The long awaited tenth release in the multiple-Grammy Award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection has been confirmed: On March 24, 2017, Paul’s 1989 international #1 album, Flowers In The Dirt, will be the latest classic solo work from one of the world’s most revered catalogs to get the special treatment across a multi-format reissue released by MPL/Capitol/UMe.
The Paul McCartney Archive Collection release of Flowers In The Dirt was, as always, personally supervised by McCartney himself.
One of the most critically acclaimed albums of the eighties, nominated for both BRIT and Grammy Awards, Flowers In The Dirt saw McCartney team up with Elvis Costello to co-write a third of the album (“My Brave Face,” “You Want Her Too,” “Don’t Be Careless Love” and “That Day is Done”) as well as boasting production credits from producers such as Mitchell Froom, Trevor Horn, David Foster, Steve Lipson, Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney himself. Pink Floyd guitar legend David Gilmour makes an appearance on “We Got Married” and George Martin’s string arrangement on “Put It There” is amongst the many album highlights.
The Flowers In The Dirt Deluxe Edition Box Set will undoubtedly be yet another crown jewel in the collection of any Paul McCartney fan. In addition to its wealth of audio and video content, exclusive features of the Deluxe Edition include a 32-page notebook of McCartney’s handwritten lyrics and notes, a catalog for Linda McCartney’s 1989 Flowers In The Dirt photo exhibition, a 64 page photobook featuring the music videos for “This One,” and a stunning, custom-created 112-page book telling the complete story of the album through exclusive in-depth interviews with McCartney, Elvis Costello and other key contributors. Along with expanded track-by-track information, the book contains album and single artwork as well as previously unpublished photographs by Linda McCartney.
Sessions for Flowers In The Dirt began in 1987 and the majority of the album was recorded at McCartney’s Hog Hill Mill studio in East Sussex. During the sessions Costello convinced McCartney to dig out his iconic Höfner bass for the first time in years—a suggestion McCartney recalls as “unusual because I had sort of parked it. I had thought I had outgrown it. I started playing it again and never really looked back. It’s great that Costello encouraged me to take it out.”
In preparation for his first major world tour in years McCartney was looking to capture songs he could take on the road with him. McCartney told his band that he wouldn’t go out on tour unless he really liked the album. Looking back McCartney recalls, “You’re always thinking, ‘Let’s get some new songs and take them on tour’ and you hope your new songs are going to work. Something like ‘My Brave Face’ would be a song that nobody knew at the start at the beginning of the tour and then everybody knew it at the end and it was the high spot of the whole tour.”
The original 13 track album was remastered for all the new configurations at Abbey Road Studios. The Deluxe Edition contains 18 bonus audio tracks across two discs, featuring previously unreleased demos, written and performed by McCartney with Elvis Costello.
Speaking about these tracks McCartney said, “The demos are red hot off the skillet and that’s why we wanted to include them on this boxed set. What’s great about these songs is that they’ve just been written. So there’s nothing more hot off the skillet as I say. So that was the kind of great instant thing about them. I hadn’t listened to them in ages but when I did I knew we had to put them out. We made a little tape of them and sent them to Elvis, who loved them too. We said we should put out an EP or something and now the moment’s finally arrived.”
The Deluxe Edition also includes, as digital downloads only, three unheard cassette demos, “I Don’t Want To Confess,” “Shallow Grave” and “Mistress And Maid.”
The DVD that comes with the Deluxe Edition includes all the music videos from the album, three new short films with unseen archive material that show some of the creation process of the album and the documentary Put It There originally released on VHS in 1989 – a behind the scenes look at the making of Flowers In The Dirt as well as featuring live performances from his 1989 World Tour.
The 2 CD Special Edition includes the remastered version of the album on the first disc. The second disc includes McCartney and Costello’s previously unreleased original demos.
The 2 LP Edition also comes with a digital download version. The first LP includes the remastered album but in keeping with the original vinyl release doesn’t include “Où Est Le Soleil?” (this track will be available with the accompanying digital download). The second LP includes McCartney and Costello’s previously unreleased original demos.
- My Brave Face (2017 Remaster)
- Rough Ride (2017 Remaster)
- You Want Her Too (2017 Remaster)
- Distractions (2017 Remaster)
- We Got Married (2017 Remaster)
- Put It There (2017 Remaster)
- Figure Of Eight (2017 Remaster)
- This One (2017 Remaster)
- Don’t Be Careless Love (2017 Remaster)
- That Day Is Done (2017 Remaster)
- How Many People (2017 Remaster)
- Motor Of Love (2017 Remaster)
- Où Est Le Soleil? (2017 Remaster)
- The Lovers That Never Were (Original Demo)
- Tommy’s Coming Home (Original Demo)
- Twenty Fine Fingers (Original Demo)
- So Like Candy (Original Demo)
- You Want Her Too (Original Demo)
- That Day Is Done (Original Demo)
- Don’t Be Careless Love (Original Demo)
- My Brave Face (Original Demo)
- Playboy To A Man (Original Demo)
- The Lovers That Never Were (1988 Demo)
- Tommy’s Coming Home (1988 Demo)
- Twenty Fine Fingers (1988 Demo)
- So Like Candy (1988 Demo)
- You Want Her Too (1988 Demo)
- That Day Is Done (1988 Demo)
- Don’t Be Careless Love (1988 Demo)
- My Brave Face (1988 Demo)
- Playboy To A Man (1988 Demo)
1. My Brave Face
2. My Brave Face (Version 2)
3. This One (Version 1)
4. This One (Version 2)
5. Figure Of Eight
6. Party Party
7. Où Est Le Soleil?
8. Put It There
10. We Got Married
11. Creating Flowers in the Dirt:
Paul And Elvis
12. Buds In The Studio
13. The Making Of ‘This One’
(The Dean Chamberlain One)
Put it There:
14. Put It There Documentary
Original B-sides, remixes and single edits:
- Back On My Feet
- Flying To My Home
- The First Stone
- Good Sign
- This One (Club Lovejoys Mix)
- Figure Of Eight (12″ Bob Clearmountain Mix)
- Loveliest Thing
- Où Est Le Soleil? (12″ Mix)
- Où Est Le Soleil? (Tub Dub Mix)
- Où Est Le Soleil? (7″ Mix)
- Où Est Le Soleil? (Instrumental)
- Party Party (Original Mix)
- Party Party (Club Mix)
- I Don’t Want To Confess
- Shallow Grave
- Mistress And Maid
Author: Buddy Iahn
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