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Paul McCartney to release first studio album in four years

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 Rain.

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 and flugelhorn.

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 European Tour.

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."

Full Tracklisting:

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
Anyway 3:50

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