In an exclusive interview, Paul McCartney's producer, Tommy LiPuma, revealed that McCartney's recent jazz performance in L.A. will be the subject of an upcoming TV special. The February 9th concert at Capitol Studios was originally streamed as a live concert videocast on iTunes, where McCartney premiered live renditions of songs from his new critically acclaimed standards set, Kisses On The Bottom.
LiPuma, who has previously worked with Miles Davis, Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, George Benson, and a host of others, gave us the details of the upcoming McCartney special: "There's going to be a Great Performances (episode for PBS), which we just finished. That was recorded at Capitol (Studios). There was a lot more post-production put into it, not only that (but) the iTunes (performance) was very simply one song after another, I had some choices to go to, meaning we had rehearsals and we had dress rehearsals -- so I did have other performances to go to, where I thought the performances were better. Then, of course, they had about 40 hours of footage of outtakes of us, just working on things in the studio. And the director's been working on it for the past month. And there's interviews -- and that'll air, I'm not sure if it's May or June."
- McCartney says that Kisses On The Bottom is in a way, a love letter to his extended family back in Liverpool: "The idea started because on of my fondest memories from when I was a kid was the New Year's Eve sing-along. Y'know, in Liverpool, that was really big in our family. My dad was the guy that played the piano at the New Year's Eve do's. You'd roll the carpet back and you'd get the nice kick-back of the linoleum, and the girls would all sit around, the ladies, all the aunts and that, with their 'gin and it' 'rum and black' and they'd all sit around slowly getting well-oiled and they'd sing all night."
- One fan of McCartney's Kisses On The Bottom is former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr, who told Billboard: "His voice sounds great on it. I was trying to recollect if I'd heard that voice before because Paul has many voices. In the Beatles of course John (Lennon) had THAT voice, Paul had several voices and I couldn't place it at all, it's like a new voice that he'd found. He was telling me he was doing it a bit dramatic then he got to this whispering type and it's a beautiful rendition of all those songs."
- Kisses On The Bottom debuted at Number Five on the Billboard 200 charts selling 74,000 copies in its first week on sale. The just released standards set marks McCartney's 18th solo/Wings Top Ten album
- The tracklisting to Kisses On The Bottom is:
1. "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter" (Alhert/Young)
2. "Home" (When Shadows Fall)" (Van Steeden/Clarkson/Clarkson)
3. "It's Only A Paper Moon" (Arlen/Harburg/Rose)
4. "More I Cannot Wish You" (Loesser)
5. "The Glory Of Love" (Hill)
6. "We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)" (Dorsey/Robertson/Mysels)
7. "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive" (Arlen/Mercer)
8. "My Valentine" (McCartney)
9. "Always" (Berlin)
10. "My Very Good Friend The Milkman" (Burke/Spina)
11. "Bye Bye Blackbird" (Henderson/Dixon)
12. "Get Yourself Another Fool" (Forrest/Heywood)
13. "The Inch Worm" (Loesser)
14. "Only Our Hearts" (McCartney)
15. "Baby's Request" (McCartney) -- Bonus Track
16. "My One And Only" (Wood/Mellin) -- Bonus Track
CHECK IT OUT: McCartney on February 9th performing "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter" at L.A.'s Capitol Studios:
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