Paul McCartney has returned to a major label deal to release a live album from his summer shows in New York, it was announced today.
The superstar had released tracks through coffee chain Starbucks and indie label One Little Indian since leaving Parlophone after an association of four decades.
However, he revealed today that his next UK release 'Good Evening New York City' will be through Mercury Records, part of the massive Universal group.
McCartney’s new CD and DVD set was recorded at his three-night stint in New York’s Citi Field, formerly the site of Shea Stadium which was the location for a famed appearance by The Beatles. Few people could even hear the original show above the roar of hysterical fans, but the 34-minute show sowed the seed of "stadium rock".
More than 120,000 people saw his recent performances which opened the new venue in July, following Shea’s demolition last year.
McCartney said today: “It was three great nights for the band, and for me personally it was very exciting to be back opening a new stadium on the site of the old Shea Stadium where we had played 44 years previously. Even more exciting because this time round you could hear us.”
The album will be released as a three-disc set – with two CDs and a DVD. A deluxe version will include McCartney’s performance recorded on the canopy of New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater in July.
The 30-plus songs – drawn from his days with The Beatles, Wings and solo years will also be released on vinyl.
McCartney’s first release after leaving EMI/Parlophone was with Starbucks’s label Hear Music which had the backing of Mercury. However, Hear Music – which continues to be his US label – no longer exists in the UK so this release is through Mercury alone.
His most recent release 'Electric Arguments' was under the name of The Fireman and came out on small label One Little Indian.
McCartney’s last live US release, 'Back In The US', was issued in 2002.