Sir Paul McCartney may release a new album before the year is out, and he muses on stretching his Wings...

SIR PAUL McCARTNEY is working on a brand new solo album with a possible release by the year’s end, the former BEATLE has revealed.

The album will include a hymn-like homage to the star’s late wife Linda.

Speaking to Billboard magazine, McCartney also revealed further details of the Wings anthology, ‘Wingspan’, due for release in May. ‘Wingspan’, a double album, will be accompanied by a TV special of the same name, directed by his daughter Mary, airing in the US at the start of May.

“The priority has been the album, and then one or two funky mixes that we’re doing for radio,” he said. “There are songs on there that strictly speaking aren’t Wings. We’ve stretched the envelope… I always like value for money. You get all this music, over two and a half hours of it, for the price of one CD.”

One of the two discs is titled ‘Hits’ and the 19 tracks include ‘Band On The Run’, ‘Live And Let Die’ and ‘Silly Love Songs’. The other is ‘History’ and includes ‘Tug Of War’ and a new mix of ‘No More Lonely Nights’.

Macca also said he had revisited some Beatles classics when he listened to the 23 million-selling ‘1’ over Christmas and was pleasantly surprised by the results.

“It’s fantastic, lovely. I took the time over Christmas to listen to it, and I really like it. I thought, ‘Shit, this is good’,” he said.