Welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. As someone who makes a wholehearted effort to collect every single bit of released music by each of the four Beatles, I can tell you that there is no bigger challenge than to keep up with one Sir Paul McCartney. This week’s BROW is one that I almost missed.
Back in January 1997, some four months before the release of Paul’s Flaming Pie CD, Capitol Records put out a 6-track sampler CD distributed only to a small number of Capitol executives. The sampler contained the following tracks that were to see a commercial release on Flaming Pie the following May 5th: “The World Tonight,” “Flaming Pie,” “Used To Be Bad,” “Beautiful Night,” “Young Boy” and “Somedays.”
Even though the Flaming Pie CD was not out until May of 1997, the recording of “Somedays” was begun much earlier on November 1st, 1995. A couple of other songs on the disc (“Calico Skies” and “Great Day”) were recorded as early as September 1992, before his previous Off The Ground CD was…well, off the ground.
The mix of “Somedays” on the sampler varys considerably from what we hear on the commercial version. The differences become most apparent in the second verse with alternate orchestration, variations in the Mellotron and, unlike the mix on the regular Flaming Pie CD, the first line of the song where Paul sings Somedays, I look, I look at you with eyes that shine is repeated at the end. Have a listen for yourself right here.
Paul McCartney - Somedays
Extra info: Flaming Pie was Paul’s most successful album in terms of sales since 1982′s Tug Of War and remained so until 2007′s Memory Almost Full.
Here are some Amazon links to read more on, or purchase, some music related to this post:
1) Flaming Pie – 1997 CD featuring finalized version of “Somedays.”
2) Wings Over America [Standard Edition] – just recently released remaster of 1976 3-LP set with bonuses and different purchase options available (deluxe, standard, CD or vinyl).
3) Memory Almost Full – 2007 big seller from Paul McCartney containing “Dance Tonight” and “Ever Present Past.”
4) Tug of War 1990 CD remaster of original 1982 stereo LP. Another big seller by Paul McCartney containing “Ebony And Ivory” w/Stevie Wonder and the catchy title song.
5) Off the Ground 1993 McCartney CD containing the title song “Off The Ground,” “Biker Like An Icon” and C’mon People.”