Good news for [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] fans awaiting new music from the legendary musician, he’s planning the release of a brand new compilation record covering his personal favorites of “songs which inspired the songs” in his own career.
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Plus, the as of yet untitled release due out in February will also include two brand new songs penned by McCartney with special guest appearances with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Eric Clapton[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Stevie Wonder[/lastfm]!
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McCartney is ready to give credit where credit is due. The album, which details a personal journey of the the classic American compositions McCartney grew up listening to as a child, will include tributes to those standards McCartney and John Lennon drew many of their songwriting inspirations from.
“When I kind of got into songwriting, I realized how well structured these songs were and I think I took a lot of my lessons from them,” Paul explains in the official press release. “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 songs.”
In addition to the compilation of covers, McCartney is also penning two new compositions titled “My Valentine” and “Only Your Hands” that will feature guest appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, respectively. The album is set for release on February 7, 2012 on Hear Music/Concord Music Group.
“It was important for me to keep away from the more obvious song choices so, many of the classic standards will be unfamiliar to some people. I hope they are in for a pleasant surprise.”