1. (00:04:32) Percy 'Thrills' Thrillington - Too Many People
2. (00:03:41) Percy 'Thrills' Thrillington - 3 Legs
3. (00:02:52) Percy 'Thrills' Thrillington - Ram On
4. (00:02:51) Percy 'Thrills' Thrillington - Dear Boy
5. (00:04:58) Percy 'Thrills' Thrillington - Uncle Albertadmiral Halsey
6. (00:04:41) Percy 'Thrills' Thrillington - Smile Away
7. (00:02:27) Percy 'Thrills' Thrillington - Heart Of The Country
8. (00:04:39) Percy 'Thrills' Thrillington - Monkberry Moon Delight
9. (00:03:30) Percy 'Thrills' Thrillington - Eat At Home
10. (00:05:49) Percy 'Thrills' Thrillington - Long Haired Lady
11. (00:04:51) Percy 'Thrills' Thrillington - Back Seat Of My Car
Playing Time.........: 00:44:50
Total Size...........: 102.66 MB
NFO generated on.....: 7/29/2008 12:01:01 PM
Thrillington is a 1977 album by Paul McCartney, under the pseudonym of
Percy "Thrills" Thrillington. The album is an instrumental cover version of Paul
and Linda McCartney's 1971 album, Ram. Arranger Richard Hewson was
asked to arrange the orchestration before Ram had yet been released and it
was recorded in June 1971—with McCartney as producer—and with an
intended release shortly thereafter. Paul and wife Linda's decision to form
Wings resulted in the album being shelved until 1977.
In preparation for the release of Thrillington, McCartney invented the
fictitious socialite Percy Thrillington, and even took out ads in various UK
music papers announcing Thrillington's so-called comings and goings to
generate curiosity and interest.
Released in April 1977, and with no mention of McCartney's name
whatsoever—save in the main liner notes where he is described as a friend of
Percy—"Thrillington" went unnoticed upon its release where it became a sort
of collector's item—not a hot one for there was some doubt as to whether
Thrillington was really Paul McCartney and the role he played in it. McCartney
was never asked about his role in that album until he finally admitted it to
journalist Peter Palmiere at a Los Angeles press conference on November 27,
1989 during the second leg of his world tour. McCartney told Palmiere "What
a great question to end the conference. The world needs to know! But
seriously it was me and Linda—and we kept it a secret for a long time but now
the world knows!— you blew it!" After the admission, the album nearly tripled
Paul McCartney in 1990 also admitted to Palmiere via an autograph request
that he indeed was Clint Harrigan—the liner notes writer for "Thrillington" and
Paul McCartney and Wings "Wild Life" album. Oddly enough the first person
to reveal the identity of Clint Harrigan was John Lennon, who stated as much
during a well-publicised letter feud in the New Musical Express in 1972.
"Thrillington" was issued on CD in 1995 and 2004. No accompanying vinyl or
cassette version were released. Sales were limited mainly because the actual
appeal of the project itself was limited.
The full story of the "Thrillington" album was told in detail in music journalist
Ian Peel's book, "The Unknown Paul McCartney" (Reynolds & Hearn, 2002).
Peel tracked down various musicians who brought McCartney's vision to life -
including Richard Hewson, Herbie Flowers and The Mike Sammes Singers - as
well as those that were responsible in creating its mythology.