To celebrate his long solo career, Paul McCartney is about to reissue his three self-titled albums, bringing together the praised works for the first time. McCartney, McCartney II, and McCartney III span a total of five decades, showcasing the enduring appeal of the former Beatle.
Slated to arrive on August 5, each reissued album will come with new photo prints and liner notes from McCartney himself.
The latest album in the series saw McCartney enlist a host of collaborators – like Beck, Phoebe Bridgers, St. Vincent, Devonté Hynes, Damon Albarn, and more – for a companion LP, McCartney III imagined.
McCartney II, released in 1980, saw the English musician shortly before his group Wings disbanded. For the album, McCartney recorded the majority of the instrumentals himself, while his wife, Linda, contributed additional vocals. Deviating from its typical sound, the album relied heavily on synthesizers, embracing new wave and elements of electronica.
McCartney also saw the singer in a humble home recording studio playing much of the album himself. Released in 1970, the album was recorded shortly after John Lennon’s private departure from the Beatles in 1969.
News of the box set comes shortly after the end of his last North American tour and just in time for the famous singer’s 80th birthday (June 18).
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