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Albums Of The Week: Paul McCartney | McCartney III Imagined

Macca rejigs his latest solo disc into a playful, colourful set of VIP collaborations.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Hailed upon its release last year, Paul McCartney’s McCartney III is moving into the future in the form of McCartney III Imagined.

Personally curated by Paul, McCartney III Imagined features an A-list assortment of friends, fans and brand new acquaintances, each covering and/or reimagining their favorite McCartney III moments in their own signature styles. The result is a kaleidoscopic reinterpretation that serves as an extension of the instantly beloved McCartney III — while standing on its own as brilliant and adventurous milestone in the McCartney discography.

McCartney III Imagined features contibutions from or collaborations with Damon Albarn, Beck, Blood Orange, Phoebe Bridgers, Dominic Fike, Josh Homme, Khraungbin, 3D RDN of Massive Attack, Ed O’Brien (EOB), Anderson .Paak, St. Vincent and more.

Originally released Dec. 18, 2020, McCartney III is the third in a trilogy of home-made and self-titled albums that began with Paul’s 1970 solo debut McCartney, and continued in 1980 with McCartney II. All three albums were written, performed and produced by Paul in varying states of isolation, showcasing his unique creativity and inspired spontaneity. Recorded in “Rockdown”, McCartney III topped album charts across the world, scoring Paul his first U.K. #1 album in 31 years — increasing his lead as the U.K.’s most successful chart act of all time.

McCartney III Imagined continues the tradition of the biggest and most diverse names in music covering Paul’s songs — an ever-expanding lineup that ranges from more recent versions by Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Dave Grohl, Coldplay and The Cure, to interpretations over the years from the likes of U2, Guns N’ Roses, Earth Wind & Fire, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and countless others. McCartney III Imagined is a testament of Paul’s enduring and unmatched influence, a legacy that stretches from Yesterday being the most covered song in contemporary musical history to the inspiration his current work continues to hold for generations of artists and fans.”