Feature: Jack Foley
THE legendary Paul McCartney will be releasing his first new
studio album in four years on September 13, 2005 to coincide with
the September 16 launch of McCartney’s all new 37-city US
Tour - his fastest selling concert tour ever.
Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard will be
McCartney’s 20th studio recording since The Beatles and
will mark the end of a nearly four-year hiatus since his last
studio recording, 2001’s platinum certified Driving
The new 13-track album is co-produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead,
Travis and Beck) and McCartney, and was recorded in London and
Los Angeles over the course of the past two years.
According to the publicity, Chaos And Creation In The Back
Yard will mark a return to the basics for McCartney.
The album fuses his undeniable song writing talents with his
unparalleled musicianship, as McCartney is credited with playing
the majority of the instruments on the album, which is somewhat
reminiscent of McCartney (1970) when he was credited
with playing all of the instruments.
They include the drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, as well as many
of the less traditional instruments such as block flute, harmonium
One of the many highlights is a track
entitled, Jenny Wren, which the singer describes as 'daughter
of Blackbird', as well as Follow Me, which McCartney
debuted at The Glastonbury Festival, while on his ’04 Summer
Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard would not have been
either if not for the suggestion of now legendary Beatles producer,
Sir George Martin.
Familiar with Nigel’s credentials and with his published
desire to work with an established artist, Sir Paul made the call
that finally put the two together in the studio.
The collaboration seemed an unlikely one and thus the rumours
began. What type of album was McCartney making?
"I did not want to rush this album," said McCartney,
who despite repeated inquiries, touring commitments and pressure
from his record label, managed to maintain his focus. "I
think it was worth the wait though. The music became more interesting
over time and I’m really proud of what we did."
"When Paul and I got together we had a common goal,"
said Godrich. "We wanted to make a great album that was true
to Paul. I think that’s exactly what we did."
Fine Line 3:05
How Kind Of You 4:47
Jenny Wren 3:47
At The Mercy 2:38
Friends To Go 2:43
English Tea 2:12
Too Much Rain 3:24
A Certain Softness 2:42
Riding To Vanity Fair 5:07
Follow Me 2:31
Promise To You Girl 3:10
This Never Happened Before 3:26