A Review of Paul McCartney's New Album "Kisses on the Bottom"
If a traditional Paul McCartney album is what you are looking for this is not it. Paul has gone from just playing his own music for many years to playing both his music and his Beatles music. We have see him do some classical music has well has some electric music and now this is just another turn in the long and winding road of his awesome and successful music career. He has been talking about doing this album for a few years now, and has finally got it done. This album is a collection of songs that Paul’s father uses to play in his home and with his jazz band.
Paul has taking these old songs and dusted the off and breathe new life into to them by giving them a second chance in the music world. Paul only sings on this album and plays no instruments, he is back by one of the great jazz pianist Diana Krall and her band and also Eric Clapton played acoustic guitar on the song "My Valentine" as well has Stevie Wonder who played harmonica solo on the song "Only Our Hearts". Paul has also got one of the great jazz producer Tommy LiPuma , and it was recorded in Studio 2 at Abbey Road as well has three other Capitol Studios in the U.S.
This may be some kind of nostalgic trip back to his childhood and roots or a great tribute to his father or a bit of both. Many of these songs may have lit the spark in this great songwriter and began his song writing career. Paul has two songs he wrote on this album, three if you get the deluxe album. If you are has old has I am you may have heard some of these songs if not all of them. If you are younger then maybe your grandparents know these songs. The album's title comes from the lead track "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter", originally a hit for Fats Waller in 1935. McCartney said in the liner notes, "I worked with Diana Krall, and great jazz musicians like John Clayton. This is an album very tender, very intimate. This is an album you listen to at home after work, with a glass of wine or a cup of tea." You can tell by his singing on the album and talking about it that it is something very dear to his heart. The songs Paul wrote for this album melt right in with the other songs so well that if you didn’t look and see which ones he wrote you could not pick them out. Paul looked at these songs with the point of view of a songwriter and clearly loves the sentimentality these songs thrive on and are built on.
Here is the track list to "Kisses on the Bottom":
01. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
02. Home (When Shadows Fall)
03. It's Only A Paper Moon
04. More I Cannot Wish You
05. The Glory Of Love
06. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me)
07. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
08. My Valentine
10. My Very Good Friend The Milkman
11. Bye Bye Blackbird
12. Get Yourself Another Fool
13. The Inch Worm
14. Only Our Hearts
15. Baby's Request (Deluxe Edition)
16. My One And Only Love (Deluxe Edition)
McCartney has set many records in his long and varied career, and "Kisses on the Bottom" won't break any of them, yet it is also a highly listenable set of mellow, lovely tunes that goes perfect with a bottle of wine, whether it’s a evening of romance or just to listen to a album of easy listening tunes to wind down after a hard day.
At this point in time in Paul’s life and music career he has nothing to prove to anyone but himself, he is now doing these types of projects that make him happy and satisfy him. But really if you look back and see many of Paul’s songs are built and structured just like these songs on this album. For me I like the album and have heard these songs before when I was a young boy. I like the nice jazz twist he has giving these songs to refresh them and bring them up to date. Is it album I will listen to every day, no, but I would pop it on my Zune HD when I need some nice mellow jazz songs running through my head, something soft and easy to listen to and chill out to.
You can go on iTunes or Zune music service and listen to thirty seconds of each tune before you buy it.
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Paul explains the title of the album
Sir Paul McCartney - My Valentine (Live Kisses)
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