Nu finns låten Somedays tillgänglig för nedladdning från Paul McCartneys hemsida PaulMcCartney.com. Detta är en version utan George Martins orkesterarrangemang, en version som inte är med på de kommande arkivversionerna av Flaming Pie som släpps precis idag om en vecka – den 31 juli 2020.
Min käre kollega Roger Stormo, chefredaktör för den enastående Beatlestidningen Norwegian Wood har gjort nedanstående intressanta och uppdaterade sammanställning över låtar som enbart har givits ut som nedladdningsbara dito från de olika arkivversionerna.
Band On The Run
No Words (Live in Glasgow) – 2:56
Band on the Run (Live in Glasgow) – 6:57
Eat at Home / Smile Away (Live in Groningen, 1972) – 8:24
Uncle Albert Jam – 2:17
Venus And Mars
Letting Go [Extended Version] – 5:39
Love My Baby [from One Hand Clapping] – 1:16
Rock Show [New Version] – 6:31
Red Rose Speedway
Hands of Love (Take 2) – 2:22
Dear Friend (Orchestra Up) – 5:59
Beautiful Night (1986 demo) – 4:27
Somedays (without orchestra) – 4:34
Bonusinformation om låten Somedays:
Till en början behövdes bara en inspelningssession för att få Somedays på band. Men Paul kände att låten skulle kunna bli bättre med hjälp av ett arrangemang. Vid den här tiden – 1994 – träffade han George Martin lite då och då på Abbey Road Studios, som höll på att bläddra igenom outgivet arkivmaterial med The Beatles till de kommande Antologiutgåvorna. Paul frågade George om han ville lyssna på den nyligen skrivna låten Somedays och fundera på om han ville skriva ett arrangemang till låten.
George lyssnade och svarade efter lite betänketid: I see you haven’t lost your touch! Den 10 juni 1996 la man på ett arrangemang med 14 musiker under ledning av George.
Paul berättar: I’d driven Linda to a photo session for one of her cookery assignments. Knowing she’d be about two hours, I set myself a deadline to write a song in that time – so that when she’d finished and would say ‘Did you get bored? What did you do?’, I could say ‘Oh, I wrote this song. Wanna hear it?
Så här skrev Mark Lewisohn i tidningen Club Sandwich n°82, sommaren 1997:
No matter how many songs a composer may have created, whether 5 or 500, mental mind-games are often employed to light the fuse. Paul McCartney, whose cache of hits extends much closer to the latter figure, still likes to impose arbitrary deadlines upon himself, and ‘Somedays’ was written under one such stricture. The date was 18 March 1994 when Paul drove Linda to a house in a village nearby their own, “where she would be photographed for a cookery assignment. While his wife was being snapped Paul retired to a bedroom, normally used by the house-owner’s son, and – possessing an acoustic guitar, pen and paper – conceived his newest song. Knowing that he had only 90 minutes, and realising the question “What did you do?” would be asked of him when the photo session was over, was all the prompting Paul needed to create, the melody and lyric arriving wholly intact. The house-owner’s son made his mark on the song, too, his soccer ephemera on the wall unconsciously prompting Paul to make footballing analogies in the lyric. Writing with John Lennon was often the same: the pair rarely spent more than three hours on a new song and were much influenced by everyday events and objects around them.
Paul berättar i radioprogrammet Flaming Pie Radio Special:
That’s a Spanish guitar made in Australia by a guy called Greg Smallman (?). I was turned on to him by John Williams, the guitar player, not the orchestrator and he said he’s really good, he’s got lovely tone. So that’s on the track “Somedays” which in the song in the middle of that you can hear that guitar.
When I got to the final version of that, I thought that I just maybe could use a little arrangement. So I rang George Martin up. He’s such an old friend and so nice to work with that it’s great to find an excuse, you know, just to work with him on a song. Who’s better to do it than George. I said “by the way George, I’ve got this little tune, what do you think, you know”. “Oh, I see you haven’t lost your touch, Paul” Haha.
George Martin i samma radioprogram:
When I heard Somedays, it immediately reminded me of the vintage Paul. It’s quite difficult to keep writing hits. Even when you know the greatest hitmaker of all. It was nice to see that Paul was getting back to his roots because I think Somedays is a classic song. I think it’s one of those simple ones, deceivingly simple, but so difficult to write. I loved it, I thought it was terrific. When I listen to it and then Paul said “what do you think we should do then”, I thought it needed small forces, I needed a chamber group again. So when I scored it, it was very simple instrumentation and I gave a kind of idea of what it would be. He liked it.