Paul spent much of the early part of the year, writing, recording and mixing what would be his next solo album.
He continued working with producer Greg Kurstin.
Kurstin has been associated with releases which have cumulatively sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. He has been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards, including Producer of the Year in 2010 and 2014. In addition to three other Grammys, Kurstin won Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) in 2017.
Kurstin co-wrote, produced and played most of the instruments on the record-breaking 2015 Adele single, “Hello.” Among others, he has worked with Sia, Beck, Kelly Clarkson, Ellie Goulding, Pink, the Shins, Tegan and Sara, Lily Allen, and Little Boots. He often plays guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, and engineers and programs the records he produces.
An “exceptionally accomplished” musician, Kurstin began his career as a jazz pianist and later co-founded Geggy Tah. He has collaborated with Inara George in The Bird and the Bee since 2004.
Paul also began to lay down a few tracks with American producer Ryan Tedder. Tedder, a member of OneRepublic, also has written songs for and produced U2, Adele, Beyoncé, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Lopez, Westlife, Hilary Duff, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Big Time Rush, Camila Cabello, Taylor Swift, Leona Lewis, Zedd, Hailee Steinfeld and MØ.
Work would continue with Paul’s new material thru roughly mid, 2018, then the assembling of the roll out began….
Besides his new album, Paul’s involved in the re-mixing of 1968’s THE BEATLES (the white album) on it’s 50th anniversary.
This is the first time The BEATLES has been remixed and presented with additional demos and session recordings.
The album’s new edition followed 2017’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition releases.
To create the new stereo and 5.1 surround audio mixes for ‘The White Album,’ Martin and Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London.
All the new ‘White Album’ releases include Martin’s new stereo album mix, sourced directly from the original four-track and eight-track session tapes. Martin’s new mix is guided by the album’s original stereo mix produced by his father, George Martin.
“In remixing ‘The White Album,’ we’ve tried to bring you as close as possible to The Beatles in the studio,” explains Giles Martin in his written introduction for the new edition. “We’ve peeled back the layers of the ‘Glass Onion’ with the hope of immersing old and new listeners into one of the most diverse and inspiring albums ever made.”
The BEATLES (‘White Album’) releases include:
Super Deluxe: The comprehensive, individually numbered 7-disc and digital audio collections feature:
CDs 1 & 2: The BEATLES (‘White Album’) 2018 stereo album mix
CD3: Esher Demos
Esher Demo tracks 1 through 19 sequenced in order of the finished song’s placement on ‘The White Album.’ Tracks 20-27 were not included on the album.
CDs 4, 5 & 6: Sessions
50 additional recordings, most previously unreleased, from ‘White Album’ studio sessions; all newly mixed from the four-track and eight-track session tapes, sequenced in order of their recording start dates.
2018 album mix in high resolution PCM stereo
2018 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 album mix
2018 Dolby True HD 5.1 album mix
2018 direct transfer of the album’s original mono mix
Deluxe: The BEATLES (‘White Album’) 2018 stereo album mix + Esher Demos
The 3CD; 180-gram 4LP vinyl box set (limited edition); and digital audio collections pair the 2018 stereo album mix with the 27 Esher Demos.
Standard 2LP Vinyl: The BEATLES (‘White Album’) 2018 stereo mix
180-gram 2LP vinyl in gatefold sleeve with faithfully replicated original artwork.
In addition, on December 7th, Paul’s 1972 WILD LIFE and 1973’s RED ROSE SPEEDWAY were re-released in archive form.
The 11-disc Paul McCartney and Wings 1971–73 numbered limited edition “super deluxe” compilation features not only the entire contents of the Wild Life 4-disc numbered limited deluxe edition and of the Red Rose Speedway 6-disc numbered limited deluxe edition – but also the exclusive live album, Wings Over Europe.
The collection features 20 previously unreleased, newly mixed live tracks recorded over the course of 5 shows, an introduction featuring Paul recounting memories of the 1972 tour, a 96-page photo book including previously unreleased images by Linda McCartney and Captain Snap, a replica of the 1972 Wings Over Europe tour program, and access to downloadable 24/96kHz unlimited high-resolution audio versions.
PAUL McCARTNEY AND WINGS: WINGS 1971-73Paul McCartney Archive Collection Limited Super Deluxe EditionBoth Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway Limited Deluxe Editions, plus: Exclusive and numbered edition, 7-color screen print on corrugated board. Exclusive Wings Over Europe 96-page photo book with screenprinted cover. Facsimile of the Wings Over Europe 1972 European tour program.Brand new stereo mix of tracks played on the 1972 tour on CD.
These two archive were also available as individual releases…
WILD LIFE was available in the following formats:
- Limited Deluxe Edition
- Numbered heavy weight kraft board slipcase. Cover silkscreen printed.
- 128-page essay book written by David Fricke.
- Folio containing; 48-page facsimile notebook, 12 replica medium format Polaroid pictures, plus ‘The Ball’ album launch party invite.
- CD portfolio containing 3CDs & 1DVD.
WILD LIFE will also available on:
2CD – Special Edition
2LP – 180 Gram vinyl with MP3 download card
Digital Download/Streaming – Standard & Special Edition
RED ROSE SPEEDWAY was available in the following formats:
- Limited Deluxe Edition: A Numbered edition, color printed silver metal board slipcase.
- A 28-page essay book written by Amanda Petrusich. Including 5 replica handwritten lyric sheets, and a photo print. A 64-page Wings Over Morocco photo book.
- The Bruce McMouse Show folio containing; 14 replica hand-drawn sketches by Paul McCartney, facsimile dialogue sheets and the unreleased film restored and remixed on DVD and 5.1 HD Blu-Ray.
- CD portfolio containing 3CDs & 1DVD.
- 2 CD – Special Edition
- 2 LP – 180 Gram vinyl with MP3 download card
- Digital Download/Streaming – Standard & Special Edition
- A 2LP recreation of the Red Rose Speedway original “Double Album” on 2LP – 180 Gram vinyl with MP3 download card.
And, since Pau’s fans MUST have unlimited cash to re-spend on things already owned the following albums were re-released in limited colors.
WINGS GREATEST (blue)
THRILLINGTON (marbled red/black)
CHAOS AND CREATION IN THE BACKYARD (gold)
Paul was active in 2018 outside go the studio. He was in the audience on January 16th, at Stella McCartney’s Autumn Winter presentation at SIR Studios in Los Angeles.
“A semi-historical music location in L.A. is somewhere I feel very at home. It’s very natural for us to have parties in L.A. All my friends seem to have moved here.” – Stella
Although Stella said she wasn’t sure whether her father had ever made use of the SIR Studios facilities at Wilcox Avenue and Sunset Boulevard.
The fashion designer dubbed the event, which included clusters of collection-clad models flanking the performance stage and scattered throughout SIR Studios, a “Stella-bration,” but it was so full of musical talent — on- and off-stage — that one of our fellow fashion journalists more accurately described it as “Stella-chella.”
In addition to sets by Bridges and Grimes, the presentation-turned-party included the musical stylings of BØRNS, St. Vincent and Beck, who performed a handful of songs (several backed by a 10-member choir) before closing out the night with an enthusiastic version of “Where It’s At.”
The performance that had everyone on their feet and waving their cellphones in the air came from a Beatles cover band called Dr. Pepper and the Jaded Hearts Club Band (whose members include Muse’s Matt Bellamy and Dom Howard), which performed a blistering set that started with “I Saw Her Standing There” and ended with “Helter Skelter,” both of which had the Paul up onstage and singing along.
Spotted taking in that spectacle in front of the stage was Goldie Hawn and daughter Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Paris Jackson, Selma Blair, Amy Poehler, Katy Perry, U2’s the Edge, Emma Roberts, Ringo Starr, Christina Aguilera and James Corden.
Paul spent June 9, 2018 in Liverpool along with English television host James Corden, filming an instance of Corden’s show “Carpool Karaoke”.
The day ended with a surprise gig at the Philharmonic Dining Rooms pub, where Sir Paul debuted an upbeat new song, “Come On To Me“, which would be formally announced and released on June 20, 2018.
As rumors swirled online regarding a new album release around this time period one day on his website Paul posted a strange symbol….
The rumor mill was at full speed…
Friday came and went without the new Paul McCartney album a television report said was headed our way, but the Beatles legend continues to drop hints that something big may be announced soon. This morning, that included tweeting out an image that looks an awful lot like an album cover, featuring what appears to be a red ticket on a yellow background with his name and the letters “N.B.P.” on it. McCartney had been hinting at at releasing new music this year, mentioning on his website in January that he was “putting the finishing touches” on a new album.
Interest was once again piqued earlier this week when McCartney was announced to appear on CBS’s The Late Late Show this week, singing with host James Corden and showing him Beatles-related landmarks in Liverpool, U.K., as part of the popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment.
Footage eventually emerged of the Fab One debuting a brand new song called “Come Home to You” during a recent surprise show at a small pub in Liverpool. “This hasn’t been released yet. … It’s the first time we played it for anybody,” McCartney says before he and his band count into the appealingly choppy rocker.
McCartney also tweeted daily photos from a recording studio, theoretically taken during recording sessions for the new album. He also tweeted a curious drawing, which turns up on either side of the “ticket” on this new image.]
Days later it would be announced… a new double single to be released followed by a new album. On September 7th, EGYPT STATION was released……..with another tour, “Freshen Up,” to start on September 18.
It was a good time to be an obsessed fan!!!!!!
Next, we arrive, ticket in hand. All aboard…..