Timeline More from year 2020
Release date:
Dec 18, 2020
Publisher:
Capitol Records

Related sessions

This album has been recorded during the following studio sessions



Recording "McCartney III"

April - June 2020 ?

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Long Tailed Winter Bird

Written by Paul McCartney

5:17 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Harmonium, Hofner bass, Producer, Recorder, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


2.

Find My Way

Written by Paul McCartney

3:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Harpsichord, Hofner bass, Moog bass, Piano, Producer, Synth bass, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


3.

Pretty Boys

Written by Paul McCartney

3:00 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Double bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Harpsichord, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


4.

Women And Wives

Written by Paul McCartney

2:52 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Double bass, Drums, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


5.

Lavatory Lil'

Written by Paul McCartney

2:22 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Moog bass, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


6.

Deep Deep Feeling

Written by Paul McCartney

8:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Foot stamping, Hofner bass, Maracas, Mellotron, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


7.

Slidin'

Written by Paul McCartney

3:23 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Rusty Anderson :
Electric guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. :
Drums
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Greg Kurstin :
Producer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alex Pasco :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


8.

The Kiss Of Venus

Written by Paul McCartney

3:06 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Harpsichord, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


9.

Seize The Day

Written by Paul McCartney

3:21 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Drums, Electric guitar, Hofner bass, Maracas, Piano, Producer, Rhodes, Tambourine, Vocals, Wurlitzer electric piano
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


10.

Deep Down

Written by Paul McCartney

5:52 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Harmonium, Moog bass, Producer, Rhodes, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


11.

Medley


1.

Winter Bird

Written by Paul McCartney

0:25 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Harmonium, Hofner bass, Mellotron, Percussion, Producer, Recorder, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


2.

When Winter Comes

Written by Paul McCartney

2:47 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Bob Kraushaar :
Recording engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer

Session Recording:
September 3, 1992
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

About

Press release, from paulmccartney.com, October 21, 2020:

McCARTNEY III
ALL-NEW, ALL-PAUL ALBUM OUT DECEMBER 11 ON CAPITOL RECORDS
Available Across Digital Platforms, On CD, And On LP Manufactured By Third Man Pressing.

Released in 1970 – McCartney
Released in 1980 – McCartney II
To be released in 2020 – McCartney III

Written, performed and produced by Paul McCartney 

Today Paul announces the third album in a trilogy of classics, with McCartney III arriving  on December 11 2020. McCartney III  will be Paul’s eighteenth solo studio album, following on from 2018’s Egypt Station, and has been uniquely “Made in Rockdown”.

2020 marks 50 years since Paul McCartney released his self-titled first solo album. Featuring Paul playing every instrument and writing and recording every song, McCartney’s effortless charms have only grown in stature and influence over time. The chart-topping album would signify not only a creative rebirth for Paul, but also as a template for generations of indie and lo-fi musicians seeking to emulate its warm homespun vibe and timeless tunes including ’Maybe I’m Amazed’, ‘Every Night’ and ’The Lovely Linda’. 
  
The 1970s saw Paul forming his second band Wings and dominating the charts, stages and airwaves of the world, with multiple #1 singles, sold-out world tours, multi-million-selling albums including Band on the RunVenus and MarsWings at the Speed of SoundLondon Town and more.  In 1980, 10 years from the release of McCartney, Paul wrapped up the decade of Wings with the surprise release of his second solo album, the electronic-tinged McCartney II. Once again featuring Paul entirely on his own, McCartney II would come to be regarded as a leftfield classic, with classic cuts such as ’Coming Up’, ‘Temporary Secretary’ and ’Waterfalls’.   
   
The 1980s saw Paul start again, this time kicking off an unprecedented solo run. The following four decades would see Paul’s iconic and legendary status grow exponentially, with solo masterpieces including Tug of War, Flowers in the DirtPipes of PeaceFlaming PieMemory Almost Full and New, and massive live shows the world over — actually setting the World Record for the largest attendance at a concert. In 2018, 54 years since The Beatles first hit #1 on the Billboard Album Charts – Paul’s Egypt Station would be yet another historic #1 McCartney album. 
  
Hard as it is to believe, it’s only been two years since Egypt Station went #1–and it was only last year that Paul’s Freshen Up tour played its last show before Covid hit pause on live music, a legendary blowout at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. 
  
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, 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. The process first sparked when Paul returned to an unreleased track from the early 90s, ’When Winter Comes’ (co-produced by George Martin). Paul crafted a new passage for the song, giving rise to album opener ’Long Tailed Winter Bird’—while ’When Winter Comes’, featuring its new 2020 intro ’Winter Bird’, became the new album’s grand finale. 

Speaking about III, Paul said: “I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day. I had to do a little bit of work on some film music and that turned into the opening track and then when it was done I thought what will I do next? I had some stuff I’d worked on over the years but sometimes time would run out and it would be left half-finished so I started thinking about what I had.  Each day I’d start recording with the instrument I wrote the song on and then gradually layer it all up, it was a lot of fun.  It was about making music for yourself rather than making music that has to do a job.  So, I just did stuff I fancied doing. I had no idea this would end up as an album.” 
  
‘Long Tailed Winter Bird’ and ’Winter Bird/When Winter Comes’ bookend McCartney III‘s 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. 
  
In keeping with McCartney & McCartney II’s photography by Linda McCartney, the principal photos for III were shot by Paul’s daughter Mary McCartney—with additional photography by Paul’s nephew Sonny McCartney as well as photos Paul took on his phone (it’s a family affair).  The cover art and typography is by celebrated American artist Ed Ruscha.  
  
McCartney and McCartney II each saw Paul open up a new decade with reinvention, both personal and musical. 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. 

McCartney III will be released December 11 on Capitol Records across digital platforms, on CD, and on LP manufactured by Third Man Pressing. Vinyl configurations will range from standard 180g to a Third Man Edition of 3000 hand-numbered red vinyl copies, a ‘333’ Edition sold only via Third Man Records online store and limited to 333 copies on yellow-with-black-dots vinyl created using 33 recycled vinyl copies of McCartney and McCartney II, a U.S. indie retail exclusive pressing of 4000 hand-numbered white vinyl LPs, and more. 

The song “Deep Deep Feeling” being 8 minutes long and located roughly in the middle of the track list created a strangeness. The track list for “McCartney III” is different between the CD variants and the LP variants:

CD versionsLP versions
Track 5. Lavatory Lil’Track 5. Lavatory Lil’
Track 6. Deep Deep FeelingTrack 6. Slidin’ (end of Side A)
Track 7. Slidin’Track 7. Deep Deep Feeling (beginning of Side B)
Track 8. The Kiss Of VenusTrack 8. The Kiss Of Venus
From paulmccartney.com – Paul photographed by daughter Mary at his home studio in Sussex, 2020. © Mary McCartney

Last updated on February 9, 2021

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Nan 1 years ago

But... wasn't Driving Rain a masterpiece too?? How humble of Paul to leave that one out in his lengthy self-praising press release.


The PaulMcCartney Project 1 years ago

@Nan, I'm a big fan of Driving Rain, not so big fan of "Chaos And Creation..." which is frequently mentioned as one of his masterpieces... Personal tastes, reviews & PR don't always properly mix up :)


Martin 1 years ago

Wrong track list.
#8 The Kiss of Venus, and #11 Winter Bird/When Winter Comes.


Roger Ricoy 1 years ago

More accurate list:

1. Long Tailed Winter Bird
2. Find My Way
3. Pretty Boys
4. Women and Wives
5. Lavatory Lil
6. Slidin'
7. Deep Deep Feeling
8. The Kiss of Venus
9. Seize the Day
10. ___ ___ [TBA]
11. Winter Bird/When Winter Comes


Roger Ricoy 1 years ago

You still wrong with that medley.

Updated:

01. Long Tailed Winter Bird
02. Find My Way
03. Pretty Boys
04. Women And Wives
05. Lavatory Lil'
06. Slidin'
07. Deep Deep Feeling
08. The Kiss Of Venus
09. Seize The Day
10. Deep Down
11. Winter Bird/When Winter Comes


Ivan Acosta 1 years ago

On Slidin', I think Abe Laboriel, Jr. is on drums. I also think Rusty Anderson's on guitar on it.


The PaulMcCartney Project 1 years ago

Hi Ivan, the whole album is advertised as being 100% McCartney ; but let's see the credit notes when the album is released - 8 more days to wait !!


Ivan Acosta 1 years ago

According to Genius, McCartney III is gonna feature studio outtakes of Women and Wives and Lavatory Lil, phone demo of The Kiss of Venus, and a jam of Slidin'


The PaulMcCartney Project 1 years ago

Hi Ivan,
First you were right regarding the contribution of Abe / Rusty on Slidin'. It has been confirmed with a photo of the credit notes of the CD album.
Then, you are also right about the outtakes - those will be on a Japanese special edition - https://www.the-paulmccartney-project.com/album/mccartney-iii-japanese-edition-limited-release/ - and the same may be dispatched on the colourful CDs - like https://www.the-paulmccartney-project.com/album/mccartney-iii-deluxe-edition-blue-cover-cd/

I will complete the setlists once I get my editions of "McCartney III".


Jean-Noël 8 months ago

Part "differences between the CD and the LP" Track 8. The Kiss Of Venue : the right title is "Venus", not "Venue" !! But, despite of this, it's an excellent track, like all the others. Thanks Paul for this good job. And go on : we're still in rockdown !!


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