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McCartney III Imagined

    Hailed upon its release last year as "vital and comfortable taking new chances” (Rolling Stone) and “cheery, resilient, forever looking forward” (The New Yorker), Paul McCartney’s McCartney III is now literally moving into the future in the form of McCartney III Imagined.

    Personally curated by Paul, McCartney III Imagined features an A-List assortment of friends, fans and brand new acquaintances, each covering and/or reimagining their favorite McCartney III moments in their own signature styles. The result is a kaleidoscopic reinterpretation of an album Rolling Stone accurately tagged “an inspiration to us all”—one that serves as an extension of the instantly beloved McCartney III while standing on its own as brilliant and adventurous milestone in the McCartney discography.

    The first offering from McCartney III Imagined comes from American singer/rapper/songwriter Dominic Fike, whose cover of “The Kiss of Venus” transmutes the tender acoustic ballad into a retro-futuristic R&B tour de force. “The Kiss of Venus (Dominic Fike version)” is available digitally

    Further III-imaginations will be forthcoming from Damon Albarn, Beck, Blood Orange, Phoebe Bridgers, Josh Homme, Khraungbin, 3D RDN of Massive Attack, Ed O’Brien (EOB), Anderson .Paak, St. Vincent and more.

    Originally released December 18, 2020, McCartney III is the third in a trilogy of home-made and self-titled albums that began with Paul's 1970 solo debut McCartney, and continued in 1980 with McCartney II. All three albums were written, performed and produced by Paul in varying states of isolation, all showcasing his unique creativity and inspired spontaneity. Recorded in “Rockdown," McCartney III topped album charts across the world, scoring Paul his first UK#1 album in 31 years – increasing his lead as the UK’s most successful chart act of all time.

    McCartney III Imagined continues the tradition of the biggest and most diverse names in music covering Paul’s songs — an ever-expanding lineup that ranges from more recent versions by Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Dave Grohl, Coldplay and The Cure, to interpretations over the years from the likes of U2, Guns N’ Roses, Earth Wind & Fire, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and so many more. McCartney III Imagined is a testament of Paul’s enduring and unmatched influence, a legacy that stretches from “Yesterday” being the most covered song in contemporary musical history to the inspiration his current work continues to hold for generations of artists and fans.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: I have to say, I never expected to see Idris Elba listed on the tracklist for a Paul McCartney release, but here we are. A selection of the leading lights in the music (and TV) industry rework a number of tunes from the brilliant 'McCartney III' to great effect. A wonderful companion to the original and a worthwhile listen regardless.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Find My Way (feat. Beck)
    2. The Kiss Of Venus (Dominic Fike)
    3. Pretty Boys (feat. Khruangbin)
    4. Women And Wives (St. Vincent Remix)
    5. Deep Down (Blood Orange Remix)
    6. Seize The Day (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
    7. Slidin’ (EOB Remix)
    8. Long Tailed Winter Bird (Damon Albarn Remix)
    9. Lavatory Lil (Josh Homme)
    10. When Winter Comes (Anderson .Paak Remix)
    11. Deep Deep Feeling (3D RDN Remix)
    12. Long Tailed Winter Bird (Idris Elba Remix)*

    Paul And Linda McCartney

    Ram (50th Anniversary Half-Speed Master Edition)

      To mark the 50th anniversary of the release of RAM, the album will be pressed from a master cut at half speed using the original master tapes at Abbey Road.

      The only album credited to both Paul and Linda McCartney, RAM reached Number 1 in the UK and stayed in the US Top 10 for five months. Recording after he’d left The Beatles and before the formation of Wings, Paul initially flew with Linda to New York to record the songs they’d written but arrived without a band.

      As Paul recalls, “We were thinking of forming a group at that time, Wings. We went to New York, found a really grotty little basement somewhere and auditioned a bunch of people. We got someone to throw a lot of drummers at us, out of which we picked Denny Seiwell who’s one of the best, and his personality fitted. Then we went in, worked with him, Hugh McCracken, Dave Spinozza, a couple of New York session men, and did RAM.”

      To avoid arousing too much interest, the auditions were held under the guise of a session for a commercial jingle. As well as Paul’s lead vocals there are harmonies from Linda. “I gave her a hard time, I must say, but we were pleased with the results. Elton John later said somewhere that he thought it was the best harmonies he’d heard in a long while. It was very much the two of us against the world at that point.”

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      Too Many People
      3 Legs
      Ram On
      Dear Boy
      Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey
      Smile Away

      Side B
      Heart Of The Country
      Monkberry Moon Delight
      Eat At Home
      Long Haired Lady
      Ram On [reprise]
      The Back Seat Of My Car

      Paul McCartney

      McCartney III

        McCartney III was recorded in early 2020 in Sussex, England at McCartney's home while in lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Describing the process of recording the album, McCartney said: "Each day I’d start recording with the instrument I wrote the song on and then gradually layer it all up; it was a lot of fun. It was about making music for yourself rather than making music that has to do a job. So, I just did stuff I fancied doing. I had no idea this would end up as an album." Like previous McCartney albums, the instrumental work is recorded by McCartney himself. He similarly performed most of the instruments on his 2005 album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard and on his 2007 album Memory Almost Full. 

        Paul McCartney

        Flaming Pie - Half-Speed Master Edition

          Flaming Pie is the tenth solo studio album by Paul McCartney, first released in 1997.

          Having been heavily involved in The Beatles’ Anthology project, Paul had time to reflect on the standards he and his bandmates had set during their career, and applied these to what would become his first album in four years. Made in a much more spontaneous style, with songs recorded here and there, mostly on holiday, it’s an album that luxuriates in its own sense of fun.

          Featuring producers George Martin and Jeff Lynne, as well as musicians including Steve Miller, Ringo Starr and his own son, James McCartney, Flaming Pie would go on to become one of Paul’s most acclaimed albums. Sales were brisk, with the album only kept from the Number 1 slot on both sides of the Atlantic by the cultural phenomenon that was the Spice Girls’ Spice album.

          TRACK LISTING

          LP1
          Side A - Remastered Album
          The Song We Were Singing
          The World Tonight
          If You Wanna
          Side B - Remastered Album
          Somedays
          Young Boy
          Calico Skies
          Flaming Pie

          LP2
          Side A - Remastered Album
          Heaven On A Sunday
          Used To Be Bad
          Souvenir
          Side B - Remastered Album
          Little Willow
          Really Love You
          Beautiful Night
          Great Day

          LP3 Side A - Home Recordings
          The Song We Were Singing [Home Recording]
          The World Tonight [Home Recording]
          If You Wanna [Home Recording]
          Somedays [Home Recording]
          Young Boy [Home Recording]
          LP3 Side B - Home Recordings
          Calico Skies [Home Recording]
          Flaming Pie [Home Recording]
          Souvenir [Home Recording]
          Little Willow [Home Recording]
          Beautiful Night [1995 Demo]
          Great Day [Home Recording


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