Thursday, 11 September 2014

Art of the Cover - VA "The Art of McCartney" (2014)

The long-in-the-works Paul McCartney tribute album "The Art of McCartney" finally arrives this November.

November 17th sees the release of the tribute album to end tribute albums – a 34-song salute to Sir Paul Macca, featuring the most stellar of casts - well "the world's greatest artists", actually, or so the LP cover tells us!

Yap, we get performances here from ingenues like Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Kiss, Dr John, BB King,Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Allen Toussaint, The Cure ..... and many many more. 

Sadly, no contribution from Ringo Starr!

Needless to say, The Art of McCartney comes in a number of formats of varying levels of de-luxitude, from the standard two-CD set all the way up to an Exclusive DeLuxe Box Set featuring a shitload of extra tracks along with a “specially designed Hofner violin bass shaped USB with flac files of the album”.

The Exclusive DeLuxe Box Set features 3 CDs of music along with an extra CD - an audio documentary about the making of the album narrated by Bill Nighy called, erm ... The Making of The Art Of McCartney.

Contained therein too is the"The Making of "The Art Of McCartney - Collectors Edition DVD" film, containing behind the scenes footage from the recording studios and interviews with the contributing artists. 

It also contains a 64-page 12” hardback book "The Illustrated guide to 'The Art of McCartney'" as well as two pieces of specially commissioned artwork by Alan Aldridge.


Standard Edition


Maybe I'm Amazed - Billy Joel
Things We Said Today - Bob Dylan
Band On The Run - Heart
Junior's Farm - Steve Miller
The Long And Winding Road - Yusuf/Cat Stevens
My Love - Harry Connick, Jr
Wanderlust - Brian Wilson
Bluebird - Corinne Bailey Rae
Yesterday - Willie Nelson
Junk - Jeff Lynne
When I'm 64 - Barry Gibb
Every Night - Jamie Cullum
Venus And Mars/Rock Show - KISS
Let Me Roll It - Paul Rodgers
Helter Skelter - Roger Daltrey
Helen Wheels - Def Leppard
Hello Goodbye - The Cure Featuring James McCartney

Live And Let Die - Billy Joel
Let It Be - Chrissie Hynde
Jet - Robin Zander & Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick
Hi Hi Hi - Joe Elliot
Letting Go - Heart
Hey Jude - Steve Miller
Listen To What The Man Said - Owl City
Got To Get You Into My Life - Perry Farrell
Drive My Car - Dion
Lady Madonna - Allen Toussaint
Let ‘Em In - Dr. John
So Bad - Smokey Robinson
No More Lonely Nights - The Airborne Toxic Event
Eleanor Rigby - Alice Cooper
Come And Get It - Toots Hibbert with Sly & Robbie
On The Way - B.B. King
Birthday - Sammy Hagar

Deluxe Edition

As well as the above, the Deluxe Edition also contains ...

C Moon - Robert Smith
Can't Buy Me Love - Booker T-Jones
P.S. I Love You - Ronnie Spector
All My Loving - Darlene Love
For No One - Ian McCulloch
Put It There - Peter, Bjorn & John
Run Devil Run - Wanda Jackson
Smile Away - Alice Cooper
The Making of The Art Of McCartney - Audio documentary

The Making of The Art Of McCartney – Collectors Edition DVD film

Höfner guitar USB with FLAC files of all 34 tracks on the Standard Edition
- The 64-page 12” hardback book "The Illustrated guide to 'The Art of McCartney'
- Two pieces of specially commissioned artwork by Alan Aldridge.

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