THE TREVOR JONES TAPES

May 11, 2010 – 3:43 am

When Wings roadie Trevor Jones’ collection of 45 cassettes came up for auction, Paul McCartney did not bid for them. Last week, 12 years after the auction, the Jones tapes surfaced…

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PAUL McCARTNEY
The Trevor Jones Collection [no label, 5CD]

Rarities and outtakes.

The Trevor Jones tapes that have finally surfaced all cover the period of the second Wings lineup from 1974 to 1978 after Band On The Run marked the first creative peak of Wings. The new band was McCartney and wife Linda, Denny Laine plus guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and drummer Geoff Britton, soon to be replaced by Joe English. This period covered albums like Venus And Mars, Wings At The Speed Of Sound, the Rockshow video and the live Wings Over America.

The tapes offer sessions for Wings At The Speed Of Sound, rehearsals as Wings prepared for their tour of America and some Tug Of War sessions from late 1980 to early 1981. There are also some odds and ends with acetates of Another Day, Hi Hi Hi and tracks from the unreleased Cold Cuts album.

Whatever the reasons for the emergence of these tapes, they do once again show how determined Paul was in creating a post-Beatles career. He’s the take-charge man who wrote 99 per cent of Wings material and sang lead in just as many of the songs. There is only an obligatory Beatles song or two at rehearsals for Wings American Tour in 1975. Otherwise, Paul did not rely on his early tunes.

What it was all about with Wings were the “silly love songs” Paul championed as he pushed aside the Beatles to promote his little band. Today, however, whenever Paul performs its the Beatles he is best remembered for. They really were silly love songs, Paul.
- The Little Chicken

Thanks to champagneorslimfast who shared the lossless tracks on the internet (and provided the notes).

Click here for a more detailed write-up, which first appeared at www.stevehoffman.tv.

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Collection A

Disc 1

Track 101. Soily (6.7MB)

This is from the August 1974 One Hand Clapping sessions with Geoff Britton on drums. (Thanks to cb70 for this tip.)

Track 102. Beware My Love (Instrumental, complete acetate version) (5.8MB)
Track 103. Beware My Love (uncomplete version) (11.0MB)
Track 104. Must Do Something About It (Paul on vocal) (6.5MB)
Track 105. She’s My Baby (Take 1) (6.4MB)
Track 106. She’s My Baby (version 2) (6.1MB)
Track 107. Silly Love Songs (without strings or horns) (10.7MB)
Track 108. The Note You Never Wrote (without strings) (7.9MB)
Track 109. Time To Hide (instrumental) (8.9MB)
Track 110. Wino Junko (rough mix) (10.0MB)

These tracks date from the January-February 1976 Wings At The Speed Of Sound sessions.

Disc 2

Track 111. Richard Cory (5.0MB)

This is a live in-studio rehearsal from September 1975 - more from this session has surfaced and will be seeded very soon.

Track 112. Mull Of Kintyre (count-in) (9.4MB)

Not very different from the released version, recorded in August 1977.

Track 113. Daytime Nighttime Suffering (early version) (6.8MB)

Dates from January-February 1979.

Track 114. Take It Away (monitor mix) (8.9MB)
Track 115. What’s That You’re Doing (rough take) (9.3MB)
Track 116. Newt Rack (instrumental) (6.9MB)

These tracks are taken from the Tug Of War sessions at Air Studios in London and Montserrat in March 1981. Newt Rack was recorded on March 11, 1981 and is a slightly aimless instrumental with an appropriately whimsical throwaway title (get it, New tRack? I didn’t either until cb70 mentioned it).

Track 117. Choba Medley (Part 1) (20.7MB)
Track 118. Choba Medley (Part 2) (14.5MB)

These two tracks contain excerpts from all the tracks recorded in the July 1987 ????? ? ???? sessions. This includes interesting but frustratingly incomplete snippets from the unreleased versions of “Cut Across Shorty,” “No Other Baby,” “Poor Boy,” “Lend Me Your Comb” and “Take This Hammer.”

Collection B

Disc 1

201. Another Day - omitted
202. Hi Hi Hi - omitted

Both of these are taken from acetates, and don’t sound notably different from the released versions.

Track 203.  Little Woman Love / C Moon (9.4MB)
Track 204. You Gave Me The Answer (3.5MB)
Track 205. Live And Let Die (Part 2 working session) (7.9MB)

These tracks date from the early September 1975 Elstree Film Studio rehearsals for the Wings UK tour later that month. Madinger and Easter mention three cassettes in the Trevor Jones collection from this era, named “1975 Tour Setlist,” “Tour Rehearsal 1975,” and “Day 2 Elstree, 1975.” It’s hard to tell which tracks are sourced from which, but it does seem (through the track labeling as well as the sonic quality) that there are 3 different sources for these tracks. This seems to be musically looser, so I am (very!) tentatively going to name this one “Tour Rehearsal 1975.”

Track 206. Junior’s Farm (Version 1) (8.1MB)
Track 207. Junior’s Farm (Version 2) (9.4MB)
Track 208. Let Em In (Take 1) (12.0MB)
Track 209. Little Woman Love / C Moon (9.0MB)
Track 210. Old Man River (5.7MB)
Track 211. Soily (7.1MB)
Track 212. Stealin (6.2MB)
Track 213. Suicide (3.1MB)

More Elstree rehearsals. Since Soily and Junior’s Farm are more developed, I’ll go out on a limb and dub this one “Day 2 Elstree 1975.” Let ‘Em In wasn’t performed during that tour, and this runthrough seems to be mostly to familiarize the band with the song’s structure. Old Man River and Stealin’ are loose jams, the latter of which is a song Denny was quite fond of - he also performed it during the October 1980 rehearsals on the When It Rains It Pours disc.

Track 214. Soily (8.4MB)
Track 215. Picasso Last Words / Richard Cory (8.7MB)
Track 216. Bluebird (7.3MB)
Track 217. I’ve Just Seen A Face (3.6MB)
Track 218. Yesterday (3.2MB)
Track 219. You Gave Me The Answer (4.1MB)
Track 220. Magneto And Titanium Man (6.8MB)

Disc 2

Track 221. Medicine Jar (8.2MB)
Track 222. Go Now (6.9MB)
Track 223. Letting Go (9.1MB)
Track 224. Live And Let Die (6.0MB)
Track 225. Call Me Back Again (Incomplete) (1.4MB)
Track 226. Listen To What The Man Said (6.7MB)
Track 227. Hi Hi Hi (5.9MB)

From the track names, it’s probably fair to assume two things: this is the “1975 Tour Setlist” tape and the rest of the tracks are probably out there somewhere.

Track 228. Did We Meet Somewhere Before (9.1MB)

From early 1978, not too different from what’s been bootlegged before, although it might be a little cleaner than what’s previously circulated.

Track 229. Reception (Long Version) (4.9MB)
Track 230. Cage (Instrumental Backing Track) (5.7MB)
Track 231. Getting Closer (Instrumental Backing Track) (6.8MB)
Track 232. Rockestra Theme So Glad To See You Here (Instrumental) (10.2MB)

These Back To The Egg outtakes could be sourced from the early 1979 rough assembly cassette Madinger and Easter mention. The track numbers given also hint that there may be more from this cassette yet to come.

Track 233. Fabulous / Teddy Bear (4.9MB)

Madinger & Easter report three cassettes labeled “Wings Rehearsal 1980″ as part of the Trevor Jones collection, and that they may contain Fabulous and Teddy Bear, in addition to In The Midnight Hour, Tears Of A Clown, Ain’t That A Shame, Oh Boy, I’m In Love Again, Your True Love, and Lend Me Your Comb. If this track is any indication, the rest of those covers are very rough jams.

Track 234. Momma’s Little Girl (Intro) (267k)
Track 235. Momma’s Little Girl (2.8MB)
Track 236. Take It Away (9.5MB)
Track 237. No Values (6.6MB)
Track 238. Denny’s Song (7.7MB)

These are also likely from a “Wings Rehearsal 1980″ cassette. These all seem to be from Pugins Hall in Kent (the site of the aforementioned When It Rains It Pours boot), and seem to be rehearsals in earnest for a Wings album that never came to fruition. Take It Away has been dated as October 1980, while No Values is from November 7, 1980. Denny’s Song was later attempted in Montserrat in February 1981 with Paul, Denny & Dave Mattacks, but this version is a rough run-through with the rest of Wings. At the end of Take It Away, Denny reports a car accident up the road - are there any records of automobile incidents in Kent in 1980 to give this track a definite date? (Cheeky, I know.)

Collection C

Track 301. Venus And Mars / Rock Show / Jet (19.7MB)
Track 302. Let Me Roll It (8.1MB)
Track 303. Spirits Of Ancient Egypt (7.2MB)
Track 304. Blackbird (4.7MB)
Track 305. Lady Madonna (6.1MB)
Track 306. The Long And Winding Road (7.7MB)
Track 307. My Love (7.5MB)
Track 308. Band On The Run (10.3MB)

These tracks belong to the previous set of September 1975 Wings rehearsals.

Track 309. A Love For You (9.6MB)
Track 310. Waterspout (9.2MB)

These two tracks probably are taken from the “Cold Cuts, 1980″ cassette Madinger & Easter mention.

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  1. 18 Responses to “THE TREVOR JONES TAPES”

  2. Many THANKS Big O!!!!!! Quality on these is much better than the sites that offered them several weeks ago!!!! The detailed liner notes are much appreciated too! Essential Paul McCartney, although more suited for the hard-core fan! Still very much worth it!
    THANKS again!!!!!!!!

    By Jeff on May 12, 2010

  3. Wow! Paul McCartney was/is my Man! Thank you my friend, 35 years vanish and I’m a wee little rock’n'roller, digging Wings (and ELO and (gulp) The Golden Happenings!!!) by the light of the ol’ stereo…

    Love you Big O!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -K

    By Kevin on May 12, 2010

  4. YOU GUYS ROCK!!! Thank you sooo much for this!

    By DC on May 12, 2010

  5. Paul McCartney. There’s the late King of Rock and Roll, Elvis. There’s the late King of Pop, Michael. But Paul and Ringo are the last survivors of The Monarchs of Music. The Beatles stand alone above all others as the most important musical act in history. And so I am very appreciative of the availability of this material, especially since I have had no income or government assistance for 2 years, which ties in to Big O’s new article on who can afford the “Big Label” or “Big Radio” way to acquire or listen to music. Everyone should read the article.

    By 2yrsnojob on May 13, 2010

  6. Anybody notice the drummer on the 1st track?
    Sounds like Bonham to me.

    Thanks

    By Duff on May 15, 2010

  7. Thanks again for a fantastic, FREE (!!!)download!! Love to you for sharing.

    By diane on May 15, 2010

  8. Dear Duff, u must either be gifted with the driest irony known too man or profoundly deaf!! What was Pauly smoking when he came up with the frog chorus???? Now hearing the demo of that would REALLY be intresting!! THANX LUVTHIS SITE

    By BLUEFOOD on May 19, 2010

  9. Thanks for the superb Macca! We miss you, Linda!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on May 20, 2010

  10. Hey Duff,

    Perhaps the drummer is Geoff Britton, he’s not on many Wings tracks, but there are a couple here and there. He can be seen recording in the studio with Wings in 1974 in the film “One Hand Clapping”.

    By Todd on May 20, 2010

  11. This is a holy grail of Macca. Thanks BigO for making this available.

    By Matt on May 24, 2010

  12. just..amazing!!!!!!!

    thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!
    regards from Chile :)

    By angemccartney on Jul 10, 2010

  13. Anybody knows if a version of “The Note You Never Wrote” with Paul on Vocals exists ??

    By Marcelo on Aug 1, 2010

  14. This is fantastic–unreleased Paul is often better than the official released stuff.

    THANK YOU

    By Eric on Jul 9, 2011

  15. Eric I’m in complete agreement with you.

    I’m the biggest sucker in the entire universe for Paul’s ever so delectably scrumptious unreleased demo’s! :)

    I’ve been collecting Beatles and Solo bootlegs for 35 years!

    I cried upon hearing the so damn beautiful spellbinding magical “Yvonne” & “Pepperland”.

    Its a sheer tragedy that THEY and masses of other EQUALLY MAGICAL SHEER GENIUS PAUL tracks too numerous to mention here were never released officially.

    Fortunately, yes most are available on ytube, but it is still monumentally sad that they aren’t officially available.

    WITHOUT EXCEPTION I LOVE EVERY BEATLES & SOLO MUSICAL/OTHER PROJECT PAUL THAT YOU HAVE EVER DONE IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE.

    My greatest wish is for Paul (if you are reading this) to just release EVERYTHING in your SOLO (& BEATLES) archives!

    (1) Paul your RELEASED Beatles/Solo stuff is the TOPPERMOST OF THE POPPERMOST achievement!

    (2) Paul your UNRELEASED BEATLES & SOLO tracks are the HIPPEST OF THE HIP and there is enormous UNDERGROUND recognition and WORLDWIDE RESPECT for them which PAUL you so RIGHTLY DESERVE!

    WE LOVE YOU PAUL!

    YOU will ALWAYS be THE GREATEST of the GREAT! :)

    ETERNAL THANKS PAUL FOR EVERYTHING! :)

    By Andy on Apr 3, 2012

  16. Oh, this is so so so awesome!!!!!! THIS IS AWESOME!!!!! Someone please tell me… Is there more somewhere???

    By just joking on May 22, 2014

  17. Nice, but some links dont work. Can you re upload it?

    By Al on Jun 12, 2016

  18. Great, Thank you. Nice for us that just want a compressed option to download. Some links are not working ? Any chance to fix ? Ta

    By Alan on Jun 13, 2016

  19. Many Thanks , Is this the ” complete ” Trev J Tapes or close to it ?

    Track 106. She’s My Baby (version 2) (6.1MB)is a dead link but all the others are fine .

    Many Thanks again .

    Cheers ,

    W Nala

    By W Nala on Nov 17, 2016

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