Long Awaited 10th Installment in Paul McCartney's Grammy Winning Archive Collection features Remastered Version of Original 1989 Album Plus Bonus LP of Unreleased Demos!
The long awaited tenth release in the multiple-Grammy Award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection is here! Macca's 1989 international No. 1 album, Flowers In The Dirt, will be the latest classic solo work from one of the world's most revered catalogues to get the special treatment. The Paul McCartney Archive Collection release of Flowers In The Dirt was, as always, personally supervised by Paul himself. One of the most critically acclaimed albums of the '80s, nominated for both BRIT and Grammy Awards, Flowers In The Dirt saw Paul 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, Costello and Paul himself. Pink Floyd guitar legend David Gilmour also makes an appearance on "We Got Married" and George Martin's string arrangement on the personal "Put It There" are amongst the many album highlights.
Sessions for Flowers In The Dirt began in 1987 and the majority of the album was recorded at Paul's Hog Hill Mill studio in East Sussex. During the sessions Costello convinced Paul 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 Elvis encouraged me to take it out." In preparation for his first major world tour in years Paul was looking to capture songs he could take on the road with him. Paul told his band that he wouldn't go out on tour unless he really liked the album. Looking back Paul 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."
This audiophile 180g 2LP reissue of Flowers in the Dirt features a remastered version of the original completed at Abbey Road Studios plus a bonus 9-track LP of McCartney and Costello's previously unreleased demos. Included are early takes on the four Costello co-writes ("My Brave Face," "You Want Her Too," "Don't Be Careless Love," "That Day is Done") plus "The Lovers That Never Were," which was issued on McCartney's 1993 follow-up Off the Ground, and "Playboy to a Man" and "So Like Candy," which showed up on Costello's 1991 LP Mighty Like a Rose. "Twenty Fine Fingers" and "Tommy's Coming Home," have never been officially released until now.
Speaking about these tracks Paul 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."
• Audiophile 180g double vinyl edition in gatefold package
• Includes the newly remastered album plus 9 unreleased acoustic demos
• Mastered at Abbey Road Studios
• Downloadable MP3 audio of all tracks