London Town

London Town - Front cover London Town - Rear Cover
London Town - Front Cover London Town - Rear Cover
London Town - Inner Sleeve Front London Town - Inner Sleeve Rear
London Town - Inner Sleeve Front London Town - Inner Sleeve Rear
London Town - Free Postcard
London Town - Free Postcard
Label Parlophone
Catalogue No. PAS 10012
Release date 31st March 1978
Total time 51:37
U.K. Album Chart Detail :
Entry Date :15th April 1978
Highest Position :4
Weeks in Chart :23
Detail : Paul's ninth "solo" release, credited to "Wings".
Wings V (1975) - Paul, Linda, Denny Laine, Jimmy McCulloch (guitars) and Joe English (drums).

Really back on form, this great album stayed in the chart for 23 weeks, but never made the top three.
It's quality can probably be atributed to the 12 months it took to create it, but during the time the Wings personnel once again diminished in numbers !

1977, February 7th to March 31st the first sessions took place at Abbey Road (Silver rain was falling down), recorded there were :
     "London Town" (written in Perth, Australia - Scotland and Mexico !),
     "Deliver Your Children" (written during "Venus and Mars" sessions in L.A.),
     "Girl's School" (B-side of "Mull of Kintyre" NOT on this album)

1977, May 1st to May 31st the second sessions took place on a motor yacht called the "Fair Carol" in the Virgin Islands !
On this boat Paul had a 24-track studio installed by The Record Plant of New York, whilst the band lived on three other yachts (The McCartney's being called "El Toro", the others "Samala" and "Wanderlust"). At the water bound sessions the first title of the album was first planned as being "Water Wings" (a good punning title !) and these tracks were recorded :
     "Cafe On The Left Bank" (the first number to be recorded on the boat),
     "I'm Carrying" (caught in one take, and features the "Gizmo",
            an instrument invented by Kevin Godley and Lol Creme),
     "I've Had Enough" (the second single released from the album),
     "With A Little Luck" (completed back in London, the first single),
     "Famous Groupies" (written in Scotland),
     "Don't Let It Bring You Down" (Paul and Denny play "flageolets"),
     "Morse Moose and the Grey Goose" (sounds like an epic sea tale, finished in London),
     "Boil Crisis" (unreleased),
     "El Toro Passing" (unreleased),
     "Running Round The Room" (unreleased),
     "Standing Very Still" (unreleased),
     "After You've Gone" (unreleased),
     "Fairy Tale" (unreleased - recorded on the last night aboard the boat)

Taking time out from "London Town" in August Paul records "Mull of Kintyre" and finishes "Girls School", and has another dabble at "Boil Crisis", but on the latter realises he dare not issue it.

After the return to London, Jimmy McCulloch had left the band to join the reformed "Small Faces" and after Linda has given birth (on September 12th) to son James Louis McCartney, the third set of sessions resumed at Abbey Road (Silver rain was falling down). These run from October 25th to December 1st and during these recordings Joe English also left the band, leaving them back down to a trio. The tracks recorded at this time were :
     "Backwards Traveller",
     "Cuff Link",
     "Children Children" (inspired by a waterfall in Paul's garden),
     "Girlfriend" (composed for Michael Jackson who recorded it for "Off The Wall"),
     "Name And Address" (a tribute to Elvis who died in August),
     "Waterspout" (unreleased),

December 3rd to December 14th, the fourth set of recordings took place at George Martin's AIR studios. These sessions only cover overdubs to previously recorded tracks.

And after Christmas, January 4th to the 23rd the fifth and final sessions resumed back at Abbey Road to provide the finishing touches to the mix of "London Town".

The cover design and photography were by Paul, Linda and Denny, with co-ordination by Aubrey Powell and George Hardie. Some additional photography was by Henry Diltz and Graham Hughes. There is a free 33" by 23" poster, that has a terrific picture of Linda, Paul and Denny on the front, with dozens of snapshots on the rear. Also enclosed is a postcard (shown above). The inner sleeve contains the lyrics with background coloured images of Tower Bridge, and the vinyl labels contain no record company credits. but the A-side run-out groove does tell us that it was "MASTERED BY NICK W".

As an aside, the top music magazine "Mojo", dated July 2001 has an anecdotal story on page 12 about Paul and "London Town" which is quite interesting.
On a personal note, I have always loved this album, and find it quite evocative from start to finish.

Side 1

Track Composer Time
London Town McCartney-Laine 4:10
Cafe On The Left Bank McCartney 3:25
I'm Carrying McCartney 2:44
Backwards Traveller McCartney 1:07
Cuff Link McCartney 2:03
Children Children McCartney-Laine 2:20
Girlfriend McCartney 4:31
I've Had Enough McCartney 3:02

Side 2

Track Composer Time
With A Little Luck McCartney 5:45
Famous Groupies McCartney 3:34
Deliver Your Children McCartney 4:17
Name And Address McCartney 3:07
Don't Let It Bring You Down McCartney-Laine 4:34
Morse Moose And The Grey Goose McCartney-Laine 6:27

Further Issues of "London Town"

There is also a cassette version released on the initial release date, TCPAS 10012.

January 1985, the next listing is on the Parlophone label, ATAK 18 (+ TCATAK 18).

29th August 1989, the first C.D. release, it's on Fame catalogue number CDFA 3223 (+ L.P. FA 3223, tape TCFA 3223)
(the International number is CDP 7 48198 2)
This has a running time of 56:12 as it adds one bonus track of :
Track Composer Time
Girls School McCartney 4:35
The bonus track is ;
The B-side of the smash single "Mull Of Kintyre".

April 1993, a "Re-master" re-issue C.D. has catalogue number CDPMCOL 8 (+ TCPMCOL 8),
(international number CDP 7 89265 2),
This has a running time of 60:53 as it adds bonus tracks of :
Track Composer Time
Girls School McCartney 4:35
Mull Of Kintyre McCartney-Laine 4:41
The bonus tracks are ;
The A and B-side of the smash single "Mull Of Kintyre".

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