Paul McCartney Recording Collection of Pop Standards, Planning "Heavy Rock Album"

Paul McCartney Recording Collection of Pop Standards, Planning "Heavy Rock Album"

It's a good time to be Paul McCartney. The former Beatle recently got engaged, and he is currently in the midst of reissuing his solo catalogue. Now, Sir Paul has announced plans to record an album of vintage pop standards.

A new interview with Rolling Stone finds the songwriter revealing that he's been holed up in a Los Angeles studio since April of this year working on an album featuring backing from an orchestra, plus Diana Krall and her band.

"It's my dad's style of music," he explained. "I've wanted to do that kind of thing forever, since the Beatle days."

So far there's no word as to which songs will appear on the collection, but McCartney revealed, "They're just songs I admire, I'm trying to steer away from the obvious ones. It's get-home-from-work music. You put it on and get a glass of wine."

Perhaps this includes his version of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy," which will appear on the upcoming tribute album Rave On Buddy Holly.

McCartney also revealed that he's pondering a "heavy rock album," hopefully featuring Dave Grohl. This possible noisy turn was partly inspired by Foo Fighters' recent Wasting Light, which was recorded on tape in a garage.

"I love that -- you get a crazy idea and go for it," McCartney said. "You never know -- I may run into a garage to make this other album. But it won't be in Dave's garage."

There's no word on when either of these albums may drop, but it's safe to say that the 68-year-old pop legend isn't planning on slowing down just yet.