On December 19, Paul McCartney announced that this February would see the release of his brand new studio album. Many assumed that the new original song “My Valentine” would be the new record’s title track. While rumors have run rampant, McCartney put an end to speculation today, confirming that the album will be titled Kisses on the Bottom.
The phrase “Kisses on the bottom,” McCartney explained, is not an anatomical reference but comes from the album’s opener “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter.” Originally a hit for Fats Waller in 1935, the song opens with the lines “I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter and make believe it came from you. I’m gonna write words oh so sweet. They’re gonna knock me off of my feet. A lot of kisses on the bottom, I’ll be glad I got ’em.”
Kisses On The Bottom is described as a collection of standards McCartney grew up listening to in his childhood, as well as the two new McCartney compositions, “My Valentine” and “Only Our Hearts.” With the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall and her band-as well as guest appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder-McCartney’s new album is described as “a deeply personal journey through classic American compositions that, in some cases, a young Paul first heard his father perform on piano at home.”
1. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter 2:36
2. Home (When Shadows Fall) 4:04
3. It’s Only A Paper Moon 2:35
4. More I Cannot Wish You 3:04
5. The Glory Of Love 3:46
6. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me) 3:22
7. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive 2:32
8. My Valentine 3:14
9. Always 3:50
10. My Very Good Friend The Milkman 3:04
11. Bye Bye Blackbird 4:26
12. Get Yourself Another Fool 4:42
13. The Inch Worm 3:43
14. Only Our Hearts 4:21
A deluxe CD will feature two bonus tracks plus access to a download of the Capitol Studios show (available from Tuesday, February 14 via PaulMcCartney.com), plus longer liner notes and expanded packaging featuring three postcards)
15. Baby’s Request 3:30
16. My One And Only Love 3:50
The album will also be available digitally.
The album was recorded at the legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, New York and London throughout 2011. It also features guest musicians Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, respectively, on the original compositions “My Valentine” and “Only Our Hearts.” Clapton also appears on the track “Get Yourself Another Fool.”
The album artwork concept was conceived by Jonathan Schofield (Visual Director at Stella McCartney) and designed by Matthew Cooper (who has worked with artists such as Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand). Paul was photographed by his daughter Mary McCartney for the album sleeve.