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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Catalogue reissues from Paul McCartney

4 catalogue releases from McCartney, also available on colour vinyl this time.
No news about Paul's forthcoming new studio album, I'm afraid - but meanwhile here are some catalogue reissues, due out May 18, 2018.


March 28, 2018 (Los Angeles, CA) -- On May 18, Paul McCartney 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 180 gram black vinyl single LP formats—and will be made available for the first time in limited edition 180 gram coloured vinyl pressings. All vinyl LPs will include a download card.

Released and over-released but back again.
Upon its release in 2013, NEW was lauded by Rolling Stone as "energized and full of joyous rock & roll invention.” Executive 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 12x12” insert.

The original vinyl album is now expensive.
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… 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 12x12” insert.

Gave some singles an LP home.
Originally released in 1978, Wings Greatest was the first ever compilation of Paul McCartney’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.

Thrillington was a rarity LP before this re-release
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 McCartney’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.

But enough about the press release. Of course, vinyl collectors who missed out on Thrillington and Chaos and Creation in the Backyard when they were new, are probably delighted to find out about these re-releases.

The original editions of those two albums are now getting top prices on auction sites like ebay, but this re-release may affect the collectability. As for ourselves, we found "Thrillington" in a bargain bin very cheap in the late seventies and got "Chaos and Creation..." when it was new.


bsizzy said...

Wings Greatest and Thrillngton are the only important ones here... or at least I'll buy.

Edward R said...

Each to their own bsizzy. The Thrillington album is irrelevant as far as I’m concerned. The other theee are worth a spin I’d say

Unknown said...

Roger, any idea if these titles will be remastered, or if these include the mastering from the most recent issues?

Eduardo Ferreira Coelho de Souza said...

All irrelevants....

John Drake said...

Maybe irrelevant to you Eduardo. But maybe not to other people.

Unknown said...

What ever happened to the box set re issues?
There has not been a new release in a while...

Eduardo Ferreira Coelho de Souza said...

John Drake, for ME, of course.....

Anonymous said...

The original Chaos and Creation LP is rare/valuable? That's a bit galling... back in 2009, when Zavvi (a retail chain in the UK that took over from the Virgin Megastore) went bust, its stores briefly rebranded as "Head" and started just selling off all their random old stock as part of a kind of months-long clearance sale. Nosing around in the crates (yes, actual crates) of vinyl albums, there were at least ten copies of Chaos in their shrinkwrap going for a fiver apiece. I already had it (and still do), so I didn't buy any of them. I'm scared to look now to see what they might have been worth as an investment...!

Oh well.