Paul McCartney celebrates the 50th anniversary of his solo debut with 'McCartney III'

'I just did stuff I fancied doing. I had no idea this would end up as an album'
Paul McCartney
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Sir Paul McCartney is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his very first solo album, McCartney, with another set of songs written, recorded, arranged, and performed by Macca himself while under "rockdown" in the U.K. just in time for the holidays.

Featuring eleven songs in total, McCartney III is the former Beatle’s 18th solo release and comes just about two years after his 2018 number 1 album Egypt Station. The songs included are bits and pieces of projects that he’s worked on over the years that never seemed to find a home.

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McCartney didn’t even start this project with a release in mind, but once quarantine became the word of the year, he knew there would be some time to revisit and rework.

“I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day,” McCartney said in a statement. “I had to do a little bit of work on some film music and that turned into the opening track and then when it was done I thought what will I do next?”

“I had some stuff I’d worked on over the years but sometimes time would run out and it would be left half-finished, so I started thinking about what I had,” Paul continued. “Each day I’d start recording with the instrument I wrote the song on and then gradually layer it all up. It was a lot of fun. It was about making music for yourself rather than making music that has to do a job. So, I just did stuff I fancied doing. I had no idea this would end up as an album.”

Check out the full McCartney III track list below.

Long Tailed Winter Bird
Find My Way
Pretty Boys
Women and Wives
Lavatory Lil
Deep Deep Feeling
The Kiss of Venus
Seize the Day
Deep Down
Winter Bird / When Winter Comes

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During a recent interview, McCartney spoke highly of his contemporary, Bob Dylan, whose cool and removed nature he's always appreciated. "Sometimes I wish I was a bit more like Bob. He’s legendary… and doesn’t give a s***!” McCartney gushed.

This new release shows Paul letting down his hair and having a little fun with his songwriting once again. It just goes to show, sometimes not giving a s*** has its plus sides.

McCartney III is available to stream and purchase on CD and vinyl everywhere now.

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