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.
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.
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
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.