Paul McCartney has opened up about working once more with Ringo Starr as the two have reunited to work on a re-release of Macca’s EP A Beautiful Night.
The former Beatles are working together once more on the release as well as the re-release of McCartney’s 1997 record Flaming Pie.
The release will arrive as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection which will see an astonishing 32 bonus track as well as a 128-page book containing previously unreleased images by Linda McCartney and will be released at the end of the month.
With Starr in the studio next to his old pal, Paul, it was only right that the cameras were rolling and we now have a new music video of ‘Beautiful Night’ being released alongside a new EP for the song.
“I’d been saying to Ringo for years that it’d be great to do something, because we’d never really done that much work together outside The Beatles,” McCartney told PA. “One night Jeff (Lynne, Electric Light Orchestra co-founder) suggested, ‘Why don’t you get Ringo in?’ and I said, ‘OK.’ It just sort of happened.”
He goes on to say: “I had this song ‘Beautiful Night’ which I’d written quite a few years ago. I’d always liked it but I felt I didn’t quite have the right version of it.
“So I got this song out for when Ringo was coming in, and right away it was like the old days. I realised we hadn’t done this for so long, but it was really comfortable and it was still there.”
Reflecting on their fun recording sessions, Macca hinted more are on the way: “When I wasn’t on the mic, in the solo breaks and stuff, I really made a point of turning round and watching this guy drum. ‘And I’m thinking, my God, you know the memories across this 10-yard gap here, him on the drums and me on the bass, the lifetime that’s going on here’,” McCartney added.
“So, you know, it’s a sort of magic. And he and I these days get quite emotional about it, because we should. We ought to. It’s a bloody emotional thing, the years. If nothing else. “You know, to sit down with Ringo is always a great thing. It’s always worthwhile. It’s always fun.”