Today, Paul McCartney released a special collection of his latest album on iTunes called ‘Kisses On The Bottom – Complete Kisses‘. This exclusive digital audio package gives you the ‘Kisses On The Bottom’ album, the ‘Live from Captiol Studios’ concert performance and four bonus tracks including a new rendition of ‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire).’
McCartney’s ‘Kisses On The Bottom‘ was originally released in February of this year and has been received well around the world topping the Billboard Jazz charts upon its release and reaching the Top 5 of the UK album charts, Paul’s highest UK chart position in 15 years.
In September, Paul held an intimate live concert inside Studio A of Capitol Studios in Hollywood performing the songs from his ‘Kisses’ album. The performance was held on the same day that Paul received his long-anticipated Hollywood Walk of Fame star right in front of the Capitol Records building.
The live concert called ‘Live Kisses’ was released on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital video earlier this month. The DVD is a classy affair. To start off with, the DVD comes in a 40-page hardback book which features photos of Paul and liner notes by Elvis Costello. There is also a lengthy transcript of an exclusive interview that Costello conducted with McCartney over Skype. This high quality packaging explains the higher retail price of the DVD compared to most single DVD releases.
In addition to the 75-minute ‘Live Kisses’ concert, there are bonus items on the DVD including all six versions of the ‘My Valentine’ music video starring actors Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman. More interesting is the 11-minute ‘making of’ footage showing Director Paul McCartney interacting with the actors during the filming of the music video in which they perform sign language to the lyrics of the song.
More bonus features include two segments showing Paul’s photo shoot for the cover and promotional images used with the CD and DVD. A 15-minute video interview with Paul McCartney and producer Tommy LiPuma is also included on the DVD.
‘Kisses’ is truly a McCartney family affair with Paul’s daughter, Mary McCartney, taking the photos and daughter Stella being acknowledged as the one who came up with the ‘My Valentine’ music video concept.
While many fans may have already seen the PBS broadcast of ‘Live Kisses‘ shown in September, the DVD shows extra footage that was most likely cut out of the TV airing. We see Paul after the concert leaving the Capitol Studios building with wife, Nancy, and getting in his blue corvette to drive away. We also see Paul signing the bare back of a female fan who was in attendance at the concert.
What is really nice is the nostalgic feel of the whole ‘Kisses’ project with the recognition of Capitol Studios shown in pictures in the book and in the DVD footage. During the show, Paul sings on a microphone which has an upside down Capitol Studios logo. McCartney acknowledged the history explaining that he was singing on the same microphone that Nat King Cole used. Now, if only Paul would do his next project at Abbey Road…