Paul McCartney has announced that he will reissue Wings Over America in deluxe formats on May 28th as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection. Wings Over America features McCartney and his band Wings on tour in America from May to June 1976.
The remastered album will be available on 2 CD, 3 LP, and a massive 3 CD/1 DVD Deluxe Edition Box Set. The deluxe package will be quite an elaborate set featuring the 2 CD audio album, a bonus CD containing eight audio tracks from the June 14th Cow Palace Show in San Francisco and a DVD that includes the 77 minute Wings Over The World documentary and a “Photographer’s Pass” feature that is basically a gallery of photographs. The boxed set also contains four art books containing replicas of tour memorabilia, photos and artwork.
The first book features 110 pages of backstage stories, photos, interviews and liner notes by journalist David Fricke. The second book is a pseudo-leather bound tour itenerary with 8×10″ photos, replicated backstage guest passes, invitations to end-of-tour party, replicated concert tickets, posters, set lists, lyrics and press materials. The third book called Look features photos of the tour taken by Linda McCartney. The fourth book is a hardcover called Ocean View and contains sketch art work of the band on tour from artist Humphrey Ocean.
The Deluxe Edition Box Set is definitely something die hard fans of both McCartney and Wings will want to pick up. However, there’s more coming after that.
Two weeks later on June 11th, McCartney will issue the related film documentary of the same tour called Rockshow on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s been out of print since it’s release in the ’80s on VHS, Beta and Laserdisc in an abridged version. However, the Blu-ray and DVD will feature the entire Seattle show (28 songs total) from June 10, 1976 in full 5.1 surround sound. It has been remastered from its original 35 mm film print and will definitely be a gem in many fans’ collections.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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