Paul McCartney has shared a previously unreleased Wings track recorded for the band’s 1974 TV documentary, One Hand Clapping. “Love My Baby” is a strange ditty, with Macca spouting infectious gibberish over a bluesy chord progression played on chiming keys that resemble a music box. The tune, which premiered on Wednesday at Buzzfeed, is available to download at McCartney’s website. Listen below.
“It was made by a friend of mine, David Litchfield; he produced a little magazine that was funky [Ritz, co-edited with David Bailey],” McCartney says of One Hand Clapping, which was included in the Archive reissue of 1973’s Band on the Run. “We decided that he would shoot a very simple piece, on video. We would just go into Abbey Road and play basically what we had rehearsed. So we went in there and it was very simply filmed, absolute basic stuff, and I think its charm now is that there’s no pretense. It is what it is. We just called it ‘One Hand Clapping,’ for absolutely no reason.”
On November 4th, the music icon dipped back into his sprawling vaults for the remastered Archive Collection editions of two Wings LPs, 1975’s Venus and Mars and 1976’s At the Speed of Sound. Last month, McCartney teased the reissues by sharing an alternate version of Speed of Sound‘s “Beware My Love,” with Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham pounding the skins into a propulsive frenzy.
It’s a good month to be a Macca fan. The Art of McCartney – a tribute LP featuring covers from legends like Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Smokey Robinson, Barry Gibb, Billy Joel and Willie Nelson – will see release on November 18th. In the meantime, fans can check out Corinne Bailey Rae’s silky cover of the Wings gem “Bluebird” and Alice Cooper’s reverent take on “Eleanor Rigby.”