With Paul McCartney's upcoming “Archive Series” box set of 1997's Flaming Pie coming on July 31st, the former-Beatle took time to look back on his studio reunion with Ringo Starr for the album.
“Macca” recalled to GQ how he and Ringo joined forces for several tracks on the album — which followed closely on the heels of The Beatles Anthology: “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. One night Jeff Lynne suggested, 'Why don’t you get Ringo in?' and I said, 'OK!' It just sort of happened.”
McCartney went on to pull “Beautiful Night” out of mothballs, having recorded it originally in 1986 during a session in Manhattan with Phil Ramone and Billy Joel's band: “I got this song out for when Ringo was coming in and right away it was like the old days. I realized we hadn’t done this for so long, but it was really comfortable and it was still there. So we did ‘Beautiful Night’ and we tagged on a fast bit on the end, which wasn’t there before. And as we were coming away, out of the studio into the control room, Ringo’s doing like an impression of a doorman: 'All right then. On your way. . .' If you listen closely you can hear we left that in.”