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Last summer, Beck was at loose ends in Los Angeles. “My whole year was canceled, with the shutdowns and everything,” says the singer. “My engineer’s wife was having a baby, so he wasn’t available. I really hadn’t been making much music. My studio had been dark for a year.”
Then came word that Paul McCartney had a new solo album in the works — and that he’d asked for Beck to remix one of its songs. “‘OK, McCartney’s calling, let’s get in there and figure out how everything works!’” Beck recalls thinking. “It gave me something to do.”
Similar top-secret communiques went out to a select group of artists last year in the run-up to McCartney III, the laid-back DIY delight that McCartney recorded during the peak quarantine months and released in December. The result, out this week, is McCartney III Imagined, a kaleidoscopic sampler plate of remixes and cover versions from a roster that also includes St. Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers, Anderson .Paak, Damon Albarn, Khruangbin, and more.
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When a music veteran like former Beatle Ringo Starr voices his opinion on which of the current music makers have caught his attention, well, he’s got our attention.
Here’s what the All-Starr Band leader had to say about the music superstar he says is doing things right, plus the songs he’s been keeping on his playlist.
During the current pandemic, although Starr had to cancel in 2020 two of his All-Starr Band’s tours, he’s kept busy making new music.
In March, the Photograph singer released an EP called Zoom In, featuring five tracks. Starr recruited Sam Hollander, who’s served as music producer for Katy Perry, to work his magic on the songs, from the reggae-infused “Waiting for the Tide to Turn,” to the playfully rocking “Teach Me to Tango.”
Starr told Variety last month that the track he enjoyed creating most “was ‘Waiting for the Tide to Turn,’ because it was reggae. So it was the atmosphere of: Let’s make a reggae record… and I played reggae drums. I don’t know how you do that! I just do what I think of as reggae drums.”
Paul McCartney never forgot a song he should have remembered.
In the early days, he and John Lennon would work on songs for a few hours and write down some lyrics on a “bit of paper” then forget what the song was by the next morning. But nothing was ever truly lost.
“Me and John were very excited to work with each other,” said McCartney, during a recent chat with Annie Clark (St. Vincent) on Instagram Live. “I could fill in anything he needed, he could fill in anything I needed, so I don’t really think we had too many forgettable songs.”
On the eve of the release of his McCartney III Reimagined, McCartney took to Instagram for two impromptu chats with St. Vincent and Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, two artists handpicked to remix the original tracks off McCartney III, his 18th solo album, released in 2020, and ended up reminiscing on The Beatles, his deep connection to Lennon, and the power of a song.
The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is one of the most acclaimed albums ever, however, it inspired a review that made the Fab Four bitter. Paul McCartney revealed the review was upsetting because of what it said about their producer, George Martin, and how that reflected on the rest of the band. Here’s what Paul had to say about Sgt. Pepper — and what Martin had to say on the same topic.During an interview with Paul Gambaccinni of Rolling Stone, Paul discussed many topics, including the album Ram, Steve McQueen, Marvin Gaye, and “Long Tail Sally.” Gambaccinni asked Paul how much Martin contributed to “Yesterday” and other songs by the Fab Four. Paul revealed “George’s contribution was quite a big one, actually…. George was in there quite heavily from the beginning.” Paul then started discussing a review of Sgt. Pepper that gave Martin a tremendous amount of credit for creating the album.
Paul and Linda McCartney had one of the most famous celebrity realities ever, so it only makes sense that they fell in love with a song the night they met each other. Paul found the song very mysterious and thought it was inspired by the work of another famous composer. Here’s what he and Linda said about the song.According to the book Paul McCartney: Many years from now, Paul heard Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” for the first time the night he met Linda and was taken along with her songs. Paul said, “It was the first evening we had ever heard a record called ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ with words that felt the sea.” “The lyrics were all very weird and poetic and the subject was a famous Bach theme, but we didn’t know that. We just thought, ‘God, what an incredible record!’ It was like a marker record. It was a benchmark. “
Paul McCartney is one of a variety of music stars set to appear on Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson, a new Apple TV+ docuseries that will premiere on July 30.
The six-part show will follow famed DJ and producer Ronson as he “uncovers the untold stories behind music creation and the lengths producers and creators are willing to go to find the perfect sound.” To do that, he’ll interview artists including McCartney, Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl, and Beastie Boys members Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond.
Each episode will end with Ronson debuting a new piece of original music, similar to the 2014 Foo Fighters docuseries Sonic Highways.
Other artists who’ll appear on Watch the Sound include Questlove, Charli XCX and King Princess.
McCartney previously collaborated with Ronson when he co-produced Sir Paul’s 2015 studio album, NEW.