Unheard demo recording of Sir Paul McCartney goes under the hammer

A previously unheard cassette recording of Sir Paul McCartney is expected to fetch £10,000 at auction this month.

On the recording, the former Beatle, who turns 80 in June, performs a demo version of his original song Attention, which ended up on his bandmate Sir Ringo Starr’s 1981 album Stop And Smell The Roses.

The demo runs four minutes and two seconds and features Sir Paul singing, playing the piano and using his voice to create a basic percussion sound.

A Maxell C-60 audio cassette also includes a handwritten label with the song’s name on it.

Offered for sale at Omega Auctions in Merseyside by veteran rhythm and blues saxophonist Howie Casey, who featured on the Sir Ringo album, Howie Casey was given the cassette as a reference for preparing the recording sessions.

His wife, Sheila, would perform backing vocals on the track alongside Linda McCartney, the auction house said.

The lot dates about a decade after the Fab Four’s split in 1970, after which each member progressed to solo projects while continuing to work together occasionally.

The cassette will go under the hammer on April 26 with an estimated price of £10,000.


The song by Sir Paul, right, ended up on Sir Ringo’s 1981 album Stop And Smell The Roses (Yui Mok/PA)

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Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: “We sold a similar cassette demo tape in May 2020 which raised £8,000 so we are aware of the great interest in previously unheard examples of Paul McCartney’s amazing work.

“To hear him work through the bones of a song like this unaccompanied is truly mesmerizing and gives a glimpse of his amazing songwriting talent.

“We’re excited to see what that day will bring.”

It was recently announced that Sir Paul’s childhood home in Allerton, Liverpool, will open its doors to a new generation of aspiring musicians.

To mark his 80th birthday in June and the 60th anniversary of the Beatles’ debut single Love Me Do in October, the National Trust is launching The Forthlin Sessions, giving unsigned artists a chance to visit, write and play music on the terrace house.

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