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“The Art of McCartney” Tribute Album Draws a Star-Studded Lineup

Various Artists: The Art of McCartneyThe Art of McCartney may be the most spectacular tribute album ever assembled for a bassist. McCartney, a legendary singer/songwriter/bassist (The Beatles, Wings and solo), has one of the most enviable catalogs of songs in popular music and a host of his musical contemporaries and descendants signed to sing on the collection of his work.

Compiled over more than a decade by music producer Ralph Sill, who also put together 1993’s Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles, the 36-track album features a star-studded lineup handling songs from all phases of McCartney’s storied career, including Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Bob Dylan, Alice Cooper, B.B. King, Smokey Robinson, Willie Nelson, Barry Gibb (The Bee Gees), Roger Daltrey (The Who), Heart, Owl City, Jamie Cullum, Billy Joel, rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson, Allen Toussaint, and Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), among many more. Many of the artists are backed by McCartney’s longtime band, which includes guitarist/bassist Brian Ray.

Even family appears on the record, with Paul’s son James handling keyboard duties for The Cure’s cover of “Hello Goodbye.” In this case, longtime Cure bassist Simon Gallup handles the Paul’s iconic bass line for the classic Beatles tune:

The Art of McCartney is available in a wide variety of editions: “Super Deluxe Exclusive” box set (12 albums, CD package, making-of DVD documentary, CD and DVD interviews, booklet); 2 CD/DVD set (double CD, making-of film, booklet, hard cardboard sleeve), 2 CD set, vinyl and digital download (iTunes and Amazon MP3).

The Art of McCartney Track List:

Disc 1:

  1. Maybe I’m Amazed (Featuring Billy Joel)
  2. Things We Said Today (Featuring Bob Dylan)
  3. Band On The Run (Featuring Heart)
  4. Junior’s Farm (Featuring Steve Miller)
  5. The Long And Winding Road (Featuring Yusuf Islam a.k.a. Cat Stevens)
  6. My Love (Featuring Harry Connick, Jr.)
  7. Wanderlust (Featuring Brian Wilson)
  8. Bluebird (Featuring Corinne Bailey Rae)
  9. Yesterday (Featuring Willie Nelson)
  10. Junk (Featuring Jeff Lynne)
  11. When I’m Sixty Four (Featuring Barry Gibb)
  12. Every Night (Featuring Jamie Cullum )
  13. Venus And Mars/Rock Show (Featuring Kiss)
  14. Let Me Roll It (Featuring Paul Rodgers )
  15. Helter Skelter (Featuring Roger Daltrey )
  16. Helen Wheels (Featuring Def Leppard)
  17. Hello Goodbye (Featuring The Cure with James McCartney)

Disc 2:

  1. Live And Let Die (Featuring Billy Joel)
  2. Let It Be (Featuring Chrissie Hynde)
  3. Jet (Featuring Robin Zander & Rick Nielsen )
  4. Hi Hi Hi (Featuring Joe Elliott)
  5. Letting Go (Featuring Heart)
  6. Hey Jude (Featuring Steve Miller)
  7. Listen To What The Man Said (Featuring Owl City)
  8. Got To Get You Into My Life (Featuring Perry Farrell)
  9. Drive My Car (Featuring Dion)
  10. Lady Madonna (Featuring Allen Toussaint)
  11. Let ‘Em In (Featuring Dr. John)
  12. So Bad (Featuring Smokey Robinson)
  13. No More Lonely Nights (Featuring The Airborne Toxic Event)
  14. Eleanor Rigby (Featuring Alice Cooper)
  15. Come and Get It (Featuring Toots Hibbert With Sly & Robbie)
  16. On The Way (Featuring B.B. King)
  17. Birthday (Featuring Sammy Hagar)
  18. C Moon (Bonus Track: Featuring Robert Smith)
  19. Put It There (Bonus Track : Featuring Peter, Bjorn & John)

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Funny…as years go year playing bass, the position of my bass started at my knees and now it’s up to my chest……it’s amazing how much difference there is in performing at this height. And no more wrist problems and flying fingers.