The project is comprised of many different concepts, from film scores to revived older works and more. “I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day,” McCartney said in a statement. “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.”
A follow-up to his 1970 self-titled solo debut and 1980’s McCartney II, the new full length features the legendary Beatle playing all the instruments; having written and recorded every song. In addition to its digital and CD availability, McCartney III will be pressed on vinyl in a variety of styles. Third Man Records will release the standard 180-gram, red vinyl — limited to 3,000 hand-numbered copies — and a “333” edition limited to 333 copies and pressed on yellow, polka-dotted vinyl made from 33 recycled vinyl copies of McCartney and McCartney II. A U.S. retail edition will also release the record on white vinyl, limited to 4,000 copies.
McCartney III marks Sir Paul’s 18th solo album, following 2018’s Egypt Station.
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