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- Release date:
- Dec 18, 2020
- Capitol Records
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- Limited to 3000 copies.
- Sold via Paul McCartney’s official online US shop (outside the US, another Red LP was available – also limited to 3000 copies)
Written, composed, and produced by Paul McCartney
Cover Art and Typography by Ed Ruscha
Cover Portrait by Mary McCartney
Hand-numbered gatefold featuring photography by Mary McCartney, Sonny McCartney and Paul McCartney (it’s a family affair!)
Limited-edition (3000 units worldwide) store exclusive made in collaboration with Third Man Records
180g red vinyl disc with printed inner disc sleeve
12” x 18” insert poster
‘Made in Rockdown’
50 years following the release of his self-titled first solo album McCartney, featuring Paul playing every instrument and writing and recording every song, Paul McCartney will release McCartney III on December 11th. Paul hadn’t planned to release an album in 2020, but in the isolation of “Rockdown,” he soon found himself fleshing out some existing musical sketches and creating even more new ones. Before long an eclectic collection of spontaneous songs would become McCartney III: a stripped-back, self-produced and, quite literally, solo work marking the opening of a new decade, in the tradition of 1970’s McCartney and 1980’s McCartney II. Recorded earlier this year in Sussex (UK), McCartney III is mostly built from live takes of Paul on vocals and guitar or piano, overdubbing his bass playing, drumming, etc. atop that foundation. McCartney III spans a vast and intimate range of modes and moods, from soul-searching to wistful, from playful to raucous and all points between — captured with some of the same gear from Paul’s Rude Studio used as far back as 1971 Wings sessions. And Paul’s array of vintage instruments he played on the new album have an even more storied history, including Bill Black of Elvis Presley’s original trio’s double bass alongside Paul’s own iconic Hofner violin bass, and a mellotron from Abbey Road Studios used on Beatles recordings, to name but a few. Just as McCartney’s 1970 release marked Paul’s return to basics in the wake of the biggest band break-up in musical history, and the 1980 avant-garde masterpiece McCartney II rose from the ashes of Wings, McCartney III finds Paul back on his own, turning unexpected circumstances into a personal snapshot of a timeless artist at a unique point in history.
From the Instagram account of Third Man Records, October 21, 2020:
Announcing McCartney III, to be released December 11 on @capitolrecords across digital platforms, on CD, and on LP manufactured by @thirdmanpressing . Vinyl configurations will include the Third Man Edition of 3000 hand-numbered red vinyl copies sold on @paulmccartney online store, a ‘333’ Edition sold only via #ThirdManRecords online store and limited to 333 copies on yellow-with-black-dots vinyl composed from a “regrind” of 33 McCartney & McCartney II records, and more. More info at the link in bio. @paulmccartney #paulmccartney
About Third Man Records:
Third Man Records is an independent record label founded by Jack White in Detroit, Michigan, in 2001. Third Man established its first physical location—a combination record store, performance venue, and headquarters for the label—in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2009. The label opened a Detroit branch location in 2015, which added a pressing plant (Third Man Pressing) in 2017.