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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Tug of War & Pipes of Peace - full details

Tug of War: Archive edition.

Release date: October 2, 2015.

Tug of War will not only be made available as a Deluxe edition, but also as a SUPER Deluxe edition, limited to 1,000 copies worldwide. (Update: Official press release, including package shots and video ads)

Disc 1 (All tracks: Remixed 2015):
  1. Tug Of War
  2. Take It Away
  3. Somebody Who Cares
  4. What's That You're Doing?
  5. Here Today
  6. Ballroom Dancing
  7. The Pound Is Sinking
  8. Wanderlust
  9. Get It
  10. Be What You See (Link)
  11. Dress Me Up As A Robber
  12. Ebony And Ivory
Playing time: 41:10

Disc 2 (All tracks: Original mix. Remastered 2015):
  1. Tug Of War
  2. Take It Away
  3. Somebody Who Cares
  4. What's That You're Doing?
  5. Here Today
  6. Ballroom Dancing
  7. The Pound Is Sinking
  8. Wanderlust
  9. Get It
  10. Be What You See (Link)
  11. Dress Me Up As A Robber
  12. Ebony And Ivory
Disc 3 (All tracks: Remastered 2015):
  1. Stop, You Don't Know Where She Came From (Demo)
  2. Wanderlust (Demo)
  3. Ballroom Dancing(Demo)
  4. Take It Away (Demo)
  5. The Pound Is Sinking (Demo)
  6. Something That Didn't Happen (Demo)
  7. Ebony And Ivory (Demo) 
  8. Dress Me Up As a Robber / Robber Riff (Demo)
  9. Ebony And Ivory (Solo Version) (Previously only released on the 12" vinyl single in 1982)
  10. Rainclouds (Previously released as the B-side to "Ebony And Ivory")
  11. I'll Give You A Ring (Previously released as B-side to the "Take It Away" single)
Playing time: 36:00

  1. Tug of war (Music video version 1)
  2. Tug of war (Music video version 2)
  3. Take it away (Music video)
  4. Ebony & Ivory (Music video)
  5. Fly TIA – Behind the scenes of Take it away (18 minutes documentary)

Recorded from October 1980 to December 1981 with George Martin producing, the project was interrupted by the murder of John Lennon. New recording sessions 3 February to 2 March on Montserrat in George Martin's Air Studio with Stevie Wonder, Carl Perkins, Stanley Clarke and Ringo Starr. Recording sessions then continued at George Martin's Air Studios in London.

  1. Standard. 2 CD (remixed and bonus)
  2. Deluxe. 3 CD (remixed, original, bonus) + DVD + 112 pages book and 64 pages scrapbook. Includes Hi-Res download of CD 1 & 3
  3. Super deluxe. Like 2, plus: acrylic box and 5 hand numbered photos 8”x10” from Linda McCartney's archives. Limited to 1.000 copies (worldwide).
  4. Vinyl. 2 LP remixed and bonus includes high quality mp3 of CD 1 & 3
  5. Download standard-res (remixed) no e-book
  6. Download standard-res (remixed) includes e-book
  7. Download standard-res (remixed) (mastered for iTunes) no e-book
  8. Download Hi-res (remixed) 24 bit 96kHz includes e-book
  9. Download standard- res (remixed & bonus) no e-book
  10. Download standard- res (remixed & bonus) includes e-book
  11. Download standard- res (remixed & bonus) (mastered for iTunes) includes e-book
  12. Download Hi- res (remixed & bonus) 24 bit unlimited includes e-book

For promotional purposes, a radio special has been produced, as well as a video film. Also, "Take it away" (single edit) (2015 remaster) will be used in some way, perhaps as a download from

Pipes of Peace: Archive edition
Release date: October 2, 2015.

Disc 1 (All tracks: Remastered 2015)
  1. Pipes of peace
  2. Say say say
  3. The other me
  4. Keep under cover
  5. So bad
  6. The man
  7. Sweetest little show
  8. Average person
  9. Hey hey
  10. Tug of peace
  11. Through our love
Playing time: 38.58

Disc 2 (Bonus CD)
  1. Average person (Demo)
  2. Keep under cover (Demo)
  3. Sweetest little show (Demo)
  4. It’s not on (Demo)
  5. Simple as that (Demo)
  6. Say say say (New 2015 remix)
  7. Ode to a kola bear (B-side of the "Say say say" single)
  8. Twice in a lifetime (Bonus from the 1993 CD, a title song from a movie)
  9. Christian bop
Playing time: 32:00

  1. Pipes of peace (Music video)
  2. So bad (Music video)
  3. Say say say (Music video)
  4. Hey hey in Montserrat (Home video 3 minutes)
  5. Behind the scenes at AIR (6 minutes)
  6. The man (Home video 4 minutes)

The recording sessions started during the previous album, "Tug of War" and continued in September-October 1982 and February-July 1983.

  1. Standard. 2 CD (remaster and bonus)
  2. Deluxe. 2 CD (remaster, bonus) + DVD + 112 pages book and 64 pages book about the Pipes of peace music video. Includes Hi-Res download of cd 1 & 2
  3. Vinyl. 2 LP remaster and bonus, includes high quality mp3 of the CDs
  4. Download standard-res (remastered) no e-book
  5. Download standard-res (remaster) includes e-book
  6. Download standard-res (remaster) (mastered for iTunes) includes e-book
  7. Download Hi-res (remaster) 24 bit 96kHz includes e-book
  8. Download standard- res (remaster & bonus) no e-book
  9. Download standard- res (remaster & bonus) includes e-book
  10. Download Hi- res (remaster & bonus) 24 bit unlimited includes e-book

Paul has remixed "Say Say Say" in a 2015 version. A completely new video without neither Paul nor Michael Jackson has been made, but is not yet ready for publication. In some way,  "Say say say" (12" single mix), "Say say say" (instrumental) and "Simple as that" will be used, possibly as downloads from

A radio special has been produced for promotional purposes.

It's clear that the "Pipes of Peace" project is somewhat smaller than the "Tug of War" project. "Tug of War" has always been a favourite album for Paul, and he made sure that the album's integrity was preserved for earlier CD releases by not including bonus tracks to the album lineup.

Those of you who were around back in 1984 may recall that Paul and Michael Jackson's duet "The Man" was seriously considered as a third single from "Pipes of Peace" and it was rumoured that these plans had come so far that a music video was produced. An enterprising video bootlegger did put together a collage video for the song back in the eighties, but the real video never leaked. As you can see, neither a single mix nor a music video for that song have been provided as part of this package. However, the home video for "The Man" included here may provide said single mix or footage from the scrapped music video. Or it may just be the regular track with home video footage of Paul and Michael doing the dishes.

Doing the dishes.


Unknown said...

This reissue programme is just painful! Not to mention how long it's taking and the random order they're been released in, and also that the cd boxes aren't the same size, making them look untidy on my shelf! I made a decision not to buy the deluxe editions (with book) because of the over inflated prices. And what I've missed out on so far is negligible (although I think Thrillington should have had its own release), but it looks like on Tug Of War I'll miss out on a great third disc! :-( Also I don't like this "digital download only" bonus track thing. The fact that music fans are still buying cds must relay some message... We still want our music on Cd!

Sorry for this negative post, but when it's the third or fourth time you have bought this music you start to wonder why bother?!

On a more positive note, thanks for the info and what a great site this is.

Geert said...

I just want to say completely the opposite of what Beatleleles UK just said :)

Except for the 'more positive note'. I certainly do agree with that! :)

No, I'm really looking forward to these two, and have been enjoying the deluxe editions (neatly stacked on my shelf) immensely! They managed to blow new life in old and sometimes tired albums I've been listening to forever.

Different people, different minds ... ;)

Tom said...

I'm very happy with the contents and packaging of the Archive sets, although I do wish there were more bonus tracks. The remastering has been superb. I'm curious as to how different the new mix of "Tug Of War" will be.

The release date of October 2 includes the US, too, since most of the world has moved to Friday as the new release date for all music, as of earlier this month.

Martin said...

Wish MPL would remaster and reissue Wings Greatest on 180g vinyl.... Just a superb set of songs with a superb album cover. 'Tug Of War' was a great album. 'Pipes' not so much, and I don't think the Jackson collaborations worked at all (still, a better choice than Kanye West though!). In the mid 80s I'd have prefered to hear a Macca/Prince musical summit. I hope 'London Town'and 'Back To The Egg' are done too (and where the hell is 'Red Rose Speedway?!').

I recall a 'bootleg' mix from some years ago.... It was Paul's 'Tug Of War' vocal with the backing track of Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale.' It actually worked. I think it was called 'A Whiter Shade Of War.'

Unknown said...

Once again Wog Blog has the scoop before anyone else. Thats why this is the first site I visit every morning! Keep up the great work!

mr.custard said...

I hope next releases are:
1. Wild Life/Red Rose Speedway
2. London Town/Back To The Egg

3. Sessions & Outtakes 1970-1975
4. Sessions & Outtakes 1976-1980
5. Video Collection 1970-1980

& other live stuff

Brian Fried said...

Mr. Custard, I'd expect the next releases to be:
2017 — Wild Life & Red Rose Speedway
2018 — London Town & Back To The Egg
2019 — Give My Regards To Broadstreet & Cold Cuts
2020 — Wingspan (reissue) with a new hits package / Wings 72 and Wings 79
… and, if the series continues, 2021 — Press To Play / Wings Anthology box set

Unknown said...

Every year there has been something, and the last two years has seen two packages (2014: "Venus and Mars" and "At the Speed of Sound" so I think perhaps each year will see two releases. It is quite interesting that Paul is doing these in beautiful books and with fascimiles of lyrics and other things, and I really hope all of his albums get this treatment --however long it takes. Really looking forward to diving into both of these sets when I get them!

DiBoLandsTVAndNewsCenter said...

& Cold Cuts NO is not a Macca Album maybe as Bonus MAterial

Brian Fried said...

FYI: Tug Of War super deluxe is already sold out.

Anonymous said...

It's designated as 'Out of Stock', Brian... NOT 'Sold Out'.
That, as initial buyers of The Beatles in Mono CD box will recall, is quite a distinction.

Unknown said...

I'm glad the Sweetest Little Show demo is included. That demo eats the studio version for breakfast every single morning.

I also suppose the lack of inclusion of Ode To A Koala Bear (Australian Mix) will continue the mythology surrounding it's existence.

Unknown said...

I believe you can catch "Ode to a Koala Bear" on YouTube. I know I've heard it somewhere.....

Hey Bulldog said...

FLOWERS IN THE DIRT is the next one coming.