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New News – Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney is set to release a covers albums in early 2012.

The Beatles man recorded the album in Los Angeles and has said it is comprised of covers from the “pre rock” era.

Speaking to Rolling Stone about the release, he said: “It’s my dad’s style of music. I’ve wanted
to do that kind of thing forever, since The Beatles days. But then Rod went mad on it. I thought, ‘I have to wait so it doesn’t look like I’m trying to do a Rod.'”

The album, which does not yet have a title, will feature a number of songs with jazz singer Diana Krall and McCartney has said each song is one “He admires” and that the album is “Get-home-from-work music.”

He said: “They’re just songs I admire. I’m trying to steer away from the obvious
ones. It’s get-home-from-work music. You put it on and get a glass of wine.”

McCartney has also said he is planning to record a “heavy rock album” after being inspired by the new Foo Fighters album ‘Wasting Light’. He added: “It sounds quite wacky, but it keeps it fresh. I love that, you get a crazy idea and go with it. You never know, I may run into a garage to make this other album.”


In the meantime remasters of his first two solo albums will be along soon.

May 26, 2011 Posted by | Cover Stories, Jazz Vocal, New News, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Mull Of Kintyre

The Carskey estate on the Mull of Kintyre, immortalised by Sir Paul McCartney in the 1977 Wings song, has been put on the market for £2.96 million.

McCartney was so inspired by the area’s beauty that he penned the huge Christmas hit. The single was the first in the UK to sell over two million copies and was Wings’ biggest UK hit, it’s rousing finale boasting the Campbeltown Pipe Band.

On the market for £2.95 million the buyer would bag 7,360 acres, a nine bedroom Edwardian house and nine miles of coastline.

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October 14, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New News, Video | , | 2 Comments

Lennon & Nilsson – The Lost Weekend

The Lost Weekend seems an appropriate title for a post given my current mood, however, it is really a opportunnity to post on one of Harry Nilsson’s less commercial albums “Pussy Cats” which was one of the products of John Lennon’s infamous “lost weekend” which lasted months rather than days.

In order to set the scene you have to go back to September 1973 when Lennon travelled to LA to get away from NYC and the now estranged Yoko Ono, with him was May Pang who ironically Ono had encouraged to have an affair with Lennon to stave off other non marital experiences!

In addition Lennon was still in the midst of a big dispute with Paul McCartney and had just experienced a big drop in sales of his solo output which had initially peaked with “Imagine”.

LA was to be the scene for the wildest period of Lennon’s life (even wilder than the Hamburg days).

Whilst Lennon wasn’t broke he had little liquid assets with his monthly allowance from Apple still being paid to Ono thus after a  stay at his lawyers apartment he accepted the offer of accommodation from Harry Nilsson who had been attending some of the shambolic Phil Spector produced sessions that Lennon had been recording since his arrival in LA.

These sessions were eventually partially salvaged via the “Rock ‘n’ Roll” album.

“Ain’t That A Shame” – John Lennon

Nilsson was living in a beach house in Santa Monica rented for him by his record company and already had two house guests messers Ringo Starr and Keith Moon, who was also in the USA to pass the time away whilst The Who were off the road.

As you can imagine (sic) this was a lethal combination which, following the collapse of the Spector sessions saw Lennon agreeing to produce an album for Nilsson and the three amigos agreeing to help Moon complete his ill-advised solo album “Two Sides Of The Moon”

From the album here is a version of Nilsson’s “Together”

“Together” – Keith Moon

This being the lessor evil than posting his version of “In My Life”

The Nilsson album “Pussy Cats” had the intent of being a much more serious project, however, Nilsson was suffering from a severe throat condition which limited his vocal ability to a great extent but he wasn’t willing to let Lennon know in case he pulled the plug on the sessions.

At the end of the first day of the session a guest arrived in the form of Paul McCartney who after four years of disagreement with Lennon had perhaps heard of his current state of mind and came on some sort of mercy mission.

McCartney agreed to “jam” but only if he played the drums (he did not want this to be perceived as a Beatles reunion) the session was later bootlegged.

This is perhaps the nearest to a Nilsson standard that they recorded.

“Don’t Forget Me” – Nilsson

Here are all the four musketeers with a “version” of THE Bill Haley song

“Rock Around The Clock” – Nilsson

Lennon returned to NYC in April 1974 where he salvaged after Capital Records paid a ransom to buy back the tapes from Spector.

Lennon and Ono made the first steps to reconciliation at the end of November 1974 when Lennon made a return to the live stage with Elton John at Madison Square Garden

“Pussy Cats” was released in 1974 buy HERE

“Two Sides Of The Moon” was finally released after much more drinking and re-recording in 1975 buy HERE

“Rock ‘n’ Roll” was salvaged and released in 1975 buy HERE

For the full story on the Lost Weekend see the new issue of Q Magazine

January 3, 2010 Posted by | Old Music, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Neil Young at Hyde Park

Neil Young 2009

Neil Young‘s headlining performance at London’s Hyde Park on Saturday was given an extra special jolt of energy when Paul McCartney unexpectedly joined Young onstage for a rendition of The Beatlespsychedelic opus A Day In The Life.

Young has been closing his arena set with the Lennon/McCartney masterpiece for the last 12 months.

Watch McCartney surprise Young onstage below. Punching the air, swaying from side-to-side and even throwing the odd thumbs-up into the air – this really is None More Macca…


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July 2, 2009 Posted by | New News, Video | , , | 2 Comments


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