It’s been 30 years since Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder first worked together on their classic smash hit “Ebony and Ivory,” which came out in March 1982. Wow!
With that in mind, it’s just been announced that with the release of Paul’s new album, Kisses On The Bottom, the two have been reunited on the original McCartney composition, “Only Our Hearts.”
Kisses On The Bottom is set for release February 7, and is ultimately a collection of standards beloved to Paul since childhood, along with two new McCartney compositions ‘My Valentine’ and ‘Only Our Hearts.’
The album was created with the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall and her band—and along with guest appearances from Stevie Wonder and Eric Clapton,- the album is the first record in to feature Sir Paul almost exclusively on vocals.
About Kisses On The Bottom:
“Kisses On The Bottom is obviously a work born of intense inspiration and affection—and possibly most important of all fun. This is certainly reflected in the album’s title, which confused more than a few Macca obsessives (with many fixating on an anatomical interpretation!), but actually quotes 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 Originally made a big hit by Fats Waller in 1935, the song opens with the lines ‘I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter and make believe it came from you.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’.
Kisses’ heartfelt interpretations of these classics—many of which were introduced to a young Paul by his father on piano–were recorded along with its two McCartney originals at the legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, and in New York and London over the course of 2011. The album also features stellar guest turns from Eric Clapton (on ‘My Valentine’ and ‘Get Yourself Another Fool’) and Stevie Wonder (‘Only Our Hearts’) and suitably classy cover art featuring a portrait of Paul shot by his daughter Mary McCartney worked into a concept by Jonathan Schofield (Visual Director at Stella McCartney) and design by Matthew Cooper (Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, etc.). ”