The long wait is over -- Paul McCartney's first mainstream studio album in six years, called New, is out today (October 15th). New, which is McCartney's third album released on the Concord/Hear Music imprint, is co-produced by Mark Ronson -- the stepson of Foreigner's Mick Jones and brother to former Lindsey Lohan squeeze, DJ Samantha Ronson. He's best known for producing Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Rufus Wainwright; Giles Martin -- George Martin's son -- is best known for co-producing of The Beatles LOVE and being the custodian of the Beatles' archives these days; Glyn Johns' son, Ethan Johns, is best known for his work with Joe Cocker, Kings Of Leon, and Ryan Adams; and Paul Epworth is known for his albums with Adele, Florence And The Machine, and Cee Lo Green.
Paul McCartney says that whether he's playing a high profile gig, winning awards -- or simply struggling to get a track right in the studio -- keeping a level head and doing good work is the ultimate result: "The thing is you think about it, the first time we ever went out with the Beatles was risky. I mean, y'know, we were no one and we had to build the whole thing up. I think every time you go out, from time to time, you're just not in your hottest period, y'know, record-wise. So you just go, I just do my best, y'know, try to play some good music. If people come and see me, y'know, then great. If they buy the album -- better."
McCartney's lead guitarist Rusty Anderson, who's been recording and performing with him since 2001, told us that McCartney's sessions are never predictable: "Y'know, I think Paul goes through phases where he gets just really free and fun, and it's all easy and we play. And then he gets into other phases where he gets very meticulous, like he wants a solo to be a certain exact way, or whatever, depending on his mood, I guess."
Although the album's title track and lead single, New, is a straight-forward Beatle-esque McCartney pop rocker, the album's second single, "Queenie Eye" -- like most of the New album -- is decidedly experimental with a Euro-Pop-style rave-up production. McCartney has enlisted some of his A-List friends and associates to appear in the still-to-be aired video for the track.
The Daily Record has a spy on the scene, who reported: "There were a whole host of celebrities taking part. It was a really mixed bunch. Meryl Streep and (Take That's) Gary Barlow were in the studio, and there was an audience on set." Also appearing together for the first time since their 1998 split was Johnny Depp and former flame Kate Moss: "They really try to avoid one another in public because there have been raw emotions in the past -- but neither could say no to Macca. They only have little roles, but it's the first time they're appearing on-screen together since the split."
McCartney explained how he snagged such high-profile personalities for the clip: "They are friends of mine and (daughter) Stella's. I am very lucky they agreed to do it."
Photo Courtesy of Mary McCartney