McCartney III – Part II

The Press might have got there first but now it’s official: McCartney III was announced today by Macca to be released on 11 December 2020 – freakin’ awesome news in a shitful year. Let’s face it, it’s going to be momentous!


Like his other two self-titled albums, McCartney III is written, produced and performed entirely by Paul, and was recorded this year in Sussex, England. “I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day,” McCartney recently said in the press release:

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.

‘It’s just me’: an exclusive interview with Paul McCartney about McCartney III – Loud And Quiet

At what point did you realise that what you were doing was making McCartney III?

Right at the end of it, I’d just been stockpiling tracks, and I thought, ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do with all of this – I guess I’ll hang onto it,’ and then I thought, ‘Wait a minute, this is a McCartney record,’ because I’d played everything and done it in the same manner as McCartney I and II. That was a little light bulb going off, and I thought, ‘Well, at least that makes a point of explaining what I’ve been doing, unbeknownst to me.’ 


The vocals sound really raw.

Thanks. I was trying to get them posh.

I meant that in a good way!I

I know, I know! Because I wasn’t aiming at a proper record release, I was just having a go. So I think it has ended up being exactly what it is – which is me not really trying very hard, except to have fun.


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9 Responses to McCartney III – Part II

  1. Gawd bless Paul, of course, but can this be good?! Has he released anything decent since ‘Flowers In The Dirt’? I’ve struggled with pretty much everything since, and I’m a huge fan…

    • Thanks for checking in Matt. I’m huge fan too in case you haven’t noticed. I have a LOT of time for Paul’s “recent” material. Check out my repackage of Off The Ground. Released as a terrible album but loads of good material around that time. I’m a big fan of Memory Almost Full, particularly the medley beginning with the lovely Vintage Clothes, through to House of Wax. Stunning stuff. Also quite like New (the title track is a fine number among others), Egypt Station (enjoyable all the way through with a lot of highlights for me such as Dominoes, Hunt You Down, Naked, I Don’t Know), and Chaos and Creation is something of an underrated modern-day masterpiece choc full of melody and effortless, top-drawer, songcraft. That leaves Driving Rain, a broken album made by a broken man, it’s not much fun and can’t say there’s an amazing track on it. As for Flaming Pie, that’s an album I actually struggle a bit with apart from some career best classics I’m sure you’re across ie: Calico Skies, Souvenir, Little Willow, and the recent repackaging of this album with loads of lo-fi Paul is awesome. What about Flowers in the Dirt, are you a fan? I love that album. Did I read somewhere you’re not a huge Elvis fan? What’s that all about? All good, and thanks for checking in. I still can’t believe I was in London in 2020. btw I’ve tried to comment on your articles but they don’t show up…whatevs.

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