Paul Announces Brand New As Yet Untitled Album

Paul Announces Brand New As Yet Untitled Album

 

Paul’s Tribute To Personal Favourites & Two New Self
Penned Compositions Out February 6th / 7
th

WHILE many a musician is often asked about the tunes that have
influenced their songwriting, it is not a question Paul McCartney
ordinarily gets to answer – until now. Paul is about to offer a
glimpse into “the songs which inspired the songs” with the upcoming
release of a brand new album of those standards he grew up listening
to in his childhood—plus two brand new McCartney compositions:  the
album, which is currently untitled, will be released on Hear
Music/Concord Records on February 7th 2012.

With the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma and
Diana Krall and her band—as well as guest appearances from Eric
Clapton and Stevie Wonder, McCartney’s new album is a deeply personal
journey through classic American compositions that, in some cases, a
young Paul first heard his father perform on piano at home. As
authentic and daring a musical statement as he could make, this is the
album Paul has been thinking about making for more than 20 years - and
probably the last thing his fans are expecting. “In the end it was
‘Look, if I don’t do it now, I’ll never do it,” he says.

In short,Paul believes it is about time “the songs me and John
based quite a few of our things on” received the recognition they
deserve. Moreover, the record also features a couple of new original
McCartney compositions in the spirit of those classics.

“When I kind of got into songwriting, I realised how well
structured these songs were and I think I took a lot of my lessons
from them,” Paul explains. “I always thought artists like Fred Astaire
were very cool. Writers like Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, all of those
guys - I just thought the songs were magical.  And then, as I got to
be a songwriter I thought it’s beautiful, the way they made those song’.”

Determined to approach the record in a new and unique manner, Paul
enlisted the help of LiPuma and Krall and her band—who delivered
ultra-high quality musicianship and were completely in tune with
Paul’s restraint and feel for the music. In the studio, the recording
of this album was also a new challenge for Paul who, for the first
time ever, performed exclusively in the vocal booth without no
instrument – no guitar, no bass, no piano - which led to a vocal
performance like no other in his career.

He adds, “It was very spontaneous, kind of organic, which then
reminded me of the way we’d work with The Beatles. We’d bring a song
in, kick it around, when we found a way to do it we’d say ‘Okay, let's
do a take now’ and by the time everyone kind of had an idea of what
they were doing, we’d learnt the song. So that’s what we did, we did
the take live in the studio.”

“It was important for me to keep away from the more obvious song
choices so, many of the classic standards will be unfamiliar to some
people.  I hope they are in for a pleasant surprise.”

The album was recorded at the legendary Capitol Studios in Los
Angeles, New York and London throughout 2011.  It also features guest
musicians Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, respectively, on the
original compositions  ‘My Valentine’ and ‘Only Our Hearts’. 

Full tracklisting to be announced soon. keep checking back in for
the latest info.

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