Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney revealed plans this week for a brand new album, to be released in the new year.
The new LP, which has yet to be named, reportedly features just two new tracks, being composed mainly of cover versions of songs that McCartney says that coloured his childhood and adolescence.
Speaking recently about what inspired his choice of tracks for the new album, he said that “when I kind of got into song-writing, I realised how well structured these songs were and I think I took a lot of my lessons from them.”
“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 songs’.”
The album also features a little help from the former Beatle’s friends, however. Guest artists on the LP include fellow musical legends Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, plus Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall and her band.
McCartney said that he really enjoyed working with the artists in the studio, and explained the vibe during the recording sessions.
“It was very spontaneous, kind of organic, which then reminded me of the way we’d work with The Beatles,” he said.
“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.”
As well as his unforgettable back catalogue with the almighty Beatles, McCartney has released 30 solo albums, either with his post-Beatles band Wings or by himself, composed various film scores, and classical and electronic suites. As a performer or songwriter, he has been responsible for 31 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the USA and has sold 15.5 million albums in the United States alone.
The new Paul McCartney album is set to hit the stores on February 6 next year, so now is the perfect time to make a Christmas gift of those Beatles music t-shirts to fans of the singer and his musical legacy.