Alongside John Lennon, Paul McCartney wrote some of the most memorable songs of the modern world. However, The Beatles legend has revealed why he doesn’t really listen to his hit tunes anymore. Promoting his new book Hey Grandude! on The Penguin Podcast, the 77-year-old said: “I don’t listen to a lot of Beatles music, I don’t listen to a lot of my own music.”
McCartney continued: “You’re often onto the next thing and I’m always there doing something because I enjoy working.
“But what is nice is when we remaster or when there’s a project particularly The Beatles from sixty years ago or it’s an anniversary – it’s fifty years, it’s sixty years.
“I have to listen to it to approve it and to say the remaster is a great job.
“So we play the remastered sound alongside the old sound and you know, sometimes the old sounds better.”
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The Beatles star added: “So you go, ‘Oops, wait a minute, it’s got more body’ and the engineer will address that. So that’s how I listen to Beatle records.
“Yet, it’s amazing to hear something dredged from all that time ago because probably, my own stuff definitely I would just write it, record it, release it and probably never listen to it again.
“That is until the remastering session – so I enjoy that.
“In America, there’s a Beatles channel so when I’m there I do listen to them. [laughs].”
The Beatles in their heyday
Meanwhile, McCartney told Radio 4 that he listens to classic 1950s rock ’n’ roll while exercising in the gym.
“I listen to all these old records, rock ‘n’ roll music by Chuck Berry, Somethin’ Else by Eddie Cochran, Tutti Frutti by Little Richard – it’s endless.
“I really love it!
But can you guess what Paul McCartney’s favourite Beatles album is?
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Back in 1991, McCartney admitted that 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is his favoured Beatles record.
“I’d pick Sgt. Pepper’s, meself, because I had a lot to do with it.
“It wasn’t entirely my idea but to get us away from being The Beatles I had this idea that we should pretend we’re this other group.”
Admitting he loves all the albums, he said: “I’d choose that if I had to.”
While John Lennon’s favourite was 1968’s The White Album.
He made the reveal in a 1971 interview about the break up of The Beatles a year earlier, but his quotes didn’t see the light of day until they featured in a 1984 issue of Penthouse – four years after his murder.
The late Beatle claimed Paul didn’t like The White Album as he “wanted it to be more a group thing, which really means more Paul. So he never liked that album.”
But Lennon admitted it was his favourite of the 12, adding: “I always preferred it to all the other albums, including Pepper because I thought the music was better. The Pepper myth is bigger, but the music on the White Album is far superior, I think.”