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The Art of McCartney / Stars cover Macca songs on new deluxe package

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The Art of McCartney is a new celebration of the music of the ex-Beatle performed by an ‘A-list’ selection of artists, musicians and singers. These include Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, The Cure, Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper, Dr. John, Yusuf (Cat Stevens), Barry Gibb, Jamie Cullum, KISS, Chrissie Hynde and many more. 

The producers of this project have gone to town with formats, and there are actually five different purchasing options including 2CD, 2CD+DVD, triple vinyl, a 4LP coloured vinyl box set and a limited deluxe box (1000 only) which combines coloured vinyl, CD, DVD, a Höfner bass guitar USB, and various art prints.

The two box sets have 42 tracks – McCartney compositions from all eras including The Beatles, Wings and solo work. The other formats have 34 songs, except the 2CD+DVD via bought via Amazon, which has 2 bonus tracks (C Moon – Robert Smith and Put It There – Peter, Bjorn & John). In case you’re wondering those two tracks are amongst the eight ‘extra’ tracks found in the pricey boxes (i.e. they’re not unique to this amazon edition).

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The deluxe box set includes the the two CDs and DVD from the cheaper set but adds a bonus CD with 8 further tracks and a fourth CD that features “The Making of The Art Of McCartney” an audio documentary about the making of the album narrated by Bill Nighy. You also get a 64-page hardcover book, artcards, four coloured vinyl records, the bespoke Hofner USB and hand numbered certificate of authenticity.

A website has been set up which should tell you all you need to know. You can order the product from the site or most of the formats (not the 4LP box) are available elsewhere.

The Art of McCartney is released on 17 November 2014.


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Deluxe Box (4CD+DVD+4LP+USB)

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2CD+DVD (Amazon exclusive 36-track + 60 min DVD doc)

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3LP Gatefold Vinyl (34-track)

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2CD (Amazon 36-track version)

Track listing and details:

CD1

  1. Maybe I’m Amazed – Billy Joel
  2. Things We Said Today – Bob Dylan
  3. Band On The Run – Heart
  4. Junior’s Farm – Steve Miller
  5. The Long And Winding Road – Yusuf/Cat Stevens
  6. My Love – Harry Connick, Jr
  7. Wanderlust – Brian Wilson
  8. Bluebird – Corinne Bailey Rae
  9. Yesterday – Willie Nelson
  10. Junk – Jeff Lynne
  11. When I’m 64 – Barry Gibb
  12. Every Night – Jamie Cullum
  13. Venus And Mars/Rock Show – KISS
  14. Let Me Roll It – Paul Rodgers
  15. Helter Skelter – Roger Daltrey
  16. Helen Wheels – Def Leppard
  17. Hello Goodbye – The Cure Featuring James McCartney

CD2

  1. Live And Let Die – Billy Joel
  2. Let It Be – Chrissie Hynde
  3. Jet – Robin Zander & Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick
  4. Hi Hi Hi – Joe Elliot
  5. Letting Go – Heart
  6. Hey Jude – Steve Miller
  7. Listen To What The Man Said – Owl City
  8. Got To Get You Into My Life – Perry Farrell
  9. Drive My Car – Dion
  10. Lady Madonna – Allen Toussaint
  11. Let ‘Em In – Dr. John
  12. So Bad – Smokey Robinson
  13. No More Lonely Nights – The Airborne Toxic Event
  14. Eleanor Rigby – Alice Cooper
  15. Come And Get It – Toots Hibbert with Sly & Robbie
  16. On The Way – B.B. King
  17. Birthday – Sammy Hagar

CD3 (deluxe box only)

  1. C Moon – Robert Smith – on Amazon 2CD
  2. Can’t Buy Me Love – Booker T-Jones
  3. P.S. I Love You – Ronnie Spector
  4. All My Loving – Darlene Love
  5. For No One – Ian McCulloch
  6. Put It There – Peter, Bjorn & John – on Amazon 2CD
  7. Run Devil Run – Wanda Jackson
  8. Smile Away – Alice Cooper

CD4  (deluxe box only)

The Making of The Art Of McCartney – Audio documentary

DVD

Making of The Art Of McCartney – Collectors Edition DVD film

USB

Höfner guitar USB with FLAC files of all 34 tracks

VINYL 1

SIDE A

  1. Maybe I’m Amazed – Billy Joel
  2. Things We Said Today – Bob Dylan
  3. Band On The Run – Heart
  4. Junior’s Farm – Steve Miller
  5. The Long And Winding Road – Yusuf/Cat Stevens

SIDE B

  1. My Love – Harry Connick, Jr
  2. Wanderlust – Brian Wilson
  3. Bluebird – Corinne Bailey Rae
  4. Yesterday – Willie Nelson
  5. Junk – Jeff Lynne
  6. When I’m 64 – Barry Gibb
  7. Every Night – Jamie Cullum

VINYL 2

SIDE A

  1. Venus And Mars/Rock Show – KISS
  2. Let Me Roll It – Paul Rodgers
  3. Helter Skelter – Roger Daltrey
  4. Helen Wheels – Def Leppard
  5. Hello Goodbye – The Cure Featuring James McCartney

SIDE B

  1. Live And Let Die – Billy Joel
  2. Let It Be – Chrissie Hynde
  3. Jet – Robin Zander & Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick
  4. Hi Hi Hi – Joe Elliot
  5. Letting Go – Heart

VINYL 3

SIDE A

  1. Hey Jude – Steve Miller
  2. Listen To What The Man Said – Owl City
  3. Got To Get You Into My Life – Perry Farrell
  4. Drive My Car – Dion
  5. Lady Madonna – Allen Toussaint
  6. Let Em In – Dr. John

SIDE B

  1. So Bad – Smokey Robinson
  2. No More Lonely Nights – The Airborne Toxic Event
  3. Eleanor Rigby – Alice Cooper
  4. Come And Get It – Toots Hibbert with Sly & Robbie
  5. On The Way – B.B. King
  6. Birthday – Sammy Hagar

VINYL 4 (deluxe boxes only)

SIDE A

  1. C Moon – Robert Smith
  2. Can’t Buy Me Love – Booker T. Jones
  3. P.S. I Love You – Ronnie Spector
  4. All My Loving – Darlene Love

SIDE B

  1. For No One – Ian McCulloch
  2. Put It There – Peter, Bjorn & John
  3. Run Devil Run – Wanda Jackson
  4. Smile Away – Alice Cooper

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12 responses to The Art of McCartney / Stars cover Macca songs on new deluxe package

  1. Clarky says:

    Who on earth would want this..?

    • Catweazle says:

      Well, I’m a sucker for a good, inventive and different cover version of a song I love, but this collection surely sucks! Totally dull, mostly note-for-note copied from the originals – who needs this? I should have read the liner notes before buying: Most of the tracks feature Macca’s tour band – and while these guys sure can play, they clearly lack imagination! Only glad I didn’t go for the ridiculously-priced deluxe version …

  2. Stefano says:

    Beats me!

  3. Catweazle says:

    Eleanor Rigby by Alice Cooper – gotta hear that!!!

  4. Johnny says:

    I’m not being picky but the “the bespoke Hofner USB” is right handed – you’d think at that price they would at least get these kind of details correct.

  5. adam shaw says:

    Im a Macca fan but I wouldnt buy this . Its not even mentioned on his own web site . Is this meant more for the USA market ? Also the USB has only 34 tracks ?

  6. Mike says:

    Jeez how could the hofner usb be the wrong way round! The Billy Joel versions sound fun.

  7. Ron Hatchell says:

    The Deluxe Box (4CD+DVD+4LP+USB) U.S. link goes to the U.K. site.

  8. Mark says:

    The Deluxe price is on Amazon Uk now. £201.99!!! WoW!

  9. Kevin says:

    All I know is that I saw the clip of Billy Joel recording “Maybe I’m Amazed” on YouTube, and was horribly disappointed by the way he over-sang it.

    Not that I would be interested, anyway. The only tracks that look as though they’d be even halfway interesting are Steve Miller doing “Junior’s Farm”, Willie Nelson doing “Yesterday”, Robin Zander & Rick Nielsen doing “Jet”, and maybe Dr. John doing “Let ’em In”. Otherwise—blecch! Did they learn nothing from All This and World War II and the movie version of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?

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