Sir Paul McCartney to release lockdown album as third part of his solo trilogy

File photo dated 14/03/18 of Sir Paul McCartney Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/PA Images

Sir Paul McCartney will release the third part of his trilogy of self-titled solo albums later this year after working on new music in lockdown.

McCartney III, which will be released on December 11, will follow on from 1970's McCartney and 1980's McCartney II.

The album, written, performed and produced by the Beatle, will coincide with the 50th anniversary of his first self-titled solo endeavour, which featured Maybe I'm Amazed, Every Night and The Lovely Linda.

Sir Paul has said he had not planned to release an album in 2020 but during lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, he started fleshing out some existing musical sketches and creating more new ones to create the stripped-back, self-produced solo work.

The album, recorded earlier this year in Sussex, is mostly built from live takes of Paul on vocals and guitar or piano, before overdubbing his bass playing and drumming.

Sir Paul said: "I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day.

"I had to do a little bit of work on some film music and that turned into the opening track and then when it was done I thought 'what will I do next?'.

"I had some stuff I'd worked on over the years but sometimes time would run out and it would be left half-finished so I started thinking about what I had"

The photographs for McCartney and McCartney II were taken by Sir Paul's late wife Linda, while the photos for III were shot by their daughter, the photographer Mary McCartney, with additional photography by his nephew Sonny McCartney, as well as photos Sir Paul took on his phone.

  • McCartney III will be released on December 11 on Capitol Records.