'THE LYRICS: 1956 TO THE PRESENT' out November 2nd
In this extraordinary book, with unparalleled candour, Paul recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career.
Edited and Introduced by Paul Muldoon
Published 2nd November, 2021
Studio - Paul McCartney / Parlophone / EMI
Album Release Date: 16.May.1980
McCartney II was Paul’s first solo album since the formation of Wings in 1971. While its highly electronic style was certainly innovative, its cosily domestic origins were reminiscent of 1970’s McCartney album. (Aptly, the two were reissued at the same time in 2011, as part of the remastered Paul McCartney Archive Collection, with extra audio and video material.) As Paul said at the time, “I made a couple of albums, the normal way you make albums, and I felt like doing it the homemade way again because I quite like recording like that – where I play all the instruments. It’s almost like a hobby to do it that way.” Recorded in the summer of 1979, when the future of Wings remained uncertain, the album was conceived at home on Paul's farm in Scotland. The first song recorded for the project was ‘Check My Machine’ (eventually included as a B-side on the ‘Waterfalls’ single), inspired by Paul’s experiments with his new equipment. Work on the album was interrupted to make way for what turned out to be Wings’ last tour, but it was finally released in May 1980.
Instruments & voices by Paul McCartney
Additional vocals by Linda McCartney
All tracks composed by Paul McCartney
Produced & engineered by Paul McCartney
Technical assistance: Eddie Klein
Cutting: Malcolm Davies
All tracks published by MPL Communications Ltd