Four of Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles albums are to be reissued on CD and vinyl on 18 May.
The albums are Thrillington (1977), Wings Greatest (1978), Chaos And Creation In The Backyard (2005), and New (2013).
The standard versions will be single digipak CDs, and 180 gram black vinyl editions with digital download cards.
There will also be limited edition coloured vinyl pressings, each with a 12×12″ insert and download card. New will come in pink vinyl, Chaos And Creation will be gold, while Wings Greatest will be blue, and Thrillington will be marbled red. All vinyl versions will include digital download cards.
Although these are part of the McCartney Archive Collection reissue programme, they do not contain any bonus material. It is the second wave of standard reissues; in November 2017 an initial eight albums were issued on CD, standard vinyl and coloured vinyl.
Here’s the full press release for the 2018 editions:
PAUL McCARTNEY 2018 CATALOGUE REISSUES OUT MAY 18 VIA MPL/Capitol
Chaos And Creation In The Backyard
FEATURING LIMITED EDITION 180g COLOR VINYL PRESSINGS
On 18th May, Paul will release four 2018 edition catalogue reissues via MPL/Capitol:
NEW, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Wings Greatest and Thrillington.
All four titles will be issued in affordable single CD digipak and 180gram black vinyl single LP formats and will be made available for the first time in limited edition 180gram color vinyl pressings. All vinyl LPs will include a download card.
The titles and corresponding limited edition vinyl colours are as follows:
NEW – PINK – Click HERE!
Chaos and Creation in the Backyard – GOLD – Click HERE!
Wings Greatest – BLUE – Click HERE!
Thrillington – MARBLED – Click HERE!
Upon its release in 2013, NEW was lauded by Rolling Stone as “energized and full of joyous rock & roll invention.” Produced by Giles Martin and also featuring production by Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns and Paul Epworth, NEW entered the U.S. chart at #3. The album scored positive reviews from Entertainment Weekly to Pitchfork and all points in between, while the title track, ‘Queenie Eye’ and ‘Save Us’ would become staples of the McCartney live show over the course of the ‘Out There’ and ‘One On One’ world tours. NEW’s 2018 edition will feature the first vinyl pressing of the album since its 2013 release, including a limited edition pink vinyl 180gram vinyl LP with download card and 12×12″ insert.
Released in 2005, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard was instantly hailed as continuing a hot streak that included ‘Flaming Pie’, ‘Run Devil Run’ and ‘Driving Rain’. Produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck) and featuring the singles ‘Fine Line’ and the Grammy-winning ‘Jenny Wren’, ‘Chaos And Creation’… debuted at #6 on the Billboard chart. It remained on the charts for nearly half a year, while Paul mounted the massive ‘US’ Tour. In 2007, ‘Jenny Wren’ won the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, while the album was nominated in three other categories including Album of the Year. The 2018 edition of Chaos and Creation in the Backyard will make the album available on vinyl for the first time since its initial run and will include a limited edition gold vinyl 180gram vinyl LP with download card and 12×12″ insert.
Originally released in 1978, Wings Greatest was the first ever compilation of Paul’s post-Beatles hits, featuring four classics that had previously been unavailable on any McCartney album: ‘Another Day’, ‘Junior’s Farm’ ‘Hi, Hi, Hi’ and ‘Mull of Kintyre.’ The penultimate Wings album release, Wings Greatest was naturally a worldwide hit, and the soundtrack to the 70s for a generation. As part of its 2018 edition reissue, Wings Greatest will be available as a limited edition blue vinyl 180gram vinyl LP with download card and 20″x30″ poster.
Recorded in 1971 but not released until 1977, Thrillington remains one of the most enigmatic entries in the storied McCartney discography. Credited to the pseudonym Percy “Thrills” Thrillington, a fictitious socialite whose activities were chronicled in UK newspaper ads, Thrillington was actually a fully reimagined instrumental lounge/jazz version of Paul and Linda’s RAM. With Thrillington’s 2018 edition, Percy is given a new lease on life with this collector’s item available on vinyl for the first time since the 1977 first pressings that fetch hefty sums on the collectors’ market, plus a limited edition red/black marbled 180gram vinyl LP with download card.
Every release is supervised by Paul himself, who oversees all aspects of each and every title.
Also on this day...
- 2012: Paul McCartney live: Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
- 2010: Paul McCartney live: Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, Arizona
- 1967: Recording: Good Morning Good Morning, Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!
- 1966: George Harrison and Ringo Starr meet Roy Orbison
- 1965: The Beatles’ final Thank Your Lucky Stars appearance
- 1964: Madame Tussauds unveils wax figures of The Beatles
- 1963: Live: ABC Cinema, Exeter
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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