Paul McCartney will become the first Western star to release a record album exclusively in the Soviet Union, his record company has announced.

EMI said the 13-song collection of rock 'n' roll classics will be distributed in October under the Soviet Melodia label."Since the Beatles' days many of my most loyal fans have been in Russia," said McCartney, whose hits include "Back in the USSR."

"It has always concerned me that these people hear our music many years after its release or through illegal importing and home taping. The new spirit of friendship has enabled me to make this gesture to my Russian fans," McCartney said.

The Soviet Union has been establishing new ties with the West under Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's policy of "glasnost."