After of 11 years of wrangling artists, arranging sessions and finalizing details, former Paul McCartney producer Ralph Sall is ready to release The Art of McCartney, a massive collection of new covers of songs originally written by the one-time Beatles bassist. The full set’s 42 tracks include Bob Dylan‘s take on “Things We Said Today,” Brian Wilson‘s “Wanderlust,” Willie Nelson‘s “Yesterday,” Kiss‘ combination of “Venus and Mars” and “Rock Show” and Roger Daltrey‘s “Helter Skelter.” Contemporary artists like Owl City, Corinne Bailey Rae and Peter, Bjorn and John also contribute.
Read the full story of the box set here, and above, watch the Cure and Paul’s son James deliver a surprisingly straight-forward take on the Beatles‘ “Hello, Goodbye,” the first of the covers to be released.
Ten years ago, Cure frontman Robert Smith spoke to Rolling Stone about how he adored the Beatles when he was a child but eventually moved on to punk rock: “When punk came along, I found my generation’s music. I grew up listening to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, ’cause that was what got played in the house. But when I first saw the Stranglers, I thought, ‘This is it.’ And I saw the Buzzcocks the following week, and I thought, ‘This is definitely it.'”
The Art of McCartney will be released on November 18th via Arctic Poppy records and can be pre-ordered on the project’s official website.