Paul McCartney: Standards Album In Feb

BEATLE WORKS WITH DIANA KRALL AND HER BAND

Paul at work
Paul McCartney will release of a brand new album of those standards he grew up listening to in his childhood, plus two brand new McCartney compositions in the new year. The album, which is currently untitled, will be released on Hear Music/Concord Records on February 7th 2012. According to the press release, this is the album Paul has been thinking about making for more than 20 years. "In the end it was 'Look, if I don't do it now, I'll never do it," he says.

"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," 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 Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall and her band. In the studio, Paul performed, for the first time ever, exclusively in the vocal booth without any instruments - no guitar, no bass, no piano.

"It was very spontaneous, kind of organic, which then reminded me of the way we'd work with The Beatles,” says McCartney. “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'.

The track 'My Valentine' will be exclusively streamed on www.paulmccartney.com to premium members for 24 hours only, from 1400hrs (GMT) today (Monday 19th December).

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[Published on: 12/19/11]

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