Way back in May, we wrote about Paul McCartney’s plan to go back and record some standards for his next album, saying “It’s my dad’s style of music.
I’ve wanted to do that kind of thing forever, since the Beatle days.” Saturday, a few more details emerged including a name, My Valentine, and a release date of February 7.
Concord Music, which will release the album on their Hear Music label, has announced more information on the album, including a confirmation of the release date, but they don’t confirm the name.
Here’s the text of the release:
WHILE many a musician is often asked about the tunes that have influenced their songwriting, it is not a question Paul McCartney ordinarily gets to answer ’ until now. Paul is about to offer a glimpse into ‘the songs which inspired the songs’ with the upcoming release of a brand new album of those standards he grew up listening to in his childhood-plus two brand new McCartney compositions: the album, which is currently untitled, will be released on Hear Music/Concord Records on February 7th 2012.
With the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall and her band-as well as guest appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, McCartney’s new album is a deeply personal journey through classic American compositions that, in some cases, a young Paul first heard his father perform on piano at home. As authentic and daring a musical statement as he could make, this is the album Paul has been thinking about making for more than 20 years - and probably the last thing his fans are expecting. ‘In the end it was ‘Look, if I don’t do it now, I’ll never do it,’ he says.
In short, Paul believes it is about time ‘the songs me and John based quite a few of our things on’ received the recognition they deserve. Moreover, the record also features a couple of new original McCartney compositions in the spirit of those classics.
‘When I kind of got into songwriting, I realised how well structured these songs were and I think I took a lot of my lessons from them,’ Paul explains. ‘I always thought artists like Fred Astaire were very cool. Writers like Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, all of those guys - I just thought the songs were magical. And then, as I got to be a songwriter I thought it’s beautiful, the way they made those song’.’
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