Paul McCartney To Release Standards LP

 

Rod Stewart syndrome
takes hold?

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Paul McCartney 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. A tracklisting for the album is tba.

 

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 billed
as a “deeply personal journey through classic American compositions that, in
some cases, a young Paul first heard his father perform on piano at home.”
Intriguingly, he does not play bass or any other instrument on the album – just
vocals.

 

 Said Macca, in a
statement, “In the end it was ‘Look, if I don’t do it now, I’ll never do
it,” adding that it is about time “the songs me and John based quite a few
of our things on” received the recognition they deserve. 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 realized how
well structured these songs were and I think I took a lot of my lessons from
them,” he 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’.

 

 “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.”

 

 

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