That Would Be Something

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"That Would Be Something"
Song by Paul McCartney
from the album McCartney
Released 17 April 1970
Recorded December 1969
Genre Rock
Length 2:43
Label Apple
Songwriter(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
McCartney track listing

"That Would Be Something" is a song written by Paul McCartney in Scotland, which was first released on his McCartney album on 17 April 1970.[1]


McCartney sings and plays acoustic guitar, bass, tom tom and cymbal.[2] This song and "Valentine Day" were mixed at Abbey Road Studios on 22 February 1970.[1] McCartney would also record "Every Night" and "Maybe I'm Amazed" the same day.[1] In the song McCartney also performs vocal percussion to simulate a drum kit.

Release and Reception[edit]

Shortly after the McCartney album's release, George Harrison described this song and "Maybe I'm Amazed" as "great".[1][3] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic said the song was "light folk-pop".[4]

In a review for the McCartney album, Langdon Winner of Rolling Stone described "That Would Be Something", along with "The Lovely Linda", as having "virtually no verbal or melodic content whatsoever."[5]

"That Would Be Something" was also released on the 1991 album Unplugged (The Official Bootleg). The song was first performed live by McCartney, in Barcelona, on 8 May 1991.[6]


Personnel per the Beatles Bible.[1]

Cover Versions[edit]

The Grateful Dead played this song in concert 16 times between 1991 and 1995.[7] The first time they played the song live is available on Dick's Picks Volume 17.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Paul McCartney: That Would Be Something". Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "McCartney". JPGR. Retrieved 30 October 2006. 
  3. ^ "George Harrison Interview, New York City". DM's Beatles Site. 25 April 1970. Retrieved 30 October 2006. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "McCartney - Paul McCartney | AllMusic". Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "McCartney". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "Song - Paul McCartney". Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "That Would Be Something at The SetList Program". Retrieved 1 December 2015. 

External links[edit]