Sunday, December 23, 2018

The Paul McCartney Archive Collection Continues To Roll On With Classic Wings Albums

Early this month, MPL/Capitol/UMe teamed up to release the latest albums into the ongoing Paul McCartney Archive Collection. This time around features the debut release from his post-Beatles band, Wings with "Wild Life" and the follow-up album "Red Rose Speedway." Both albums were originally released by Apple Corp. in the early seventies and features McCartney's first band work, since leaving The Beatles.

Both albums get the deluxe treatment, adding loads of bonus tracks including acoustic home demos, studio rehearsals and previously released B-sides. The "Wild Life" album showcases McCartney expanding his sound, with the help of his wife Linda McCartney, Denny Laine (Moody Blues) and Denny Seiwell. This new set features a new 2018 remastered version of the album, with a new accompanying "rough mix" of the album. Fan will want to dig into the "home recordings," which includes many gems, like a short version of "Good Rockin' Tonight" and a loose, fun run though "Hey Diddle." The set also includes early ideas of songs that did not make the final album like "She Got It Good," "Indeed I Do" and "When The Wind Is Blowing." Closing out this 3 CD set are the singles "Give Ireland Back To The Irish" and "Love Is Strange," along with an energetic band sing along, "African Yeah Yeah." The accompanying DVD shows footage of Wings in Scotland in 1971, the record release party at "The Ball" and some rare rehearsal footage. The limited edition deluxe edition is highlighted by a 128-page book featuring a new essay about Paul McCartney and Wings by "Rolling Stones" magazine senior editor David Fricke, along with a facsimile of McCartney's notebook, Polaroids and an invite to "The Ball" launch party.

Paul McCartney and Wings followed the release of "Wild Life" with "Red Rose Speedway," which topped the charts in 1973 and included the number one single, "My Love." This new deluxe edition release includes a new 2018 remaster of the original album, along with 35 bonus tracks, including a reconstruction of the original concept of a double album. The band was on a creative high, producing and finishing 18 songs for what would have been double album, but ended up only using half for the album's original release. The bonus audio features early mixes of songs like "Little Lamb Dragonfly" and "Big Barn Bed," as well as a home recording and live version of the song "1882," which was left off the original version of "Red Rose Speedway." Wings also produced some of their best known singles during this period like "Hi, Hi, Hi," "C Moon" and "Live And Let Die," which all appear as bonus songs in this set.

The limited deluxe edition of "Red Rose Speedway" also comes with two DVDs and a Blu-ray, which include the never before seen, fully restored film, "The Bruce McMouse Show." A 128-page book features a new written essay by Amanda Petrusich of "The New Yorker," as well as 64-page photo book, which contains replicas of Paul McCartney's sketches and handwritten lyric sheets. Both of these sets will allow fans to dig deeper into the musical world of Paul McCartney and Wings. To find out more about the new deluxe editions of "Wild Life" and "Red Rose Speedway," please visit

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