There can be no denying the impact that Paul McCartney has made on the music world over the past 50 years. He has influenced countless other artists, and now they are paying their respect by covering McCartney’s songs as a solo artist, as well as those done with Wings and The Beatles. The new compilation will be released as an album called The Art of Paul McCartney.
The artists appearing on the compilation album are legends in their own right, and they have taken the McCartney songs they love and given them a unique new rendering. The list includes Billy Joel (Live and Let Die, Maybe I’m Amazed), Smokey Robinson (So Sad), Bob Dylan (Things We Said Today), Willie Nelson (Yesterday), B.B. King (On the Way), Barry Gibb (When I’m 64), Smokey Robinson (So Bad), and many more besides.
The first single release from the album was premiered by Rolling Stone magazine, and is an amazing rendition of “Hello Goodby” performed by The Cure, and also featuring Paul’s son James. The full album is set to come out on November 18th, with the track listing also including “Venus and Mars”/”Rock Show,” performed by Kiss, “Eleanor Rigby,” by Alice Cooper, and “Helter Skelter,” performed at full blast by Roger Daltrey of The Who.
The project is the brainchild of former McCartney producer Ralph Sall, who previously worked with Paul on the revival of “A Love for You.” That was a track that was slated for the 1971 Wings album “Ram” and used on the “In-Laws” movie soundtrack. That work was done back in 2003, at which time Paul gave Ralph Sall his blessing for the tribute album. Much of the backing track work was done with Paul’s backing band, which consisted of Rusty Anderson (guitarists) and Brian Ray, Paul "Wix", keyboardist Wickens and Abe Laboriel as drummer, Jr. The call then went put to artists interested in adding vocals, with the first response coming from Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. He chose to record “Wanderlust,” a track from the 1982 McCartney solo album, “Tug of War.”