Run Devil Run

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A. Standard Edition

cover
cover
back of booklet
back of booklet
back (inside)
back (inside)
back (outside)
back (outside)
the CD
the CD - "1500 RPM"
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The bath oil that gave the album its name.
label Parlophone
label of European CD
label Capitol
label of Capitol CD
Release Date:
Europe: 4th October 1999. Parlophone 7243 5 22351 2 4
USA:    5th October 1999. Capitol 7243 5 22351 2 4

In Great Britain and Germany, there is a limited edition 2-CD set,
which has an interview CD on the making of the album.
SEE BELOW for this 2CD set

In the USA, another set was sold through the Best Buy chain
See below for the Best Buy set

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Tracks

Tr Title Composer Time
1 Blue Jean Bop (Vincent/Levy) 1:57
2 She Said Yeah (Williams) 2:05
3 All Shook Up (Blackwell/Presley) 2:04
4 Run Devil Run (McCartney) 2:35
5 No Other Baby (Bishop/Watson) 4:17
6 Lonesome Town (Knight) 3:29
7 Try Not To Cry (McCartney) 2:40
8 Movie Magg (Perkins) 2:11
9 Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Berry) 2:27
10 What It Is (McCartney) 2:23
11 Coquette (Green/Kahn/Lombardo) 2:41
12 I Got Stung (Schroeder/Hill) 2:39
13 Honey Hush (Turner) 2:35
14 Shake A Hand (Morris) 3:50
15 Party (Robinson) 2:37

Notes from the booklet

The sound of Run Devil Run is the rock'n'roll that boomed across every fairground you went to as a kid. The smell is candyfloss and fried onions, toasting out over the teenage night. And the feel is the bright beckoning future that every teenager dreams of. Run Devil Run is the sound of the past and the promise of the future. It is Paul McCartney looking forward by leaning back. This is the music that inspired him as a teenager, that made him pick up a guitar.

Rock 'n' roll is edging up to its first half century; nearly 50 years since a young truck driver sauntered into Sun Studios in Memphis and unleashed a revolution. Like millions of other starstruck teenagers, when he first heard Elvis, opportunity rocked for James Paul McCartney of Allerton, Liverpool.

The memory of that first seismic shockwave has always stayed with him. Take a moment to flick back through those early Beatle records - and along with the hundreds of familiar Lennon & McCartney compositions, just check those other composer credits: Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Larry Williams, Little Richard ...
No wonder Bob Dylan honoured The Beatles for reminding Americans of their rock 'n' roll heritage, by calling his landmark 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home.

So in March 1999 Paul hand-picked a small band and repaired to Studio 2, Abbey Road. In a week, working flat out, Paul McCartney (bass, guitar, vocals) - accompanied by David Gilmour (guitar), Mick Green (guitar), Ian Paice (drums), Pete Wingfield (keyboards), Dave Mattacks (drums) and Geraint Watkins (keyboard) - recreated that golden age of rock 'n' roll.

"The week before, Ian asked co-producer Chris Thomas 'Any idea what songs we're going to do, just so I can do a bit of homework?' I said no: 'No homework on this project. I really wanted this to be fresh - like it was at the Cavern."

"I had a big manilla envelope with all the lyrics, and I'd flick through them on a Monday morning ... Ricky Nelson, mm ... Searchin ... and then I'd think that's it, that's the spirit I want, and I'd pull it out. I'd say to the guys 'Anybody know She Said Yeah?' They'd say no, because they were slightly obscure choices, I'd say okay, this is how it goes. We'd take five or 10 minutes - and that's how we did it in The Beatles - because how many times can you go through a song without everyone getting bored?"

"We'd spend 15, 20 minutes top whack, and everyone's go yeah, got it. Then we'd go to our instruments, I'd go to bass and singing, and we'd just try it. It's a bit ropey at first; second take it gets better. We'd do a couple of takes and say okay, that's it. Then we'd leave it, not even listen to it. Yeah, right; next song .... and I'd go back to my envelope. 'Anyone know No Other Baby?' No, right, here's how it goes ... and as we were doing it, I thought God, I haven't done this since I was 14. And I got the same feeling back."

Song Histories and Recording Details

  1. Blue Jean Bop (Vincent/Levy)
    First released in 1956 by Gene Vincent. "I remember hearing Blue Jean Bop on an album that I think John had; going to a place near Penny Lane for the afternoon, having a ciggy, and just listening to records. Blue Jean Bop was always one of my favourites. The first record I ever bought was Be Bop A Lula. We loved Gene."
    PAUL McCARTNEY: Vocal, Bass Guitar
    DAVID GILMOUR: Electric Guitar
    MICK GREEN: Electric Guitar
    IAN PAICE: Drums
    Recorded at Abbey Road: 5th March 1999
  2. She Said Yeah (Williams)
    The Beatles covered three Larry Williams songs: Bad Boy, Slow Down, and Dizzy Miss Lizzy. "Me and John particularly loved Larry Williams ... Bony Moronie .... John did Slow Down. I was always gonna do She Said Yeah.
    PAUL McCARTNEY: Vocal, Bass Guitar
    DAVID GILMOUR: Electric Guitar
    MICK GREEN: Electric Guitar

    PETE WINGFIELD: Piano
    IAN PAICE: Drums
    Recorded at Abbey Road: 5th March 1999
  3. All Shook Up (Blackwell/Presley)
    This song gave Elvis his first British No. 1, in June 1957 - the week Paul celebrated his 15th birthday. "Me and a mate used to go around the fairgrounds of Liverpool trying to pick up girls; we got the blues 'cause we couldn't even get arrested. We'd go home, depressed, and put on this record and it lifted us, got rid of the blues."
    PAUL McCARTNEY: Vocal, Bass Guitar
    DAVID GILMOUR: Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals
    MICK GREEN: Electric Guitar
    DAVE MATTACKS: Drums

    GERAINT WATKINS: Wurlitzer, Piano
    Recorded at Abbey Road: 4th May 1999
  4. Run Devil Run (McCartney)
    "I saw this herbal medicine shop in Atlanta selling Run Devil Run products. I thought that is a great rock 'n' roll title. So I did a story, Chuck Berry style".
    PAUL McCARTNEY: Vocal, Bass Guitar
    DAVID GILMOUR: Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
    MICK GREEN: Electric Guitar

    PETE WINGFIELD: Piano
    IAN PAICE: Drums
    Recorded at Abbey Road: 3rd March 1999
  5. No Other Baby (Bishop/Watson)
    The most obscure song on the album. It was released as a single in 1958 by a British skiffle group The Vipers. "I've no idea how this one got so embedded in my memory.... I never had the record, still haven't". (Ed.: click here to see a scan of the original record!)
    PAUL McCARTNEY: Vocal, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
    DAVID GILMOUR: Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals
    MICK GREEN: Electric Guitar

    PETE WINGFIELD: Hammond Organ
    IAN PAICE: Drums
    Recorded at Abbey Road: 5th March 1999
  6. Lonesome Town (Knight)
    A 1958 American hit for Ricky Nelson. "I liked Ricky Nelson ....Stood Up, Believe What You Say... but I loved Lonesome Town. It's like Heartbreak Hotel, it's a place we all know".
    PAUL McCARTNEY: Vocal, Bass Guitar
    DAVID GILMOUR: Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals
    MICK GREEN: Electric Guitar

    PETE WINGFIELD: Piano
    GERAINT WATKINS: Piano
    IAN PAICE: Drums
    DAVE MATTACKS: Percussion
    Recorded at Abbey Road: 3rd March 1999
  7. Try Not To Cry (McCartney)
    "I just wrote a bluesy song that never gets in the way of the snare. It was actually that simple".
    PAUL McCARTNEY: Vocal, Bass Guitar, Percussion
    DAVID GILMOUR: Electric Guitar
    MICK GREEN: Electric Guitar

    GERAINT WATKINS: Piano
    DAVE MATTACKS: Drums, Percussion
    Recorded at Abbey Road: 5th May 1999
  8. Movie Magg (Perkins)
    This was the first song Carl Perkins wrote. "I knew Carl, he was a great old country boy who used to pick cotton and he'd have all these stories. This one is about his girlfriend Maggie, who he'd sometimes take to the movies on his mule, old Becky. They had no car so they rode to the movie show. And it's true".
    PAUL McCARTNEY: Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar
    DAVID GILMOUR: Electric Guitar
    MICK GREEN: Electric Guitar

    IAN PAICE: Drums, Percussion
    Recorded at Abbey Road: 2nd March 1999
  9. Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Berry)
    This Chuck Berry original is more familiar from Holly's posthumous 1963 single. "We wanted to put an accordion on our version, make it slightly cajun, just to get it away from Buddy's a bit".
    PAUL McCARTNEY: Vocal, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar
    DAVID GILMOUR: Electric Guitar
    MICK GREEN: Electric Guitar (Hi Strung)

    PETE WINGFIELD: Piano
    IAN PAICE: Drums, Percussion
    CHRIS HALL: Accordion
    Recorded at Abbey Road: 5th March 1999
  10. What It Is (McCartney)
    "I was playing bluesy riffs on the piano and this song started to come out. Linda was there and I enjoyed it just for that, for the feedback she gave. So I thought I'll do that as sort of my little tribute to Linda".
    PAUL McCARTNEY: Vocal, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
    DAVID GILMOUR: Electric Guitar
    MICK GREEN: Electric Guitar (Hi Strung)

    PETE WINGFIELD: Piano
    IAN PAICE: Drums
    Recorded at Abbey Road: 4th March 1999
  11. Coquette (Green/Kahn/Lombardo)
    An obscure Fats Domino B-side. "It's just me singing Fats. We tried fixing little bits of it because I thought 'God, this is too much like a pub singer' ... but we ended up going back to the earliest mix, it just has a feeling".
    PAUL McCARTNEY: Vocal, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
    DAVID GILMOUR: Electric Guitar
    MICK GREEN: Electric Guitar

    PETE WINGFIELD: Piano
    IAN PAICE: Drums
    Recorded at Abbey Road: 1st March 1999
  12. I Got Stung (Schroeder/Hill)
    A 1959 No.1 single for Elvis. "It wasn't my favourite Elvis song, but I kept hearing 'Holy smoke landsakes alive, I never thought this would happen to me'. That intro kept grabbing me. I thought I'll do it a bit more raucous than Elvis".
    PAUL McCARTNEY: Vocal, Bass Guitar
    DAVID GILMOUR: Electric Guitar
    MICK GREEN: Electric Guitar

    PETE WINGFIELD: Piano
    IAN PAICE: Drums
    Recorded at Abbey Road: 1st March 1999
  13. Honey Hush (Turner)
    Written by Big Joe Turner. Paul was more familiar with Johnny Burnette's version. "John and Stuart used to have a flat in Gambier Terrace. I remember waking up, burning eyes job, and one of the guys put on 'Come into this house, stop all that yakety yak'. It's my favourite on the whole album to sing."
    PAUL McCARTNEY: Vocal, Bass Guitar
    DAVID GILMOUR: Electric Guitar
    MICK GREEN: Electric Guitar

    PETE WINGFIELD: Wurlitzer
    IAN PAICE: Drums
    Recorded at Abbey Road: 3rd March 1999
  14. Shake A Hand (Morris)
    Paul was always a big Little Richard fan, he can be heard on The Beatles At The BBC letting rip on Lucille and Ooh! My Soul. "I have this image of being in Hamburg; there was one bar that had a pool table and a great jukebox. And that was the only place I ever heard Shake A Hand. Every time we went there, I put it on. I never had the record, but I knew I wanted to do it. It always takes me back to that bar".
    PAUL McCARTNEY: Vocal, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
    DAVID GILMOUR: Electric Guitar
    MICK GREEN: Electric Guitar

    PETE WINGFIELD: Piano, Hammond Organ
    IAN PAICE: Drums
    Recorded at Abbey Road: 2nd March 1999
  15. Party (Robinson)
    First heard in Elvis's second film, Loving You, in 1957. "Whenever we used to try and get the words, we'd get stuck on the verse... "Never kissed a bear, never kissed a goo!" We could never get it. At the end, that's me going ' I'm not giving up man'. It seemed like a good idea to end the album on that."
    PAUL McCARTNEY: Vocal, Bass Guitar
    DAVID GILMOUR: Electric Guitar
    MICK GREEN: Electric Guitar

    PETE WINGFIELD: Piano
    IAN PAICE: Drums
    Recorded at Abbey Road: 4rd March 1999

Credits

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios
London 1 March - 5 May 1999
Produced by Chris Thomas and Paul McCartney
Engineered by Geoff Emerick and Paul Hicks
Mastered by Steve Rooke
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B. European Limited Edition

Great Britain, Germany:  4th October, 1999. Parlophone 7243 5 23304 2 3

The limited edition adds an interview CD on the making of the album. The album CD itself is exactly the same as the standard edition. The interview CD comes in a slimline "maxi single" jewel case. The discs are held together by a nice cardboard box sleeve. (many thanks to Graham Calkin for the initial scans!).

slipcase (front)
slipcase (front)
slipcase (back)
slipcase (back)

cover insert of interview CD
cover of European interview CD - RDR INT005
Label of European interview CD
RDR INT005 - label of the CD

C. Best Buy Bonus Disc

USA: 5th October 1999. Limited 2CD set.

The Best Buy chain had 50 disc sets per store that included a free interview CD.
The interview CD comes in a cardboard sleeve. Its number is CDP 7243 5 23343 2 2.
(Many thanks to Joan Hopkins for the CD and ad!)

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