LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Paul McCartney will kick off 2012 with an album of cover tunes and two original songs, he said on Monday, offering fans a glimpse of the music that inspired one of the biggest rock bands ever, the Beatles. The yet-to-be-titled album, due for release on February 7, will showcase the former Beatle on a “deeply personal journey” covering classic American songs that inspired him and band mate John Lennon when they wrote their own tunes. “When I kind of got into song writing, I realized how well structured these songs were, and I think I took a lot of my lessons from them,” McCartney said in a statement. “I always thought artists like Fred Astaire were very cool. Writers like Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, all of those guys — I just thought the songs were magical. And then, as I got to be a songwriter I thought it’s beautiful, the way they made those songs.” Teaming up with Grammy-winning jazz musician Diana Krall and producer Tommy LiPuma, the ex-Beatles frontman recorded his vocals in a booth without instruments for the first time in his musical career. “It was very spontaneous, kind of organic, which then reminded me of the way we’d work with the Beatles.