Amoeba's Secret

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Amoeba's Secret
EP by Paul McCartney
Released 13 November 2007
Recorded Amoeba Music: 27 June 2007
Genre Rock, pop
Length 13:32
Label Hear Music
Paul McCartney chronology
iTunes Festival: London
(2007)
Amoeba's Secret
(2007)
Electric Arguments
(The Fireman)
(2008)

Amoeba's Secret is an EP by Paul McCartney recorded during a secret performance at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, California, on 27 June 2007.[1] The EP was released in November 2007 in a limited vinyl edition, and in January 2009 on CD and download formats.[2]

The EP reached 119 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, despite relatively little promotion. The low-resolution album art is intentional, as to make the EP resemble a bootleg recording. The back of the sleeve features an incomplete word search whose letters contain hidden details of the recording.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Only Mama Knows" (Paul McCartney) – 3:47
  2. "C Moon" (P. McCartney, Linda McCartney) – 3:17
  3. "That Was Me" (P. McCartney) – 3:03
  4. "I Saw Her Standing There" (Lennon–McCartney) – 3:25
Live in Los Angeles – The Extended Set

On 16 November 2012, the Paul McCartney website released an extended version of the Amoeba show titled Live in Los Angeles – The Extended Set free to "premium" members of the website.

Nominations[edit]

Two tracks from this EP were nominated for Grammy Awards in 2008 for the 51st Grammy Awards on 8 February 2009: "That Was Me" for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and "I Saw Her Standing There" for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance. Neither song won, and both lost to John Mayer tracks ("Say" and "Gravity" respectively). McCartney performed "I Saw Her Standing There" with Dave Grohl on drums during the ceremony.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

Writing for Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine commented: "Sadly, this is just a taste of the full 20-song set, but it's a good one, containing two songs from Memory (the best being "That Was Me," sounding randy and funny in a way it wasn't on LP), a giddy run through "C Moon," and an energetic closer of "I Saw Her Standing There." It's a little of everything from Sir Paul, all of it good, all enough to make you wish you were there, or at least that the whole thing came out on CD."[3]

Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog number
United States 13 November 2007 Hear Music 12" EP HMLP-30607 (8 88072 30607 3)[1]
27 January 2009 CD HRM-31306-02 (8 88072 31306 4)[2]
download HRM-31306-25[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Calkin, Graham. "Paul McCartney - Amoeba's Secret". Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Amoebas Secret HRM 31306 02 : Paul McCartney". Concord Music Group. Archived from the original on 24 November 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Amoeba's Secret > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 

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