The Paul McCartney Project

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By Paul McCartneyOfficial album• Part of the collection “Paul McCartney • Studio albums

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UK release date:
Oct 11, 2013
US release date:
Oct 11, 2013
Publisher:
Concord

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Save Us

Written by Paul McCartney, Paul Epworth

2:39 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Paul Epworth:
Drums, Producer

Studio:
Wolf Tone Studios, Air Studios, Henson Recording Studios and Hog Hill Mill


2.

Alligator

Written by Paul McCartney

3:27 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Celeste, Glockenspiel, Guitar, Percussion, Play-me-a-song book, Synthesizer, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums
Paul Wickens:
Keyboards
Brian Ray:
Guitar
Mark Ronson:
Producer

Studio:
Avatar Studios, Henson Recording Studios, AIR Studios, Hogg Hill Mill


3.

On My Way To Work

Written by Paul McCartney

Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Ciguitar, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Guitar
Paul Wickens:
Accordion, Guitar, Piano
Brian Ray:
Guitar
Toby Pitman:
Programming
Cathy Thompson:
Violin
Laura Melhuish:
Violin
Patrick Kiernan:
Violin
Nina Foster:
Violin
Peter Lale:
Viola
Rachel Robson:
Viola
Caroline Dale:
Cello
Katherine Jenkinson:
Cello
Chris Worsey:
Cello
Richard Pryce:
Bass
Steve McManus:
Bass
Giles Martin:
Producer

Studio:
Hog Hill Mill, Abbey Road Studios and Henson Recording Studios


4.

Queenie Eye

Written by Paul McCartney, Paul Epworth

Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Guitar, Lap steel guitar, Mellotron, Moog, Piano, Synthesizer, Tambourine, Vocals
Paul Epworth:
Drums, Producer

Studio:
Air Studios, Henson Recording Studios, and Hog Hill Mill


5.

Early Days

Written by Paul McCartney

4:08 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Double bass, Harmonium, Knee percusion, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Backing vocals
Brian Ray:
Dulcimer
Ethan Johns:
Drums, Percussion, Producer
Giles Martin:
Additional production

Recording:
February-March 2012, and 2013 (overdubs)
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Hension Studios (Los Angeles)


6.

New

Written by Paul McCartney

Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Bouzouki with pencils, Conga drums, Harpsichord, Maracas, Mellotron, Piano, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Rusty Anderson:
Backing vocals, Bouzouki with pencils, Guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Backing vocals, Drums
Paul Wickens:
Backing vocals
Dave Bishop:
Baritone saxophone
Brian Ray:
Backing vocals, Guitar
Mark Ronson:
Producer
Steve Sidwell:
Trumpet
Jamie Talbot:
Tenor saxophone
Giles Martin:
Additional production

Studio:
Avatar Studios, Henson Recording Studios, Air Studios and Hog Hill Mill


7.

Appreciate

Written by Paul McCartney

Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Ciguitar, Drum, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Backing vocals, Bouzouki, Guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Backing vocals, Drums
Brian Ray:
Backing vocals, Baritone guitar, Guitar
Toby Pitman:
Programming
Giles Martin:
Producer

Studio:
Hog Hill Mill and Henson Recording Studios


8.

Everybody Out There

Written by Paul McCartney

Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Mellotron, Piano, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr.:
Drums
Brian Ray:
Guitar
Toby Pitman:
Keyboards, Programming
Cathy Thompson:
Violin
Laura Melhuish:
Violin
Patrick Kiernan:
Violin
Nina Foster:
Violin
Peter Lale:
Viola
Rachel Robson:
Viola
Caroline Dale:
Cello
Katherine Jenkinson:
Cello
Chris Worsey:
Cello
Richard Pryce:
Bass
Steve McManus:
Bass
Giles Martin:
Foot stamp, Producer
Eliza Marshall:
Alto flute
Anna Noakes:
Alto flute

Studio:
Air Studios, Abbey Road Studios, Hog Hill Mill, and Henson Recording Studios


9.

Hosanna

Written by Paul McCartney

Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Guitar, Tape loops, Vocals
Ethan Johns:
Ipad tambora app, Producer

Studio:
Abbey Road Studios, Air Studios, and Henson Recording Studios


10.

I Can Bet

Written by Paul McCartney

Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Drums, Guitar, Moog, Percussion, Tape loops, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Rusty Anderson:
Guitar
Paul Wickens:
Hammond organ
Toby Pitman:
Programming
Giles Martin:
Producer

Studio:
Air Studios and Henson Recording Studios


11.

Looking At Her

Written by Paul McCartney

Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Drums, Guitar, Mellotron, Moog, Percussion, Vocals
Rusty Anderson:
Guitar
Toby Pitman:
Keyboards, Programming
Giles Martin:
Producer

Studio:
Hog Hill Mil and Henson Recording Studios


12.

Road

Written by Paul McCartney, Paul Epworth

Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Celeste, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
Paul Epworth:
Drums, Producer

Studio:
Hog Hill Mill, Air Studios, and Henson Recording Studios


13.

Scared

Written by Paul McCartney

Studio version • Hidden track

About

From the Press release:

Talking about the album, Paul said: “It’s funny, when I play people the album they’re surprised it’s me. A lot of the tracks are quite varied and not necessarily in a style you’d recognize as mine. I didn’t want it to all sound the same. I really enjoyed making this album. It’s always great to get a chance to get into the studio with a bunch of new songs and I was lucky to work with some very cool producers. We had a lot of fun.

Paul worked on the album with producers Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns and Giles Martin.

Commenting on the process, Paul said: “The original idea was to go to a couple of producers whose work I loved, to see who I got on with best – but it turned out I got on with all of them! We made something really different with each producer, so I couldn’t choose and ended up working with all four. We just had a good time in different ways.

The album was recorded at Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles; Avatar Studios, New York; Abbey Road Studios, London; Air Studios, London; Wolf Tone Studios, London and Hog Hill Mill, East Sussex.

From the Press release – Bio:

[…] First up for a dose of fun was Paul Epworth, who did what anyone presented with 20 new Paul McCartney songs to record would do, and decided put them to one side and jam something more. “I feel like I thrive as a producer from getting in a room with somebody, and making music from scratch,” says Epworth. “He came down for a meeting, to sit down and have a chat, and within an hour we were in the live room with him on bass and me on drums – that was definitely a pinch yourself moment! – and within 20 minutes we had this riff together, which became the first song on the record.”

“It’s hard not to get caught up in that kind of excitement,” enthuses McCartney of the experience, which took place in Epworth’s small London studio. “It’s similar to my Fireman project and I like working like that. It’s always a motivating thing for me, having to clear the backlog before I can write more, to realise you suddenly have enough for an album. But Paul had an idea for us to write something new. So even though I had 20 songs, the first one we put down, the opening track, we wrote in the studio just off the back of Paul’s enthusiasm.”

That song, ‘Save Us’, with the kind of modern-yet-retro, frenetic and fuzzy guitars that so characterised The Strokes, certainly lives up to McCartney’s claims of not being in a style that you would associate with him. And Epworth’s contribution to the record is more than evident on his other two tracks, which took shape in Paul’s Hog Hill Mill studios in Sussex: ‘Queenie Eye’ has more twists and turns than you would have thought possible to cram in to a mere 3 minutes and forty seconds, while ‘Road’ – which closes the album – subtly builds from lounge-y rimshots-and-xylophone groove into something approaching an epic.

“I felt like it was important to keep doing stuff to these songs, try to look for things in them that were… not referencing things Paul had done in the past, but of a similar spirit,” says Epworth. “So you go from the slightly esoteric, meandering of ‘Road’, which is almost a psychedelic blues thing, to ‘Queenie Eye’, which is quite a tough rock’n’roll song. Paul creatively is very open minded: he’s able to create something and then step back and take a judgement on whether he likes it or not.”

Next came the first Mark Ronson contribution to the album – the title track – also the most straightforward of the set, and the most familiar sounding, with jaunty echoes of ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ or ‘Penny Lane’, and the sort of effortlessly beautiful, airy yet sophisticated melody that made Paul McCartney who his is today. “It’s a happy, positive, summer love song,” says Paul. “It makes me think of driving across America in a Cadillac – so hopefully people will think of the sunshine when they hear it, so when we get into the autumn it will give them a little summer feeling!”

Mark’s other contribution, ‘Alligator’, afforded him the opportunity to get his hands on the original four-track recorder from Abbey Road that Paul had used on a lot of his solo recordings made post-The Beatles, up in Scotland. “That was one where we experimented a lot. Because his music is just so all around us now, we forget that Paul, with The Beatles and solo, was always on the cutting edge of technology. So it makes sense that he would want to try out all these new pieces of equipment. We used a TC Helicon for the vocals, which is what Kanye uses a lot on his stuff, so there’s some really interesting things going on with the vocals in the bridges of that song.”

Ethan Johns’ experience of working on ‘Early Days’ and ‘Hosanna’ reflects a similarly, likeably loose attitude in terms of what was going to happen. “There was no plan,” he remembers. “It was, ‘Let’s just go into the studio for a few days and see what happens. I walked through the door with no preconceptions with what I was going to do. It was a complete blank canvas. I’m not even sure in his mind he has a defined idea of what he wants to do. He wants to react to the moment. It was very much, ‘What do you feel like doing?’”

Paul McCartney concurs: “If you said to me now, ok, this afternoon you are going to sit down and write a song, that would really excite me – I just love delving into that area and trying to write something – and taking that into the studio is another kind of excitement because then you get to play around with it.”

“He had a CD, which had a number of titles on it,” Ethan Continues. “But then he said, ‘I’ve got this song called ‘Hosanna’, and played it through on acoustic guitar. And the feeling of it was… I mean, I just lit up like the sun when I heard it, because I could feel the inspiration, the connection, the musicality of it. It wasn’t trying to be something it wasn’t, it just was. It was right. So it was simple. What you hear on the record, that’s pretty much it. Just him playing, with a couple of mics set up.”

From the most stripped down moment on the album we come to – last but very much not least – the contribution of Giles Martin who weighed in with five tracks (six if you count the hidden track ‘Scared’). Perhaps continuing on from the unique experience of re-arranging pieces of The Beatles back catalogue into something new with the ‘Love’ album, he brings perhaps the most sonically adventurous sections of the record. ‘On My Way To Work’ sees simple acoustic guitar/processed drum beat beginnings mutate into huge psychedelic swoops of noise. There’s ‘Looking At Her’, which starts out as a classic McCartney melody, then responds to the line “Me, I’m just losing my mind” with huge, explosive blasts of Moog noise. ‘Appreciate’ has a lo-fi, almost hip hop feel, with a strange effect on the vocals, layers of heavy fuzz-organ and treated guitars.

“With things like ‘Appreciate’, we had all these tape loop sounds that he’d brought in, and guitar loop sounds,” says Giles. “And we started chopping it all together into this big collage, and I remember saying to him at one point, ‘We should try and make this into a song’, and he just gave me this look, like, ‘You’re so boring!’. Then we found this chorus that he’d done previously, over something completely different, and we spliced that together and it all just worked. That’s one of my favourite tracks on the album, I listen to it in a lot of different ways.”

That said, for all the experimentation and adventure contained within these tracks, it’s clear that Giles Martin is also a producer who knows when to step back and let things breathe. ‘Everybody Out There’ is a straight up, driving Macca pop song that arrived almost fully formed, while ‘I Can Bet’ has a pretty distinct Wings vibe. And then, best of all, there is that hidden track ‘Scared’: just one man and a piano with lines like “I’m scared to say I love you” exhibiting a fragility, a nakedness that we’ve not heard from McCartney in years. “We tried various things, various arrangements,” says Giles. “But to me this had to be just him on his own. Funnily enough, I was talking to Ethan about a thing his dad had said to him, which was ‘When the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, you should just step back’. And ‘Scared’ is one of those. It’s a great end to the album.”

And so, with what is unquestionably his most intriguing record in years – and possibly his best – now completed and ready for the world to be wowed by, it is obvious to its creator what he must do next. Take a break? No. “The next thing for me is to get together with the band and learn the whole album,” he says. “I’m really looking forward to it – I’ve never done that ‘Play the entire album’ thing. People have asked me about this before and I’ve always said I’ve got too much other stuff to play, but now I’m really excited to see how the songs will sound – there are a few I have my eye on that were made to play live!”



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Last updated on October 31, 2013


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