The Paul McCartney song “Hope For The Future,” which has been available digitally since December, will be released on 180-gram 12” vinyl on Jan. 13 in the U.S. and Jan. 12 in the UK, McCartney officially announced Jan. 9. The new release of the music written for the “Destiny” video game, will include vinyl versions of the five tracks already available digitally and come with a download card enabling buyers who don’t already have them to download the digital versions.
Here’s the vinyl track listing: SIDE A: A1) “Hope For The Future” (Main),” A2) “Hope For The Future” (Thrash), A3) “Hope For The Future” (Mirwais Mix). SIDE B: B1) “Hope For The Future” (Beatsession Mix), B2) “Hope For The Future” (Jaded Mix).” The song, produced by Giles Martin and mixed by Mark “Spike” Stent and featured during the game’s credits, was recorded with an orchestra and was done between Paul’s Hog Hill Mill studio in Sussex, Avatar Studios in New York, Abbey Road Studios and Air Studios in London. The song was McCartney’s first for a video game.
“When you’re writing something like “Hope For The Future”, which is custom made, it is like doing a portrait for someone. You have to use your imagination and work out what they need, what they’re going to want and then what you want to give them,” McCartney said.
“Then you’ve got to combine those three things into something that you still think maintains integrity. So in the game you’re basically trying to save Earth from the invaders, the aliens, so that suggested to me the ‘hope for the future’ idea and I went from there. Then I thought it is not just a game song, this will get played outside the game so it has got to be stand alone too, you can’t have references to aliens or people will think ‘what’s he talking about?’ So it had to have its own stand alone meaning and integrity.”
The game is made by Bungie, the studio behind “Halo,” and published by Activision. McCartney has talked about the release of the song in several recent interviews, including an excellent one with Little Steven Van Zandt on his “Underground Garage” series.