McCartney re-ups with Capitol

Paul McCartney yesterday renewed his contract with Capitol Records in the United States and EMI Music worldwide in a deal that will last “basically for the rest of his recording career,” according to label president/CEO Hale Milgram. Terms were not disclosed.

McCartney’s 11th solo album for the label, “Off the Ground,” was announced yesterday by the label at a luncheon held in the Capitol building’s recording studios. The 12-song album will ship Feb. 1, with an in-store date of Feb. 9.

Capitol also announced that the disc will be preceded by a collection called “Hope of Deliverance,” which will contain three unreleased B-sides and one new song, the title track. The EP, available as a cassette single and CD-5, will ship Jan. 11 and be available in stores Jan. 18.

About a dozen fans lined up yesterday outside the Capitol building on Vine Street, hoping for a glimpse of the ex-Beatle, who arrived late in the luncheon to personally salute the album launch. McCartney’s wife, Linda, was scheduled last night to open a monthlong show of her photographs at the Fahey-Kline Gallery on North La Brea.

The new album features contributions from bassist/guitarist Hamish Stewart, drummer Blair Cunningham, keyboardists Linda McCartney and “Wix” Wickens and guitarist Robbie McIntosh. Paul McCartney plays bass, guitar and piano.

No tour dates were announced yesterday, but McCartney will be on the road, according to Milgram, “tied to his (album) release dates.”

Tracks on the forthcoming McCartney solo album include the title track, “Looking For Changes,””Hope of Deliverance,””Mistress and Maid,””I Owe It All to You,””Biker Like an Icon,””Peace in the Neighborhood,””Golden Earth Girl,””The Lovers That Never Were,””Get Out of My Way,””Winedark Open Sea” and “C’mon People.” Additionally, the disc will contain a short, 1:49 track called “Cosmically Conscious” that is not listed as an official song.’

Besides its title track, “Hope of Deliverance” offers the cuts “Big Boys Bickering,””Long Leather Coat” and “Kicked Around No More.”

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