  6. Oobu Joobu Main Theme

The "Oobu Joobu Part 4" listing is :

  1. Intro chat
  2. Oobu Joobu Main Theme
  3. Link
  4. Don't Break The Promise
  5. Paul talks about reggae
  6. Link
  7. Oobu Joobu Main Theme
On the rear cover above, Paul says,
"The lyrics were just gathering thoughts. Like 'I go back so far, I'm in front of me' - I don't know where that came from, but if I'd been writing with John he would have gone, 'OK leave that one in, we don't know what it means, but we do know what it means".

There was a video for this track prepared, but I don't seem to have it in my collection, nor recollect it.

The picture disc single was released in a plastic cover with just a cardboard insert as a "sleeve". The picture of Paul was taken by Linda. The first CD was available in a "double CD" jewel case, with space to hold the second CD plus the track listing and information of the second one.

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