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Thrillington Import

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Out of print in the U.S. In 1971, Paul McCartney commissioned arranger and conductor Richard Hewson to create an instrumental version of his then-recent Ram album. Instead of just a straight reading of the album, the recordings became an exciting aural feast of Easy Listening clich‚s that incorporated elements of Soft Rock, Big Band Swing and Jazz. The resulting recordings, which were produced by McCartney himself, sat on the shelf for six years before being released very quietly in 1977 without any fanfare. McCartney used the pseudonym Percy Thrillington so only the faithful fans knew of it's existence. Once the public caught on, the album had already been deleted. This digitally remastered CD was initially released in the U.S. and worldwide in 1995 but has been deleted in most countries for nearly a decade. EMI.

1. Too Many People
2. 3 Legs
3. Ram On
4. Dear Boy
5. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
6. Smile Away
7. Heart Of The Country
8. Monkberry Moon Delight
9. Eat At Home
10. Long Haired Lady
11. Back Seat Of My Car

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 14, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B000002TVY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,634 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Todd and In Charge VINE VOICE on August 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Wow -- I was bowled over by this re-release. First, to correct what I saw in an earlier review, The Macca is all over this cd, not just in the production, but that is clearly his and Linda's voices and instrumentation (including kazoo) at various points of the album. And what an album it is, brimming with joyful, playful, spirited big-band and swing versions of Ram, which remains his solo masterpiece. If you love Ram, get it. If you don't know Ram, get that first, then come over and pick up this loving tribute. A keeper.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Roger Cassey on August 31, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I would be pretty sure than paul is playing drums, almost certainly bass, some guitar, piano and probably some band instruments. The strength of this album is that it's different. My favorite McCartney moments are when he's not scared to be someone other than Beatle Paul. He's been there , done that. I mean how can Mick Jagger and the boys continue to do the same thing over and over?
Ram is my favorite album by any artist, ever. These instrumental versions are nothing but fun. As a musician, I can identify trademark styles. Paul is not a great drummer but, boy, was he having fun on this album.
Next time you here this album, assume Paul is playing some of those crazy bass lines and pounding the drums. [With a bit of a glow on, I would think]
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chris Brewer on October 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a cool little production from 1971 that Paul produced only (he doesn't appear on the music) for his album Ram. Paul was so taken with the finished results of Ram that before it was released, he hired Richard Hewson to arrange and conduct instrumental versions of each song. The sessions finally took place over three days in June (only a few weeks after the vinyl release of Ram) but remained shelved until '77. It seems when Paul is hiding behind someone else's name (Thrillington, Country Hams, McGear, Suzy & The Redstripes, Fireman), he's unafraid to take risks and the outcome is always something unique and wondeful. Give this album a spin for nothing more than the joy of Ram set to 'muzak'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KV Trout on March 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I just heard of this the other day. While I am a big Beatles fan, this one slipped by me.

I love Ram, happen to think it is Paul's best solo album. So I like this instrumental version, done in large part by the guy who did arrangements for Those Were the Days by Mary Hopkin, and Let It Be. Paul asked him to do a big band version of Ram in 1971 when Ram came out, but it wasn't released until 1977.

This big band version is kind of shmaltzy, kind of jazzy, kind of old-time jazzy.

If you like this kind of music and if you like Ram, you will probably like this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Music Nut on September 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Paul McCartney had everything to do with this recording.
He wrote the songs, he got the musicians together, he produced the album. Just because some people are disappointed, that does not mean it is not a McCartney album. This a definately a Paul McCartney album. If you like "Ram", then get "Thrillington".
I am a die hard Beatle music and McCartney music fan.
Don't tell me to pass this recording by. It is a must have for McCartney music fans. Oh yes, it is good music too.
Get this album and enjoy, you will never regret it.
All you need is love.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cletus J. "Bubba" Huckabee Jr. on January 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Now if you ask me, and plenty of Paul McCartney fans do now and again, this "secret" side project from 1977 is one of the nicest surprises any ill-informed McCartney fan will ever stumble across. Enough water done passed under the bridge that now a lot of folk have forgotten about this little gem and the folk what work in record shops are probably too young to know that they need to file this here CD in the Paul McCartney bin... so it gets shuffled off to the T section and nobody takes note because nobody knows what it is.

Well, here's the deal see... this is a Paul McCartney album and if you like his music and you want more, then eventually you need to find a way to add this one to your collection. You might be OK to allow this one to ride on the ole' wish list for a while, but eventually you need to take the plunge and go ahead on and buy it because it is truly a wonder to behold and, among all the McCartney album what come out over the years, I have to admit that this one is probably one of Mama's favorites... Junior too. See, we Huckabees like to listen to McCartney in all his various guises and this guise is one of the best because it was, for a long while, a "disguise"! Get it?

The twins don't like this one so much because they still aren't convinced that Paul McCartney actually had anything to do with the album, but I done a little research and some investigation on my own and I can assure you that yes indeed this is a true Paul McCartney album and you need to hear what the man has to say. I'd go ahead on and move this one up a little higher on your wish list so you might could actually get a copy a litter sooner. Sooner better than later... that's what I always say.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Eder on January 5, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I never knew about the Thrillington album in its own time -- no one did, as it got caught up in the flurry of activity surrounding the forming of Wings, and then the albums and the world tours (and more albums) that followed, and by the time it came out in 1977 it was overlooked even by many hardcore fans of Paul McCartney. But I tracked it down in the late 1990s, after hearing good things about it for the previous couple of years -- AND IT LIVED UP TO ITS REPUTATION AND THEN SOME. It's one of the best illustrations of just how fine McCartney's musical instincts are (and, especially, how they were in the early 1970s), especially when they're not clouded by either personal feelings separate from the music or ambition too large for the music meant to contain them. In contrast to his later classical projects, Thrillington is precisely the right proportion to contain the ambition behind it, and is brought off with a lot of beguiling charm -- if you like the Paul McCartney of "When I'm Sixty-Four" and "Your Mother Should Know," and the Revolver album, this is the album for you; and any even casual fan of the Ram album ought own it as a given.
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