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Paul McCartney still struggles with self-doubt and competition


It's looking like Paul McCartney might be garnering some of the best reviews of the past 30 years with his newly released album, New. Die-hard fans are taking note of how some of the same media outlets that lambasted the former-Beatle for the experimental sound of the now revered 1980 McCartney II album are now tripping over themselves to praise him for doing the same decades later.

One of the highlights on the new album is the track "Alligator," which reveals that McCartney too can become bogged down with self-doubt. He explained to NPR, "I was talking to someone the other day about this: It seems to me that no matter how famous (you are), no matter how accomplished or how many awards you get, you're always still thinking there's somebody out there who's better than you. I'm often reading a magazine and hearing about someone's new record and I think, 'Oh, boy, that's gonna be better than me.' It's a very common thing."

When asked if after all his accomplishments over the course of his years with the Beatles, Wings, and on his own -- he really still feels competitive, McCartney added: "Unfortunately, yes. One thing that's good about it is, I think it's a good motivator. It keeps you hungry. I think the minute you're full up and have had enough to eat, then that's time to retire. But I agree with you -- I should be able to look at my accolades and go, 'Come on, Paul. That's enough.' But there's still this little voice in the back of my brain that goes, 'No, no, no. You could do better. This person over here is excelling. Try harder!' It still can be a little bit intimidating."

As with any new McCartney album there's usually at least a half of an album left in the can. That's no exception this time around with New, with Beatlefan contributor Bob Gannon and Beatles Examiner chief Steve Marinucci uncovering a total of seven new songs. Fans were initially hipped to the missing tracks by New co-producer Giles Martin, who, while publicizing the new LP, said that a total of 22 songs were recorded for the collection. Counting all the bonus cuts available on different versions of New, that left seven tracks still unissued.

The seven unreleased New tracks, which all have similar ASCAP publishing work ID numbers are: "Secret Life Of A Party Girl," "Build A Bridge," "Demons Dance," "Seventees With A Twist," "Twas But A Dream," "Hell To Pay, " and "By Night Dark Clouds."

McCartney was asked about why he leaves so much material on the cutting room floor: "Probably the reason it's unreleased is that it's not that good, y'know? We have little bits and pieces, which I might release one of these days, but generally, if it's not released, it's 'cause I don't think it's good enough."

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