McCartney covers golden oldies

Last updated 05:00 17/05/2011
STILL ROCKING: Sir Paul McCartney photographed this month performing at a concert in Lima, Peru.
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STILL ROCKING: Sir Paul McCartney photographed this month performing at a concert in Lima, Peru.

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Sir Paul McCartney has recorded an album of old pop hits.

The former Beatles star is releasing covers of the hits he listened to during his childhood. He has recorded around 12 songs and worked alongside Diana Krall - the wife of Elvis Costello - on the record.

The 68-year-old is excited at the prospect of collating all of his favourite songs onto one album, but is wary of being compared to Rod Stewart.

"It’s my dad’s style of music. I’ve wanted to do that kind of thing forever, since the Beatle days. But then Rod [Stewart] went mad on it. I thought, 'I have to wait so it doesn’t look like I’m trying to do a Rod,’” he told Rolling Stone magazine.

“They’re just songs I admire, I’m trying to steer away from the obvious ones. It’s get-home-from-work music. You put it on and get a glass of wine."

Paul also revealed he will begin work on a “heavier rock” album. The legendary artist hopes to work with Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl on the upcoming record. Dave famously recorded his most recent album, Wasting Light, in his garage.

"It sounds quite wacky, but it keeps it fresh. I love that – you get a crazy idea and go with it. You never know – I may run into a garage to make this other album. But it won't be in Dave's garage,” he joked.

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