Monday, April 10, 2017


Percy "Thrills" Thrillington : Too Many People

In April of 1977, a true curiosity entered UK record stores, a track by track easy listening remake of Paul and Linda McCartney's Ram as performed by a big band orchestra. Why would anyone make such an album? The answer lies in who made the album. Paul McCartney himself.

Recorded in June of 1971, the album is the result of three days McCartney spent in the studio with session players and arranger Richard Hewson, who was responsible for arranging the strings Phil Spector added to "The Long and Winding Road". Ironic because McCartney hated the arrangement.

When McCartney started Wings, he lost interest in the Thrillington recording, which wouldn't see light of day until its release April 29. 1977.

The album came out with mysterious liner notes suggesting Percy Thrillington was a well traveled, extremely wealthy band leader. Sounds like McCartney to me. And there was a further hint.

The art work on the back cover revealed McCartney's reflection. Still it would be many more years before McCartney would confess his role. 

In the meantime, record buyers who picked up the album had a collectors item on their hands.

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