Deluxe CD Edition featuring Sir Paul with Diana Krall and her band with Special Guests Eric Clapton & Stevie Wonder!
Paul McCartney releases a collection of romantic ballads and standards, with jazz pianist Diana Krall and her band accompanying the ex-Beatle. The album was produced by Tommy LiPuma. In addition to the cover material, the album will include two new McCartney originals.
With the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall and her bandas well as guest appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, McCartneys 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 dont do it now, Ill 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 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 its 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 bandwho delivered ultra-high quality musicianship and were completely in tune with Pauls 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 wed work with The Beatles. Wed bring a song in, kick it around, when we found a way to do it wed say Okay, let's do a take now and by the time everyone kind of had an idea of what they were doing, wed learnt the song. So thats 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.
Deluxe Edition CD
Includes two new songs with guest appearances by Eric Clapton & Stevie Wonder
Includes Expanded booklet
Includes a bonus digital download of Paul McCartney's performance at Captiol Studios, Hollywood, California
Diana Krall & band
Eric Clapton (8)
Stevie Wonder (14)
1. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
2. Home (When Shadows Fall)
3. It's Only A Paper Moon
4. More I Cannot Wish You
5.The Glory of Love
6. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)
7. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate-The Positive
8. My Valentine
10. My Very Good Friend the Milkman
11. Bye Bye Blackbird
12. Get Yourself Another Fool
13. The Inch Worm
14. Only Our Hearts