Paul McCartney was on a creative high when he was writing and recording his tenth solo album "Flaming Pie." After being inspired by working on "The Beatles Anthology" a couple years before, McCartney wrote and recorded dozens of songs, fourteen of which appeared on the final album, with others appearing as B-sides for the singles "Young Boy," "The World Tonight" and "Beautiful Night." This album also features some of McCartney's most intimate songs like "Calico Skies," "Somedays" and "Little Willow."
One of the most exciting things about this new release is that it will be available again on vinyl, which it hasn't appeared on the format since it's initial release in 1997. The original fourteen-track album has been remastered at Abbey Road Studios and sounds simply stunning. Right from the opening acoustic chords of "Song We Were Singing," you can feel the plucking of the strings. This album seemed to have had a renewed energy for Paul, as he rocked out with songs like "The World Tonight" and "Flaming Pie." He also delivers a helping of the blues, with support from his friend Steve Miller on "Used To Be Bad," as the album shows us flashes of McCartney's past, whether it's through the lyrics or the music.
Now, let's get to the good stuff, like the raw home recordings, outtakes and episodes of his radio show "Oobu Joobu." The ten home recordings do not naturally sound the best, but the significance of them makes them all a must hear, as the melodies of the songs are in place. They make you feel as if you are hanging out with Paul, as his plays you some ideas for his latest album. One of the oldest recordings in this set is "Calico Skies," which was originally written and recorded back in 1991, six years before the "Flaming Pie" album will be released.
There are also simple acoustic versions to a handful of songs that appear on the album. These sound much cleaner than the home recordings and also include a short playful idea called "C'mon Down C'mon Baby." The rough mixes to songs like "The Song We Were Singing" and "Heaven On A Sunday" showcase the development of these songs, by given a glimpse inside the musical mind of this legendary artist. The creativity that was flowing from Paul McCartney is highlight by the six part radio series "Oobu Joobu," which finds McCartney not only playing some new music, but also talking about ideas of how some of these songs came to him and some rare stories of The Beatles recording days.
The fifth and final CD in the set is an hour-long documentary titled "Flaming Pie At The Mill." It is also presented as a documentary on one of the two DVDs, along with music videos, behind the scenes meetings and a historic interview with David Frost. This new reissue of Paul McCartney's "Flaming Pie" album is also available as a double and triple vinyl LP set that includes the home recordings, as well as a 2 CD set that includes many of the studio outtakes that appear in the box set. To find out all you want to know about this new release of "Flaming Pie" from The Paul McCartney Archives, please visit paulmccartney.com/collections/flaming-pie.