Beatle Paul McCartney announced that he will release a new studio album called McCartney III next December 11. Recorded this year in Sussex, in the south of England, “McCartney III” has Paul singing and playing guitar or piano live and complementing them with bass and drums.
The future release joins two other albums, McCartney and McCartney II, created only by the 78-year-old musician at critical moments in his life, in the 1970s and 1980s, when he was looking for a creative renaissance.
Paul McCartney said about his new studio album:
“I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day. So i had to do a little bit of work on some film music and that turned into the opening track. 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.”
“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.”
Besides being release in CD and digital copies, McCartney III will also have vinyl packages, including a standard 180-gram black vinyl and a white vinyl LP limited to 4,000 copies available at independent U.S. record stores. The album is available for pre-order now.