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‘Flaming Pie’: A Tempting Treat From Paul McCartney’s Kitchen

The 1997 album had a title inspired by a John Lennon quote from The Beatles’ pre-fame days.

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Flaming Pie was the tenth solo album by Paul McCartney in his own name. It was the one he had to wait to release, so that he wasn’t in competition with a group called The Beatles.

The record was released in the UK on 5 May 1997, but two of its songs had their origins in the early 1990s. McCartney was working on the bulk of the remainder when EMI embarked on the mammoth Anthology project of Beatles’ rarities in the middle of the decade. So Paul was obliged to let the series run its course before he could resume his solo release schedule.

Listen to Flaming Pie right now.

“I think I’ve given the Anthology a decent interval,” McCartney told Mojo as the album was being released. “My stuff is suddenly ready, asked Linda if she had any photos, she had a great little selection, banged it together and it all suddenly seemed to work and it was, ‘Oh, there you go…’”

The apparently improbable title was something of a Beatles in-joke, which went to the very heart of their transformation into the group we knew and loved. In an article in the Liverpool beat music magazine Mersey Beat in 1961, John Lennon said with his customary irreverence: “It came in a vision — a man appeared on a flaming pie and said unto them, ‘From this day forward you are Beatles with an A.’ Thank you Mister Man, they said, thanking him.”

The new album had McCartney collaborating with two of the key protagonists of the Anthology series, producer-artist Jeff Lynne and Beatles mentor George Martin, among many other interesting guests. Paul’s longtime friend Steve Miller, on whose ‘My Dark Hour’ he had appeared “anonymously” while still a Beatle, played guitar and sang, even taking a lead on ‘Used To Be Bad.’

Friends and family

Paul’s constant companion Linda McCartney provided backing vocals as ever, on a record that appeared just under a year before her tragic death. Their son James added to the friends-and-family ambience with some electric guitar, as did Ringo Starr on drums. He was prominent on the greatly underrated ‘Beautiful Night,’ elegantly orchestrated by Martin at Abbey Road.

That track became the last of three UK singles from the set, after ‘Young Boy’ and ‘The World Tonight.’ There was also a first-ever McCartney-Starkey co-writing credit, as Paul and Ringo collaborated on ‘Really Love You.’ Another highlight was ‘Calico Skies,’ written in the early 1990s, even before the release of Paul’s previous solo album, 1993’s Off The Ground.

Flaming Pie performed more than respectably in the worldwide charts, reaching No. 2 in both the UK and the US, with gold certifications in each country. It was also gold in Japan and Norway, and a top five album around much of Europe.

Flaming Pie will be released in multiple formats on 31 July. Scroll down for the full tracklistings, and pre-order it here.

DELUXE EDITION
Numbered cloth wrapped clam shell box
CD portfolio containing 5CDs and 2DVDs
128-page book containing previously unpublished images by Linda McCartney, expanded album artwork from the archives and the story behind the album – including track-by-track information, recipes and new interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Steve Miller and key album personnel, written by Chris Heath.
Facsimiles of John Hammel studio notebook, Club Sandwich Magazine, Flaming Pie plectrum, and envelope containing handwritten lyrics for 8 tracks and The Flame newspaper

CD1 – Remastered Album
1. The Song We Were Singing
2. The World Tonight
3. If You Wanna
4. Somedays
5. Young Boy
6. Calico Skies
7. Flaming Pie
8. Heaven On A Sunday
9. Used To Be Bad
10. Souvenir
11. Little Willow
12. Really Love You
13. Beautiful Night
14. Great Day

CD2 – Home Recordings
1. The Song We Were Singing [Home Recording]
2. The World Tonight [Home Recording]
3. If You Wanna [Home Recording]
4. Somedays [Home Recording]
5. Young Boy [Home Recording]
6. Calico Skies [Home Recording]
7. Flaming Pie [Home Recording]
8. Souvenir [Home Recording]
9. Little Willow [Home Recording]
10. Beautiful Night [1995 Demo]
11. Great Day [Home Recording]

CD3 – In The Studio
1. Great Day [Acoustic]
2. Calico Skies [Acoustic]
3. C’mon Down C’mon Baby
4. If You Wanna [Demo]
5. Beautiful Night [Run Through]
6. The Song We Were Singing [Rough Mix]
7. The World Tonight [Rough Mix]
8. Little Willow [Rough Mix]
9. Whole Life [Rough Mix]
10. Heaven On A Sunday [Rude Cassette]

CD4 – Flaming Pies
1. The Ballad Of The Skeletons
2. Looking For You
3. Broomstick
4. Love Come Tumbling Down
5. Same Love
6. Oobu Joobu Part 1
7. Oobu Joobu Part 2
8. Oobu Joobu Part 3
9. Oobu Joobu Part 4
10. Oobu Joobu Part 5
11. Oobu Joobu Part 6

CD5 – Flaming Pie At The Mill

DVD1 – In The World Tonight

DVD2 – Bonus Film
1. Beautiful Night
2. Making Of Beautiful Night
3. Little Willow
4. The World Tonight [Dir. Alistair Donald]
5. The World Tonight [Dir. Geoff Wonfor]
6. Young Boy [Dir. Alistair Donald]
7. Young Boy [Dir. Geoff Wonfor]
8. Flaming Pie EPK 1
9. Flaming Pie EPK 2
10. In The World Tonight EPK
11. Flaming Pie Album Artwork Meeting
12. TFI Friday Performances

Plus downloadable 24bit 96kHz HD audio

COLLECTOR’S EDITION
All the contents of the Deluxe Edition plus:
Numbered cloth wrapped two-piece collector’s box
4LPs including: exclusive remastered album cut at half speed across 2LPs; hand-stamped white label vinyl featuring home recordings; exclusive “The Ballad Of The Skeletons” 12” single with vinyl etching and poster
Exclusive marbled art print portfolio housing six Linda McCartney art prints
Watch the unboxing video here:

LP1 – Remastered Album
Side 1
1. The Song We Were Singing
2. The World Tonight
3. If You Wanna
Side 2
4. Somedays
5. Young Boy
6. Calico Skies
7. Flaming Pie

LP2 – Remastered Album
Side 3
8. Heaven On A Sunday
9. Used To Be Bad
10. Souvenir
Side 4
11. Little Willow
12. Really Love You
13. Beautiful Night
14. Great Day

LP3 – Home Recordings
Side 1
1. The Song We Were Singing [Home Recording]
2. The World Tonight [Home Recording]
3. If You Wanna [Home Recording]
4. Somedays [Home Recording]
5. Young Boy [Home Recording]

Side 2
6. Calico Skies [Home Recording]
7. Flaming Pie [Home Recording]
8. Souvenir [Home Recording]
9. Little Willow [Home Recording]
10. Beautiful Night [1995 Demo]
11. Great Day [Home Recording]

LP4 – The Ballad Of The Skeletons
Side 1
1. The Ballad Of The Skeletons

Side 2
Vinyl etching

3LP FORMAT

LP1 – Remastered Album
Side 1
1. The Song We Were Singing
2. The World Tonight
3. If You Wanna
Side 2
4. Somedays
5. Young Boy
6. Calico Skies
7. Flaming Pie

LP2 – Remastered Album
Side 3
8. Heaven On A Sunday
9. Used To Be Bad
10. Souvenir
Side 4
11. Little Willow
12. Really Love You
13. Beautiful Night
14. Great Day

LP3 – Home Recordings
Side 1
1. The Song We Were Singing [Home Recording]
2. The World Tonight [Home Recording]
3. If You Wanna [Home Recording]
4. Somedays [Home Recording]
5. Young Boy [Home Recording]
Side 2
6. Calico Skies [Home Recording]
7. Flaming Pie [Home Recording]
8. Souvenir [Home Recording]
9. Little Willow [Home Recording]
10. Beautiful Night [1995 Demo]
11. Great Day [Home Recording]

2LP FORMAT

LP1 – Remastered Album
Side 1
1. The Song We Were Singing
2. The World Tonight
3. If You Wanna
Side 2
4. Somedays
5. Young Boy
6. Calico Skies
7. Flaming Pie

LP2 – Remastered Album
Side 3
8. Heaven On A Sunday
9. Used To Be Bad
10. Souvenir
Side 4
11. Little Willow
12. Really Love You
13. Beautiful Night
14. Great Day

2CD FORMAT

CD1 – Remastered Album
1. The Song We Were Singing
2. The World Tonight
3. If You Wanna
4. Somedays
5. Young Boy
6. Calico Skies
7. Flaming Pie
8. Heaven On A Sunday
9. Used To Be Bad
10. Souvenir
11. Little Willow
12. Really Love You
13. Beautiful Night
14. Great Day

CD2 – Bonus Audio
1. The Song We Were Singing [Home Recording]
2. The World Tonight [Home Recording]
3. If You Wanna [Home Recording]
4. Somedays [Home Recording]
5. Young Boy [Home Recording]
6. Calico Skies [Home Recording]
7. Flaming Pie [Home Recording]
8. Souvenir [Home Recording]
9. Little Willow [Home Recording]
10. Beautiful Night [1995 Demo]
11. Great Day [Home Recording]
12. Beautiful Night [Run Through]
13. Whole Life [Rough Mix]
14. Heaven On A Sunday [Rude Cassette]
15. Great Day [Acoustic]
16. Calico Skies [Acoustic]
17. C’mon Down C’mon Baby
18. Looking For You
19. Broomstick
20. Love Come Tumbling Down
21. Same Love

Format: UK English
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