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Paul McCartney’s new album to be called ‘Kisses On The Bottom’

January 3, 2012

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Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that his new album will have the saucy title of Kisses On the Bottom.

Set for release on 6 February 2012, the album features Diana Krall and her band and includes cover versions of standards from the former Beatle’s childhood, as well as two new original McCartney compositions titled ‘My Valentine’ and ‘Only Our Hearts’.

The full tracklisting is expected to be announced shortly.

‘My Valentine’ features a guest appearance by Eric Clapton, while Stevie Wonder performs on ‘Only Our Hearts’.

Kisses On the Bottom is expected to provide a glimpse into “the songs which inspired the songs” that McCartney has written over the years.

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New Paul McCartney album set for February 2012 release

December 20, 2011

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A new Paul McCartney album – featuring cover versions of ‘Great American Songbook’ standards that he grew up with – will be released on 6 February 2012.

The as-yet-untitled album is expected to provide a glimpse into “the songs which inspired the songs” that McCartney has written over the years.

Produced by Tommy LiPuma, it features Diana Krall and her band, and also includes Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder on two brand new McCartney songs.

It’s an album that Sir Paul, 69, says he has been thinking about making for more than 20 years. “I’ve wanted to do it forever,” he says. “In the end it was ‘Look, if I don’t do it now, I’ll never do it.”

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John Mayall returns to UK for autumn 2011 tour

October 4, 2011

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John Mayall, hailed by many as the ‘Godfather of British blues’, is set to return to the UK this autumn for a 25-date tour.

The opening show will be on 25 October 2011 at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, and the tour will end at the Coliseum in Watford on 18 November 2011.

Having disbanded the legendary Bluesbreakers in November 2008, Mayall will be touring with the American musicians who worked with him on his 57th official album, Tough, in 2009.

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Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison film ‘Living in the Material World’ to premiere in Liverpool

September 30, 2011

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Martin Scorsese’s new George Harrison TV documentary, titled George Harrison: Living in the Material World, is set to receive its UK premiere in Liverpool.

It will be launched at Liverpool’s Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) on 2 October 2011.

The film, made in collaboration with Harrison’s widow Olivia, documents the Beatles guitarist’s rise to fame and his life as a member of the Fab Four. It features interviews with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono.

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Eric Clapton celebrates as Layla turns 40

July 3, 2011

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IT’S HARD to believe, but Layla – with all her timeless beauty and raw emotion – turns 40 this year.

   In August 1970, Derek & The Dominos (alias Eric Clapton, keyboardist/singer Bobby Whitlock, bassist Carl Radle and drummer Jim Gordon) teamed up with legendary producer Tom Dowd in a Miami studio – fortuitously bumping into guitarist Duane Allman in the same building – and created one of the most revered albums in rock history: Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs.

   Often regarded as Eric Clapton’s greatest musical achievement, the album broke new ground by blending British rock, electric blues and Southern gospel.

   The double slide-guitar work of Clapton and Allman would go on to define the famous title track as one of the greatest rock guitar anthems, recorded only a few months before Allman died in a motorcycle accident.

   In August, Eric Clapton is celebrating the short-lived band’s classic double-album with the release of several 40th anniversary commemorative editions.

   There is a remastered single-CD edition of the original album, a two-LP remastered vinyl edition, and a two-disc Deluxe Edition featuring original album tracks and previously unreleased material.

   A Super Deluxe Edition includes the original double album in both digital and vinyl formats, along with a remastered CD of Derek and the Dominos: In Concert, pop-up 3D artwork, and an exclusive hardback book of photographs, essays and new interviews.

   Clapton originally wrote ‘Layla’ as a ballad, with lyrics describing his love for Pattie Boyd. But the song became a ‘rocker’ when Duane Allman reportedly helped to compose the song’s signature riff.

   With the band assembled and Tom Dowd producing, ‘Layla’ was recorded in its original form. The recording consisted of six guitar tracks: a rhythm track by Clapton, three tracks of harmonies played by Clapton against the main riff, a track of slide guitar by Allman, and one track with both Allman and Clapton playing duplicate solos.

   Shortly afterward, Clapton returned to the studio and overheard Jim Gordon playing a piano piece he had composed separately. Clapton, impressed by the piece, convinced Gordon to allow it to be used as part of ‘Layla’. It famously became the song’s ‘second movement’ and was recorded roughly a week after the first – with Gordon playing his piano part, Clapton playing acoustic guitar and slide guitar, and Allman playing electric and bottleneck slide guitar.

   After Dowd spliced the two movements together, ‘Layla’ was complete… and a piece of music history was born.

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