Liverpool Sound Collage

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Liverpool Sound Collage
Studio album by Paul McCartney
Released 21 August 2000 (2000-08-21)
Recorded 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1991 and 2000
Genre Electronic, musique concrète, noise
Length 58:24
Label Hydra (UK)
Capitol (US)
Producer Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney chronology
Working Classical
(1999)Working Classical1999
Liverpool Sound Collage
Wingspan: Hits and History
(2001)Wingspan: Hits and History2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[2]
NME 2.5/5 stars[3] 2.7/10[4]

Liverpool Sound Collage is an electronic album by Paul McCartney, which is also credited to the Beatles, Super Furry Animals and Youth. McCartney had previously released two projects with Youth under the moniker the Fireman. Because McCartney was so heavily involved in its creation, in addition to his production credit, Liverpool Sound Collage, which was released in 2000, is generally considered a part of his main discography and is filed under his name.

Asked by artist Peter Blake to create something musical and with a Liverpool spirit to it, in order to complement his concurrent artwork exhibition, McCartney ended up harking all the way back to session chatter by the Beatles (hence their "involvement") and using snippets of his 1991 classical piece Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio. He also can be heard walking the streets and asking various pedestrians to give their impressions of Liverpool and the Beatles. The album also incorporates chopped up beats and digital manipulation of assorted sound clips.

Liverpool Sound Collage was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.

In return for being permitted to remix some Beatles music for the album, McCartney was asked to perform on the Super Furry Animals' next album, Rings Around the World, on which he is credited as providing "celery and carrot" on "Receptacle for the Respectable".

In 2017, it was revealed the chorus of "Free Now" was taken from Take 9 of the title track from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.[5]

Track listing

  1. "Plastic Beetle" – 8:23
  2. "Peter Blake 2000" – 16:54
  3. "Real Gone Dub Made in Manifest in the Vortex of the Eternal Now" – 16:37
  4. "Made Up" – 12:58
    • Paul McCartney, The Beatles
  5. "Free Now" – 3:29
    • Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Super Furry Animals


  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S.. Liverpool Sound Collage at AllMusic
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th edn). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 1257. ISBN 0-19-531373-9.
  3. ^ NME review
  4. ^ Ultimate-Guitar review
  5. ^ Sgt Pepper: listen to an unreleased outtake of the Beatles' classic
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