Take It Away (Paul McCartney song)

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"Take It Away"
Single by Paul McCartney
from the album Tug of War
B-side "I'll Give You a Ring" (7")
"I'll Give You a Ring" / "Dress Me Up as a Robber" (12")
Released 21 June 1982 (7")
5 July 1982 (12")
Format 7", 12"
Recorded June 1980
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:13 (album version)
3:59 (single version)
Label Parlophone/EMI
Writer(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) George Martin
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"Ebony and Ivory"
(1982)
"Take It Away"
(1982)
"Tug of War"
(1982)

"Take It Away" is a single by Paul McCartney from his 1982 album Tug of War. The single spent sixteen weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, reaching #10[1][2] It reached #15 in the UK.[3] The music video features former Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr and long-time producer George Martin, both of whom played on the track, as well as actor John Hurt.

Although there is a notable fade from "Tug of War" and into this song on the album, the single version of the song omits this, instead starting with a clean opening. The single also fades sooner, omitting part of the ending trumpet solo.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Take It Away" - 3:59
  2. "I'll Give You a Ring" - 3:05
12" single (black vinyl everywhere else; clear yellow vinyl in Japan)[4]
  1. "Take It Away" - 3:59
  2. "I'll Give You a Ring" - 3:05
  3. "Dress Me Up as a Robber" - 2:40

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ a b c d "Allmusic: Paul McCartney: Charts & Awards". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Paul McCartney > Artists > Official Charts". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Paul McCartney - Take It Away at Discogs
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ "ultratop.be Paul McCartney – "Take It Away"" (ASP). Hung Medien (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 37, No. 5". RPM. 18 September 1982. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Adult Contemporary - Volume 37, No. 8". RPM. 9 October 1982. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "dutchcharts.nl Paul McCartney – "Take It Away"" (ASP). Hung Medien. MegaCharts. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Search the Charts" (enter "Paul Mc Cartney" into the "Search by Artist" box, then select "Search"). Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "charts.org.nz Paul McCartney – "Take It Away"" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Paul McCartney – "Take It Away"" (ASP). VG-lista. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Single Search: Paul McCartney – "Take It Away"" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Nielsen Business Media, Inc (25 December 1982). Billboard – Talent in Action 1982. Retrieved 1 May 2014.