How great of an idea is this? Paul McCartney, who has had his hand in so many iconic songs, gets other legends to perform his greatest hits. “The Art of McCartney” is a 42–track epic featuring legends such as Willie Nelson, Brian Wilson and Bob Dylan (there literally isn’t enough space in this article to name them all). As for the actual music, the product is mostly satisfactory, with some big misses (Billy Joel on “Maybe I’m Amazed”) and some definite jams (The Cure on “Hello, Goodbye” with a guest appearance from McCartney’s son James). While the original versions of these tracks are stronger in almost every case, it is very hard to outdo McCartney, and there is plenty to enjoy on here as a casual music listener or a fan of any of the performing artists.


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