Paul McCartney / McCartney III: official details of Paul’s new solo album

Paul McCartney announces new solo album McCartney III

“A stripped, self-produced solo work marking the opening of a new decade”

Paul McCartney will release McCartney III, a new solo album, in December.

Paul’s isolation in lockdown (or what he calls ‘Rockdown’) encouraged him to get on with working on new music as he fleshed out some existing musical sketches and created new ones.

The album is described as a “stripped, self-produced solo work marking the opening of a new decade” and was built mostly from live takes of Paul on vocals and guitar/piano, with him overdubbing bass, drums, etc. on top of this foundation.

The label blurb tells us that “McCartney III spans a vast and intimate range of modes and moods, from soul searching to wistful, from playful to raucous and all points between” and informs us that Paul has captured this audio with some of the same gear from his ‘Rude Studio’ used as far back as 1971 Wings sessions. Instruments used include Bill Black’s double bass (bought for him by Linda many years ago), alongside Paul’s own Hofner bass, and a mellotron from Abbey Road Studios used on Beatles recordings.

Click image to enlarge. Photo credit: Mary McCartney/MPL Communications

McCartney III will be available as a single black vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve with a printed inner sleeve and there are a few coloured vinyl editions in various retailers but the SDE shop is stocking a special indies-only white vinyl limited edition. Of course, there is a CD version too, and Target in the USA have a CD with exclusive artwork – although I don’t think it’s as nice (the dice is green). Target have a green vinyl too.

A special 333 limited vinyl edition – limited to 333 copies and pressed on ‘yellow-with-black-dots’ vinyl, and created using 33 recycled vinyl copies of McCartney and McCartney II – was available at Third Man Records for a blink of an eye, but has now sold out!

McCartney III will be released on 18 December 2020 (was 11 December).

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1. Long Tailed Winter Bird (5.17)
2. Find My Way (3.55)
3. Pretty Boys (3.01)
4. Women and Wives (2.53)
5. Lavatory Lil (2.23)
6. Deep Deep Feeling (8.27)
7. Slidin’ (3.25)
8. The Kiss of Venus (3.09)
9. Seize The Day (3.23)
10. Deep Down (5.55)
11. Winter Bird/When Winter Comes (3.13)

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Stevie B

Just got notification from the Paul McC store that my CD order had been dispatched today. I ordered it at the same time as the RED vinyl which came the day after release. Don’t want to be all conspiracy theorist, but do sales from an artists own shop count towards the charts, and does the Official Chart Compiler for the U.K. still use the old practice (that U2 exploited so well) where sales are divided by 7 days?

Just feels strange that it should have taken so long to post out a CD ordered weeks ago. Can anyone explain how physical sales are measured these days, thanks.

Stevie B

As regards the limited edition RED VINYL available on Paul’s official site. It still says it’s a limited edition of 3000 (though now sold out). Seems the 3000 was the UK’s ‘share’ of what was actually 9200 worldwide. Perhaps someone can explain the missing 0001 – 3200
(Perhaps it’s the ‘Violet’ edition?) (head exploding emoji)

Capitol Records, MPL Communications and Third Man Records
Hand-numbered on back cover (for USA `3201 – 6200` – for UK `6201 – 9200`)


I asked the official uk store why when I preordered it said the red vinyl was limited to 3000 yet my copy is numbered in the 6000s out of 9200. I got no response of course but I see the line about 3000 has been deleted from the store site now. I’m more curious than annoyed and maybe I’ll put it down to the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing, but it’s confusing/misleading. What’s the difference between uk red and third man red anyone know? Must be more than a logo on the front cover?

Stan Stanton

The album is quite frankly awful. Lazy tunes and worse lyrics. Macca’s insane obsession with being number one and getting down with the kids is also rather embarrassing. I think I’ll go back to The White album.

Stevie B

The edges of the back sleeve also vary in colour. The Red Vinyl have a RED border, the BLUE, a BLUE border…. except the ORANGE vinyl… that also comes in a BLUE border!

Stevie B

The HMV BLUE vinyl has a back cover shot of Paul looking right against a cloudy blue sky, as does the uDiscover ORANGE vinyl.

The McCartney Official Site RED VINYL (Numbered LTD Edition of 9200) he is facing forward, eyes closed against a black background.

Any other back cover variants? ;)

Edward Bates

After the first listen:

Favourite tracks are – Long Tailed Winter Bird; Find My Way; Women And Wives; Deep Deep Feeling.

Deep Down sounds like a Jeff Lynne track whilst Lavatory Lil reminds me of Mrs. Vandebilt (not sure why).

Overall, not a bad album for a 78 year old.


Not sure which thread we will be using for the inevitable McCartney discussions over next few days, but I’ll kick off here –
The HMV Blue vinyl is the first to be delivered – it comes in what i presume is a generic gatefold. There is a blue coloured sticker on the cover saying “Exclusive – Limited Edition”. It doesnt say how many produced and it isnt numbered. It also doesnt mention HMV on the sticker, so presumably JPC etc Blue exclusives will be the same as this.


The red one arrived today numbered in the 7000s out of 9200 ?. I thought it was a run of 3000 red copies. Any idea regarding numbering ?

andrew r

He wants the album to go to number 1 and
all the coloured variants are simply a means to an end.
Give the man his due respect ,there are very few artists of his age
with enough ego and drive to still care about a chart position.
He is a curious figure, simultaneously sure of his own genius
while being convinced he has never been taken seriously as an artist.
He still requires validation for some reason. Personally i would love an in depth
interview that concentrates on his instrumental ability .Is there another artist
now that Prince has left us ,who can master thec set of instruments that PM can
The man deserves a medal just for his bass work on paperback writer/rain alone.


This push for a No.1 and all these gimmicks is getting ridiculous. Whatever happened to the days when an album got to No.1 simply because it was a good record?

I’ll pass on Macca’s Coloured Vinyl Flying Circus and wait for 2021 and Let It Be and All Things Must Pass.

Ike Frasier

Because o one buys music
Now you need 65,000 units to go to #1
In his day for had to sell half a million
I got a white indie 1105 of 4000
Barnes and Nobles Blue only “2000” lol of these days the sticker
Green target cheapest price so far
Violent yellow and Orange on the way

Hoof Hearted

The whole album seems to have leaked online over a week ago


I know this is Sir Paul McCartney, but it seems a curiously excessive amount of promotion for all these limited edition coloured versions of an album we haven’t heard one single song from yet. McCartney III may turn out to be great, or a mediocre mix of hits and misses. I still need to hear a few samples off this new release before jumping on the coloured vinyl spinning wheel of choices.

Mike B

Anyone know which of the coloured vinyl versions are still available for sensible prices – if any?


The orange vinyl on uDiscover is still available.

hendry doran

Showing as sold out on Udiscover UK and has been for sometime. Albeit they are still advertising it. Crazy and misleading

hendry doran

Roughtrade UK are showing the white vinyl as still available at £32.99 plus postage


For those interested- Mccartney Coloured vinyls – previously sold out – are appearing all over the place.
WHITE vinyls are on numerous uk independent websites
McCartney UK store now has RED & VIOLET copies on offer again
UDiscover UK has ORANGE back and currently helpfully says “only 643 remaining”
UDiscover DE has both RED and ORANGE

Incidentally – BLUE arrived today ! HMV are seemingly sending out early

David Fisher

…and here we have it. Extra tracks on the Japanese release, probably the ones on the flimsy card slipcase “exclusive’ versions you have to buy four times in the UK. I’m definitely waiting for a deluxe version next year. Disgraceful marketing technique.


John Vickers

I’m surprised you didn’t update your earlier post which said that no track listing had been announced, Paul. It’s been out for some time now:
1. Long Tailed Winter Bird (5.17)
2. Find My Way (3.55)
3. Pretty Boys (3.01)
4. Women and Wives (2.53)
5. Lavatory Lil (2.23)
6. Deep Deep Feeling (8.27)
7. Slidin’ (3.25)
8. The Kiss of Venus (3.09)
9. Seize The Day (3.23)
10. Deep Down (5.55)
11. Winter Bird/When Winter Comes (3.13)


The madness goes on: Orange vinyl by uDiscover (they have the purple vinyl, too)!

John DeAngeli

And now a Violet vinyl edition (3.000 copies worldwide) only for those who receive text messages from Paul. I signed up last time he played in Vancouver.


Yet another variation! Yellow from the official PM store……when will this end !

David H

So is the blue vinyl being sold by HMV in UK the same as the blue vinyl being sold by Barnes and Noble in the USA??

[…] was much excitement on Wednesday this week when it was finally clear that Paul McCartney would indeed be releasing a new album this year, and […]

bruce kelso

i find it amazing that all this frenzy is about the color of the vinyl. what about the music ? it could be dreadfull or just typical ordinary mccartney. he hasnt even given a sample yet.

Alan m

Off topic but does anybody still make holographic cds? Could be the next fad i reckon :)


Why do they mark it sold out when it clearly isn’t? His own site was marked as sold out for all of yesterday so I managed to get a red one from Germany which of course costs extra in postage. Now today I could have got one from the uk. It’s all the same record company (Universal) so why muck us about like that? It’s difficult collecting McCartney. I wish I could stop

Chris M

I am not sure if the red version that is sold in the German store is the same as the red Third Man edition. When I ordered the German store said “3000 copies worldwide” this note is now gone. Also the cover doesn’t have the Third Man logo.


I‘ve ordered the german red version and now also the one on the uk site.
Where is the red man logo on the uk edition?
Can you please describe it.


This is getting really messy ! The US site had a “third man” red edition with the third man logo being 3 men in a circle/globe all in yellow on the cover. That was advertised as 3000 units and is sold out and not even showing on the site. The German version is called “third man” edition but has no logo on the cover and was also originally described as 3,000 copies only. Third man also presses records so both the US and German could both be pressed by Third Man but look like different editions. If the German version is now no longer limited to 3,000 then surely Universal should allow those who ordered under the premise that it was limited to 3,000 to cancel their orders. If this is indeed the case then I am not sure why Macca thinks these shenanigans endear him to his audience.


Pretty sure the German one and UK one are exactly the same. The Third Man one just seems to have a small logo on the top right of the cover to differentiate it


Can you cancel your order with them?

The UK site stated that it was sold-out the first day and now it’s going on two days of being suddenly available. Was it ‘sold-out’ as a trick to inspire people who were on the fence or unaware the first day to grab it as a second chance? Was the 3,000 limited a lie? But then other sites with their different colors still show ‘sold-out’. The US Third Man edition will be hand-numbered. Someone said that UDiscover Germany and Paul’s UK site are selling from the same 3,000 stock. The UK site states that it is 3,000 but not hand-numbered. The German site state states that it is hand-numbered but not limited to 3,000. It would be nice to know what’s going on.


A quick heads up to anyone wanting the red vinyl – managed to get one from the official UK site – they must have found some more in the back of a cupboard somewhere. Be fast!


Still available now Mark at 7.10pm 23.10.20. Thanks to the wonderful things that are pin tab and refresh!

David rose

Still available at 21.45

Peter Mulholland

Does the white vinyl version from the SDE shop include a download code?


For sure not. It‘s Paul McCartney and Capitol/Universal. (What a shame, by the way. Take the Divine Comedy vinyl reissues for example who give you not just the album, but also all bonus tracks as download…)

Steven Horsler

Red still available on macca website


It’s a colour. A colour ! To each his own, but are you guys really prepared to fork out your hard earned cash for a mere colour variant? Where’s the sense in this? Okay, maybe it doesn’t have to make sense, but this is taking it to extremes. Let me quote Zappa here: “There’s a big difference between kneeling down and bending over.” Anyone in for a brown version?

David Rubin

I think if Paul (McCartney NOT Sinclair) really cared he would make a box set of every color vinyl and just charge 1000.00(dollars, pounds, euros, rupies). This way he gets lots of cash and we get x-amount of lps on pretty colored vinyl. This would end the true fans running around crazy to every location (web or big box store) to spend money. This Super Deluxe box can include a hard cover book of the making of, a tea towel, a plectrum, maybe to really make the fans crazy, a broken bass string 5.1 surround, atmos, remix, remaster, and finally the original mix. Then he can make the SUPERSPECIALEXTRAVAGANZA box with all the above, plus a flexi, a download card for each color vinyl, and since the dice are there we need the marbles.
My next idea is that each color vinyl have a single playing card. This way us fans buy 52 lps with the same songs just different colors. For the real completest, the super rare joker card with box for your playing cards will only be avaliable at the last Blockbuster store in Bend, Oregon.

I think the different colored vinyl is becoming a bit of a joke. At least make each color have something extra so it is worth buying. And not just the instrumental lp with out the vocals.

The madness has to stop!


A broken bass string? You made my day. Macca should hire you as his marketing manager!


Why a joke? No one is obliged to get all of them (also because of availability). I will go for the black vinyl when the price becomes a bit more adequate – and be happy about it (in the end it is a single LP). The coloured vinyl is there for those who really enjoy it and prefer to spend the money on this (possibly instead of on something else). We should be mature enough to be able to decide what we really want.

While I agree that the number of colour variations is a bit over the top, I don’t think options as such should be seen as madness.

David Fisher

I am beside myself with excitement at your ideas – when you say “a download card for each color vinyl” I hope they will be needle-drops specific to each colour? There may be a subtly different tonality to each hue.

In fact a few different LP needle-drops for each colour could reflect different qualities of turntable. Those of us that can’t afford one could hear how a Clearaudio deck sounds and the wealthy could hear the disc as the man on the Clapham omnibus would – on a cheaper rig. Thus we might unite the world just in time for Crimble! Rich and poor alike will sing from the same carol sheet: “Good ol’ Macca!”

(I’ve just gone for the while vinyl – I’ll pick up the whistles-and-bells all-singing, all-dancing version with all the previously released “exclusive” tracks on one 3 disc edition at a budget price when it is inevitably released next year…

Paul Murphy

I can’t believe after all these posts that none of them have done the old “well I hope he gets better soon” gag [until now]. (variant McCartney III/McCartney ill, for those not watching Les Dawson in the early 70’s)

Ron van Rossum

Thanks (again and again) for this update.

Paul: is there any news regarding a super deluxe edition, like the previous releases?

Ron van Rossum

Thx Paul !!


For the ones who like colored vinyl. The red vinyl McCartney III (with poster) is still available at Universal Music Germany for 33.99 Euro (but shipping to USA and Japan ist extremely expensive).


Thx for that! I scored a red one but shipping cost was almost as much as the lp!

Alan m

The chat on 6music yesterday was split into three parts throughout the afternoon. Shaun Keavney was on (far prefer him in the morning).

As for white vinyl? It’s the best for not showing any dust.

£33 for a single album? Taking the piss despite vinyl increases this last year. Neil Young’s Harvest Moon reissue is that price but he’s a perfectionist.

Joy in owning something, Paul? Yes there is but we all know its a hollow, soul destroying act at the end of the day. It’s filling a gap in our lives that should be filled with something important.

And finally, they played on 6music yesterday (and I never thought it’d get airplay anywhere) Ordinary Secretary. I’m still not sure if it’s brilliant or crap but it gets into your head and stays there. But so did Gangnam Style.


I think we can feel joy in owning something without letting it destroy our souls. We should be able to decide ourselves whether we really want something. And in case our judgement has been wrong, we can still sell the item. I assume what you are talking about is addiction. And if it makes us unhappy we need to deal with that. But normally a purchase ought to make us satisfied and give us joy. Otherwise we shouldn’t buy the item.

At least that’s the rule I go by. If I don’t feel certain, I just don’t buy it and accept it. If I am sure that I want the item, I know that I use it and not only put it on the shelf, then I buy it and feel happy about it. Then I also don’t want to feel hollow or get a bad feeling. No – then I want to fully enjoy it. And it doesn’t mean that my life is lacking something important. We can still cherish and cultivate friendships and enjoy family time, pursue other hobbies and still enjoy owning physical media.

I think that downloads make us music fans more unhappy in the long run.

Darren Linklater

I have most of the McCartney albums and thought Egypt Station as a great album but this is where I get off the multiple coloured vinyl merry go round. Obviously making the variants to get a limited group of fans to buy every one and push up the sales to get that No.1 spot. If you want to collect them great, but at this price for a single album McCartney is showing an increasingly greedy side. There are lots of other releases this season that are far more deserving of my cash. For a fiver more I bought the Lennon 2cd/dvd box with great hardback book.

Prince Fan

This must boring going from site to site (and expensive!) for Paul McCartney fans determined to own as many colour variants as possible. I suspect in a lot of cases, more enjoyment is derived from the owning of it, rather than the listening to it!

Harcourt Fenton Mudd


But ….. someone who might have been a fictional character on a tv show said,

“After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but is often true.”


“It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.”


It will be the CD version for me for this album release….. too many variants and too expensive on vinyl for my meagre budget.

George glazener

@Harcourt; from Amok time and Balance of terror, respectively. And yet I disagree with Mr. Spock. I thoroughly enjoy reading the often voluminous liner notes, booklets, photo essays, etc, which are part of these SDEs. Several times a year I read through them again while playing the cds. Sort of like revisiting old friends I suppose. There is certainly a point where some of these offerings are prohibitively expensive, but most are reasonable enough that they bring a lot of enduring value and enjoyment to the hobby of consuming great music.

Steven Horsler

Indeed. Strikes me odd that people use your mini forum to be negative – macca’s given me so much pleasure i don’t resent it. If not happy try North Korea instead.


I think I can predict which album will be nr 1 in the album charts. Macca saw what happened with the PSB’s failed attempt to offer limited editions to get to nr 1 so he is not taking any chances. It’s all a bit cheap and tacky. I also predict in a month super deluxe with furry dice and demos.

Alan m

Somebody for god’s sake tell me who PSB is! All I see in my head is Public Service Broadcasting (pretentious band but I’ve enjoyed a couple of their albums).

Alan m

Thanks Paul. Don’t think I’d ever have thought of them.


Found on EBay.co.uk
Still another 6 days of bidding to go!
New listingPAUL McCARTNEY – McCartney iii 3 – Third Man TMR Yellow Vinyl LP 333 Copies Only
Brand new
Time left6d left (Wed, 14:53)
37 bids
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+ £5.57 postage


You missed out on the one that sold for £1500 yesterday then :D

What? McCartney? Worry?

or the one sold for £3,333 today (23/10)

Seriously? who spends money like that on vinyl? I couldn’t justify spending that amount on a bit of plastic. I would assume the flipper bots got most of those anyway.


Have just seen the 333 yellow dot version at £4,000 on E-bay. Total madness!!

Nicholas Dawson

Had email about 3000 coke bottle coloured vinyl exclusive to signed up spotify Paul McCartney fans, just ordered then another email re the red variant and also an exclusive to independent record stores as you state in a white variant, I baulked at the price , so all in all 3 variants or 4 limited pressings,

William Joyce

White vinyl pre ordered . Thanks SDE. Can’t wait for this release. Apparently it’s been whittled down from 25 tracks to 11 on this album . No doubt we’ll be getting a deluxe version next year !


For those who collect colour variants of the same album, do they usually have their own runout groove numbers / matrix numbers on the records themselves? Or are they identical except for the colour?


F: I noticed that on the new Dylan album, the gold and black editions had different catalog numbers. This could be seen by looking at multiple places on the album as well as the bar code. On the spine, though, Columbia forgot and the same number is shown there. But in a word, yes–there are examples where colour variants have different numbers.

Ben Williams

White vinyl ordered from the SDE shop Paul – can’t wait to hear the album!


added references to known colours to the album’s wikipedia page – eight so far including black

mine would be white from rough trade


Love the White one- just preordered in your shop. Thanks Paul!


For me, the black vinyl and the black/white cover looks the best.
But I will wait some month till we can buy the double-LP-super deluxe edition “McCartney III” in a dice box…

Tobias Åkerlind

Thanks for making some white ones available! I preordered o e from your shop! Thanks again!

Jarmo Keranen

There’s a poor man’s solution. Just buy different colours plastic bags. Then put your black vinyl record to colour bag you like most at the moment!


Just in case anybody didnt spend enough yesterday – Jpc is advertising an exclusive “opaque blue” vinyl at 29.99 euro – one per person. Is it the same as the HMV blue? Almost certain i would say, but the use of the word “opaque” leaves a little doubt.
Jpc also have the green die/dice cover CD – also one per person.
Shipping to UK is ridiculously cheap (it was 4 euros for both)


If you look at all the different coloured versions online you’ll see that the gatefold artwork is different in each too.

Also loving the McCartney 3 / $33.33 / 3rd Man Records / 333 yellow pressings etc. Pretty certain it’ll play at 33 1/3 just a shame it’s not coming out on 3rd December! :D


After his last effort I am waiting to hear it first before spending anymore money as there are so many releases forthcoming .
For anyone who is interested there is a photo of the artwork on CDJapan.

Craig Hedges

first thoughts when I woke up this morning

I think this is the first studio album that Paul has released in the month of December
It is being released ‘3’ days after the 8th
What’s with the dice???
I am still excited

Marc K.

At this point in time the Dutch Universal Music linked site Platenzaak.nl still has the limited red vinyl album for sale and they also offer a bundle -black & red together- with 5 euro’s discount.
I don’t know if they ship outside The Netherlands, but you could give it a try.

Marc K.

This red one also sold out now…..

I guess that the edition on Black vinyl will be the real collector’s item in a few years, because nobody wants that right now (especially for the pre-sale price, which is absurd for 1LP)

Steve Woodhouse

Die, Paul.

When you say “… although I don’t think it’s as nice (the dice is green). Target have a green vinyl too.”

The singular of dice is die.

gary oliver

live and let dice


If you look up dice in the Oxford Dictionary, you will learn that dice is an acceptable singular and plural form of die. According to this source, dice was once the plural of die, “but in modern standard English dice is both the singular and the plural: ‘throw the dice’ could mean a reference to either one or more than one dice.”


“Die, Paul”?

Bit harsh!