Paul McCartney Shares New Preview of ‘McCartney III’ Album, Due Out 12/18 (Pre-Order)


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Sir Paul McCartney has pushed back the release date of his anticipated new album, McCartney III, which will now be released on Dec. 18 (instead of the week before).

The news was announced on Thursday, and came with a new preview of the album. Watch the clip, which includes a snippet of the song “The Kiss of Venus,” below:

McCartney III follows in the footsteps of his two previous self-titled albums (from 1970 and 1980, respectively), and features music entirely written, performed and produced by “Macca,” making this a fully “hands-on” creative experience from the Beatles legend.

Click here to pre-order McCartney III on CD, on sale from our Rock Cellar Store
Click here to pre-order McCartney III on LP, on sale from our Rock Cellar Store

That new trailer above joins this previous one which accompanied the initial album announcement:

Said Sir Paul in a statement about the album:

“I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day. I had to do a little bit of work on some film music and that turned into the opening track and then when it was done I thought what will I do next? I had some stuff I’d worked on over the years but sometimes time would run out and it would be left half-finished so I started thinking about what I had. Each day I’d start recording with the instrument I wrote the song on and then gradually layer it all up, it was a lot of fun.  It was about making music for yourself rather than making music that has to do a job. So, I just did stuff I fancied doing. I had no idea this would end up as an album.”

Just as Linda McCartney famously shot the photographs for McCartney and McCartney IIthe principal photos for III were shot by Paul’s daughter Mary McCartney—with additional photography by Paul’s nephew Sonny McCartney as well as photos Paul took on his phone (it’s a family affair). The cover art and typography is by celebrated American artist Ed Ruscha.

Paul McCartney 'McCartney III (Photo: Mary McCartney)

Paul McCartney ‘McCartney III (Photo: Mary McCartney)

More on the album and how it came about:

Recorded earlier this year in Sussex, 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. McCartney III spans a vast and intimate range of modes and moods, from soul searching to wistful, from playful to raucous and all points between — captured with some of the same gear from Paul’s Rude Studio used as far back as 1971 Wings sessions.

And 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. Just as McCartney’s 1970 release marked Paul’s return to basics in the wake of the biggest band break-up in musical history, and the 1980 avant-garde masterpiece McCartney II rose from the ashes of Wings, McCartney III finds Paul back on his own, turning unexpected circumstances into a personal snapshot of a timeless artist at a unique point in history.


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