According to a highly reputable inside source close to the Paul McCartney's Archive Collection, McCartney's 1976 chart-topping triple-album set, Wings Over America is expected to hit "June-ish." The collection, quote, ". . . will definitely include (McCartney's concert film) Rockshow and will contain far, far more bells and whistles than all of the other Archival Releases to date."
McCartney told us that he looks back to the 1975/1976 Wings Over The Word tour with particular pride: "I remember Wings, we did have some good lineups. And I think '76, with Joe (English) and Jimmy (McCullough), and Denny (Laine), and Linda, we had -- I think that was pretty good lineup, and we did some good stuff then."
Wings Over America was McCartney's sixth and final chart topping album of the 1970's.
Yoko Ono & The Plastic Ono Band -- featuring son Sean Lennon -- will celebrate Yoko's 80th birthday on February 17th with a special show in Berlin. A retrospective of Yoko's work will kick off on February 15th in Frankfurt before moving on to Denmark, Austria, and Spain over the next two years. Yoko will be reissuing all of her albums between 1968's Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins and 1985's Starpeace some time this year in celebration of the 80th birthday. (NME)
Although all her concert performances are played under the billing of the Plastic Ono Band, we asked Yoko why she's been recently billing her highly successful dance remixes as "Ono" rather than use her full name: "Because people are used to, y'know 'Yoko' and 'Yoko' was part of 'John and Yoko' kind of thing. And 'Ono' is good, it's kind of like coming out new, y'know?"
Paul McCartney tweeted a photo of him and son James recording James' new album. The photo was taken in the control room of The Mill -- McCartney's studio since 1985. Over the years McCartney has recorded such solo favorites Press To Play, "The Russian Album," Flowers In The Dirt, Off The Ground, Flaming Pie -- and the 1994 and 1995 Beatles reunion sessions at The Mill.
George Harrison's son Dhani Harrison has followed in his famous dad's footsteps by recently recording in London's famed Abbey Road Studios. Dhani recorded the score for the movie Beautiful Creatures, which will open on February 14th, and enlisted the help of Ben Harper and bandmate -- and Abbey Road engineer, Paul Hicks -- son of Hollies guitarist Tony Hicks, who also played on the score. Dhani spoke to Rolling Stone about recording in the Beatles' legendary workplace: "I spent my whole life in and out of Abbey Road. Paul really spent a lot of his life there, 12 years mixing and engineering. Recording at Abbey Road was emotional: My first time recording there, my first time hearing something we composed for an orchestra of that size and my first major Hollywood film soundtrack. . .I was able to put a 54-piece orchestra in Studio Two, which is really weird. It's where my dad spent a lot of his formative years, as well as Paul's dad, who recorded in Studio One."
Dhani Harrison told us that ultimately he learned his way around the studio directly from his father: "Dad was very good at making records. And I spent a lot of time with him in the studio, and he was often just by himself. He didn't really think of himself as a very good guitarist or singer even. He thought of himself as a better producer or record maker. And I spent a lot of time with, like, the (Traveling) Wilburys and stuff, and their philosophy was 'get in a room with a microphone and hit something.' Y'know?"
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