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Track: Beautiful Night
Album/CD: Flaming Pie
Artist: Paul McCartney
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 5:03
Release: 1997

Paul McCartney: lead vocal, backing vocal, bass guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar,
piano, Wurlitzer piano, Hammond organ, additional percussion

Jeff Lynne: backing vocal, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Ringo Starr; drums, backing vocal at end, additional percussion
Linda McCartney: backing vocals

Writer: Paul McCartney
Orchestration: George Martin
Producers: Paul McCartney/Jeff Lynne
Engineers: Geoff Emerick/Jon Jacobs, assisted by Keith Smith
Orchestral session engineers: Geoff Emerick/Jon Jacobs/Peter Cobbin, assisted by Paul Hicks
Studio location: Sussex, England; orchestra recorded at Abbey Road, London, England
Recording began 13 May 1996

Conductor David Snell; trumpets John Barclay, Andrew Crowley, Mark Bennett;
trombones Richard Edwards, Andy Fawbert; horns Michael Thompson, Richard Watkins, Nigel Black;
violins Marcia Crayford, Adrian Levine, Belinda Bunt, Bernard Partridge, Jackie Hartley,
Keith Pascoe, David Woodcock, Roger Garland, Julian Tear, Briony Shaw, Rita Manning,
Jeremy Williams, David Ogden, Botustav Kostecki, Maciej Rakowski, Jonathan Rees;
violas Robert Smissen, Stephen Tees, Levine Andade, Philip Dukey, Ivo Van Der Werff, Graeme Scott;
celli Anthony Pleeth, Stephen Orton, Martin Loveday, Robert Bailey; double bass Chriss Laurence,
Robin McGee; flute Susan Milan; oboe David Theodore

Working on the Anthology prompted Paul to suggest that he and Ringo renew a collaboration not experienced for ten years. 'Beautiful Night' was a decade old itself, and a recording made in New York had been on the shelf, unused, since 1986. With Paul at the piano and Ringo on drums (playing, incidentally, a replica arrangement of his own kit, which Paul had bought and modelled on Ringo's set up after the 'Real Love sessions) the song came together comfortably. Wanting to play some guitar on the end, Paul also introduced a new element to his composition, the uptempo finale. Finally, the recording was enhanced by an orchestral arrangement scored by George Martin and overdubbed at Abbey Road on St Valentine's Day 1997.

" I unearthed this old song for when Ringo was coming, changed a dew lyrics and it was really like the old days, I realised that we hadn't done this for so long, but it was very comfortable. And it was still there. "