The album comes in seven formats, ranging from digital download to a deluxe box set limited to 1,000 copies. It will be released on 18 November 2014.
Here's The Cure, with Paul's son James McCartney on keyboards, performing Hello, Goodbye:
The press release:
September 9, 2014 – New York – The Art Of McCartney is a long awaited and very special project celebrating one of the most universally acclaimed songwriters of all time, Sir Paul McCartney. With backing provided by McCartney's long time band, classic tracks such as Maybe I'm Amazed, My Love, The Long And Winding Road, When I'm 64, Let It Be, Helter Skelter, Eleanor Rigby, Live And Let Die have been recorded by some of the world's greatest artists. The Art of McCartney will be released on November 18th.
The caliber of artists showing their respect to Paul's songwriting genius is truly staggering. Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, The Cure, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, Dr John, Yusuf, Barry Gibb, Jamie Cullum, KISS, Chrissie Hynde, ELO legend Jeff Lynne, and many more have recorded McCartney songs exclusively for this album.
The Art Of McCartney is the brainchild of Los Angeles producer, Beatles and McCartney fanatic, Ralph Sall, who has driven this project from conception to delivery. Sall met and worked alongside Paul in 2003 when they revived a song from the 1971 Ram sessions for a movie soundtrack. Ralph then asked Paul and his publishing company if they would support his making this album to honour him. They came back with Paul's own blessing and thumbs aloft for the project to go ahead.
Ralph became a man on a mission, first recruiting McCartney's gifted backing guitarists, Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, keyboard player Paul "Wix" Wickens, plus the larger than life drummer, Abe Laboriel, Jr. They know Paul's extensive back catalogue intimately and this is the first time they have recorded his songs with anyone else since they first started working together with Paul over 12 years ago.
Ralph then set about approaching the world's greatest performers to invite them to step forward and make their mark. This has been a labour of love, not only for Ralph but also for the artists who gave their time to be part of it. All have spoken of the importance of McCartney and his songwriting in their own careers and wanted to show their appreciation.
A key strength of The Art Of McCartney is the way these world class artists have got to grips with the sheer range and quality of Paul's work. From his groundbreaking recordings with The Beatles, through to key moments with Wings and his solo compositions, they are all featured on the album.
Legendary Beach Boy, Brian Wilson, was the first to take up the challenge. Undoubtedly he set the bar very high with his rendition of Wanderlust from the underrated 1982 album Tug Of War.
There are very few artists whose own work rivals The Beatles. So when producer Ralph Sall approached Bob Dylan to take part, he knew it was ambitious. Dylan's choice was Things We Said Today – a track from The Beatles' soundtrack A Hard Days Night – and audiences will be captivated as he growls his way through his remarkable version.
There are so many great interpretations here but look out for Willie Nelson's heartfelt Yesterday, Roger Daltrey's frenzied version of Helter Skelter, B.B. King's atmospheric On The Way and The Cure's Hello Goodbye . Also Smokey Robinson who makes his version of So Bad from Paul's Pipes of Peace album his own, his tender vocals taking the song in a new direction.
All aspects of Paul ' s peerless back catalogue have been explored from The Beatles to his experimental early solo work, to Wings and his latter solo output. Lesser-known hidden classics such as Junk and Every Night are given a fresh outing and interpretation.
The lead off track from the album is The Cure's take on The Beatles classic 'Hello Goodbye' which is the band's first release in 6 years and also features Sir Paul's son James on keyboards. The track is available for download now for those who pre-order The Art Of McCartney.
Whether it is The Cure's Robert Smith, Corinne Bailey Rae, Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel or KISS, they each bring their own special talent to Paul's much-loved songs. In so doing, they have created versions that are both new and classic at the same time.
The Art Of McCartney is an audiophile's dream. It is available in five beautifully packaged formats for the McCartney fan in your life:
Strictly Limited Deluxe Boxset
A limited run of 1,000 Deluxe Boxsets will include Alan Aldridge signed artwork exclusively available on The Art of McCartney online store.
- 2 pieces of specially commissioned artwork by Alan Aldridge
- Bespoke Höfner guitar USB with FLAC files of 34 tracks
- The Making of The Art Of McCartney – Collectors Edition DVD film containing behind the scenes footage from the recording studios and interviews with the artists
- The Making of The Art Of McCartney – Audio documentary about the making of the album narrated by Bill Nighy
- Illustrated guide to The Art of McCartney within a 64-page 12" hardback book
- 4 black and white artcards
- 42 track triple CD
- 42 track quadruple 12", 180 gram coloured vinyl
- Certificate of authenticity hand numbered
This deluxe box is a must for any fan of McCartney's music
Strictly Limited Vinyl Boxset
- 42 track quadruple 12", 180 gram coloured vinyl
- Illustrated guide to The Art of McCartney within a 12" bound book
Triple Gatefold Vinyl
- 34 track triple 12", 180 gram vinyl
- 34 track double CD
- 16-page hardback book
- The Making of The Art Of McCartney DVD film containing behind the scenes footage from the recording studios and interviews with the artists
- 34 track double CD
- 8-page booklet
Standard Digital Album
- 34 tracks
iTunes Album (MFiT)
- 36 tracks and digital booklet
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 Sixty-Four – 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 (featuring James McCartney)
18. Live And Let Die – Billy Joel
19. Let It Be – Chrissie Hynde
20. Jet – Robin Zander & Rick Nielsen
21. Hi Hi Hi – Joe Elliott
22. Letting Go – Heart
23. Hey Jude – Steve Miller
24. Listen To What The Man Said – Owl City
25. Got To Get You Into My Life – Perry Farrell
26. Drive My Car – Dion
27. Lady Madonna – Allen Toussaint
28. Let 'Em In – Dr. John
29. So Bad – Smokey Robinson
30. No More Lonely Nights – The Airborne Toxic Event
31. Eleanor Rigby – Alice Cooper
32. Come And Get It – Toots Hibbert with Sly & Robbie
33. On The Way – BB King
34. Birthday – Sammy Hagar
The limited edition vinyl boxset and deluxe boxset features the following eight extra tracks;
1. C Moon – Robert Smith
2. Can't Buy Me Love – Booker T. Jones
3. PS 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 Art Of McCartney is available to pre-order now via The Art of McCartney Online Store, iTunes and Amazon.
Also on this day...
- 2016: Album release: Live At The Hollywood Bowl
- 2014: The Beatles’ remastered mono vinyl collection gets worldwide release
- 2009: The Beatles’ mono and stereo remasters are released
- 1971: US album release: Imagine by John Lennon
- 1968: Recording: Helter Skelter
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Aintree Institute, Liverpool
- 1960: Live: Indra Club, Hamburg
Want more? Visit the Beatles history section.