The Paul McCartney Special

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Order Number MC 2008
Length 60 minutes
Release 06 November 1987 (US)
27 November 1987 (UK)
Filmed 18 July 1986, Abbey Road Studio 2
Aired 29 August 1986 BBC1
20 December 1986 BBC2
Copyright MPL Communications Inc.
Status Out Of Print

Notes from the back:

Filled with rare music and newsreel clips, this is a personal, in-depth retrospective of one of rock's most influential recording artists. McCartney chronicles his life and times, including his relationship with John Lennon, the Beatles and their break-up, his solo career, Wings, the making of Press to Play and everything in between.
Also featuring previously unreleased footage which no collector should be without.

The following paragraph has been written by Ed Chen (taken from the rec.music.beatles "video" FAQ)

The Paul McCartney Special (1986) -- A program originally produced for the BBC, and aired on television several times in 1986. Originally conceived as a long-form promotional piece for "Press to Play", the BBC staffer (Richard Skinner) persuades Macca to talk about much more, including one of the more in-depth interviews about Wings. All of the interview bits were done at Abbey Road studio #2, leading to some reminiscing on Paul's part. Scattered among the interview are some nice McCartney film rarities (including rarely seen promo clips / videos, concert footage from both the 1973 and 1976 tours, and even a bit of the never released "One Hand Clapping" film). A very nice package, and an absolute must for McCartney fans.

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Time Details
00:10 ca. 1963, b/w, Beatle Paul talking about his plans for the future (while smoking a cigarette)
00:38 1986, live, Paul performing I Saw Her Standing There at the Prince's Trust concert
01:40 Abbey Road Studio 2 Interview, Paul talks about Love Me Do
02:52 Abbey Road Studio 2 Interview, about Press To Play album (15th solo album, co-writing, new studio, anti-commercial)
05:40 Abbey Road Studio 2, Paul performing live (with headphones on, rhythm guitar) Press To Play, audio both live and cv footage. "The cheapest video I've ever done"
08:20 Abbey Road Studio 2 Interview, Paul talks about his influences: Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Elvis Presley
09:31 1975, Backyard tape, Paul performs live Peggy Sue (vocals, accoustic guitar)
10:45 Abbey Road Studio 2 Interview, "What are the pure McCartney songs", about McCartney II
12:13 1976, Wings Over America live, performing Maybe I'm Amazed
14:10 Abbey Road Studio 2 Interview, about song writing after Beatles split up, John's help
16:42 1973, video clip Helen Wheels
18:28 Abbey Road Studio 2 Interview, the year after the Beatles, forming Wings
18:53 ca. 1971, Wings first Rehearsal, Lucille
19:12 Abbey Road Studio 2 Interview, playing with the band
19:55 1973, Wings live, Hi Hi Hi
22:21 Abbey Road Studio 2 Interview, about Johnny Cash, band, on the road, surprise shows
23:53 1973, Wings live, Wild Life
26:11 Abbey Road Studio 2 Interview, about Beatles, band, Wings beeing sidemen, guitar solo of My Love
29:24 Live video Clip Wings My Love with Orchestra
30:54 Abbey Road Studio 2 Interview, about Band On The Run and Nigeria
33:27 1976, Wings Over America live, Jet
35:27 Abbey Road Studio 2 Interview, about personal changes
37:35 Wings video clip Goodnight Tonight
39:30 Abbey Road Studio 2 Interview, about McCartney II
41:23 Video Clip Waterfalls
43:57 Abbey Road Studio 2 Interview, about "back to George Martin"
45:57 Take It Away video clip
47:16 Abbey Road Studio 2 Interview, about films (Broadstreet and Magical Mystery Tour)
49:47 Give My Regards To Broad Street Movie, excerpt
50:47 Abbey Road Studio 2 Interview, about musicals, going on the road again, Prince's Trust rehearsal for Long Tall Sally
54:21 1986, Prince's Trust concert live, Long Tall Sally
55:39 Abbey Road Studio 2 Interview, about simplicity in song writing
56:35 Video clip Tug Of War with closing credits at the end
59:33 the end

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