A previously unreleased version of Paul McCartney and Steve Miller’s collaborative track ‘Broomstick’ has been released – you can listen to it below.
In 1997, McCartney released ‘Flaming Pie’, his second-highest-charting album of the past 25 years. A boxset containing unreleased demos, outtakes, and rehearsal tapes from the LP’s recording sessions is set to be released next week.
One song that features on the album is ‘Broomstick’, a tune that McCartney cut with Steve Miller, who played guitar on most of the album. It was released as a B side to the single ‘Young Boy’ (which Miller also sang and played guitar on) but has since faded into obscurity.
“As long as we’re together, it’s gonna be just fine/ Well, I heard it on the broomstick, dashing through the middle of the night,” the Beatle sings on the smooth track that hears miller play a bluesy solo.
Although it won’t appear on the boxset, a previously unreleased all-acoustic instrumental jam version of the song has been shared by Rolling Stone – you can listen to it here.
As he did on both of his McCartney albums – on which he tracked the guitar, bass, and drums himself – McCartney handles most of the heavy lifting, while Miller plays guitar. The unreleased version also lacks the sound effects that closed out the more-familiar version.
Due out July 31, the ‘Flaming Pie’ reissue contains many other previously unreleased recordings that McCartney made in the mid-90s, in addition to a newly remastered version of the album.
The boxset will contain personal home recordings; studio takes on the songs, varying from acoustic interpretations to live run-throughs; B sides, including ‘Broomstick; clips from McCartney’s Oobu Joobu radio show at the time; and a disc that take listeners on a tour through McCartney’s studio, on which he plays several instruments that he’s used going all the way back to his time with The Beatles.
The EP is part of the forthcoming re-release of ‘Flaming Pie’, which also features a 1995 demo of the track, an alternate ‘Run Through’ recording, and ‘Oobu Joobu Part 5’ – a medley of Beautiful Night-themed chat, alternate mixes and interview recordings of McCartney and Starr speaking about the song.