It’s been 50 years since The Beatles first came to America and we’re still finding things to celebrate about these guys. Word is spreading fast regarding noted producer Ralph Sall’s The Art Of McCartney compilation coming out on November 17th. Reportedly, it’s been a labor love for Sall, who conceived the concept way back in 2003.
It’s not the first time several recording acts have paid tribute to Sir Paul. In 2001, Oglio Records released the fraternal twin CDs Listen To What What The Man Said and Coming Up! for a combined 31 tracks of well-known and virtually unheard of cutting-edge rock artists covering material from McCartney’s solo and Wings albums. The 34 tunes—42 for those who purchase the deluxe version—on The Art Of McCartney cover his Beatles and post-Beatles output, with some of the biggest names in popular music getting involved.
Rolling Stone online gives the complete track listing; which includes Bob Dylan performing “Things We Said Today,” Heart doing “Band On The Run” and “Letting Go,” Chrissie Hynde covering “Let It Be,” Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick doing “Jet,” Smokey Robinson doing “So Bad,” Toots (from Toots And The Maytals) with Sly And Robbie covering “Come And Get It,” Roger Daltry belting out “Helter Skelter,” Brian Wilson doing “Wanderlust,” Barry Gibb interpreting “When I’m 64,” and Alice Cooper performing “Eleanor Rigby.”
The eclectic roster also includes The Cure, Willie Nelson, Perry Farrell, Allen Toussaint, Dion, Kiss, Paul Rodgers, Billy Joel, and Jeff Lynne. Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love, two singers who influenced McCartney, are also on hand, as are newer acts like The Airborne Toxic Event, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Owl City. The deluxe set also comes with a DVD documentary, and a hardbound book.