Christmas time is here again! So sang the Beatles on their 1967 Christmas record, one of several now-collectable flexi-discs issued annually to members of the band's official fan clubs in the UK and the US. The records, which often were mini-masterpieces in their own right (1966 and 1967 in particular), featured spoken and musical messages from all four members of the band.
Paul McCartney was generally known for writing "silly love songs" like "Yesterday" or cheeky whimsy like "When I'm Sixty-Four," but occasionally he could rock every bit as hard as John Lennon. While The Beatles recorded numerous violent rockers, few were more fiery, savage and controversial than McCartney's "Helter Skelter."
John Lennon wrote this gentle folk-rock ballad in the autumn of 1965 at his home in Kenwood, St. George’s Hill Estate, Weybridge, Surrey. Just as "Yesterday" mysteriously came to Paul McCartney, "Nowhere Man" simply came to Lennon at dawn after he'd stayed up all night, struggling to come up with a new song for Rubber Soul. He happened upon a phrase, "nowhere man," which, he felt, described his own fears about himself.
The Beatles' 19th single in Britain — "Get Back," backed with "Don't Let Me Down" — was released April 11, 1969, so the song was already well known when the Let It Be album was released more than a year later. However, the single version (available on Past Masters) was recorded January 28, 1969 (as was "Don't Let Me Down"), while the album version was recorded the previous day — and it shows.
Following his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, Paul McCartney took over Hollywood Boulevard for a 15-song set. McCartney played two songs on the roof of the El Capitan Theatre before heading downstairs to delight a crowd of 10,000. He played some Beatles favorites and songs from his new album, New.
Paul McCartney debuted two new songs in Las Vegas over the weekend. You can check out "Everybody Out There" and "Save Us," plus a live version of "New," which McCartney debuted several weeks ago, below.
Paul McCartney has revealed the tracklisting for New, his new album, which will be released October 15. You can check it out below. New, the followup to 2012's Kisses on the Bottom, is McCartney's first album of predominantly original material since 2007's Memory Almost Full.
Last month, while getting ready to go on stage in Regina, Saskatchewan, Paul McCartney filmed an impromptu version of his new sing, "New." This quickly turned into a full acoustic performance when McCartney was joined by the rest of his band for a run-through the song. Check out the video below.