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Paul McCartney Archive Collection!
27 December 2023
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meanmistermustard said
 

13 years into the Archive series we still wait for ‘London Town ‘ and ‘Back To The Egg ‘ and the rest of Paul’s catalogue and it’s now being lapped by other archive releases (the upcoming ‘BOTR’ contains the original US album) but which are not archive releases. My guess is everyone got bored and gave up with this series.

  

Honestly, if you start a project and you’re not fully committed to finishing it, why fucking bother to start it in the first place?? mccartney-shrug_01_gif

30 December 2023
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I think it’s an ego thing in that the missing albums are either mediocre or too recent. ‘Wild Life ’ was the beginning of Wings, which is notable even if the album itself is very homemade (which can in itself be made a positive); ‘RRS’ had ‘My Love’ and an unreleased double album.
If you’re looking for the positive comments and not ‘that’s quite rubbish’, how do you spin ‘London Town ’ (Mull Of Kintyre ’ seems the easy answer but it did nothing in the US), ‘Back To The Egg ’, ‘Broad Street’ (where the focus will be on the Beatles covers and an appalling film) or ‘PTP’? 
Pipes Of Peace ’ is an awful album but it was released alongside the acclaimed ‘Tug Of War ’.

Clearly Paul should embrace the albums and allow the flaws to be seen but that doesn’t seem to be his thing here and so it’s back to ‘Band On The Run ’ and wasn’t that brilliant. 

Having written all that, Paul could surprise us all and release archive ‘LT’ and BTTE’ towards the end of 2024. But to be honest, does anyone care considering the content will likely be so meagre. ‘Mind Games ’ will be far more interesting and maybe we will also get expanded ‘Living In The Material World ’ and ‘Ringo’ sets.

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sir walter raleigh said
Flaming Pie and Flowers In The Dirt were the only two satisfactory archive releases imo, aside from the fact that they were absurdly expensive. I guess Paul and I are on the same page where we are better off just pretending Broad Street and Press To Play don’t exist. 

  

I wouldn’t mind a Press To Play Archive Edition without all the heavy 80s-era production on it (lose the echo, compressed drums, synthesizer overdubs, sax flourishes, etc.). There might actually be a pretty decent album hiding underneath all of that.

Plus, he could include some of the miscellaneous recordings from the mid-80s that he scrapped. He probably doesn’t like much of it, but I’m sure some would find it interesting.

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There are a number of early mixes of ‘PTP’ tracks circulating on bootlegs online which don’t have the overproduction Paul eventually thru on the album. They are all far better than what was released.

It doesn’t become a fabulous album but it’s a far easier listen than the official release which is awful.

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