Memory Almost Full by Paul McCartney

Memory Almost Full by Paul McCartney

Memory Almost Full out Monday June 4th 2007 By Paul McCartney

I actually started this album, Memory Almost Full, before my last
album Chaos And Creation In The Backyard (released September 2005).
The first recording session was back in the autumn of 2003 at Abbey
Road with my touring band and producer David Kahne. I was right in the
middle of it when I began talking with Nigel Godrich about a brand new
project (which became Chaos And Creation In The Backyard). When I was
just finishing up everything concerned with Chaos and had just got the
Grammy nominations (2006) I realized I had this album to go back to
and finish off. So I got it out to listen to it again, wondering if I
would enjoy it, but actually I really loved it. All I did at first was
just listen to a couple of things and then I began to think, OK, I
like that track now, what is wrong with it? And it might be something
like a drum sound, so then I would re-drum and see where we would get
to. I took it from there and built it up. I went through, track by
track, making changes as I went along. I fixed things I wasn't too
keen on and it just evolved from there. Without me knowing, or really
trying, it started to get its own theme, a sort of thread that holds
it all together. So I suppose it's about half new stuff and half old
stuff from 2003.

In places it's a very personal record and a lot of it is
retrospective, drawing from memory, like memories from being a kid,
from Liverpool and from summers gone. The album is evocative,
emotional, rocking, but I can't really sum it up in one sentence.
There is a medley of 5 songs towards the end and that was purposefully
retrospective. I thought this might be because I'm at this point in my
life, but then I think about the times I was writing with John and a
lot of that was also looking back. It's like me with Penny Lane and
Eleanor Rigby - I'm still up to the same tricks! I know people are
going to look at some of the songs and interpret them in different
ways but this has always been the case. The thing is that I love
writing songs, so I just write and write. I never really get to a
point where I start thinking I'm going to write about specific
subjects. Inevitably though, what I am thinking is going to find its
way into what I'm doing The opening track of the album is Dance Tonight.

I recently got myself a mandolin and I was just playing about with
it and came up with the basis of this track. A couple of weeks ago we
made the video, which was great fun. It's directed by Michel Gondry
(Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) and stars Natalie Portman and
Mackenzie Crook. I'm not going to give the plot away. You'll have to
go and watch it for yourself, but we had a good time doing it. The
album title came after I had finished everything. For me, that's when
they normally come, with the exception of maybe Sgt. Peppers,
otherwise I don't think I have ever made an album with The Beatles,
Wings or solo where I have thought of a title and a concept. I was
thinking about what would sum the whole thing up and Memory Almost
Full sprung to mind. It's a phrase that seemed to embrace modern life;
in modern life our brains can get a bit overloaded. I realized I had
also seen it come up on my phone a few times. When I started bouncing
the idea round with some friends they nearly all got different
meanings out of it, but they all said they loved it. So the feedback
helped solidify the title.

After completing the album I then started thinking about the album
artwork and how I'd want it to look. I really wanted to make the CD a
desirable object. Something that I know I'd want to pick up from the
shelf, something that would make people curious. I hope our final
concept has done that. The album sleeve itself includes an etching by
a friend of mine, Humphrey Ocean. As with the album lyrics, I'm
looking forward to seeing how people might interpret the artwork.

Currently I'm just starting out on the promo trail and beginning to
get the first bits of feedback about the album and so far so good!
It's interesting now as I'm getting to hear what other people are
making of the songs and what their feelings are. I'm also talking
about the album myself and I'm really enjoying the discovery process.
I really enjoyed making this album with David Kahne and I'm proud of
all the songs. We had a great time. I hope that the fun we had will
communicate itself to the people who are going to listen to it.

All the best,

Paul McCartney,

 

April 2007 Full Track Listing
1. Dance Tonight
2.
Ever Present Past
3. See Your Sunshine
4. Only Mama
Knows
5. You Tell Me
6. Mister Bellamy
7.
Gratitude
8. Vintage Clothes
9. That Was Me
10.
Feet In The Clouds
11. House Of Wax
12. End of the
End
13. Nod Your Head

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