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"The Art of McCartney"
10 September 2014
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After months of suspension, a website for the "Art of McCartney" project was launched today. And yes, Dylan is confirmed to do "Things We Said Today "!
Here's 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

CD Casebook

  • 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

CD Remus

  • 34 track double CD
  • 8-page booklet

Standard Digital Album

  • 34 tracks

iTunes Album (MFiT)

  • 36 tracks and digital booklet

TRACKLISTING
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 64 – 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 - B. B. 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. P.S. 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 (http://theartofmccartney.com/), iTunes and Amazon.

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Star-studded McCartney tribute LP to feature Dylan, Brian Wilson, Daltrey, more

“The Art of Paul McCartney ,” a 32-track tribute album featuring covers of Paul McCartney songs both from his Beatles days and solo career by the likes of Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Roger Daltrey, Jeff Lynne and more, was announced April 3 by Arctic Poppy Records.

More at the link.

Pretty cool cover art.

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Pretty clever, the way they put the words of the title.

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My initial thought on that album is "pass". The list of artists include those that just can't hit the high Macca notes anymore. a-hard-days-night-paul-11

On the positive, the artwork is very cool and we will soon have more fodder for the "best/worst covers" thread.a-hard-days-night-paul-4

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WogBlog article on The Art of McCartney, now available for pre-order (that should be the Beatles Bible Amazon link if I did that correctly).

The Art Of McCartney Track List:

1. Billy Joel - "Maybe I'm Amazed "
2. Bob Dylan - "Things We Said Today "
3. Heart - "Band On The Run "
4. Steve Miller - "Junior's Farm"
5. Yusuf Islam - "The Long And Winding Road "
6. Harry Connick, Jr. - "My Love"
7. Brian Wilson - "Wanderlust"
8. Corinne Bailey Rae - "Bluebird"
9. Willie Nelson - "Yesterday "
10. Jeff Lynne - "Junk"
11. Barry Gibb - "When I'm 64"
12. Jamie Cullum - "Every Night "
13. Kiss - "Venus And Mars "/"Rock Show"
14. Paul Rodgers - "Let Me Roll It "
15. Roger Daltrey - "Helter Skelter "
16. Def Leppard - "Helen Wheels"
17. The Cure, featuring James McCartney - "Hello Goodbye "
18. Billy Joel - "Live And Let Die "
19. Chrissie Hynde - "Let It Be "
20. Cheap Trick's Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen - "Jet "
21. Joe Elliott - "Hi Hi Hi "
22. Heart - "Letting Go"
23. Steve Miller - "Hey Jude "
24. Owl City - "Listen to What the Man Said"
25. Perry Farrell - "Got To Get You Into My Life "
26. Dion - "Drive My Car "
27. Allen Toussaint - "Lady Madonna "
28. Dr. John - "Let 'Em In"
29. Smokey Robinson - "So Bad"
30. The Airborne Toxic Event - "No More Lonely Nights"
31. Alice Cooper - "Eleanor Rigby "
32. Toots Hibbert with Sly & Robbie - "Come And Get It "
33. B.B. King - "On the Way"
34. Sammy Hagar - "Birthday "

The Art of McCartney Bonus Tracks:

1. Robert Smith - C Moon"
2. Booker T. Jones - "Can't Buy Me Love "
3. Ronnie Spector - "P.S. I Love You"
4. Darlene Love - "All My Loving "
5. Ian McCulloch - "For No One "
6. Peter, Bjorn and John - "Put It There"
7. Wanda Jackson - "Run Devil Run "
8. Alice Cooper - "Smile Away "

 

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The Cure's cover of Hello Goodbye has apparently been released already. Haven't heard it yet myself but thought I'd share it.

That McCartney thing looks interesting. I think Billy Joel will do a great Maybe I'm Amazed . I also think Yusuf Islam's (since when doesn't he go under Cat Stevens anymore?) Long and winding road and Roger Daltrey's Helter Skelter will be awesome. Alice Cooper doing Eleanor Rigby will be interesting, just like the Cure's version of Hello Goodbye and a lot of others on that list. Definitely going to give it a listen.

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Linde said
I also think Yusuf Islam's (since when doesn't he go under Cat Stevens anymore?) 

Since the late 70s, actually.

I'm excited about this compilation!

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Wow!  The ones I'm interested in hearing:

 4. Steve Miller - "Junior's Farm" - Why do I think this will wind up completely different from what it should be?

13. Kiss - "Venus And Mars "/"Rock Show" - *shrug*

14. Paul Rodgers - "Let Me Roll It " - This should be pretty good.

16. Def Leppard - "Helen Wheels" - Actually, I think they'll do a good job.

20. Cheap Trick's Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen - "Jet " - Robin Zander is a sorely under-appreciated rock vocalist.

21. Joe Elliott - "Hi Hi Hi " - Not exactly in his wheelhouse, but he'll get this one.

22. Heart - "Letting Go" - Ann Wilson may be known for soaring, powerhouse vocals, but she can get smokey, too.

34. Sammy Hagar - "Birthday" - Facepalmed this one.  And I love Hagar.

Bonus Track

8. Alice Cooper - "Smile Away " -  Believe it or not... this is perfect!

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I moved posts 2-8 over here from the news thread so the comments on the album can be together. @parlance, would you x-post your post back to the news thread? TIA.

Looks like the cover art has changed a bit.

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Well, im not listening cause NO ONE covers beatles/Paul in proper way doesn't matter how good it will be, i would listen to original since i dont want to ruin my memories with original songs.

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Linde said
The Cure's cover of Hello Goodbye has apparently been released already. Haven't heard it yet myself but thought I'd share it...

The Cure featurng James McCartney covering 'Hello Goodbye ' can be seen here:

It's actually better than I was expecting, if I'm honest.

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I don't like the fact that you can't get all of the tracks if you just buy the CD. People need to stop hating on CDs.

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In fact, many of these singers are already doing covers of The Beatles in various places around. Cat Stevens, for example, has sung The Long And Winding Road , All Things Must Pass and All You Need Is Love . I find this very cool initiative to do a tribute to Paul joining several good and influential singers! I can not wait to see the other versions! I also can not help but comment on how James is the face of Paul !!a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

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Yes, James DOES look like Paul and Linda's offspring and I'm eager to hear all the tracks. But this "Hello Goodbye " track disappoints me. It's really just a weaker version of the original. The vocals are weak and the instrumentation is unimaginative. James should have asked Dad for some suggestions.

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I prefer the new artwork, looks more stylish than the first blue and pink concept. 

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Personally i wont be looking this out as the bad covers will dominate the half-decent ones never mind the few good reinterpretations.

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Expert Textpert said
I don't like the fact that you can't get all of the tracks if you just buy the CD. People need to stop hating on CDs.

You can, you just need to spend $250 for the deluxe edition. blue-meanie

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parlance said

Expert Textpert said
I don't like the fact that you can't get all of the tracks if you just buy the CD. People need to stop hating on CDs.

You can, you just need to spend $250 for the deluxe edition. blue-meanie

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I must say I'm looking forward to getting this collection. Firstly I like the mix of tracks, its not just predictable Beatles hits. In addition some of the artists seem cool. Having legends like Bob Dylan, Billy Joel and Jeff Lynne alongside newer, less known acts seems interesting and appealing. Though I'll agree that that cover of Hello Goodbye wasn't very original. 

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I moved posts 2-8 over here from the news thread so the comments on the album can be together. @parlance, would you x-post your post back to the news thread? TIA.

I saw the notice: A post of yours was moved to "The Art of McCartney" album website launched.  (Remove Notice)

Clicked it and got: "Access denied - you do not have permission to view this page."

And thought: "How can they do that to me?!"  pete-best

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In fact, many of these singers are already doing covers of The Beatles in various places around. Cat Stevens, for example, has sung The Long And Winding Road , All Things Must Pass and All You Need Is Love . I find this very cool initiative to do a tribute to Paul joining several good and influential singers! I can not wait to see the other versions! I also can not help but comment on how James is the face of Paul !!a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

Cheap Trick (hey, they're from Rockford - near Chicago (hometown) so I'm a huge fan) are pretty well-known 'round these parts for their undying adoration for all things Beatles and have been covering them and producing tribute shows for quite awhile.

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