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Sir Paul McCartney's collaboration with former Sir Ringo Starr is expected to fetch up to £20,000

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Sir Paul McCartney’s unreleased collaboration with former Beatles bandmate Sir Ringo Starr expected to fetch up to £20,000 after heading to auction

  • Angel In Disguise could be the only song co-written exclusively by the band’s former bassist and drummer, according to auctioneers
  • The ex-Beatles recorded the demo for Sir Ringo’s 1992 solo album Time Takes Time but it did not make the cut
  • Former Radio Luxembourg DJ Tony Prince is selling the cassette, which is expected to fetch up to £20,000

An unheard track by Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo Starr recorded after the Beatles split is heading for auction.

Angel In Disguise could be the only song co-written exclusively by the band’s former bassist and drummer, according to auctioneers.

The ex-Beatles recorded the demo for Sir Ringo’s 1992 solo album Time Takes Time but it did not make the cut.

Under the hammer: An unheard track by Sir Paul McCartney (pictured and Sir Ringo Starr recorded after the Beatles split is heading for auction

Under the hammer: An unheard track by Sir Paul McCartney (pictured and Sir Ringo Starr recorded after the Beatles split is heading for auction 

Former Radio Luxembourg DJ Tony Prince is selling the cassette, which is expected to fetch up to £20,000.

He was asked to find artists to record alternative versions of Angel In Disguise in the 1990s, after Sir Ringo rejected the track.

The song has never been heard publicly.

Unheard track: Angel In Disguise could be the only song co-written exclusively by the band's former bassist and drummer, according to auctioneers

Unheard track: Angel In Disguise could be the only song co-written exclusively by the band's former bassist and drummer, according to auctioneers

 Unheard track: Angel In Disguise could be the only song co-written exclusively by the band’s former bassist and drummer, according to auctioneers

Out of the archives: The ex-Beatles recorded the demo for Sir Ringo's 1992 solo album Time Takes Time but it did not make the cut

Out of the archives: The ex-Beatles recorded the demo for Sir Ringo’s 1992 solo album Time Takes Time but it did not make the cut

Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: ‘It’s fantastic to be able to bring to the market a previously unheard and unreleased track…

‘We think the track certainly had enough about it to be included in the album and I am sure if Paul was to release this himself it would certainly prove a hit with fans.’

The cassette contains two versions of the track – a rough demo with Sir Paul on vocals and a fuller ‘mixed’ version with musicians and backing vocals and Sir Ringo singing.

Under the hammer: Former Radio Luxembourg DJ Tony Prince is selling the cassette (pictured), which is expected to fetch up to £20,000

Under the hammer: Former Radio Luxembourg DJ Tony Prince is selling the cassette (pictured), which is expected to fetch up to £20,000

Another Sir Ringo demo, Everyone Wins, which was also shelved but later released on a compilation recording, is also included on the tape.

The tape, with other memorabilia, will go under the hammer at Omega Auctions’ online sale on May 19, with 25% of proceeds donated to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.

The Beatles announced their split in 1970, shortly before the release of their twelfth studio album, Let It Be.

Old times: (L-R) John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison  attend the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band press party in London, May 1967

Old times: (L-R) John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison  attend the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band press party in London, May 1967

Speaking on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show in March, Sir Paul spoke candidly about the end of the world’s most successful group. 

When asked why he didn’t keep the band together after Lennon announced his departure, he said:  ‘When families break up, it’s to do with the emotion and the emotional pain.

‘You can’t just think of a smart idea like that at the time. You’re hurting too much so it wasn’t going to happen.’

 

 

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