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Stream ‘The Art of McCartney,’ Featuring Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Kiss

The tribute comp also includes Macca covers by Billy Joel, Alice Cooper, the Cure and more

The 34-track entirety of The Art of McCartney, the compilation featuring a bevy of all-star musician covering songs Paul McCartney wrote with the Beatles, Wings and as a solo artist, is now streaming.

Among them are Bob Dylan (“Things We Said Today”), B.B. King (“On the Way”), Smokey Robinson (“So Bad”), Barry Gibb (“When I’m 64”), Brian Wilson (“Wanderlust”), Billy Joel (“Maybe I’m Amazed” and “Live and Let Die”), Kiss (“Venus and Mars” and “Rock Show”) and Willie Nelson (“Yesterday”). The stream runs a little over two hours.

The compilation will come out officially on November 18th and will also be available in an expanded deluxe edition with an additional eight tracks, including McCartney covers by Alice Cooper, Cure frontman Robert Smith, Ronnie Spector, Booker T. Jones and Darlene Love, among others.

The deluxe box set version of The Art of McCartney, which has been limited to 1,000 copies, contains a hardcover book, a DVD documentary about the making of the comp and artwork signed by Beatles associate Alan Aldridge; it also comes in packaging designed to look like McCartney’s iconic, violin-shaped Hofner bass.

Producer Ralph Sall came up with the idea for the release around the time that he worked with McCartney on polishing up the song “A Love for You,” which the Beatle recorded in the sessions for his 1971 solo album Ram, for inclusion on the In-Laws soundtrack. At the time, he asked McCartney’s permission to make the release and even recruited some of the singer-songwriter’s backing band. The first artist to agree to record a song for it was Wilson, who asked to do “Wanderlust” from McCartney’s 1982 solo LP Tug of War.

As tracks from the compilation have premiered online, many musicians have explained the impact McCartney had on them as songwriters. Among them are Alice Cooper, Corinne Bailey Rae and Billy Joel. “I love the song; it’s kind of a whacked song,” the latter said of his rendition of Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Live and Let Die.” “We used to do it at sound check; matter of fact we still do it at sound check. It’s just fun to play because it’s so over-the-top.”

The Art of McCartney Track List:

1. Billy Joel – “Maybe I’m Amazed”
2. Bob Dylan – “Things We Said Today”
3. Heart – “Band on the Run”
4. Steve Miller – “Junior’s Farm”
5. Yusuf Islam – “The Long and Winding Road”
6. Harry Connick, Jr. – “My Love”
7. Brian Wilson – “Wanderlust”
8. Corinne Bailey Rae – “Bluebird”
9. Willie Nelson – “Yesterday”
10. Jeff Lynne – “Junk”
11. Barry Gibb – “When I’m 64”
12. Jamie Cullum – “Every Night”
13. Kiss – “Venus and Mars”/”Rock Show”
14. Paul Rodgers – “Let Me Roll It”
15. Roger Daltrey – “Helter Skelter”
16. Def Leppard – “Helen Wheels”
17. The Cure, featuring James McCartney – “Hello Goodbye”
18. Billy Joel – “Live and Let Die”
19. Chrissie Hynde – “Let It Be”
20. Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen – “Jet”
21. Joe Elliott – “Hi Hi Hi”
22. Heart – “Letting Go”
23. Steve Miller – “Hey Jude”
24. Owl City – “Listen to What the Man Said”
25. Perry Farrell – “Got to Get You Into My Life”
26. Dion – “Drive My Car”
27. Allen Toussaint – “Lady Madonna”
28. Dr. John – “Let ‘Em In”
29. Smokey Robinson – “So Bad”
30. The Airborne Toxic Event – “No More Lonely Nights”
31. Alice Cooper – “Eleanor Rigby”
32. Toots Hibbert with Sly & Robbie – “Come and Get It”
33. B.B. King – “On the Way”
34. Sammy Hagar – “Birthday”


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