1863 Live And Let Die
Produced by George Martin (a), Paul McCartney (b)
Released on June 1, 1973
UK CHART POSITION #9 . . . US CHART POSITION #2 (charted July 7, 1973) . . . GOLD RECORD (8/31/73)
Find it at GEMM
1863 wo. picture sleeve
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A nother of Paul's patchwork epics (as opposed to a medley), joining the storied ranks of “Uncle Albert,” “Band On The Run” and “Rock Show.” This was, of course, the theme to the James Bond film of the same name (it’s still the best Bond theme ever). Produced by George Martin, the song featured an orchestra (presumably arranged by Mr. Martin) and was far more ambitious than anything on Red Rose Speedway. The B side is a nonalbum track that eventually made its way on the expanded CD reissue of Speedway. Sung by Denny Laine, it’s a throwaway no better or worse than the melodies included on Speedway’s album-ending medley (“Lazy Dynamite,” “Hold Me Tight”). Guns ‘N Roses had a hit in 1991 with their cover of “Live And Let Die,” which was probably the beginning of the end for them. As always, there’s more to be found at Songfacts.


  1. LIVE AND LET DIE    (Paul McCartney)    3:10
  2. I LIE AROUND    (Paul McCartney)    5:00


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UK/SWE June 1, 1973 Apple 7" R5987 picture sleeve
US/CAN June 18, 1973 Apple 7" 1863  
FRA 1973 EMI/Pathe 7" 2C 006 05361 picture sleeve
ITA 1973 Apple 7" 3C 006 05361  
JPN 1973 Apple 7" EAR-10401 picture sleeve
UK 1976 Capitol 7" R5987 black label
US 1976 Capitol 7" 1863 black label


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