Paul McCartney confirms standards album Kisses On The Bottom

Paul McCartney / Kisses On The Bottom / New Standards AlbumPaul McCartney has officially confirmed that his new standards album will be called Kisses On The Bottom, and not My Valentine as had been assumed. 

The cheeky title comes from the album’s opener I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter. Originally made a big hit by Fats Waller in 1935, the song opens with the lines ‘I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter and make believe it came from you. I’m gonna write words oh so sweet. They’re gonna knock me off of my feet.  A lot of kisses on the bottom , I’ll be glad I got ‘em’.

As previously reported, the album is a collection of standards, as well as two new McCartney compositions My Valentine and Only Our Hearts. It’s produced by Tommy LiPuma, and features Diana Krall and her band, as well as guest appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder.  Paul does not play any instrument on the record. Listen to My Valentine below:

The full track listing:

Kisses On The Bottom

  • 01. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter (2:36)
  • 02. Home (When Shadows Fall) 4:04
  • 03.  It’s Only A Paper Moon (2:35)
  • 04. More I Cannot Wish You (3:04)
  • 05. The Glory Of Love  (3:46)
  • 06. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me) 3:22
  • 07. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive (2:32)
  • 08. My Valentine (3:14)
  • 09. Always (3:50)
  • 10. My Very Good Friend The Milkman (3:04)
  • 11. Bye Bye Blackbird (4:26)
  • 12. Get Yourself Another Fool (4:42)
  • 13. The Inch Worm  (3:43)
  • 14. Only Our Hearts (4:21)

Deluxe Editon

A deluxe version will be available, and will feature two bonus tracks, plus access to a download of an exclusive live show (available from Tuesday 14th February via, plus longer liner notes and expanded packaging featuring three postcards)

  • 15.  Baby’s Request  (3:30)
  • 16.  My One And Only Love (3:50)

Track 15 from this deluxe edition looks to be a re-recording of the Wings song Baby’s Request, from 1979’s much maligned Back To The Egg album. See the video below to hear the original.

The album will released on the 6 Feb (7 Feb in the US) and will also be available digitally.

Although currently have the wrong release date, you can pre-order deluxe digipack (UK) here or the standard album here.

For those in the US pre-order deluxe version here, or the standard version here. also have a VINYL version listed. Link to that is here.

9 responses to Paul McCartney confirms standards album Kisses On The Bottom

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  4. Hedley says:

    Paul, obviously Macca wrote and played on “your mother should know” which certainly has a music hall feel. It was also part of Magical Mystery Tour which didn’t fare so well on Boxing Day so long ago.

    Here we have way too many guest appearances, Paul playing no instruments and a “box of standards”…it feels like one disc before the ubiquitous Christmas Album and Greatest Hits Live.

    Hope I’m wrong but……..

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I think we need to give Paul a break. In ten years we got Driving Rain, Chaos and Creation, Memory Almost Full and Electric Arguments (The Fireman). If he wants to do a standards album for valentine’s day, so be it.

      The RAM reissue will be around the corner soon with rumours of a ‘proper’ rock album later in the year. I doubt we will see 5 volumes of standards albums as per Rod!

  5. Paul Sinclair says:

    Macca was singing “Your Mother Should Know” and “When I’m Sixty-Four” in 1967, and then “Honey Pie” in ’68.

    Even with Wings we had “You Gave Me The Answer”, and then “My Baby’s Request” (which is actually on the deluxe edition of “Kisses..”)

    Paul has always had a love for that sort of classic ’30s dancehall-type music, so it is neither a surprise, nor a ‘sell out’ for him to being doing this album in my opinion.

    Whether it’s any good or not is a different matter, but Paul is not suddenly becoming something he’s not.

    • Piman says:

      I guess I’ll probably like this album since “When I’m 64” and “Honey Pie” are 2 of my most favourite songs, and also for the fact that Stevie Wonder did some guest vocal.

  6. Hedley says:

    Sounds just plain awful. What next an album of classic duets with Rod ?

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