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2003-May-07: Ralph Sall Talks about "A Love for You"

The May 10, 2003 issue of Billboard magazine features an article about Sir Paul's contribution to the new The In-Laws film soundtrack which will be released on May 20 (see April 13).  The film is the story of the misadventures of two fathers-in-law (Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks) as they prepare for their children's wedding.  One of the highlights of the film's soundtrack is Sir Paul's previously unreleased song A Love for You which he recorded in 1971 during the Ram sessions.  Ralph Sall, who is the film's executive music producer as well as the soundtrack producer, told Billboard how he managed to acquire the rights to the song:
"I'm a big fan of Paul McCartney, and I tried to figure out what music Michael Douglas' character would listen to. I thought of Paul's unreleased song, A Love for You, and I called his office and ran down the concept of the movie. I didn't tell them what song I had in mind, but it turns out that Paul suggested the same song that I wanted.

"What I think is great about A Love for You is that it sounds both old and new. It's a sweet, uplifting song that plays at the end of the movie, and it's a perfect fit."

Two other McCartney tunes will also appear on the soundtrack.  One song, I'm Carrying,  appeared on the Wings London Town album.  The other is a previously unreleased version of Live and Let Die which was mixed by Ralph Sall.  He describes the track as being "more of a band version, and it was recorded by a later [1974-1975] lineup of the band that included Linda McCartney, Denny Lane, Geoff Britton, and Jimmy McCollough."

The soundtrack will also include songs by Elvis Presley, Badfinger, the Electric Light Orchestra, the Bee Gees, Ella Fitzgerald,  Mel Torme, and KC & the Sunshine Band.  According to Mr. Sall:

"The McCartney songs fit Michael Douglas' character. The Mel Torme and Ella Fitzgerald songs were more suited to Albert Brooks' character, and I was going for cool lounge, exotica kind of stuff."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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