The 1972 solo debut by Mike McCartney (his brother was in the Beatles) is out this month from Esoteric Records.
The cover photo is of Mike and Paul's mother, Mary. And Paul, credited as "friend," co-wrote the tune "Bored as Butterscotch."
Here are the details:
by Island Records in February 1972, “Woman” was the first solo album by
Mike McGear (McCartney) and was a more “serious” record than his work
with the Liverpool satirical trio Scaffold, or his work with Roger
McGough on the “McGough & McGear” album.
Recorded at Strawberry
studios in Stockport and completed at Abbey Road studios, the album had a
long gestation period and sessions featured such notable guests as
organist Brian Auger, Ginger Johnson and his African drums, Andy Roberts
The material comprising the album was song-based, (interspersed
with recorded dialogue between Mike and his daughter), with some lyrics
provided by Roger McGough. Being removed from his work with Scaffold,
“Woman” was rejected by EMI Records for release, but was eagerly signed
by Island Records.
Over the years, the songs on the album,
including the emotive title track, have earned both appreciation and a
cult following. The album’s title track was even featured in an episode
of the BBC TV series “Cradle to Grave”.
A gorgeous, eccentric,
collection of music, “Woman” is an album to savour. This Esoteric
Recordings edition has been newly remastered and includes an illustrated
booklet with a new interview with Mike McGear McCartney.