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Kisses On The Bottom

    Artist: Paul McCartney
Title: Kisses On The Bottom
Orignal Release: February 7 2012
Label: Hear Music
Producer: Tommy LiPuma
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I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter  Alhert/Young 
Home (When Shadows Fall)  Van Steeden/Clarkson/Clarkson 
It's Only a Paper Moon  Arlen/Harburg/Rose 
More I Cannot Wish You  Loesser 
The Glory of Love  Hill 
We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)  Dorsey/Robertson/Mysel 
Ac-cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive  Arlen/Mercer 
My Valentine  Paul McCartney 
Always  Berlin 
My Very Good Friend the Milkman  Burke/Spina 
Bye Bye Blackbird  Henderson/Dixon 
Get Yourself Another Fool  Forrest/Heywood 
The Inch Worm  Loesser 
Only Our Hearts  Paul McCartney 
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Click here to listen to album/tracks @NPR's First Listen

Deluxe CD Album will feature two bonus tracks plus access to a download of an exclusive live show (available from Tuesday 14th February via paulmccartney.com), plus longer liner notes and expanded packaging featuring three postcards)

15.  Baby’s Request                                                                           03:30

16.  My One And Only Love                                                               03:50

The album will also be available digitally. You will be able to pre-order the album directly from PaulMcCartney.com soon!

The album was recorded at the legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, New York and London throughout 2011.  It also features guest musicians Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, respectively, on the original compositions  ‘My Valentine’ and ‘Only Our Hearts’.  Eric also appears on the track ‘Get Yourself Another Fool’.

The album artwork concept was conceived by Jonathan Schofield (Visual Director at Stella McCartney) and designed by Matthew Cooper (who has worked with artists such as Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand).  Paul was photographed by his daughter Mary McCartney for the album sleeve.

'Kisses On The Bottom' is a collection of standards Paul grew up listening to in his childhood as well as the two new McCartney compositions 'My Valentine' and 'Only Our Hearts'. With the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall and her band—as well as guest appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, McCartney's new album is a deeply personal journey through classic American compositions that, in some cases, a young Paul first heard his father perform on piano at home. The full tracklisting reveals that Paul has been both reverent and adventurous in his song choices.

Musicians: Diana Krall and her two bands (studio and touring), father and son guitarists Bucky and John Pizzarelli, and Andy Stein, virtuoso violinist from Commander Cody. Stevie Wonder plays a trademark harmonica solo on a McCartney original, 'Only Our Hearts,' and Eric Clapton adds his bluesy guitar to a couple of tracks including a sensational cover of 'Get Yourself Another Fool.'

What the heck is the album title about?

So you think "Kisses On The Bottom" is an odd album title. From the online and media reaction you're not alone. Let me try and take my best guess as to the meaning of the title "Kisses On The Bottom". Now let's put on our thinking caps, think back to the day before internet, before texting and even before easy access to phones. In the olden days, people used something called a pen or pencil, and a thing called paper and actually wrote things down manually. I know, seems crazy but they called it "handwriting". Then after you wrote up a few lines, paragraphs or pages, this document, (called a letter) was put inside a box outside somewhere. Somehow these handwritten letters found their way to the recipient. Sometimes these letters were intercepted and read by devious people using a tea kettle, but that's another story. If these letters were to loved ones, often you would put an "X" or an "O" at the bottom above your signature that would signify hugs & kisses. Today, emails are sent, but "kisses" are still used at the bottom above your signature. So to some it all up, Kisses On The Bottom" are the "X's" at the bottom of love letters and one of the songs covered by Paul on this album is a Fats Waller classic from 1935, "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Right Myself A Letter". Check out the lyrics, click here. If you personally have never authored or received a handwritten love letter, then may I suggest go ask your parents, grandparents, aunt or someone who you maybe close to born before 1970. Hope that clears that up.

All kidding aside, I think about it, this is a perfect title for this album. Whomever thought of it is a genious. First off this is an album of pre-rock & roll standards and the obvious throw-back to the good old days of handwriting love letters. Secondly just look at the media blitz going on about this title, lots of free publicity for an album that is still a month away from being released.

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. . . . Mike Kovacich, macca-central.com

UPDATE: McCartney has revealed that he believes a little bit controversy surrounding an album title is "good for the soul." He told the Sunday Times when asked about the album title: "I like mischief. It's good for the soul, it's always a good idea - if only because people think it's a bad idea." McCartney also said that the album's title didn't go down so well with his record label when he told them about it and that they begged him to change it. "I made the suggestion and got this nervous text from the label which said 'Paul, under no circumstances can we do this'. One of the guys said he felt like he'd been punched in the gut."
Paul confirms orgin of album title: On December 19th 2011 Paul announced that February 2012 would see the release of his brand new studio album. Scores of fans then streamed the new original track 'My Valentine', many assuming it would be the new record's title track. While a few Twitter hints have been dropped and rumours have run rampant, Paul puts an end to speculation today, confirming that the album will indeed be titled 'Kisses On The Bottom'.

Paul has apparently had some fun with his choice of album title—while causing some confusion amongst those who have historically subjected his every move to microscopic scrutiny (with many fixating on an anatomical interpretation!). The phrase 'Kisses On The Bottom,' however, actually comes from the album's opener 'I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter'. Originally made a big hit by Fats Waller in 1935, the song opens with the lines 'I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter and make believe it came from you. I'm gonna write words oh so sweet. They're gonna knock me off of my feet. A lot of kisses on the bottom , I'll be glad I got 'em'.

Press Release

While many a musician is often asked about the tunes that have influenced their songwriting, it is not a question Paul McCartney ordinarily gets to answer - until now. Paul is about to offer a glimpse into "the songs which inspired the songs" with the upcoming release of a brand new album of those standards he grew up listening to in his childhood-plus two brand new McCartney compositions. With the help of Grammyr Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall and her band-as well as guest appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, McCartney's new album is a deeply personal journey through classic American compositions that, in some cases, a young Paul first heard his father perform on piano at home. As authentic and daring a musical statement as he could make, this is the album Paul has been thinking about making for more than 20 years - and probably the last thing his fans are expecting.

"In the end it was 'Look, if I don't do it now, I'll never do it'," he says. In short, Paul believes it is about time "the songs me and John based quite a few of our things on" received the recognition they deserve. Moreover, the record also features a couple of new original McCartney compositions in the spirit of those classics. "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," Paul explains. "I always thought artists like Fred Astaire were very cool. Writers like Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, all of those guys - I just thought the songs were magical. And then, as I got to be a songwriter I thought it's beautiful, the way they made those songs." Determined to approach the record in a new and unique manner, Paul enlisted the help of LiPuma and Krall and her band-who delivered ultra-high quality musicianship and were completely in tune with Paul's restraint and feel for the music.

In the studio, the recording of this album was also a new challenge for Paul who, for the first time ever, performed exclusively in the vocal booth without an instrument - no guitar, no bass, no piano - which led to a vocal performance like no other in his career. He adds, "It was very spontaneous, kind of organic, which then reminded me of the way we'd work with The Beatles. We'd bring a song in, kick it around, when we found a way to do it we'd say 'Okay, let's do a take now' and by the time everyone kind of had an idea of what they were doing, we'd learnt the song. So that's what we did, we did the take live in the studio." "It was important for me to keep away from the more obvious song choices so, many of the classic standards will be unfamiliar to some people. I hope they are in for a pleasant surprise." The album was recorded at the legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, New York and London throughout 2011. It also features guest musicians Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, respectively, on the original compositions "My Valentine" and "Only Our Hearts."

Please note this album has not been released yet. Low quality audio of this album was leaked on the internet from an advanced sample CD. Most fans who visit this site will be purchasing various formats of the album when it comes out, but in the meantime I have linked all tracks to unofficial youtube audio samples.
UPDATE: The youtube account that had these audio clips has been terminated due to copyright infringement. Though some tracks are still up there.

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