Offered for sale is an original U.S. pressing of Thrillington, credited to Percy “Thrills” Thrillington, an album offering an instrumental version of Paul McCartney’s Ram LP.
About this copy: This copy of Thrillington is an original U.S. pressing, pressed at Capitol’s Los Angeles pressing plant. The cover is VG+, with slight wear at the corners and a couple of corner bends.
The record is VG++ with a couple of faint scuffs from the original paper inner sleeve. The record appears to have had very little play.
This LP has the label variation with the name of the artist at the left of the label, rather than at the top. This version seems to be somewhat more scarce than the “top credits” version.
A nice copy of a scarce McCartney-related item.
Background: Paul McCartney arranged to have an instrumental version of his Ram LP recorded at about the time of Ram’s original release.
The project was shelved for unknown reasons until 1977, when the album was released under the Thrillington name with no publicity or fanfare. For many years, people assumed that the recording was the work of Paul McCartney, though it is actually the work of arranger Richard Anthony Hewson.
Released after Wings Over America but before London Town, the album is thought to have been released to settle McCartney’s recording contract with Capitol/EMI.
The Thrillington album is one of the few genuinely rare, legitimate commercial LP releases in Paul McCartney’s output, mostly a result of its never having been officially credited to McCartney or publicized as one of his releases. An orchestral/instrumental version of Paul & Linda McCartney’s Ram album, Thrillington is a very potent work in its own right. Arranged and conducted by Richard Hewson, it avoids the temptation to deliver flaccid elevator music, in favor of very precise playing and finely detailed arrangements. The orchestrations incorporate elements of big-band swing and very elegantly realized pop music, with occasional backing by scatted and vamped choruses, courtesy of the Swingle Singers, who call up memories of the Hi-Los at various points here.