MUSIC MONDAY Take It Away (Paul McCartney song)

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Paul McCartney – Take It Away

Paul McCartney & Wings: “Take It Away” 1980 Rehearsal

Take It Away (Paul McCartney song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Take It Away”
Single by Paul McCartney
from the album Tug of War
B-side “I’ll Give You a Ring” (7″)
“I’ll Give You a Ring” / “Dress Me Up as a Robber” (12″)
Released 21 June 1982 (7″)
5 July 1982 (12″)
Format 7″, 12″
Recorded February 1981
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:13 (album version)
3:59 (single version)
Label Parlophone/EMI
Writer(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) George Martin
Paul McCartney singles chronology
Ebony and Ivory
(1982)
Take It Away
(1982)
Tug of War
(1982)

Take It Away” is a single by Paul McCartney from his 1982 album Tug of War. The single spent sixteen weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, reaching #10[1][2] It reached #15 in the UK.[3] The music video features former Beatles‘ drummer Ringo Starr and long-time producer George Martin, both of whom played on the track, as well as actor John Hurt[citation needed].

Although there is a notable fade from “Tug of War” and into this song on the album, the single version of the song omits this, instead starting with a clean opening. The single also fades sooner, omitting part of the ending trumpet solo.

Track listings[edit]

7″ single
  1. “Take It Away” – 3:59
  2. “I’ll Give You a Ring” – 3:05
12″ single (black vinyl everywhere else; clear yellow vinyl in Japan)[4]
  1. “Take It Away” – 3:59
  2. “I’ll Give You a Ring” – 3:05
  3. “Dress Me Up as a Robber” – 2:40

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly singles charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Position
Australian Kent Music Report[5] 18
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) [6] 28
Canadian RPM Top 100 Singles[7] 17
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[8] 2
Dutch Singles Chart[9] 43
Irish Singles Chart [10] 26
New Zealand Singles Chart[11] 30
Norwegian VG-lista Singles Chart[12] 7
UK Singles Chart[3] 15
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 10
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[2] 6
US Billboard Mainstream Rock[2] 39
US Cash Box Top 100[13] 6
West German Media Control Singles Chart[14] 46

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Position
US Billboard Top Pop Singles[15] 70
US Cash Box[16] 45
US Billboard Top AC Singles[15] 47

References[edit]

  1. Jump up^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b c d “Allmusic: Paul McCartney: Charts & Awards”. allmusic.com. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b “Paul McCartney > Artists > Official Charts”. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  4. Jump up^ Paul McCartney – Take It Away at Discogs
  5. Jump up^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. Jump up^ “ultratop.be Paul McCartney – “Take It Away”” (ASP). Hung Medien (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  7. Jump up^ “Top Singles – Volume 37, No. 5”. RPM. 18 September 1982. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  8. Jump up^ “Adult Contemporary – Volume 37, No. 8”. RPM. 9 October 1982. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  9. Jump up^ “dutchcharts.nl Paul McCartney – “Take It Away”” (ASP). Hung Medien. MegaCharts. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  10. Jump up^ “Search the Charts” (ENTER “PAUL MC CARTNEY” INTO THE “SEARCH BY ARTIST” BOX, THEN SELECT “SEARCH”). Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  11. Jump up^ “charts.org.nz Paul McCartney – “Take It Away”” (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  12. Jump up^ “norwegiancharts.com Paul McCartney – “Take It Away”” (ASP). VG-lista. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  13. Jump up^ http://50.6.195.142/archives/80s_files/19820904.html
  14. Jump up^ “Single Search: Paul McCartney – “Take It Away”” (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  15. ^ Jump up to:a b Nielsen Business Media, Inc (25 December 1982). Billboard – Talent in Action 1982. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  16. Jump up^ http://50.6.195.142/archives/80s_files/1982YESP.html

External links[edit]

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