“I had worked with Paul as an assistant on some previous things, but this was the time where we got to know each other better. I was still in the tape-op seat, but I did get a chance to run off some rough mixes so everybody could see what had been done. There’s a song called I Am Your Singer, and I ran off a mix of that. Paul said, ‘Well, there’s nothing more we need to do with that, and I really like your mix, Alan.’ So that was my first foray into engineering for Paul McCartney.
“He was as happy as could be, enjoyed the concept of having his own band that he was in charge of. Of course, there was no leader in The Beatles. Paul could be tough. I wouldn’t say he knew what he wanted, but he knew how to get results. He could push people – ‘This doesn’t sound great yet. Make it sound great.’ So I’d be scratching my head, trying to figure out how I could make something sound great... until it did. Eventually, Paul would say, ‘Ahh, yes! There it is.’”