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Paul McCartney interview about Kisses On The Bottom; free stream of entire album online

Paul McCartney’s new album of standards, Kisses on the Bottom, will be released on February 7. Paul has apparently had some fun with his choice of album title—the phrase ‘Kisses On The Bottom,’ comes from the album’s opener ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter’.

Originally made a big hit by Fats Waller in 1935, the song opens with the lines ‘I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter and make believe it came from you.  I’m gonna write words oh so sweet.  They’re gonna knock me off of my feet.  A lot of kisses on the bottom, I’ll be glad I got ‘em’.

(All photos courtesy MPL)

‘Kisses On The Bottom’ is a collection of standards Paul grew up listening to in his childhood as well as the two new McCartney compositions ‘My Valentine’ and ‘Only Our Hearts’.

(Courtesy MPL; Photo by Mary McCartney)

With the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall and her band—as well as guest appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, McCartney’s new album is a deeply personal journey through classic American compositions that, in some cases, a young Paul first heard his father perform on piano at home.

(Courtesy MPL; Photo by Mary McCartney)

Watch an exclusive interview with McCartney and Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma discussing the new album:

The album was recorded at the legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, New York and London throughout 2011.  It also features guest musicians Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, respectively, on the original compositions ‘My Valentine’ and ‘Only Our Hearts’.  Eric also appears on the track ‘Get Yourself Another Fool’. Paul was photographed by his daughter Mary McCartney for the album sleeve.

(courtesy MPL)

Full tracklisting:
Standard CD – 14 tracks

01. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter            02:36

02. Home (When Shadows Fall)                                                04:04

03.  It’s Only A Paper Moon                                                      02:35

04. More I Cannot Wish You                                                      03:04

05. The Glory Of Love                                                               03:46

06. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me)                             03:22

07. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive                                              02:32

08. My Valentine                                                                        03:14

09. Always                                                                                 03:50

10. My Very Good Friend The Milkman                                        03:04

11. Bye Bye Blackbird                                                                04:26

12. Get Yourself Another Fool                                                     04:42

13. The Inch Worm                                                                      03:43

14. Only Our Hearts                                                                     04:21

(courtesy MPL)

Deluxe CD Album will feature two bonus tracks plus access to a download of the Capitol Studios show (available from Tuesday 14th February via paulmccartney.com), plus longer liner notes and expanded packaging featuring three postcards)

15.  Baby’s Request                                                                      03:30

16.  My One And Only Love                                                           03:50

(Courtesy MPL; Photo by Mary McCartney)

The album will also be available digitally.

You can listen to the album in its entirety streaming for free at NPR.org.

[Source: Official Press release]

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Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder reunite to sing ‘Ebony and Ivory’ at the White House (Full song list and video)

Last night, PBS aired “Paul McCartney: In Performance At The White House” which featured live performances of several artists singing famous McCartney tunes as well as a mini-concert by Sir Paul himself. The musical tribute was in celebration of the Library of Congress Gershin Prize for Popular Song award being presented to Sir Paul by President Obama.

See photos from the Paul McCartney White House special

Among the special tributes by performers including Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, Jack White, Faith Hill and The Jonas Brothers, was a special performance by Stevie Wonder. Stevie first performed his own version of “We Can Work It Out” and then later was joined by Paul onstage to sing their 1980s hit “Ebony and Ivory.”

The song was originally released in 1982 and spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard charts according to Wikipedia. Almost 30 years later, the song about racial harmony had even more significance as McCartney and Wonder performed it at the White House before the first African-American President in the United States.

McCartney commented in an interview with the AP:

“One of the highs was singing ‘Ebony and Ivory’ with Stevie because we’d never done it live together, so that was great. To sing it live together for the very first time with the first black president there, it suddenly gave a great significance to the song….To sing it with Stevie in front of President Obama was very emotional.”

Watch President Obama’s speech for McCartney below

When accepting the award, McCartney said: “This is such a fantastic evening for me. I mean, getting this prize would just be good enough, but getting it from this president…” which resulted in cheers and applause from the audience.

Paul McCartney’s girlfriend, Nancy, accompanied him to the show and McCartney’s children, Stella, Mary and James were sitting in the second row behind their father.

Visit PBS’s official page for more information about the show and an exclusive interview with Paul at this link:
http://www.pbs.org/inperformanceatthewhitehouse/

Watch web exclusive clips of performances by Dave Grohl and Jack White at
http://www.pbs.org/inperformanceatthewhitehouse/video.php

Performances in order of appearance on the PBS Special:
1) Paul McCartney – Got to Get You Into My Life
2) Stevie Wonder – We Can Work It Out
3) Jonas Brothers – Drive My Car
4) Jerry Seinfeld comedy routine
5) Jack White – Mother Nature’s Son
6) Faith Hill – The Long and Winding Road
7) Corinne Bailey Rae & Herbie Hancock – Blackbird
8 ) Elvis Costello – Penny Lane
9) Emmylou Harris – For No One
10) Lang Lang – Celebration (instrumental from Standing Stone)
11) Dave Grohl – Band on the Run
12) Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Ebony and Ivory
13) President Obama’s dedication speech
14) Paul McCartney – Michelle
15) Paul McCartney – Eleanor Rigby
16) Paul McCartney – Let It Be
17) Paul McCartney – Hey Jude

More articles:

Paul McCartney receives award at the White House and serenades First Lady (Photos)

Paul McCartney to be honored at White House for Library of Congress Gershwin Prize (VIDEO)

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