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Album Review

Way back in 1963, Paul McCartney sang "A Taste of Honey" on the Beatles' debut album, and "Til There Was You" on their second LP, establishing that his tastes ran far beyond the world of rock & roll and R&B. Over the years, he touched upon pre-rock & roll pop — writing pastiches like "Honey Pie" with the Beatles and, crucially, snatching up the publishing rights to many of these tunes, thereby building his MPL empire — but he never devoted a full record to the style until 2012's Kisses on the Bottom, a cheekily titled (pun not only intentional but solicited) collection of songs you know by heart. He's not the first Beatle to sing songs his mother should know: Ringo's first step outside the Fab Four was 1970's Sentimental Journey, a record of standards produced by George Martin. Sentimental Journey may share a tune with Kisses on the Bottom — Ray Henderson and Mort Dixon's "Bye Bye Blackbird" — but its splashy, show biz sensibility differs greatly from McCartney's intimate stroll through the past. Macca hired Diana Krall's band as his support, enlisted veteran vocal producer Tommy LiPuma, and then set up shop at Los Angeles' famed Capitol Studios, along with spots in N.Y.C. and London, to cut faithful, loving versions of songs he's always sung. Overachiever that he is, Macca throws in two new originals — the quite good "My Valentine" and "Only Our Hearts," the former featuring guitar by Eric Clapton, the latter harmonica by Stevie Wonder — that fit right into the soft-shoe shuffle of the rest of the record, enhancing its casual charm. And since McCartney is no longer quite the vocal powerhouse he used to be — something the spare setting makes all too clear — the chief appeal is its leisurely vibe, how McCartney settles into his surroundings, savoring each melody and every witty turn of phrase. As a vocalist, this may not be his natural forte, but he takes great care with the songs, and that palpable love is enough to make Kisses on the Bottom worth a spin or two.

Customer Reviews

A change of pace but still a classic!

To start I love this CD-I even love the title!! Keep in mind this is a "covers" record with 2 originals that sit perfectly aside these classics. This CD nicely bookends with "Run Devil Run" from a few years back when he covered the early rock n roll songs that influenced him and his song writing. This time Paul digs a bit deeper into the 30's & 40's and once again he delivers a beautiful collection of songs wonderfully backed up by Dianna Krall's Band and some guests. I must admit when I saw songs like "Inchworm" and "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" I thought there may be some chringing going on but "Inchworm' is a true standout. Throughout the entire CD I kept marvelling at Paul's voice-it has never been so warm and vulnerable. It is a remarkable thing to listen to a 70 year old rock n roll ledgend sound so at place along side Tony Bennett or Frank Sinatra as a top notch crooner. Open a bottle of wine, light the fire, put your arm around your Valentine and listen to this CD!!!!!


very dull, boring. better off sticking to silly love songs.


I bough this album with a preorder. I should wait that the album was available for preview. I'm a big fan of Paul McCartney, but this album is not was I was expecting…
Very disappointed.


Genre: Rock

Out of all the former Beatles, Paul McCartney by far had the most successful solo career, maintaining a constant presence in the British and American charts during the '70s and '80s. In America alone, he had nine number one singles and seven number one albums during the first 12 years of his solo career, and in his native United Kingdom, his record was nearly as impressive. McCartney's hot streak began in 1970, when he became the first Beatle to leave the group. A little more than a year after the...
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Kisses On the Bottom, Paul McCartney
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Vocal, Vocal Pop, Rock, Standards
  • Released: Jan 01, 2012

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