Paul McCartney gets a star-studded homage

VARIOUS ARTISTS - The Art Of McCartney

The Art Of McCartney

The greatest living pop-rock musician: behind the legend that is Paul McCartney lies a lot of great music many tend to forget or not know about. Thankfully, among Macca’s fans are a lot of his colleagues, old and new, who used to follow Paul through the years and cover his songs once, or maybe twice, in a while. Some didn’t do that, though, but are doing it now, delivering the most impressive tribute to the Liverpudlian to overshadow all the previous homages.

Out on November 17th, “The Art Of McCartney” features a host of top-notch performers, including Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson and KISS, plus Smokey Robinson whose songs THE BEATLES used to cover, playing with McCartney’s own band – his MD, keyboardist Wix Wickens, guitarists Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, and drummer, Abe Laboriel, Jr – under the guidance of producer Ralph Sall. The latter first worked with the Beatle in 2003, reworking “A Love For You” from the “Ram” sessions for “The In-Laws” OST, and then asked Paul for the support of a tribute project that now came to a fruition, spearheaded by THE CURE‘s take on “Hello Goodbye” with James McCartney on keys, the single available for download already – for those who pre-order the album.

Great as it is, there’s also a deluxe boxed edition of “The Art Of McCartney” containing 3CD, DVD, two pieces of artwork exclusively commissioned from Alan Aldridge, the most famous illustrator of The Fabs’ songs, an illustrated guide to the creation of the homage, a specially designed Hofner-bass-shaped USB with the album in lossless, flac files, four colored vinyl platters and four art cards. The set is to be out only on the December 15th, yet those who pre-order it will receive a free 34-track mp3-download alongside the rest of them, on November 17th. As for the contents, here they are – with many a hugely surprising selection:

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 feat. James McCartney

VARIOUS ARTISTS - The Art Of McCartney - Deluxe Box Set

The Art Of McCartney – Deluxe Box Set

1. Live And Let Die – Billy Joel
2. Let It Be – Chrissie Hynde
3. Jet – Robin Zander & Rick Nielsen
4. Hi Hi Hi – Joe Elliott
5. Letting Go – HEART
6. Hey Jude – Steve Miller
7. Listen To What The Man Said – OWL CITY
8. Got To Get You Into My Life – Perry Farrell
9. Drive My Car – Dion
10. Lady Madonna – Allen Toussaint
11. Let ‘Em In – Dr. John
12. So Bad – Smokey Robinson
13. No More Lonely Nights – THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT
14. Eleanor Rigby – Alice Cooper
15. Come And Get It – Toots Hibbert with Sly & Robbie
16. On The Way – B.B. King
17. Birthday – Sammy Hagar

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 Making of “The Art Of McCartney” – audio documentary

Making of “The Art Of McCartney”

September 10, 2014

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