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Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “Temporary Secretary” (Radio Slave Re-edit, 2003)

Posted by on January 6, 2014 at 5:00 am.

Welcome to the first Beatles Rarity of the Week for 2014. Hopefully you’ll consider this a good start for the year. No doubt it may come as somewhat of a change of pace for some. In November 2003, a CD (or 2-disc vinyl) collection going by the title New Religion presents A Secret History was released in the UK and other European markets compiling various electronic dance music selections that were recorded in the eighties. Among the artists on the 11-track set were groups like Throbbing Gristle, Alexander Robotnik, My Mine and, well, one Paul McCartney. Paul’s contribution was none other than “Temporary Secretary” which, as you may know, was first released on his McCartney II album in 1980 and also on a 12-inch single in the UK.

 

2003 UK compilation A Secret History featuring electronic dance tracks from the eighties

2003 UK compilation A Secret History featuring electronic dance tracks from the eighties (Click to enlarge).

Jacket for original 1980 Temporary Secretary 12-in UK single

Jacket for original 1980 Temporary Secretary 12-in UK single. (Click to enlarge).

 

To help promote A Secret History, Paul McCartney authorized remix master and deejay Matt Edwards, better known by his monikers Rekid or, in this case, Radio Slave, to create an extended dance mix of “Temporary Secretary” for release as a promotional-only 12-inch single in December 2003. The one-sided single sports the classic black Parlophone label and is the only release of Radio Slave’s nearly seven and a half minute mix of the song. Only 500 copies of the disc were made and all of them were numbered (though I hear some counterfeits exist) and distributed mainly to key radio stations in Europe. My copy of the single is shown below.

 

A-side label of 2003 12-inch vinyl promo single containing the Radio Slave re-edit of Temporary Secretary

A-side label of 2003 12-inch vinyl promo single containing the Radio Slave re-edit of Temporary Secretary (Click to enlarge).

B-side label of 2003 12-inch vinyl promo single containing the Radio Slave re-edit of Temporary Secretary. Notice this is number 297 of only 500 pressed. The B-side has no music.

B-side label of 2003 12-inch vinyl promo single containing the Radio Slave re-edit of Temporary Secretary. Notice this is number 297 of only 500 pressed. The B-side has no music. (Click to enlarge).

 

Although it was a step in another direction when compared to the music of his Wings and Beatles past, “Temporary Secretary” was Paul showing extreme innovation with his mastering of synthesizers. Considering that it was recorded at Paul’s home way back in the summer of 1979 makes me want to credit him as one of the early pioneers of the genre we classify today as electronica. There are a few other tracks on McCartney II that I could say the same thing about. Speaking of McCartney II, this extended Radio Slave mix of “Temporary Secretary” would have been a great piece to have included within the bonus material of the recent Paul McCartney Archive Collection release of the album, but that is only my personal idea, and since it didn’t happen, I have it for you to play right here.

 

Paul McCartney - Temporary Secretary

 

Extra info:
In June 2004, another UK-released various artists compilation was put together by Uncut magazine titled Something For The Weekend – Paul McCartney’s Glastonbury Groove. This CD contains some of Paul’s favorites, mostly by a wide range of other artists like James Taylor, Nitin Sawhney, Colin Hay, Nat King Cole, Glenn Aitken and more. There are also a couple songs by Paul himself to include “Calico Skies” (from Flaming Pie) and a shorter (6:20) edit of the Radio Slave mix of “Temporary Secretary” heard above.

 


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

1) McCartney II (Archive Collection) – 2011 remastered CD (vinyl or MP3 also available) of original 1980 album containing the original mix of “Temporary Secretary.”

2) Something for the Weekend… Paul McCartney’s Glastonbury Groove – a compilation of Paul McCartney favorites including a couple of his own. Features a shorter edit of the Radio Slave remix of “Temporary Secretary” heard above.

3) Any of your favorite Beatles-related music: The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

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5 Comments

  • YouKnowMyNameLookUpThe# says:

    This song always takes me back to a great summer of 1980! Other than repeating the main rhythm track over and over again nothing much has changed here. Paul should hire me to remix if he likes this! lol I can loop with the best of them. lol

  • YouKnowMyNameLookUpThe# says:

    As for inclusion with any McCartney Archive collections, I believe they held things back as HP was supposed to be making some huge website archive for Paul’s music. I believe the charges they made people pay were supposed to allow you to access those archives. Well, they have re-done the website and gave some kind of free download as a thank you to loyal subscribers, but nothing much has happened on his website other than removing the music portion. At least I can’t find anything rare anymore. You used to have a jukebox to listen to as a subscriber as well. That’s gone!

    So they held back stuff from paying customers AND from paying customers of his CD Archive series. Maybe they shall include such rarities now on a collection of rare and strange remixes etc? With the talk of US albums there hasn’t been a peep about the next installment of Wings/Macca Archives. I still haven’t picked up the Wings Over America set. Too expensive for just a live album set. I want it under $80. lol

    • Happy Nat says:

      Yep…it’s just some creative looping but being a collector (i.e. sucker for this stuff) I had to have it. So I got #297 out of 500 – woo hoo! That business with paulmccartney.com was a bit of rip for paying subscribers. I remember that. You could have gotten the WOA as your contest prize Leo but I’m guessing you only want the heavyweight set, right?

  • YouKnowMyNameLookUpThe# says:

    You know me all too well. lol I started innocently enough springing for the first couple “books” with DVD & CDs in them. Now they have strands of goat hair and bits or rolled joints left over from after parties. lol I like that live set but honestly, I’d have enjoyed paying that high price more if I had gone to the concert and lost the books and stuff that they gave out/sold at the venues. The music is fine and I considered the 3 CD set from Best Buy but I really wanted the documentary. The box is nice but I’m not so sure it’s $140 nice. Ram wasn’t that expensive.

  • Justin says:

    I found the paulmccartney.com paid subscription’s only usefulness was earlier access to concert tickets.

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