Paul McCartney has finally released a collection of standards, a first for the long-time rocker and balladeer. McCartney calls the collection "the songs that inspired the songs" that he and collaborator John Lennon wrote for the Beatles.
The New York Times calls "Kisses on the Bottom" a "jaunty tip of the hat to the pop music of his parents' generation."
"When I kind of got into songwriting, I realized how well structured these songs were and I think I took a lot of my lessons from them," McCartney said in a statement.
The collection includes songs by Cole Porter, Harold Arlen and other American composers. Paul McCartney recorded the album at Capitol studios in Los Angeles. He confined himself to the vocal work, leaving the instruments for others to play -- a mild disappointment, as McCartney is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and widely considered one of the finest bass players of his day.
"Kisses on the Bottom" also includes two original songs, featuring guest artists Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, according to The Times.
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