Kisses on the Bottom

Kisses on the Bottom

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by Paul McCartney
     
 

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Way back in 1963, Paul McCartney sang "A Taste of Honey" on the Beatles' debut album, and "Til There Was You" on their second LP, establishing that his tastes ran far beyond the world of rock & roll and R&B. Over the years, he touched upon pre-rock & roll pop -- writing pastiches like "Honey Pie" with the Beatles and, crucially, snatching up the publishing rights to… See more details below

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Way back in 1963, Paul McCartney sang "A Taste of Honey" on the Beatles' debut album, and "Til There Was You" on their second LP, establishing that his tastes ran far beyond the world of rock & roll and R&B. Over the years, he touched upon pre-rock & roll pop -- writing pastiches like "Honey Pie" with the Beatles and, crucially, snatching up the publishing rights to many of these tunes, thereby building his MPL empire -- but he never devoted a full record to the style until 2012's Kisses on the Bottom, a cheekily titled (pun not only intentional but solicited) collection of songs you know by heart. He's not the first Beatle to sing songs his mother should know: Ringo's first step outside the Fab Four was 1970's Sentimental Journey, a record of standards produced by George Martin. Sentimental Journey may share a tune with Kisses on the Bottom -- Ray Henderson and Mort Dixon's "Bye Bye Blackbird" -- but its splashy, show biz sensibility differs greatly from McCartney's intimate stroll through the past. Macca hired Diana Krall's band as his support, enlisted veteran vocal producer Tommy LiPuma, and then set up shop at Los Angeles' famed Capitol Studios, along with spots in N.Y.C. and London, to cut faithful, loving versions of songs he's always sung. Overachiever that he is, Macca throws in two new originals -- the quite good "My Valentine" and "Only Our Hearts," the former featuring guitar by Eric Clapton, the latter harmonica by Stevie Wonder -- that fit right into the soft-shoe shuffle of the rest of the record, enhancing its casual charm. And since McCartney is no longer quite the vocal powerhouse he used to be -- something the spare setting makes all too clear -- the chief appeal is its leisurely vibe, how McCartney settles into his surroundings, savoring each melody and every witty turn of phrase. As a vocalist, this may not be his natural forte, but he takes great care with the songs, and that palpable love is enough to make Kisses on the Bottom worth a spin or two.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/2012
Label:
Hear Music
UPC:
0888072333697
catalogNumber:
33369
Rank:
6197

Tracks

  1. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter  - Paul McCartney
  2. Home (When Shadows Fall)  - Paul McCartney
  3. It's Only a Paper Moon  - Paul McCartney
  4. More I Cannot Wish You  - Paul McCartney
  5. The Glory of Love  - Paul McCartney
  6. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)  - Paul McCartney
  7. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive  - Paul McCartney
  8. My Valentine  - Paul McCartney
  9. Always  - Paul McCartney
  10. My Very Good Friend the Milkman  - Paul McCartney
  11. Bye Bye Blackbird  - Paul McCartney
  12. Get Yourself Another Fool  - Paul McCartney
  13. The Inch Worm  - Paul McCartney
  14. Only Our Hearts  - Paul McCartney

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul McCartney   Primary Artist,Vocals
Alan Broadbent   Conductor
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar
John Chiodini   Guitar
Robert Hurst   Bass
Eric Clapton   Guitar
John Clayton   Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Assa Drori   Concert Master
Scottie Haskell   Choir Conductor
Eddie Karam   Conductor
Mike Mainieri   Vibes
Johnny Mandel   Conductor
Christian McBride   Bass
Ira Nepus   Trombone
John Pizzarelli   Acoustic Guitar
Andy Stein   Violin
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Diana Krall   Piano
Anthony Wilson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Karriem Riggins   Drums
Michael Johnson   Children's Chorus
Tamir Hendelman   Piano
Chuck Berghoffer   Bass
Makiah Johnson   Children's Chorus
Evyn Johnson   Children's Chorus
Sabrina Walden   Children's Chorus
Sasha Walden   Children's Chorus
Chloe Arzy   Children's Chorus
Delany Meyer   Children's Chorus
Roman Simovic   Concert Master
Ilsey Moon   Children's Chorus

Technical Credits

Billy Hill   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Alan Broadbent   Orchestration
Harold Arlen   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer,Lyricist
Geoff Clarkson   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer,Lyricist
Frank Haywood   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Johnny Mandel   Orchestration,rhythm arrangement
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Doug Sax   Mastering
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Diana Krall   rhythm arrangement
Dick Robertson   Composer
Peter Van Steeden   Composer
Joseph Young   Composer,Lyricist
Steve Genewick   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Mort Dixon   Composer,Lyricist
Harold Spina   Composer
Harry Clarkson   Composer
Nelson Cogane   Composer
Ernest Tucker   Composer
Brian Montgomery   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Sammy Mysels   Composer
Paul Du Noyer   Interviewer
Billy Rose   Composer,Lyricist
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam   Mastering
John Hammel   Images
M.J. Kim   Images
Mary McCartney   Cover Photo
Jonathan Schofield   Art Conception

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