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News: ‘The Art Of McCartney’ Release Date Announced

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(US) “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” and “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.

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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. 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.

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.

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 the very definition of the universal appeal and timeless magic of Sir Paul McCartney’s songs and songwriting and is available to pre-order now.

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“THE ART OF McCARTNEY” 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 ft James McCartney
18. Live And Let Die – Billy Joel
19. Let It Be – Chrissie Hynde
20. Jet – Robin Zander & Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick
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