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2001-Sep-28: Driving Rain's Producer Speaks

According to the album's producer, David Kahne, Sir Paul's new Driving Rain album is going to really rock:  "It's a more aggressive record, definitely.  It's got real energetic guitar songs. They're all original, and there's a lot of power there. I think he really loved doing that because he hadn't done it in a while. There's a lot of variety, more than he's had on a lot of records. It's White Album-ish.  It's very broad, and he hops from one style to another."

Playing along with Sir Paul on this album is session guitarist Rusty Anderson, and session keyboardist Gabe Dixon.  According to Kahne, son James plays guitar on only one track, Back in the Sunshine Again.   David Kahne himself joined the band, playing guitar and keyboards on some of the tracks.

The album was recorded at the Henson Studios in Los Angeles.  During two half-month sessions in March and July, Sir Paul recorded and mixed 22 new songs, 15 of which appear on the album.  David Kahne describes the recording sessions:

"It was all very spontaneous.  There were no rehearsals. He just brought the songs in and we started playing them. Basically, he'd show us a song on the acoustic guitar and we'd learn it. He wanted to do it very much in the way the Beatles used to record. Ringo and George never really heard the songs before the Beatles recorded them. So we just did it on the fly starting the first day."
Kahne also talks about the first single from the album, From a Lover to a Friend :
"His voice is very emotional in that song. It starts kind of quietly but has a great Come Together-type bass line in the bridge. He sings, 'How can I walk when I can't find my way?' and there's a really great sound he makes. It has a sadness to it, but it's actually a real hopeful song."
Is it really an ode to Linda?
"There are a lot of ways to take the song.  There's a lot of emotion there. When you hear it, you think of his pain and what he and Linda went through together, but it's not spelled out."
The album also features a 10-minute experimental epic called Rinse the Raindrops:
"That's just one verse repeated over and over, but he never sings it the same way twice.  The song goes through different cuts back and forth between different takes. It's a very aggressive, pushy song where he sings real low then real high all over the place. It's a great vocal performance. The whole record is really great."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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