Sunday, 26 March 2017

PAUL REVEALED HIS FUTURE PLANS INCLUDING A COLLABORATION WITH PRODUCER GREG KURSTIN

Paul has revealed that he’s currently working on a brand new album with the Greg Kurstin, the producer behind Adele’s ‘Hello’ and countless other records.

Paul spoke to BBC 6 Music’s Matt Everitt about writing with John Lennon, working with Stevie Wonder and his new, upcoming album "Flowers in the Dirt".
Paul said, “I’m making a new album which is great fun. I’m in the middle of that. I’m working with a producer I first worked with two years ago on a piece of music I’m doing for an animated film”.
This new record would be the first solo album since ‘New’ back in 2013.

Referring to Adele producer, Greg Kurstin, Paul said, “he went on to work with Beck and got Best Album of the Year with Beck. Then he went on to work with Adele and has just got Song of the Year, Record of the Year, with Adele, of course and just got Producer of the Year.
“My only worry is, people are going to go, “Oh there’s Paul going with the flavour of the month””.
Paul didn’t reveal any details of what we can expect from the album or when we can expect it.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

PAUL: ‘I WROTE MY BEST HITS IN MY BEDROOM’: PAUL SAYS HE AND JOHN PENNED THEIR BEST BEATLES HITS WHILE SAT ‘OPPOSITE EACH OTHER ON TWIN BEDS’

Paul has revealed that he and John Lennon wrote their best tracks while sitting ‘opposite each other on twin beds’.
The Beatles star recalled moments where the two of them would ‘spin off each other’ as they came up with new melodies.
Asked about his experience of writing music, the 74-year-old, who formed the Beatles in 1960 with Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, said: ‘There’s a million ways to write, but the way I always used to write was with John and it would be across from each other, either in a hotel bedroom on the twin beds, with an acoustic guitar and we’re just looking at each other.
Sir Paul (left) said it was 'always my big memory' seeing John Lennon (right) come up with melodies in front of him
Paul said it was 'always my big memory' seeing John Lennon (right) come up with melodies in front of him
‘He’d make up something, I’d make up something and we’d just spin off each other.
‘It’s always my big memory, is seeing John there, him being right-handed, me being left-handed, it felt to me like I was looking in a mirror.’

He said that the reason they worked so well together was because they had grown up together, and therefore had ‘developed a way of working’.
Such was his fondness for that method that when it came to writing his final album of the 80s, Flowers In The Dirt, with Elvis Costello, he did the same.
Speaking to DJ Matt Everitt on BBC Radio 6 Music, he said: ‘But it was a great way to work and because we were kids together, and we’d known each other since our teenage years, we’d developed a way of working that would be one of us would start an idea, and the other one would spin off it.
Sir Paul was so fond of his method that he replicated it writing his final 80s album with Elvis Costello 
Sir Paul was so fond of his method that he replicated it writing his final 80s album with Elvis Costello 
‘Obviously, it was very successful. So that was a way I had learned to write and it was the way I liked to write and Elvis was very happy to work like that. So it was like a repeat of that process, and so he was John, basically, and I was Paul.’
The songwriting partnership between Lennon and Sir Paul is one of the most successful collaborations in history.
The partnership was different to most others in that both Lennon and Sir Paul wrote words and music.
The Beatles released 12 albums between 1963 and 1970 and have more number one albums then any other British group
The Beatles released 12 albums between 1963 and 1970 and have more number one albums then any other British group
The Beatles released 12 albums between 1963 and 1970 and have had more British number one albums and singles than any other group.
Speaking of working alongside Lennon, Sir Paul said he could ‘never have a better collaborator’.
‘That is just a fact’, he added.
‘So I don’t try and escape it. I just know there’s no way I can find someone now who’s going to write better stuff with me than I wrote with John.’
Sir Paul is worried his new album is going to be 'the flavour of the month'
Paul is worried his new album is going to be 'the flavour of the month'
Sir Paul went on to discuss the new album he has been working on with Adele’s producer Greg Kurstin, but said he is concerned people will think he is ‘going with the flavour of the month’.
He said: ‘I’m making a new album which is great fun. I’m working with a producer I first worked with two years ago on a piece of music I’m doing for an animated film. Since then, he went on to work with Beck and got album of the year with Beck.
‘Then he went on to work with Adele and has just got song of the year, record of the year, with Adele, and just got producer of the year. So my only worry is, people are going to go, “Oh, there’s Paul going with the flavour of the month”.´






source:dailymail

Friday, 24 March 2017

TRIBUTES PAID AFTER PETE SHOTTON PASSES AWAY

Tributes have been paid to Pete Shotton, the best friend of John Lennon, who has died aged 75.
It is thought he died from a heart attack at his home in Knutsford, Cheshire and funeral arrangements are currently being made.
Pete attended Dovedale Primary School and Quarry Bank High School alongside the future Beatle, and he later joined John – as a washboard player – in The Quarrymen.

Pete Shotton with John Lennon at Quarry Bank High School

At school the inseparable friends came to be known as “Shennon and Lotton” or “Lotton and Shennon.”
Pete, with the financial backing of his long-time friend, bought a supermarket in Hayling Island, near Portsmouth, and later founded and built up the successful Fatty Arbuckle’s chain of restaurants, which he sold in the early 2000s.
Pete was the co-author of John Lennon: In My Life, which was published in 1983, and later republished as The Beatles, Lennon and Me.
He remained close to John during The Beatles’ heyday, and his step son, Phillip Gouldbourn, told the ECHO: “One thing he was really proud of was that he was at times the only person, outside The Beatles and the producer, engineer and technicians, who was allowed in the studio with the band when they were recording.”

Pete, who had a son, step son and two grandchildren, even enjoyed a songwriting role with the Fab Four. He contributed to the 1967 song I am The Walrus after visiting John at his home, Kenwood, in Weybridge, Surrey.
As he was piecing the song together, John asked his old school friend about a playground nursery rhyme they used to sing, and Pete recalled it as “Yellow matter custard, green slop pie/All mixed together with a dead dog’s eye/Slap it on a butty, 10 foot thick/Then wash it all down with a cup of cold sick.”

John was inspired by this to write the line: “Yellow matter custard, dripping from a dead dog’s eye.”
Phillip added: “He remained close to John until Yoko Ono came on the scene. He said she took him from being a pop star to an artist and he respected that and took a back seat.”
Bill Harry, founder of the Mersey Beat newspaper and a close friend of John’s at Liverpool College of Art, said: “Pete was the closest friend John ever had, apart from The Beatles. John respected Pete because he stood up to him and could be a bit like John – a bit sarcastic and moody. John went to Pete for advice on lots of things, and their friendship from schooldays continued right through the 1960s. And I know they did meet up in New York in the 1970s.”

After leaving school, Pete became a police cadet, but this didn’t work out.
Bill added: “John set him on the road in his business and Pete, who had a very active personality, became a tremendously successful businessman.”
And Carl Cookson, who was a friend and neighbour of Pete’s in Knutsford, said: “He was a very modest and unassuming man – a really warm and nice person.”





PETE SHOTTON DIES AT THE AGE OF 75

Peter Shotton (4 August 1941 – 24 March 2017), commonly referred to as Pete Shotton, was an English businessman and former washboard player. He is known for his long friendship with John Lennon of The Beatles. He was a member of The Quarrymen, the precursor of the Beatles, and remained close to the group during their career.
He built an independent career as a restaurant manager, eventually founding the Fatty Arbuckle's chain of restaurants.

Shotton died on 24 March 2017 at his home in Knutsford, Cheshire.



Shotton was a close childhood friend of Lennon's, and attended Dovedale Infants School and Quarry Bank Grammar School at the same time as the future Beatle. The two boys were frequently in trouble with their teachers and with their headmaster, and they came to be known at Quarry Bank as "Shennon and Lotton" or "Lotton and Shennon."

In 1957, Shotton was Lennon's bandmate in The Quarrymen, playing percussion (specifically, a washboard), until Paul McCartney joined. He was "fired" from the band when, after confiding that he really did not enjoy playing, Lennon smashed the washboard over his head at a party. However, he remained a friend and confidant – as he became friends with all of the Beatles as the group formed.

After the Beatles became famous, Lennon and George Harrison bought a supermarket on Hayling Island, and gave it to Shotton to run. Later, he served as manager of the Apple Boutique, then as the first managing director of Apple Corps.







Pete Shotton with John, Cynthia and friends
After Lennon began a relationship with Yoko Ono and Apple started to flounder, Shotton parted company with Lennon and the Beatles. He resumed his ownership of the Hayling Island supermarket, which he continued to run until the late 1970s. He then began the Fatty Arbuckle's chain of restaurants, a franchise designed to bring the feel of the American diner to Britain. The franchise was highly successful in the 1980s and was later sold for an undisclosed sum. He later moved to Dublin, Ireland, living as a tax exile.
Upon hearing the news that John had been murdered on 8 December 1980, Shotton visited Harrison at Friar Park, George's home.
Shotton is the co-author of John Lennon: In My Life (1983, republished later as The Beatles, Lennon and Me), which told the story of their friendship, from the age of six until Lennon's death.


Pete Shotton in 1984





THE 2017 REISSUE OF PAUL´S 1989 INTERNATIONAL #1 ALBUM - FLOWERS IN THE DIRT - IS OUT NOW !

The Paul McCartney Archive Collection release of Flowers In The Dirt was, as always, personally supervised by Paul himself and is available in the following formats: 3CD+DVD Deluxe Edition, 2CD Special Edition, 2LP Vinyl and Digital.





 





















*Fans can purchase their copy of Flowers In The Dirt via the below links:



Check out the Deluxe Edition in the video below:






















LONG AWAITED 10th INSTALMENT OF THE GRAMMY-WINNING ARCHIVE COLLECTION OUT MARCH 24 VIA MPL/Capitol/UMe   

FORMATS TO INCLUDE 2CD SPECIAL EDITION, 2LP VINYL AND  3CD+DVD DELUXE EDITION BOX SET FEATURING PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED DEMOS, UNSEEN ARCHIVAL VIDEO, NOTEBOOK OF PAUL’S HANDWRITTEN LYRICS AND NOTES, LINDA McCARTNEY FLOWERS IN THE DIRT  EXHIBITION CATALOGUE, 112-PAGE HARDCOVER BOOK DOCUMENTING THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM AND MORE 

 




FLOWERS IN THE DIRT
TRACKLISTING:

 
*DELUXE EDITION (3CD/1DVD)
DISC 1 (Plus HD audio download):
1. My Brave Face (2017 Remaster)
2. Rough Ride (2017 Remaster)
3. You Want Her Too (2017 Remaster)
4. Distractions (2017 Remaster)
5. We Got Married (2017 Remaster)
6. Put It There (2017 Remaster)
7. Figure Of Eight (2017 Remaster)
8. This One (2017 Remaster)
9. Don’t Be Careless Love (2017 Remaster)
10. That Day Is Done (2017 Remaster)
11. How Many People (2017 Remaster)
12. Motor Of Love (2017 Remaster)
13. Où Est Le Soleil? (2017 Remaster)

 
DISC 2 (Plus HD audio download):

1. The Lovers That Never Were (Original Demo)
2. Tommy’s Coming Home (Original Demo)
3. Twenty Fine Fingers (Original Demo)
4. So Like Candy (Original Demo)
5. You Want Her Too (Original Demo)
6. That Day Is Done (Original Demo)
7. Don’t Be Careless Love (Original Demo)
8. My Brave Face (Original Demo)
9. Playboy To A Man (Original Demo)
 
DISC 3 (Plus HD audio download):

1. The Lovers That Never Were (1988 Demo)
2. Tommy’s Coming Home (1988 Demo)
3. Twenty Fine Fingers (1988 Demo)
4. So Like Candy (1988 Demo)
5. You Want Her Too (1988 Demo)
6. That Day Is Done (1988 Demo)
7. Don’t Be Careless Love (1988 Demo)
8. My Brave Face (1988 Demo)
9. Playboy To A Man (1988 Demo)
 
DVD 

Music Videos:
1. My Brave Face
2. My Brave Face (Version 2)
3. This One (Version 1)
4. This One (Version 2)
5. Figure Of Eight
6. Party Party
7. Où Est Le Soleil?
8. Put It There
9. Distractions
10. We Got Married
Creating Flowers in the Dirt:

1. Paul And Elvis
2. Buds In The Studio
3. The Making Of ‘This One’
(The Dean Chamberlain One)
Put It There:
1. Put It There Documentary


DOWNLOAD ONLY:
Original B-sides, remixes and single edits:
1. Back On My Feet
2. Flying To My Home
3. The First Stone
4. Good Sign
5. This One (Club Lovejoys Mix)
6. Figure Of Eight (12” Bob Clearmountain Mix)
7. Loveliest Thing
8. Où Est Le Soleil? (12” Mix)
9. Où Est Le Soleil? (Tub Dub Mix)
10. Où Est Le Soleil? (7” Mix)
11. Où Est Le Soleil? (Instrumental)
12. Party Party (Original Mix)
13. Party Party (Club Mix)

Cassette demos:
1. I Don’t Want To Confess
2. Shallow Grave
3. Mistress And Maid

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*SPECIAL EDITION (2CD)
DISC 1:
1. My Brave Face (2017 Remaster)
2. Rough Ride (2017 Remaster)
3. You Want Her Too (2017 Remaster)
4. Distractions (2017 Remaster)
5. We Got Married (2017 Remaster)
6. Put It There (2017 Remaster)
7. Figure Of Eight (2017 Remaster)
8. This One (2017 Remaster)
9. Don’t Be Careless Love (2017 Remaster)
10. That Day Is Done (2017 Remaster)
11. How Many People (2017 Remaster)
12. Motor Of Love (2017 Remaster)
13. Où Est Le Soleil? (2017 Remaster)

 
DISC 2:
1. The Lovers That Never Were (Original Demo)
2. Tommy’s Coming Home (Original Demo)
3. Twenty Fine Fingers (Original Demo)
4. So Like Candy (Original Demo)
5. You Want Her Too (Original Demo)
6. That Day Is Done (Original Demo)
7. Don’t Be Careless Love (Original Demo)
8. My Brave Face (Original Demo)
9. Playboy To A Man (Original Demo)

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*VINYL (2LP)
Disc 1
Side A:

1. My Brave Face (2017 Remaster)
2. Rough Ride (2017 Remaster)
3. You Want Her Too (2017 Remaster)
4. Distractions (2017 Remaster)
5. We Got Married (2017 Remaster)
6. Put It There (2017 Remaster)
Side B:
7. Figure Of Eight (2017 Remaster)
8. This One (2017 Remaster)
9. Don’t Be Careless Love (2017 Remaster)
10. That Day Is Done (2017 Remaster)
11. How Many People (2017 Remaster)
12. Motor Of Love (2017 Remaster)
13. Où Est Le Soleil? (2017 Remaster) (**not on vinyl, this track will be available with the accompanying digital download). 

 
Disc 2
Side A:

1. The Lovers That Never Were (Original Demo)
2. Tommy’s Coming Home (Original Demo)
3. Twenty Fine Fingers (Original Demo)
4. So Like Candy (Original Demo)
Side B:
5. You Want Her Too (Original Demo)
6. That Day Is Done (Original Demo)
7. Don’t Be Careless Love (Original Demo)
8. My Brave Face (Original Demo)
9. Playboy To A Man (Original Demo) 







Thursday, 23 March 2017

A 2016 CONCERT FROM RINGO & HIS ALL STARR BAND WILL PREMIERE ON AXS TV THIS SUNDAY

A 2016 concert from Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band will premiere on AXS TV this Sunday, March 26, at 10 p.m. Eastern /7 p.m. Pacific. In addition to Starr, the six-piece All Starr Band features Todd Rundgren, Santana and Journey keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Mr. Mister frontman and bassist Richard Page, saxophonist Warren Ham, and drummer Gregg Bissonette.
One of the features of the beloved Starr’s ongoing concert tours is having his band members lead the others in renditions of some of their own well known hits.



Filmed at the Foellinger Theatre in Fort Wayne, IN, on June 21, 2016, the concert features the band performing hit after hit. Highlights of Ringo Starr and His 2016 All Starr Band include Ringo’s #1 solo hits “You’re Sixteen” and “Photograph;” Beatles songs where Starr sang lead vocals: “Yellow Submarine” and “With A Little Help From My Friends”; as well as Rundgren’s “Bang The Drum All Day” and “I Saw The Light;” Toto signatures “Africa” and “Rosanna;” Mr. Mister’s “Kyrie” and “Broken Wings;” and the Santana staples “Evil Ways” and “Black Magic Woman” among many others.
Watch Ringo sing “Photograph” from the performance…








JAMES MCCARTNEY COMING TO RICHMOND 28 MARCH

Looking back on his 2013 show at The Camel in Richmond, James remembers “beautiful rivers, a weird dressing room and a street outside that looked like a good skateboard-able surface.”
James, returns to The Camel on Tuesday, March 28, in support of his latest album, 2016’s “The Blackberry Train.” Where his 2013 debut album, “Me” (which followed 2010 and 2011 EP releases), offered gentle, melodic introspection, McCartney rocks quite a bit harder on “The Blackberry Train.”


 
Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies) served as engineer for the recordings. “I called him and asked him if we could meet up,” McCartney said via email. “He was game. Things went from there.” For opening track “Too Hard,” he was joined by Dhani Harrison on guitar and vocals in their first collaboration. Asked if he saw much of George Harrison’s family while growing up, James replied, “Yes and no. Once in a blue moon.”

On his latest album, the singer and songwriter said he played “everything. Conventionally: my vocal cords, guitar, piano, bass and drums. In that order and at the same time. Two at a time usually. I don’t like to be limited and feel oppressed in terms of what ‘instruments’ I play. I like to create (and) play all sounds.”
Mentioning that creating occupies most of his time these days, James’s accomplishments with multiple instruments have developed naturally. “I am driven with music daily,” he added. He played guitar and drums on some of his father’s albums, including 1997’s “Flaming Pie” and 2001’s “Driving Rain,” and was also a guitarist on his mother’s 1998 posthumous collection, “Wide Prairie.”

For his career in music, James shared his father’s simple advice that undoubtedly serves in other aspects of his life as well: “To enjoy and have fun.”





source:.richmond.com

LISTEN "THIS ONE" (DEMO) BY PAUL

Paul McCartney - This One (Demo) 

From reissue 'Flowers In The Dirt'  March 24th,2017. Written and composed by Paul McCartney. Paul McCartney: Lead Vocal, Harmony vocals, Piano, Emulator 2, Bass Drum, Linn Drum. Recorded and mixed by Eddie Klein at Hog Hill Mill, East Sussex, 29th December 1986 ℗ 2017 MPL Communications Ltd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


      

        


    

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

PAUL, ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ALBUM THAT NEVER WAS

Paul's "Flowers in the Dirt" box is as much an archeology project as a reissue, in which listeners can discover the bones of a landmark album that could have been made but wasn't.
Two of the reissue's three audio discs are devoted to Paul's songwriting collaboration with Elvis Costello in 1987 and 1988, which produced some 15 songs. Listening to the work, some of it first made available this week, it's hard not to wonder why they didn't make a duet album like Costello later did with Burt Bacharach. Instead, they decided not to alter their original plan.
The mythical disc could have started with "My Brave Face" and "Veronica," two of each man's biggest hits of the 1980s. And that was only the beginning.

In this combination photo, musicians Elvis Costello, left, performs at "The Music of Prince" tribute concert on March 7, 2013, in New York and Paul performs during his "Out There Tour 2015" on June 21, 2015, in Philadelphia. A new Paul McCartney reissue of "Flowers in the Dirt" offers two audio discs that are devoted to Paul's songwriting collaboration with Elvis Costello in 1987 and 1988. (Photo by Evan Agostini, left, and Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, Files)
"Looking back, you could say that," Paul told The Associated Press. "If we'd just done a few more of these demos, we could have made a crazy album. But we didn't. That was as far as we got."
Paul initiated the partnership at the suggestion of his manager. The former Beatle was looking for varied sounds, styles and producers as he began work on a new album. Paul and Elvis Costello worked for a few weeks in a room above McCartney's studio in Sussex, England, where they'd write a song a day and immediately go downstairs to record it, sitting with acoustic guitars and singing together.
"There were many echoes, working with Elvis and working with John (Lennon), because I know Elvis is a big Beatles fan," Paul said. "He was a John fan, he wears glasses, he plays guitar right-handed."
They're all from Liverpool, too. Paul worked with Costello as he did with John Lennon, two men with acoustic guitars sitting across from one another. With Paul left-handed, it felt to him like looking into a mirror.
"I think the key was not to turn up in short trousers with my Fan Club card sticking out of my top pocket," Costello said. "I'd been asked to write songs in 1987, knowing what I know, having done what I'd done for that whole 10 years, which seemed like a long time then. Paul knows what he's done and he knows I love him.

"That said, you're bound to look up sometimes and think, 'Bloody hell, it's him!'," he said.
In this week's reissue, one disc contains nine of those 15 songs, recorded the day they were written. Another disc features the same songs produced by the two men later with a band added, primarily sung by McCartney since it was his album, after all.
To a certain extent, something is lost in translation.
Take the song "Tommy's Coming Home," for instance. Inspired fun with Paul and Costello singing together, the tempo slows and the song drags in the full band version.
"I didn't realize until looking back later that these demos had a special groove and a freshness and, I think on a few of the recorded versions, we lost some of that freshness," Paul said. "It gives an idea of the spontaneity of the writing. There's a time that you regret that we didn't just say, 'This is it, this is good enough.' Often when you don't think you're making the final record, you're a bit looser ... I think some of those performances are better than the ones on the record."
The two-man recordings "have a lot of charm and a good deal of cheek," Costello said. "You can almost hear us laughing at loud at what I call, 'the Mersey cadences.' It's in the blood. It's in the water. It's in him and it's got to come out."
Since both are strong-willed men used to being in charge of their music, you'd have to wonder whether the easy creativity of the songwriting sessions would have lasted through the grunt work of making polished recordings. The two dismiss the suggestion that there would have been trouble, or that they would have needed another producer to referee. Costello said it wouldn't have been as much fun as producing it themselves.
The songs they wrote were dispersed between the two men, or left on the shelf. Four were included on "Flowers in the Dirt," including the stately "That Day is Done" and the call-and-response "You Want Her Too." Costello later recorded "So Like Candy" and "Pads, Paws & Claws." Some demos creeped out through the years.
"My Brave Face" could have been as big as anything he and Lennon had written, Paul said. His pride in some of the songs he had written without Costello is one reason "Flowers in the Dirt" took shape the way it did. But you can hear another reason between the lines listening to him talk. Perhaps he didn't want to pull Costello into the weight of comparisons that he felt for all of his post-Beatles career.
"Because John and I had such a successful collaboration and all the work we did was when we were young, often your first output like that can be your best," he said. "I wouldn't say it worries me, or I wouldn't continue to write. But I do get the feeling that it would have been very hard to come up to the standards of the ones I wrote with John, like 'It's Getting Better' or 'She's Leaving Home.'"
Costello, for his part, doesn't look back with regret at the album that never was. He points to Paul's reissue.
"You could say, 'this is it,'" he said. "There's a whole disc of me and Paul singing together. What can you say about that?"





source:AssociatePress

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