Paul McCartney Announces New Solo Album
Many artists took to working on their own during the 2020 lockdowns, and that even includes rock royalty. Paul McCartney took the time off from the road to create a new album called McCartney III, which is due out December 11th. The recording also marks the fiftieth anniversary of his solo debut.
“Paul hadn’t planned to release an album in 2020, but in the isolation of ‘Rockdown,’ he soon found himself fleshing out some existing musical sketches and creating even more new ones,” his website explains. “Before long an eclectic collection of spontaneous songs would become McCartney III: a stripped-back, self-produced and, quite literally, solo work marking the opening of a new decade, in the tradition of 1970’s McCartney and 1980’s McCartney II. Recorded earlier this year in Sussex (UK), McCartney III is mostly built from live takes of Paul on vocals and guitar or piano, overdubbing his bass playing, drumming, etc. atop that foundation.”
The album is described as spanning a “vast and intimate range of modes and moods.” In an album trailer, McCartney is seen rocking all of the instruments including his iconic Hofner bass. However, plenty of his other vintage gear helped to craft III’s sound.
“Paul’s array of vintage instruments he played on the new album have an even more storied history, including Bill Black of Elvis Presley’s original trio’s double bass alongside Paul’s own iconic Hofner violin bass, and a mellotron from Abbey Road Studios used on Beatles recordings, to name but a few.”