THE ART OF McCARTNEY RELEASED NOVEMBER 18th A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC OF SIR PAUL McCARTNEY, EXCLUSIVE RECORDINGS FEATURING McCARTNEY’S BAND, NEW STUDIO RECORDINGS FEATURING BOB DYLAN, BILLY JOEL, WILLIE NELSON, SMOKEY ROBINSON, BRIAN WILSON, HEART, BARRY GIBB, JEFF LYNNE, DEF LEPPARD, ROGER DALTREY, OWL CITY, CORINNE BAILEY RAE, AND MANY OTHERS

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THE ART OF McCARTNEY

RELEASED NOVEMBER 18th

A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC OF SIR PAUL McCARTNEY

EXCLUSIVE RECORDINGS FEATURING McCARTNEY’S BAND

NEW STUDIO RECORDINGS FEATURING BOB DYLAN, BILLY JOEL, WILLIE NELSON, SMOKEY ROBINSON, BRIAN WILSON, HEART, BARRY GIBB, JEFF LYNNE, DEF LEPPARD, ROGER DALTREY, OWL CITY, CORINNE BAILEY RAE, AND MANY OTHERS

THE CURE ‘HELLO GOODBYE’ FT JAMES McCARTNEY AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW

www.theartofmccartney.com

 

 

September 9, 2014 – New York – The Art Of McCartney is a long awaited and very special project celebrating one of the most universally acclaimed songwriters of all time, Sir Paul McCartney. With backing provided by McCartney’s long time band, classic tracks such as Maybe I’m Amazed, My Love, The Long And Winding Road, When I’m 64, Let It Be, Helter Skelter, Eleanor Rigby, Live And Let Die have been recorded by some of the world’s greatest artists. The Art of McCartney will be released on November 18th.

 

The caliber of artists showing their respect to Paul’s songwriting genius is truly staggering. Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, The Cure, The Who’s Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, Dr John, Yusuf, Barry Gibb, Jamie Cullum, KISS, Chrissie Hynde, ELO legend Jeff Lynne, and many more have recorded McCartney songs exclusively for this album.

 

The Art Of McCartney is the brainchild of Los Angeles producer, Beatles and McCartney fanatic, Ralph Sall, who has driven this project from conception to delivery. Sall met and worked alongside Paul in 2003 when they revived a song from the 1971 Ram sessions for a movie soundtrack. Ralph then asked Paul and his publishing company if they would support his making this album to honour him. They came back with Paul’s own blessing and thumbs aloft for the project to go ahead.

 

Ralph became a man on a mission, first recruiting McCartney’s gifted backing guitarists, Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, keyboard player Paul “Wix” Wickens, plus the larger than life drummer, Abe Laboriel, Jr. They know Paul’s extensive back catalogue intimately and this is the first time they have recorded his songs with anyone else since they first started working together with Paul over 12 years ago.

 

Ralph then set about approaching the world’s greatest performers to invite them to step forward and make their mark. This has been a labour of love, not only for Ralph but also for the artists who gave their time to be part of it. All have spoken of the importance of McCartney and his songwriting in their own careers and wanted to show their appreciation.

 

A key strength of The Art Of McCartney is the way these world class artists have got to grips with the sheer range and quality of Paul’s work. From his groundbreaking recordings with The Beatles, through to key moments with Wings and his solo compositions, they are all featured on the album.

 

Legendary Beach Boy, Brian Wilson, was the first to take up the challenge. Undoubtedly he set the bar very high with his rendition of Wanderlust from the underrated 1982 album Tug Of War.

 

There are very few artists whose own work rivals The Beatles. So when producer Ralph Sall approached Bob Dylan to take part, he knew it was ambitious. Dylan’s choice was Things We Said Today – a track from The Beatles’ soundtrack A Hard Days Night – and audiences will be captivated as he growls his way through his remarkable version.

 

There are so many great interpretations here but look out for Willie Nelson’s heartfelt Yesterday, Roger Daltrey’s frenzied version of Helter Skelter, B.B. King’s atmospheric On The Way and The Cure’s Hello Goodbye. Also Smokey Robinson who makes his version of So Bad from Paul’s Pipes of Peace album his own, his tender vocals taking the song in a new direction.

 

All 
aspects of Paul’s peerless back catalogue have been explored from The Beatles to his experimental early solo work, to Wings and his latter solo output. Lesser-known hidden classics such as Junk and Every Night are given a fresh outing and interpretation.

 

The lead off track from the album is The Cure’s take on The Beatles classic ‘Hello Goodbye’ which is the band’s first release in 6 years and also features Sir Paul’s son James on keyboards. The track is available for download now for those who pre-order The Art Of McCartney.

Whether it is The Cure’s Robert Smith, Corinne Bailey Rae, Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel or KISS, they each bring their own special talent to Paul’s much-loved songs. In so doing, they have created versions that are both new and classic at the same time.

 

The Art of McCartney is the very definition of the universal appeal and timeless magic of Sir Paul McCartney’s songs and songwriting.

 

The Art Of McCartney is an audiophile’s dream. It is available in five beautifully packaged formats for the McCartney fan in your life:

 

Strictly Limited Deluxe Boxset (shown above)

 

A limited run of 1,000 Deluxe Boxsets will include Alan Aldridge signed artwork exclusively available on The Art of McCartney online store.

 

  • 2 pieces of specially commissioned artwork by Alan Aldridge
  • Bespoke Höfner guitar USB with FLAC files of 34 tracks
  • The Making of The Art Of McCartney – Collectors Edition DVD film containing behind the scenes footage from the recording studios and interviews with the artists
  • The Making of The Art Of McCartney – Audio documentary about the making of the album narrated by Bill Nighy
  • Illustrated guide to The Art of McCartney within a 64-page 12” hardback book
  • 4 black and white artcards
  • 42 track triple CD
  • 42 track quadruple 12”, 180 gramcoloured vinyl
  • Certificate of authenticity hand numbered

 

This deluxe box is a must for any fan of McCartney’s music

 

Strictly Limited Vinyl Boxset

  • 42 track quadruple 12”, 180 gram coloured vinyl
  • Illustrated guide to The Art of McCartney within a 12” bound book

 

Triple Gatefold Vinyl

  • 34 track triple 12”, 180 gram vinyl

 

CD Casebook

  • 34 track double CD
  • 16-page hardback book
  • The Making of The Art Of McCartney DVD film containing behind the scenes footage from the recording studios and interviews with the artists

 

CD Remus

  • 34 track double CD
  • 8-page booklet

 

Standard Digital Album

  • 34 tracks

iTunes Album (MFiT)

  • 36 tracks and digital booklet

 

THE ART OF McCARTNEY TRACKLISTING

 

  1. Maybe I’m Amazed – Billy Joel
  2. Things We Said Today – Bob Dylan
  3. Band On The Run – Heart
  4. Junior’s Farm – Steve Miller
  5. The Long and Winding Road – Yusuf / Cat Stevens
  6. My Love – Harry Connick, Jr.
  7. Wanderlust – Brian Wilson
  8. Bluebird – Corinne Bailey Rae
  9. Yesterday – Willie Nelson
  10. Junk – Jeff Lynne
  11. When I’m 64 – Barry Gibb
  12. Every Night – Jamie Cullum
  13. Venus and Mars/ Rock Show – KISS
  14. Let Me Roll It – Paul Rodgers
  15. Helter Skelter – Roger Daltrey
  16. Helen Wheels – Def Leppard
  17. Hello Goodbye – The Cure ft James McCartney
  18. Live And Let Die – Billy Joel
  19. Let It Be – Chrissie Hynde
  20. Jet – Robin Zander & Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick
  21. Hi Hi Hi – Joe Elliott
  22. Letting Go – Heart
  23. Hey Jude – Steve Miller
  24. Listen To What The Man Said – Owl City
  25. Got To Get You Into My Life – Perry Farrell
  26. Drive My Car – Dion
  27. Lady Madonna – Allen Toussaint
  28. Let ‘Em In – Dr. John
  29. So Bad – Smokey Robinson
  30. No More Lonely Nights – The Airborne Toxic Event
  31. Eleanor Rigby – Alice Cooper
  32. Come And Get It – Toots Hibbert with Sly & Robbie
  33. On The Way – B. B. King
  34. Birthday – Sammy Hagar

 

The limited edition vinyl boxset and deluxe boxset features the following eight extra tracks;

 

  1. C Moon – Robert Smith
  2. Can’t Buy Me Love – Booker T. Jones
  3. P.S. I Love You – Ronnie Spector
  4. All My Loving – Darlene Love
  5. For No One – Ian McCulloch
  6. Put It There – Peter, Bjorn & John
  7. Run Devil Run – Wanda Jackson
  8. Smile Away – Alice Cooper

 

 

 

The Art Of McCartney is available to pre-order now via The Art of McCartney Online Store, iTunes and Amazon:

www.theartofmccartney.com

 

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