Paul McCartney - Kisses On The Bottom
Label: MPL Communications – 888072335981, Hear Music – HRM-33598-01
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
Gatefold sleeve. Includes two printed inner sleeves, one containing credits, the other containing liner notes.
Released: 03 Feb 2012
Genre: Jazz, Pop, Stage & Screen
A1 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter 2:36
A2 Home (When Shadows Fall) 4:04
A3 It's Only A Paper Moon 2:35
A4 More I Cannot Wish You 3:04
B1 The Glory Of Love 3:46
B2 We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me) 3:22
B3 Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive 2:32
B4 My Valentine 3:14
C1 Always 3:49
C2 My Very Good Friend The Milkman 3:04
C3 Bye Bye Blackbird 4:26
D1 Get Yourself Another Fool 4:42
D2 The Inch Worm 3:43
D3 Only Our Hearts 4:21
Recorded At – Capitol Studios
Recorded At – Avatar Studios
Recorded At – Abbey Road Studios
Recorded At – Hog Hill Mill (284)
Recorded At – Westlake Studios
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
A&r – Nancy Jeffries
Bass – Christian McBride (tracks: D1), Chuck Berghoffer (tracks: D3), John Clayton (tracks: B1, C2), Robert Hurst (tracks: A1 to A4, B2 to C1, C3, D2)
Coordinator [Musician Contracting And Project Coordination] – Shari Sutcliffe
Design [Art Concept] – Jonathan Schofield
Design [Debut Art] – Matthew Cooper
Drums – Karriem Riggins
Engineer [Additional, Pro Tools And Editing] – Brian Montgomery, Steve Genewick
Engineer [Additional] – Elliot Scheiner
Engineer [Assistant Westlake Studios, Los Angeles] – Marcus Johnson
Engineer [Assistant, Abbey Road Studios, London] – Gordon Davidson, Kris Burton, Paul Prichard, Sam Okell
Engineer [Assistant, Avatar Studios, New York] – Fernando Lodeiro (tracks: A1, A2, B3, B4, C1, C3, D4)
Engineer [Assistant, Hog Hill Mill] – Eddie Klein, Jamie Kirkham, Keith Smith (2)
Engineer [Recording And Mixing] – Al Schmitt
Guitar – Anthony Wilson (tracks: B1, C2, D1), Eric Clapton (tracks: B4, D1), John Chiodini (tracks: C3), John Pizzarelli (tracks: A1 to A4, B2 to C1, C3, D2)
Harmonica – Stevie Wonder (tracks: D3)
Mastered By – Doug Sax, Sangwook 'Sunny' Nam
Orchestra – London Symphony Orchestra, The (tracks: A2, B4, D1, C3, D1)
Photography By [Additional Images] – M. J. Kim
Photography By [Cover] – Mary McCartney
Photography By [Stills From Footage] – John Hammel
Piano – Diana Krall (tracks: A1 to D2), Tamir Hendelman (tracks: D3)
Producer – Tommy LiPuma
Product Manager – Scott Rodger
Product Manager [Mpl Production Team] – Billie Temple, Claudia Schmid, Jess Whiteley, Kat Holder, Lisa Power, Rebecca Church, Richard Miller, Ruth Birch, Toby McColl
Vocals – Paul McCartney
Includes coupon for digital download of entire album.
© 2012 MPL Communications Inc. under exclusive license to StarCon, LLC. HRM-33598-01 0666999336690
Let's face it - these cover albums from veteran, heavily-moneyed legends of rock and pop are often pretty mundane, or at the very least inconsequential.
In spite of this, Paul McCartney delivers quite well on "Kisses on the Bottom," with his iconic, velvety voice singing an eclectic, elaborate array of some of the best tunes ever written - as well as two extremely impressive new ones.
The gorgeous, lilting "My Valentine" recalls a fond romantic memory without a trace of sap or sickly-sweetness. It is a damn solid McCartney original that, save for his now-huskier vocal range, would fit in well on one of the classic Beatles albums.
"Only Our Hearts" is similar in its theme and melancholic edge, but better showcases McCartney's expressive, stirring lower register. Eric Clapton plays guitar on the latter while Stevie Wonder contributes harmonica on the former. It helps to have friends.
This is not a Valentine's Day album, but it is very fortunately released in the days leading up to the holiday, for its ambiance is certainly warm, balmy and lush - that is to say, romantic. Whether he's singing the nuances of the evocative "Bye Bye Blackbird" or the timeless, drippy "Always," McCartney's delivery is consistently restrained, contemplative and sentimental, yet, importantly, he never sounds insincere or premeditated. Each selection is well-rendered and straightforward.
Much of the reason for this cohesion is owed to Diana Krall's backing band, hired specifically for this project. Backing McCartney with a fervent glow on the likes of the brilliant "The Glory of Love" and the relatively funky "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," they earn their keep here.
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 or not the evening skews romantic.
PAUL McCARTNEY - My Valentine
Paul McCartney - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter