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Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “Whole Life” (Paul McCartney/Dave Stewart collaboration for AIDS benefit)

Posted by on March 18, 2013 at 6:00 am.

Welcome to the Beatles Rarity of the Week. Although Paul McCartney’s Chaos And Creation in the Backyard album was released in 2005, preceding his follow up Memory Almost Full album by some twenty-one months, much of the later album was recorded earlier than the former. Paul and his band were actually working on tracks that ended up on Memory Almost Full in the autumn of 2003 and it was during these sessions that a big event was about to take place in another part of the world. Read on…

On November 29th 2003 the first 46664 Concert was held at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. Hosted by Nelson Mandela, the goal of the concert was to raise awareness of the spread of HIV/AIDS in their country. 46664 was actually Mandela’s identification number while the anti-apartheid activist was imprisoned from 1964-1990. The concert included a long list of well-known musical acts such as Peter Gabriel, Brian May & Roger Taylor (of Queen), Bob Geldof, Jimmy Cliff, Robert Plant and much more.

Dave Stewart, a primary organizer of the event, not only performed as 1/2 of The Eurythmics but also followed up his support of the cause by meeting up with Paul McCartney who was at Abbey Road Studios back in London working on Memory Almost Full. Dave and Paul had agreed to collaborate on a song called “Whole Life” to be released as one of the tracks on an EP titled 46664 One Year On. Like the earlier concert event, sales of the EP were to benefit the campaign against AIDS in Africa.


Cover art for 46664 On Year On EP (Spain) released in 2005.

Cover art for 46664 On Year On EP (Spain) released in 2005.


“Whole Life,” was written and performed by both Dave and Paul, who does an energetic lead vocal while Dave plays guitar. The two are joined by Paul’s touring band (Brian Ray, Rusty Anderson, Paul “Wix” Wickens and Abe Laboriel Jr.).

Although the 46664 One Year On EP was released on compact discs in various countries, the U.S. only saw an Itunes exclusive (download) release back on January 11th, 2005. Currently it is not available on Itunes, so rather than let it fall by the wayside, I thought it’d be a good track to offer up for this week’s BROW. Here it is…

Paul McCartney & Dave Stewart - Whole Life


Extra info:
1) The specific track listing for the 46664 One Year On EP went like this:

a) “Invincible Hope” – Queen (featuring Brian May, Roger Taylor and Nelson Mandela)
b) “Whole Life” – Paul McCartney & Dave Stewart
c) “People” – Jimmy Cliff (featuring Sting & Tony Rebel)
d) “Freedom’s Coming” – Da Universal Playaz

2) Additional 46664 Concerts followed the 2003 event including the following:

a) George, South Africa (March 19th, 2005)
b) Madrid, Spain (April 29th – May 1, 2005)
c) Tromso, Norway (June 11th, 2005)
d) Johannesburg, South Africa (December 1st, 2007 – Intl. World AIDS Day)
e) London, England (June 27th, 2008 – Mandela’s 90th birthday).

Some of these shows can be found on CD/DVD releases (see Amazon links provided below).

3) More info about 46664 and how you can help today is available at www.46664.com.

4) The following BROW was requested by Ken Weber in New Jersey, USA. Thank you Ken!

Here are some Amazon links to read more on, or purchase, some music related to this post:

1) 46664 Pt.1 – African Prayer – 46664 Pt.1 – African Prayer

2) 46664 Pt.2 – Long Walk to Freedom – 46664 Pt.2 – Long Walk to Freedom

3) 46664 Pt.3 – Amandla – 46664 – Part 3/Amandla

4) 46664, The Event – Nelson Mandela’s AIDS Day Concert – DVD release

5) More Amazon links for any of your favorite Beatles-related music: The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

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