Vera Blue shares cover of unreleased Paul McCartney song

Taken from the former Beatle's forthcoming album, 'McCartney III'

Vera Blue is one of 12 artists around the world selected by Paul McCartney to re-interpret one of the unreleased tracks from his forthcoming album.

As part of the ’12 Days of Paul’ campaign, the Sydney-based artist performed a brief snippet of ‘Women and Wives’, lifted from the former Beatle’s record, ‘McCartney III’.

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Vera Blue is joined by Berlin-based artist Alice Phoebe Lou, UK band Blossoms and Toronto artist Jann Arden, among others, for the 12 Days of Paul.

‘McCartney III’ is a follow-up to from ‘McCartney’ in 1970 and ‘McCartney II’ in 1980, and is the final instalment of the trilogy. It arrives on December 18, after being pushed back a week due to “unforeseeable production delays”.

When announcing the record, McCartney said he wasn’t expecting to release an album in 2020, but the pandemic changed that.

“In the isolation of ‘Rockdown’ [McCartney] soon found himself fleshing out some existing musical sketches and creating even more new ones,” a statement read.

“Before long an eclectic collection of spontaneous songs would become ‘McCartney III’: a stripped back, self-produced and, quite literally, solo work marking the opening of a new decade, in the tradition of 1970’s ‘McCartney’ and 1980’s ‘McCartney II’.”

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In an interview earlier this month, the singer said he tried to remain optimistic while writing ‘McCartney III’.

“Generally speaking I do believe things are good, and we screw them up. In fact, a lot of people during lockdown would say, ‘Oh God!’ And I’d say, ‘Yes, but there’s a silver lining’,” he said.

“It was a phrase I used a lot. I was loath to say it because a lot of people had it bad, but suddenly we saw more of the family than ever, and I was able to do recordings. That was my silver lining.”

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