Paul McCartney has offered a revamped version of his 2020 quarantine album McCartney III featuring reworks by St Vincent, Anderson .Paak, Josh Homme and more.
McCartney III arrived in December last year as the Beatle’s 18th solo studio album two years after its predecessor, 2018’s Egypt Station. Now, a formidable list of musicians has jazzed up the record’s cohesive sound.
On McCartney III Imagined, Beck stretches “Find My Way” over a dance beat, Homme recasts “Lavatory Lil” as a jaunty lo-fi fuzz rock track and Phoebe Bridgers strips down “Seize the Day” into a transfixing slice of indie melancholia. They join previously released singles featuring Dominic Fike and Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, or EOB.
As it turns out, Macca showed total trust in his collaborators, giving them 100 percent creative control over their McCartney III reworks. “It was a funny thing because I didn’t really know what anyone was going to do,” McCartney revealed over the weekend during a conversation with Bridgers on Instagram Live. “We gave everyone free rein, but I did realise, I thought people aren’t going to know what the other people have done and they’d go, ‘Oh, I could have gone crazier!’”
Listen to McCartney III Imagined here: