Given that we screamed like 60s teenage Beatles fans when we got to see Sir Paul McCartney live, we keep an eye on Macca news at P&W. The latest update, just announced: a special box set reissue of Flaming Pie will come out on July 31st as part of his ongoing Archive Collection series. Making huge waves upon its release in 1997, McCartney’s tenth solo studio album received gold certifications in the US, UK, Japan, and Norway.
The massive list of deluxe edition goodies outlined in the announcement yesterday has fans swooning. It includes “the original album remastered at Abbey Road Studios, 32 bonus audio tracks including unheard home recordings and demos, alternative studio recordings, rough mixes and B-sides including selections from Oobu Joobu parts 1-6, Flaming Pie At The Mill CD (Paul’s hour-long tour of his studio), video content including the In The World Tonight documentary, original music videos, EPKs, interviews, performances and behind-the-scenes material, a 128-page book containing previously unpublished images by Linda McCartney, expanded album artwork from the archives and the story behind the album written by Chris Heath – including track-by-track information, recipes and new interviews with Paul, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Steve Miller and key album personnel, studio notes, handwritten lyrics, the 1997 Flaming Pie issue of Club Sandwich, the official newspaper of the Paul McCartney Fanclub, downloadable 24bit 96kHz HD audio, and more.” All that and more? We’re obviously psyched over here.
The press release goes on to describe how close McCartney is to each detail of these exciting reissues. “Every release in the ongoing Paul McCartney Archive Collection is supervised by Paul himself, who oversees all aspects of each and every title from remastering to the curation of lost tracks, outtakes, artwork, photographs and video from his personal vaults, and much more. The result is one of the most ambitious and personal undertakings of its kind, one that encompasses more than 50 years of cherished, classic material from the most successful songwriter and recording artist in music history.”
Watch the pleasing unboxing video above, and don’t forget to preorder this undoubtedly excellent collector’s edition. If you want to dig even deeper into this box set before the vinyl is in your grasp, you can peruse the full announcement here.
Article: Olivia Isenhart