Paul McCartney: vocals, guitar, bass guitar, lap steel guitar, ciguitar, piano, harpsichord, celeste, Wurlitzer organ, Moog, synthesiser, keyboards, Mellotron, glockenspiel, vibraphone, tubular bells, drums, percussion, tambourine, congas, maracas, bouzouki, tape loops, play-me-a-song book
Rusty Anderson: backing vocals, guitar, bouzouki, water bottle
Brian Ray: backing vocals, guitar, baritone guitar, dulcimer, congas
Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens: backing vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, accordion, Hammond organ
Bill Black: bass, harmonium, percussion
Abe Laboriel Jnr: backing vocals, drums, djembe
Paul Epworth: drums
Ethan Johns: guitar, drums, iPad tambura app
Toby Pitman: programming, keyboards
Cathy Thompson, Laura Melhuish, Patrick Kiernan, Nina Foster: violin
Peter Lale, Rachel Robson: viola
Caroline Dale, Katherine Jenkinson, Chris Worsey: cello
Richard Pryce, Steve McManus: bass
Eliza Marshall, Anna Noakes: alto flute
Steve Sidwell: trumpet
Jamie Talbot: tenor saxophone
Dave Bishop: baritone saxophone
Giles Martin: foot stamp
McCartney family: vocals
On My Way To Work
Everybody Out There
I Can Bet
Looking At Her
Turned Out (deluxe edition bonus track)
Get Me Out Of Here (deluxe edition bonus track)
Struggle (Japanese deluxe edition bonus track)
Scared (hidden track)
Paul McCartney’s 16th solo studio album was released by Hear Music on 14 October 2013 in the UK, and the following day in the US.
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.
New’s songs were recorded with four different producers in six recording studios: 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.
Five of the standard edition’s 12 songs – On My Way To Work, Appreciate, Everybody Out There, I Can Bet and Looking At Her – were produced by Giles Martin, the son of Beatles producer George Martin. Mark Ronson produced Alligator and New; Ethan Johns produced Early Days and Hosanna; and Paul Epworth produced Save Us, Queenie Eye and Road.
Four bonus tracks were released across various editions released in the UK, US, France and Japan; the Japanese deluxe edition was the only one to contain the full set. Get Me Out Of Here and Scared were produced by Giles Martin, while Turned Out and Struggle were produced by Ethan Johns and Paul Epworth respectively.
In the US, Best Buy stores sold the deluxe edition with “collectable photo card set and commemorative ‘New’ album laminate. Target sold a deluxe version with a bonus DVD, A Rendez-Vous With Paul McCartney, which included interviews and backstage footage.
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 recognise 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.