Saturday, March 25, 2017

CD/DVD Review: Paul McCartney Digs Deep Into The Vaults For New "Flowers In The Dirt" Box Set

Universal Music, in association with Capitol Records, continue their roll-out of the "Paul McCartney Archive Collection" with their latest release "Flowers In The Dirt." It is the tenth archive release and it centers around the Grammy nominated album. Originally released in 1989, this album brought Paul McCartney back into the mainstream with the singles "My Brave Face" and "Figure of Eight." Also, this album was developed out of the writing and recording sessions that McCartney did with Elvis Costello, which becomes the main focus of the bonus material on this new deluxe special release.

The original "Flowers In The Dirt" album was remastered at Abbey Road Studios, supervised by McCartney himself, and features a new stellar sound. The harmonizing on "My Brave Face," sound smooth and the beats of "Rough Ride" are strong and will certainly make an impact on your speakers. David Gilmour's guitar solo on "We Got Married" is striking as he brings in elements of later-day Pink Floyd into the world of this Beatle. The strings on "Put It There" are beautiful and the McCartney/Costello collaboration is felt in the R&B tones of "That Day Is Done." The cassette-only bonus track "Ou est le Soleil?" is also featured here with its remastered, electronic sound.

The second and third discs in the special deluxe edition feature the original demos that McCartney and Costello worked on at Paul's home studio in 1987. The quality of these demos are the best they've ever been, since they were only available in bootleg form prior to this release. The songwriting is amazing in this pure form as the harmonizing between Costello and McCartney will remind you of the early days of The Beatles. Only a few of the tracks featured on these discs in demo form made the final album, with some of the songs sprinkled on Costello's next studio album "Mighty Like A Rose" and even McCartney's next album "Off The Ground." You will instantly fall in love with these raw, loose demo recordings.

The DVD included in the deluxe special edition version of "Flowers In The Dirt" features the memorable music videos for 7 of the albums 13 songs, plus a video for the non-album single "Party Party." The DVD also includes a wonderful hour-long documentary on the making of the album and tons of unreleased footage of McCartney in the studio with his band and Elvis Costello. McCartney always has an uncanny sense of humor around the camera and it certainly shows in the home video like footage. There is also a short documentary into the making of the music video for "This One," which was groundbreaking for its time.

The new box set also contains 4 books. One book details the making of the album with 112-pages of essays and new interviews with Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and others. It includes quite of bit of unpublished photos from the sessions and also artwork from the album and singles. The second book features Paul McCartney's hand written notebook of lyrics and notes of songs from the album and demo sessions. The third showcases the amazing photography of Linda McCartney and her photo shoot for the cover of the album. The final book includes 64-pages of images used for the "This One" music video.

Every CD included in the set is included as a digital download along with exclusive B-sides, remixes and edited single versions. Fans will not mind spending the extra cash for all this material, which has been made available for the first time in this box set. To find out more about this new deluxe special edition of Paul McCartney's 1989 album "Flowers In The Dirt," please visit

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