Thrillington

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Thrillington
Thrillington album cover.jpg
Studio album by Percy "Thrills" Thrillington
Released 29 April 1977 (UK)
17 May 1977 (US)
Recorded June 1971
Studio Abbey Road Studios, London
Genre Easy listening, jazz
Length 44:50
Label Regal Zonophone (UK)
Capitol (US)
Producer Percy "Thrills" Thrillington
Paul McCartney chronology
Wings over America
(1976)
Thrillington
(1977)
London Town
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
MusicHound 2/5[2]
Rolling Stone unfavourable [3]

Thrillington is a 1977 album produced by Paul McCartney, under the pseudonym of Percy "Thrills" Thrillington. It is an instrumental cover version of Paul and Linda McCartney's 1971 album, Ram.

History[edit]

The album was recorded in June 1971 – with McCartney as producer – and with an intended release shortly thereafter. Arranger Richard Anthony Hewson was asked to work on the orchestration before Ram had yet been released.[4] When Paul and Linda decided to form Wings the album was shelved.

In preparation for the release of Thrillington, McCartney invented the fictitious socialite Percy Thrillington, and even took out ads in various UK music papers announcing Thrillington's so-called comings and goings to generate curiosity and interest.

Released in April 1977, McCartney's name was mentioned only in the main liner notes where he is described as a friend of Percy. Thrillington went mostly unnoticed upon its release although it was reviewed by Rolling Stone magazine and mentioned in the "Random Notes" section.[5] It was widely assumed that this was McCartney working under a pseudonym and the album became a collector's item. McCartney finally admitted his role to journalist Peter Palmiere at a Los Angeles press conference on 27 November 1989 during his world tour: "What a great question to end the conference. The world needs to know! But seriously it was me and Linda – and we kept it a secret for a long time but now the world knows! – you blew it!" After the admission, the album nearly tripled in value.[citation needed]

In 1990 Paul McCartney also admitted to Palmiere, via an autograph request, that he was indeed Clint Harrigan – the liner notes writer for Thrillington and Paul McCartney and Wings' Wild Life album. The first person to reveal the identity of Clint Harrigan was John Lennon, who stated as much during a well-publicised letter feud with McCartney in the New Musical Express in 1972.

The full story of the Thrillington album was told in detail in 1995 in Beatles fanzine Good Day Sunshine[6] and in music journalist Ian Peel's book The Unknown Paul McCartney (Reynolds & Hearn, 2002). Peel tracked down various musicians who brought McCartney's vision to life – including Richard Hewson, Herbie Flowers and the Mike Sammes Singers – as well as those that were involved in creating its mythology.

Re-release[edit]

Thrillington was issued on CD in 1995 and 2004. No accompanying vinyl version was made available on either occasion.

Thrillington was reissued as part of the deluxe edition of Ram on 21 May 2012.[7] To coincide with this release, McCartney started a Twitter account under the Thrillington name, posting tweets in a manner similar to the original newspaper announcements.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Paul and Linda McCartney, except where noted. 

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Too Many People"   Paul McCartney 4:31
2. "3 Legs"   Paul McCartney 3:41
3. "Ram On"   Paul McCartney 2:49
4. "Dear Boy"     2:50
5. "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"     4:56
6. "Smile Away"   Paul McCartney 4:39
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Heart of the Country"     2:27
8. "Monkberry Moon Delight"     4:36
9. "Eat at Home"     3:28
10. "Long Haired Lady"     5:44
11. "The Back Seat of My Car"   Paul McCartney 4:51

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thrillington at AllMusic
  2. ^ Gary Graff & Daniel Durcholz, MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, Visible Ink Press (Farmington Hills, MI, 1999), p. 731.
  3. ^ Swenson, John. "The rock heard 'round the world" Rolling Stone 30 June 1977: 94, 97
  4. ^ Sounes, Howard (2010). Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney. London: HarperCollins. p. 284. ISBN 9780007321551. 
  5. ^ "Random Notes" Rolling Stone 2 June 1977: 37
  6. ^ "Thrillington", by Matt Hurwitz, Good Day Sunshine Magazine, 1995
  7. ^ "Paul and Linda McCartney's Legendary Album RAM Set for Deluxe Reissue". paulmccartney.com. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Thrillington," by Matt Hurwitz, Good Day Sunshine Magazine, 1995
  9. ^ Richard Hewson, personal interview with Matt Hurwitz, July 2015