The EP, which was released today (July 17), is part of a forthcoming re-release of McCartney’s acclaimed 1997 album, ‘Flaming Pie’, which is due out on July 31. You can listen to it below.
The EP also features a 1995 demo of the track, an alternate ‘Run Through’ recording, and ‘Oobu Joobu Part 5’ – a medley of Beautiful Night-themed chat, alternate mixes and interview recordings of McCartney and Starr speaking about the song.
Later today at 1700 BST, a newly remastered music video for ‘Beautiful Night’, originally filmed in 1997, will also be shared online.
Speaking about his memories of the recording during that time, McCartney said: “I’d been saying to Ringo for years that it’d be great to do something, because we’d never really done that much work together outside The Beatles.
“One night Jeff (Lynne, Electric Light Orchestra co-founder) suggested, ‘Why don’t you get Ringo in?’ and I said, ‘OK.’ It just sort of happened.”
He continued: “I had this song ‘Beautiful Night’ which I’d written quite a few years ago. I’d always liked it but I felt I didn’t quite have the right version of it.
“So I got this song out for when Ringo was coming in, and right away it was just like the old days.”
McCartney explained that the pair made a few changes to the original song, but enjoyed their jamming session so much that they ended up doing more together.
“When I wasn’t on the mic, in the solo breaks and stuff, I really made a point of turning round and watching this guy drum. ‘And I’m thinking, my god, you know the memories across this 10-yard gap here, him on the drums and me on the bass, the lifetime that’s going on here’,” he added.
“So, you know, it’s a sort of magic. And he and I these days get quite emotional about it, because we should. We ought to. It’s a bloody emotional thing, the years. If nothing else.
“You know, to sit down with Ringo is always a great thing. It’s always worthwhile. It’s always fun.”
Starr recently marked his 80th birthday with a livestream featuring a series of appearances from some of his famous friends.