“I don’t listen to the Beatles very much. I don’t listen to my own songs,” said the 77-year-old artist during the promotion of the book Hey Grandude !. “I’m thinking of the next thing to do. And I’m always doing something because I love working so much.”
McCartney explained that he listens to Beatles records, usually for special projects and re-releases with new mastering and mixing.
“But it’s cool when there’s a remastering or some Beatles birthday project. I need to hear it and approve. So I hear the remastered version and the old version. And, you know, sometimes the old one sounds better,” McCartney says.
The older versions are better sometimes
Paul continues: “Then you realize, ‘Wait, this one [older recordings] has more body. And I talk to the sound engineer. That’s how I listen to the Beatles records.”
He says it’s normal to “compose, record, release and probably never hear these songs again.” “Until the next remastering session,” jokes McCartney. “And I like this.”
Finally, the musician reveals that he often listens to the Beatles on a radio station dedicated to the Liverpool Quartet when he is in the United States. “When I’m there, I hear [laughs].”