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Paul McCartney & Wings’ ‘One Hand Clapping’ Live Album is Getting an Official Release

One of the most bootlegged live albums in musical history

Paul McCartney & Wings’ One Hand Clapping live album ranks as one of the most bootlegged live albums in musical history. Now, this album is to get an official release on June 14, 2024, via UMe.

As Best Classic Bands site notes, these are the recordings, from August 1974, which took place at London’s Abbey Road Studios when Band on the Run was enjoying a seven-week stint at #1 on the U.K. album chart, as the band was filming a video documentary and possible live studio album.

One Hand Clapping will be released in multiple formats, including an online exclusive 2-LP + 7” package featuring an exclusive vinyl single of previously unreleased solo performances recorded on the final day of the sessions in the backyard of Abbey Road Studios. These include the unreleased track “Blackpool,” The Beatles’ iconic “Blackbird,” Wings B-side “Country Dreamer,” and cover versions of Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock” (the first song Paul played to John Lennon when they met in 1957) and Buddy Holly’s “Peggy Sue” and “I’m Gonna Love You Too.”

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One Hand Clapping showcased Wings‘ new line-up, fresh off their return from Nashville, where they recorded the classic single “Junior’s Farm.” Following the sudden departure of Denny Seiwell and Henry McCullough the previous year on the eve of recording the Wings masterpiece Band on the Run, Paul, Linda, and Denny Laine were now joined by guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and drummer Geoff Britton. Additionally joining the band in the studio were orchestral arranger Del Newman and saxophonist Howie Casey, who had previously played with Paul in Hamburg and would go on to join the Wings touring band.

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