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Paul McCartney has revived his 1971 solo classic "Heart Of The Country" for the new online ad for Britain's Linda McCartney frozen vegetarian food line. The 40-second video features a newly recorded 2012 acoustic and harmonica version of the Ram classic, produced by Mark Ronson over animated art depicting a rural farm scene.
Fans are buzzing over the track, which may be a taster for McCartney's long overdue studio album. Some die-hards are taking exception over McCartney slightly tweaking the song's melody -- not to mention the state of McCartney's vocals, which are far rougher that the high tenor featured in the 1971 version.
Ram drummer and Wings co-founder Denny Seiwell told us that although McCartney's songwriting, arranging and instrumental talents have been lauded for years, during the Ram sessions, he was absolutely the greatest vocalist in popular music: "Every vocal that this guy (laughs) sang was so passionate -- any of those vocals could've been used on the final recording. That if you tuned into it at all, you couldn't go wrong. He was so amazing (in) that period of time."
DID YOU KNOW?
Paul McCartney is up for two Grammy Awards next month in L.A. Ram - Paul McCartney Archive Collection (Deluxe Edition) has been nominated in both the Grammy in the Best Historical Album and Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package categories.
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