Paul McCartney

Album Notes

When Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest was released in 1993 under the moniker The Firemen, rumours started circulating about Paul's involvement. An ambient electronic album featuring samples of songs from Paul's back catalogue, specifically Back To The Egg and Off The Ground, the rumours lead to EMI finally confirming Paul's involvement. The project emerged from an initial commission by Paul to producer Youth for some remixes of songs from Off The Ground, with a specific remit of only using elements found within the songs themselves. Talking at the time, Youth described how he expanded on the concept. "I thought it would be better to do a more conceptual thing - that is, rather than remix a track I thought we should deconstruct the album into samples and then construct a new mix from those. And Paul liked the idea. He was into it, so I went for it." Paul then joined him in the studio and the album was born. "It was great fun," Paul said at the time, "because normally these are the bits that producers try to get me to shut-up about – they usually say "stop messing around, Paul, sing the song properly" – but producer and co-FiremanYouth wanted all the messing around. It was an interesting release for me." Melody Maker called the album "staggeringly brilliant" and made reference to the ambient works of Brian Eno.

All songs composed by The Fireman
Producer: Paul McCartney & Youth
All tracks published by Juggler Music Ltd

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