Paul McCartney Announces New Covers Album
20 Dec 2011
Paul McCartney Announces New Covers Album
Paul McCartney has announced a new album with contributions by Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder.

Fresh of his end-of-year tour, that saw him play several sold-out shows including a night at The O2 in London, Paul McCartney revealed the new album will feature a selection of covers.

Speaking of the song selection, Sir Paul McCartney explained the songs on the album are songs that inspired his and John Lennon's songwriting while they were in The Beatles.

"When I kind of got into songwriting, I realised how well structured these songs were and I think I took a lot of my lessons from them." says Paul McCartney "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." The music legends adds "And then, as I got to be a songwriter I thought it's beautiful, the way they made those song'."

The songs might surprise many of his fans. Satying away from the 'classics,' McCartney explains he intentionally opted for lesser known tunes. "It was important for me to keep away from the more obvious song choices" he says "so, many of the classic standards will be unfamiliar to some people. I hope they are in for a pleasant surprise."

Paul McCartney is set to play the last day of his end-of-year UK shows tonight. The Echo Arena in Liverpool plays host to the sold-out homecoming show. Going by previous setlists, fans are likley to be treated to a Beatles-heavy set.