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Published: 2011/12/19

Paul McCartney Will Look to the Past on New Record

Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder are among the acts slated to appear on Sir. Paul McCartney’s new album of standards. Billed as a “glimpse into the songs which inspired the songs,” the new, jazzy set is slated for release on February 7, 2012 via Hear Music/Concord Records. McCartney recorded the album with producer Tommy LiPuma as well as Diana Krall and her band.

“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,” McCartney said in a statement. “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’.”

The album marks the first time McCartney does not play an instrument on one of his records. He adds, “It was very spontaneous, kind of organic, which then reminded me of the way we’d work with The Beatles. 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 set also includes the originals “My Valentine” and “Only Our Hearts.” “My Valentine” is now streaming on McCartney’s website.

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