Chaos And Creation In The Backyard (special edition)


Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard is Paul's 20th studio album and the first in 4 years (since 2001's Driving Rain). It includes the single, "Fine Line". The album is also available on standard CD edition and 12". "I've Only Got Two Hands" is the hidden track on the album.

Official press release:


"Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard," Paul McCartney's 20th studio recording since The Beatles, marks an end to a nearly four-year hiatus since his last studio recording, 2001's platinum certified "Driving Rain." The new 13-track album is co-produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Travis and Beck) and McCartney, and was recorded in London and Los Angeles over the course of the past two years. Its release coincides with the September 16th launch of McCartney's all new 37-city "US" Tour, his fastest selling concert tour ever.

"Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard" is a return to the basics for McCartney. The album successfully fuses his undeniable song writing talents with his unparalleled musicianship. In fact, McCartney is credited with playing the majority of the instruments on the album, which is somewhat reminiscent of "McCartney" (1970) when he was credited with playing all of the instruments. They include the drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, as well as many of the less traditional instruments such as block flute, harmonium and flugelhorn.

"Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard" is a mix of up-tempo piano driven McCartney instant classics such as 'Fine Line' and 'Promise To You Girl' and more introspective darker tracks such as 'At The Mercy,' 'Too Much Rain' and 'Riding To Vanity Fair.' One of the many highlights is a track entitled, 'Jenny Wren,' which Paul describes as "daughter of Blackbird," as well as 'Follow Me,' which McCartney debuted at The Glastonbury Festival, while on his '04 Summer European Tour.

But "Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard" would not have been either if not for the suggestion of now legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin. Familiar with Nigel's credentials and with his published desire to work with an established artist, Paul made the call that finally put the two together in the studio. The collaboration seemed an unlikely one and thus the rumors began. What type of album was McCartney making?

"I did not want to rush this album," said McCartney, who despite repeated inquiries, touring commitments and pressure from his record label, managed to maintain his focus. "I think it was worth the wait though. The music became more interesting over time and I'm really proud of what we did."

The results are evident throughout. The songs are sonically robust, the instrumentation and orchestration first rate and the chemistry between Paul and Nigel apparent. The album has an organic feel reminiscent of Paul's first solo release, "McCartney," (1970) and some of The Beatles later recordings.

"We really made a lot of it up as we went along," added McCartney. "I'd try something and if it didn't work I'd try something else until it did. It was like making a go-cart in the backyard."

"When Paul and I got together we had a common goal," said Godrich. "We wanted to make a great album that was true to Paul. I think that's exactly what we did."

Full Tracklisting - "Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard"

Fine Line 3:05
How Kind Of You 4:47
Jenny Wren 3:47
At The Mercy 2:38
Friends To Go 2:43
English Tea 2:12
Too Much Rain 3:24
A Certain Softness 2:42
Riding To Vanity Fair 5:07
Follow Me 2:31
Promise To You Girl 3:10
This Never Happened Before 3:26
Anyway 3:50

Total Running Time: 46:54 listed the following for the DVD content:

Disc Two
1. Promise To You Girl
2. Fine Line
3. This Never Happened Before
4. Riding To Vanity Fair
5. Friends To Go
6. Paul's Guitar Improvisation
7. At The Mercy
8. Follow Me
9. Too Much Rain
10. Baa Baa Black Sheep
11. Paul's Piano Improvisation
12. English Tea
13. Blackbird
14. Jenny Wren
15. Paul's Improvisions Wine Glass / Children's Toy
16. A Certain Softness
17. Anyway
18. How Kind Of You
19. I've Only Got Two Hands
20. Fine Line [Studio Performance]
21. Anyway
22. At The Mercy
23. Riding To Vanity Fair
24. Fine Line [DTS 5.1 Surround Sound]
25. Fine Line [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound]
26. How Kind Of You
27. Fine Line

Release date

September 12, 2005

Label / Catalog number / Format

MPL/Parlophone 3379612 (CD + DVD)


Disc 1
Fine Line
How Kind Of You
Jenny Wren
At The Mercy
Friends To Go
English Tea
Too Much Rain
A Certain Softness
Riding To Vanity Fair
Follow Me
Promise To You Girl
This Never Happened Before
I've Only Got Two Hands
Disc 2
Between Chaos And Creation (documentary)
Promise To You Girl (excerpt)
Fine Line (excerpt)
This Never Happened Before (excerpt)
Riding To Vanity Fair (excerpt & studio outtakes)
Friends To Go (excerpt)
Paul's Guitar Improvisation
At The Mercy (excerpt)
Follow Me (excerpt)
Too Much Rain (excerpt)
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Paul's Piano Improvisation (1)
English Tea (excerpt)
Blackbird (excerpt)
Jenny Wren (excerpt)
Paul's Wine Glass & Children's Toy Improvisations
Promise To You Girl (excerpt)
A Certain Softness (excerpt)
Paul's Piano Improvisation (2)
Anyway (excerpt)
Paul's Piano Improvisation (3)
How Kind Of You (excerpt)
I've Only Got Two Hands (alternate version)

Fine Line (video)

Line Art
Riding To Vanity Fair (instrumental)
At The Mercy (instrumental)
Anyway (instrumental)

How Kind Of You (video)
The Beatles Studio