Paul McCartney Wrapping Work On First Album In Six Years
Paul McCartney is working with no less than four young producers for his first new album in nearly six years, according to SomethingElseReviews.com McCartney spoke about the still-unfinished and unnamed album to the BBC, and revealed that George Martin's son -- Giles Martin -- the custodian of the Beatles' tapes these days, is behind the board for some cuts. Another famous producer's kid is also on the project, Glyn Johns' son Ethan Johns -- best known for his work with Joe Cocker, Kings Of Leon, and Ryan Adams. Glyn Johns produced the Beatles' original 1969 Let It Be sessions, and was behind the board for Wings' Red Rose Speedway before walking off the album, unimpressed with McCartney's material.
Also producing tracks for the album is Sean Lennon's close friend Mark Ronson of Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Rufus Wainwright fame. McCartney has also tapped Paul Epworth, who has produced Adele, Florence And The Machine, and Cee Lo Green. McCartney is recording the new set at George Martin's AIR Studios, London, where he recorded much of his early-'80s works -- including Tug Of War, Pipes Of Peace, and Give My Regards To Broad Street.
McCartney talked about the new material and the producers, saying, "I've made some tracks, and I'm sorting them all out, putting them together properly. I'm trying to finish it in the next month or so. They're really good people. I knew their work, and I knew they were very good, so I just thought: 'Let me see if I get on with them.' I thought one might sort of rise to the top. They're cool people whose work I liked. Of course, what's happened is, I like them all."
As always, McCartney was asked to describe the album: "It's Paul McCartney songs. What can I say? Paul McCartney songs are varied. There will be a ballad, there will be a rocker -- I don't know how to classify them. I guess the worst thing for me would be to call them 'pop songs.' But it's probably what they are. I hate those categories."
Paul McCartney admits that these days he writes primarily for himself: "I went through a period of writing for listeners, but I think that's a bad mistake -- 'cause you don't know who's really listening anyway. And you sort of write for critics, or, y'know, what you think they're gonna want. I think it's a bad idea. I think you've gotta write for yourself. I figure, if I like it, there's a chance they might. If I start to write something I think they'll like, and I don't like it -- that's fatal. So I make a point these days of satisfying myself first."