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McCartney Reaches Into The Attic For Some New Material

May 23, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Is Paul McCartney reaching back to the past in order to hype the future? Less than a week before the U.S. release of his first solo album in four years (which he describes as being reminiscent of the early Beatles sound), McCartney announced the existence of a notebook containing unrecorded Lennon-McCartney songs. The notebook dates back to the duo's schooldays in Liverpool and allegedly contains the lyrics to "Love Me Do" along with four songs that the public has never seen. As yet, there is no word on whether McCartney plans to record or sell the unpublished songs.

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