Paul McCartney, ‘Kisses on the Bottom’
Due out: Feb. 7
Sir Paul’s latest features interpretations of Tin Pan Alley tunes that bent his ear as a youth. “I realized how well-structured these songs were,” McCartney told Rolling Stone, “and I think I took a lot of my lessons from them. 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.” There will also be a couple McCartney originals, including “My Valentine,” which boasts Eric Clapton guitar work. Interestingly, “Kisses on the Bottom” will be the first album of Macca’s recording career on which he doesn’t play any instruments—Diana Krall’s band will provide backing. Also, look for a Stevie Wonder guest turn.