Paul McCartney: New Album ‘McCartney III’ Out 12/11, Watch an Album Trailer (Pre-Order)

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Sir Paul McCartney will add to his legacy of amazing music on Dec. 11 — and McCartney III will follow in the footsteps of 1970’s McCartney LP and 1980’s McCartney II.

What’s more, McCartney III features music entirely written, performed and produced by “Macca,” making this a fully “hands-on” creative experience from the Beatles legend.

Click here to pre-order McCartney III on CD from our Rock Cellar Store
Click here to pre-order McCartney III on LP from our Rock Cellar Store

Announced on Wednesday, the news came with a quick teaser trailer for the record:

Said Sir Paul in a statement about the album:

“I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day. I had to do a little bit of work on some film music and that turned into the opening track and then when it was done I thought what will I do next? I had some stuff I’d worked on over the years but sometimes time would run out and it would be left half-finished so I started thinking about what I had. Each day I’d start recording with the instrument I wrote the song on and then gradually layer it all up, it was a lot of fun.  It was about making music for yourself rather than making music that has to do a job. So, I just did stuff I fancied doing. I had no idea this would end up as an album.”

Just as Linda McCartney famously shot the photographs for McCartney and McCartney II, the principal photos for III were shot by Paul’s daughter Mary McCartney—with additional photography by Paul’s nephew Sonny McCartney as well as photos Paul took on his phone (it’s a family affair). The cover art and typography is by celebrated American artist Ed Ruscha.

Paul McCartney 'McCartney III (Photo: Mary McCartney)

Paul McCartney ‘McCartney III (Photo: Mary McCartney)

More on the album and how it came about:

Recorded earlier this year in Sussex, McCartney III is mostly built from live takes of Paul on vocals and guitar or piano, overdubbing his bass playing, drumming, etc. atop that foundation. McCartney III spans a vast and intimate range of modes and moods, from soul searching to wistful, from playful to raucous and all points between — captured with some of the same gear from Paul’s Rude Studio used as far back as 1971 Wings sessions.

And Paul’s array of vintage instruments he played on the new album have an even more storied history, including Bill Black of Elvis Presley’s original trio’s double bass alongside Paul’s own iconic Hofner violin bass, and a mellotron from Abbey Road Studios used on Beatles recordings, to name but a few. Just as McCartney’s 1970 release marked Paul’s return to basics in the wake of the biggest band break-up in musical history, and the 1980 avant-garde masterpiece McCartney II rose from the ashes of Wings, McCartney III finds Paul back on his own, turning unexpected circumstances into a personal snapshot of a timeless artist at a unique point in history.


  • Dee Bee says:

    Absolutely one of the best & most talented musicians ever! I was lucky enough to see him live & his concert was one of the best I’ve ever seen! Can’t wait for the new album!!

  • Mark Campese says:

    Looking forward to McCartney III with great anticipation . I have followed his career from the Beatle days and Paul never disappoints .
    Remains a true living legend .

  • wally moyer says:

    i find it amazing that he can play numerous instruments besides the guitar and still has the energy to make an album playing all the instruments himself

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