McCartney songs to be downloadable

The Baltimore Sun

All those "Silly Love Songs" are about to start echoing across the Internet. Most of Paul McCartney's post-Beatles solo albums and those with his group Wings soon will be available digitally for the first time, EMI Music and Capitol Records announced yesterday.

That makes him the final Beatle to have solo albums online. John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr already have recordings available for download. The offerings span his first solo effort, McCartney, in 1970, through his Wings hits Band on the Run and Wings at the Speed of Sound and on to his 2005 Grammy-nominated Chaos and Creation in the Backyard. It also covers albums he recorded for Columbia Records from 1979 to 1984. It won't include his new album, Memory Almost Full, scheduled for release June 4 on the new Starbucks-Concord Music Group's Hear Music label.

EMI officials would not elaborate on yesterday's news release, which included no specific date when McCartney's albums would become available for download.

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