Run Devil Run

Paul McCartney
 
Run Devil Run - C.D. Box Front Cover Run Devil Run - C.D. Box Rear Cover
Run Devil Run - C.D. Box Front Cover Run Devil Run - C.D. Box Rear Cover
Run Devil Run - C.D. Front cover Run Devil Run - C.D. Rear Cover
Run Devil Run - C.D. Front Cover Run Devil Run - C.D. Rear Cover
Run Devil Run - The C.D. Run Devil Run - Interview C.D. Cover
Run Devil Run - The. C.D. Run Devil Run - Interview C.D. Cover
Run Devil Run - The Singles Boxset
Run Devil Run - The Singles Boxset
Label Parlophone
Catalogue No. 523 3042 (Boxed C.D.)
522 3512 (C.D.)
523 2291 (7" Singles Boxset)
Release date 4th October 1999
Total time 40:48
40:47 (Bomus Interview C.D.)
U.K. Album Chart Detail :
Entry Date :16th October 1999
Highest Position :12
Weeks in Chart :11
Detail : Paul's twenty-ninth "solo" album release.
Produced by Chris Thomas and Paul.
Once again, Paul returning to his roots and wanting to re-create that 50`s sound. 12 great classics and three new songs written by Paul in the general style of the others.

It is this release that sparks a new frenzied interest in Paul, as he makes numerous appearances to plug this album. With Lulu on the "National Lottery Draw Show", with Jools Holland on his "Later" musical TV extravaganza ... and ... then culminating in an unforgettable return to the Cavern on 14th December 1999.

Comes with a 28 page booklet that has as much data as has ever been seen in one of Paul's legitimate releases.
Some great pictures, drawings, song histories, recording dates and personnel, and lyrics ! ... mind you, you need the usual microscope that is always required with C.D. literature !
The cover photos are by Dave Fine.
Paul Photo by Richard Haughton.
Young Paul photo by Mike McCartney.
Session photos by John Hammel.
Products phot by Mike Owen.
Instrument photo by Philip Gallard.
Drawings by Klaus Voorman (www.klaus-voorman.com) and by Aleen Toroyan.
Design by Norman Hathaway.

Initial copies are in a boxed C.D. set, containing the Album C.D. and a bonus C.D. of an interview conducted by Laura Gross.

7" Singles Box Set
There is also a superb box set of eight 7" singles, which of course therefore includes an extra track.
The red box is in the style of an old 50's singles carrying case with childlike doodles upon it. The singles are in the old-fashioned Parlophone sleeve of the time. There is also a yellow cardboard insert which contains the song histories and the lyrics (except, there is no information on the bonus track - Fabulous).
Finally there is a piece of blue foam included to pack it all in firmly !
This 7" singles box set version of the album was limited to 7,000 copies ... which is somewhat odd as mine is numbered as 7556 ! ... what number did they start from ? ... who, out there, has the lowest number ??

** The singles are listed at the bottom of this page ! **

Notes From The C.D. Booklet.

IT'S JUST ROCK 'N' ROLL
The sound of Run Devil Run is the rock'n'roll that boomed across every fairground you went to as a kid. The smell is candyfloss and fried onions, toasting out over the teenage night. And the feel is the bright beckoning future that every teenager dreams of. Run Devil Run is the sound of the past and the promise of the future. It is Paul McCartney looking forward by leaning back. This is the music that inspired him as a teenager, that made him pick up a guitar.

Rock 'n' roll is edging up to its first half century; nearly 50 years since a young truck driver sauntered into Sun Studios in Memphis and unleashed a revolution. Like millions of other starstruck teenagers, when he first heard Elvis, opportunity rocked for James Paul McCartney of Allerton, Liverpool.

The memory of that first seismic shockwave has always stayed with him. Take a moment to flick back through those early Beatle records - and along with the hundreds of familiar Lennon & McCartney compositions, just check those other composer credits: Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Larry Williams, Little Richard ... No wonder Bob Dylan honoured The Beatles for reminding Americans of their rock 'n' roll heritage, by calling his landmark 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home.

So in March 1999 Paul hand-picked a small band and repaired to Studio 2, Abbey Road. In a week, working flat out, Paul McCartney (bass, guitar, vocals) - accompanied by David Gilmour (guitar), Mick Green (guitar), Ian Paice (drums), Pete Wingfield (keyboards), Dave Mattacks (drums) and Geraint Watkins (keyboard) - recreated that golden age of rock 'n' roll.

"The week before, Ian asked co-producer Chris Thomas 'Any idea what songs we're going to do, just so I can do a bit of homework ?' I said no: 'No homework on this project. I really wanted this to be fresh - like it was at the Cavern."
"I had a big manilla envelope with all the lyrics, and I'd flick through them on a Monday morning ... Ricky Nelson, mm ... Searchin ... and then I'd think that's it, that's the spirit I want, and I'd pull it out. I'd say to the guys 'Anybody know She Said Yeah ?' They'd say no, because they were slightly obscure choices, I'd say okay, this is how it goes. We'd take five or 10 minutes - and that's how we did it in The Beatles - because how many times can you go through a song without everyone getting bored?"
"We'd spend 15, 20 minutes top whack, and everyone'd go yeah, got it. Then we'd go to our instruments, I'd go to bass and singing, and we'd just try it. It's a bit ropey at first; second take it gets better. We'd do a couple of takes and say okay, that's it. Then we'd leave it, not even listen to it. Yeah, right; next song .... and I'd go back to my envelope. 'Anyone know No Other Baby ?' No, right, here's how it goes ... and as we were doing it, I thought God, I haven't done this since I was 14. And I got the same feeling back."


The C.D.

No. Track Composer Recording Information and Song History Time
1 Blue Jean Bop Vincent-Levy Recorded 5th March 1999.
Personnel :
Paul - Vocal, Bass guitar.
Dave Gilmour - Electric Guitar.
Mick Green - Electric Guitar.
Ian Paice - Drums.

First released in 1956 by Gene Vincent. "I remember hearing Blue Jean Bop on an album that I think John had; going to a place near Penny Lane for the afternoon, having a ciggy, and just listening to records. Blue Jean Bop was always one of my favourites. The first record I ever bought was Be Bop A Lula.
We loved Gene."
1:57
2 She Said Yeah Williams Recorded 5th March 1999.
Personnel :
Paul - Vocal, Bass guitar.
Dave Gilmour - Electric Guitar.
Mick Green - Electric Guitar.
Ian Paice - Drums.
Pete Wingfield - Piano

The Beatles covered three Larry Williams songs: Bad Boy, Slow Down, and Dizzy Miss Lizzy. "Me and John particularly loved Larry Williams ... Bony Moronie .... John did Slow Down. I was always gonna do She Said Yeah.
2:05
3 All Shook Up Blackwell-Presley Recorded 4th May 1999.
Personnel :
Paul - Vocal, Bass guitar.
Dave Gilmour - Electric Guitar, backing vocal.
Mick Green - Electric Guitar.
Dave Mattacks - Drums.
Geraint Watkins - Wurlitzer, Piano

This song gave Elvis his first British No. 1, in June 1957 - the week Paul celebrated his 15th birthday. "Me and a mate used to go around the fairgrounds of Liverpool trying to pick up girls; we got the blues 'cause we couldn't even get arrested. We'd go home, depressed, and put on this record and it lifted us, got rid of the blues."
2:04
4 Run Devil Run McCartney Recorded 3rd March 1999.
Personnel :
Paul - Vocal, Bass guitar.
Dave Gilmour - Electric Guitar, Lap steel guitar.
Mick Green - Electric Guitar.
Ian Paice - Drums.
Pete Wingfield - Piano

"I saw this herbal medicine shop in Atlanta selling Run Devil Run products. I thought that is a great rock 'n' roll title. So I did a story, Chuck Berry style".
2:35
5 No Other Baby Bishop-Watson Recorded 5th March 1999.
Personnel :
Paul - Vocal, Bass guitar, Electric Guitar.
Dave Gilmour - Electric Guitar, Backing vocal.
Mick Green - Electric Guitar.
Ian Paice - Drums.
Pete Wingfield - Hammond organ

The most obscure song on the album. It was released as a single in 1958 by a British skiffle group The Vipers. "I've no idea how this one got so embedded in my memory.... I never had the record, still haven't".
(Well I Have ! ... in fact I`ve got TWO ... click here to see a scan of the original record, AND the Vipers !)
4:17
6 Lonesome Town Knight Recorded 3rd March 1999.
Personnel :
Paul - Vocal, Bass guitar.
Dave Gilmour - Electric Guitar, Backing vocal.
Mick Green - Electric Guitar.
Ian Paice - Drums.
Dave Mattacks - Percussion.
Geraint Watkins - Piano
Pete Wingfield - Piano.

A 1958 American hit for Ricky Nelson. "I liked Ricky Nelson ... Stood Up, Believe What You Say ... but I loved Lonesome Town. It's like Heartbreak Hotel, it's a place we all know".
3:29
7 Try Not To Cry McCartney Recorded 5th May 1999.
Personnel :
Paul - Vocal, Bass guitar, percussion.
Dave Gilmour - Electric Guitar.
Mick Green - Electric Guitar.
Dave Mattacks - Drums, percussion.
Geraint Watkins - Piano

"I just wrote a bluesy song that never gets in the way of the snare. It was actually that simple".
2:40
8 Movie Magg Perkins Recorded 2nd March 1999.
Personnel :
Paul - Vocal, Bass guitar, acoustic guitar.
Dave Gilmour - Electric Guitar.
Mick Green - Electric Guitar.
Ian Paice - Drums, percussion.

This was the first song Carl Perkins wrote. "I knew Carl, he was a great old country boy who used to pick cotton and he'd have all these stories. This one is about his girlfriend Maggie, who he'd sometimes take to the movies on his mule, old Becky. They had no car so they rode to the movie show. And it's true".
2:11
9 Brown Eyed Handsome Man Berry Recorded 5th March 1999.
Personnel :
Paul - Vocal, Bass guitar, percussion, electric guitar.
Dave Gilmour - Electric Guitar.
Mick Green - Electric Guitar (Hi strung).
Ian Paice - Drums, percussion.
Pete Wingfield - Pianos.
Chris Hall - Accordion

This Chuck Berry original is more familiar from Holly's posthumous 1963 single. "We wanted to put an accordion on our version, make it slightly cajun, just to get it away from Buddy's a bit".
2:27
10 What It Is McCartney Recorded 4th March 1999.
Personnel :
Paul - Vocal, Bass guitar, electric guitar.
Dave Gilmour - Electric Guitar.
Mick Green - Electric Guitar (Hi strung).
Ian Paice - Drums.
Pete Wingfield - Piano

"I was playing bluesy riffs on the piano and this song started to come out. Linda was there and I enjoyed it just for that, for the feedback she gave. So I thought I'll do that as sort of my little tribute to Linda".
2:23
11 Coquette Green-Kahn-Lombardo Recorded 1st March 1999.
Personnel :
Paul - Vocal, Bass guitar, electric guitar.
Dave Gilmour - Electric Guitar.
Mick Green - Electric Guitar.
Ian Paice - Drums.
Pete Wingfield - Piano

An obscure Fats Domino B-side. "It's just me singing Fats. We tried fixing little bits of it because I thought 'God, this is too much like a pub singer' ... but we ended up going back to the earliest mix, it just has a feeling".
2:41
12 I Got Stung Schroeder-Hill Recorded 1st March 1999.
Personnel :
Paul - Vocal, Bass guitar.
Dave Gilmour - Electric Guitar.
Mick Green - Electric Guitar.
Ian Paice - Drums.
Pete Wingfield - Piano

A 1959 No.1 single for Elvis. "It wasn't my favourite Elvis song, but I kept hearing 'Holy smoke landsakes alive, I never thought this would happen to me'. That intro kept grabbing me. I thought I'll do it a bit more raucous than Elvis".
2:39
13 Honey Hush Turner Recorded 3rd March 1999.
Personnel :
Paul - Vocal, Bass guitar.
Dave Gilmour - Electric Guitar.
Mick Green - Electric Guitar.
Ian Paice - Drums.
Pete Wingfield - Wurlitzer.

Written by Big Joe Turner. Paul was more familiar with Johnny Burnette's version. "John and Stuart used to have a flat in Gambier Terrace. I remember waking up, burning eyes job, and one of the guys put on 'Come into this house, stop all that yakety yak'. It's my favourite on the whole album to sing."
2:35
14 Shake A Hand Morris Recorded 2nd March 1999.
Personnel :
Paul - Vocal, Bass guitar, electric guitar.
Dave Gilmour - Electric Guitar.
Mick Green - Electric Guitar.
Ian Paice - Drums.
Pete Wingfield - Piano, Hammond organ.

Paul was always a big Little Richard fan, he can be heard on The Beatles At The BBC letting rip on Lucille and Ooh! My Soul. "I have this image of being in Hamburg; there was one bar that had a pool table and a great jukebox. And that was the only place I ever heard Shake A Hand. Every time we went there, I put it on. I never had the record, but I knew I wanted to do it. It always takes me back to that bar".
3:50
15 Party Robinson Recorded 4th March 1999.
Personnel :
Paul - Vocal, Bass guitar.
Dave Gilmour - Electric Guitar.
Mick Green - Electric Guitar.
Ian Paice - Drums.
Pete Wingfield - Piano.

First heard in Elvis's second film, Loving You, in 1957. "Whenever we used to try and get the words, we'd get stuck on the verse ... "Never kissed a bear, never kissed a goo!" We could never get it. At the end, that's me going 'I'm not giving up man'. It seemed like a good idea to end the album on that."
2:37


7" Singles Box Set

Herewith follows the couplings and catalogue numbers :

Cat.no. A-Side Other A-Side
5232301 Blue Jean Bop b/w She Said Yeah
5232311 All Shook Up b/w Run Devil Run
5232321 No Other Baby b/w Lonesome Town
5232331 Try Not To Cry b/w Movie Magg
5232341 Brown Eyed Handsome Man b/w What It Is
5232351 Coquette b/w I Got Stung
5232361 Honey Hush b/w Shake A Hand
5232371 Party b/w Fabulous



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