McCartney Archives speculations
From the ongoing McCartney Archives series, the rumour mill has been reporting about upcoming releases of the two final Wings albums, “London Town” and “Back To The Egg” for a couple of years now. Fuelling speculations of late has been a series of coasters available as tour merchandise at McCartney’s current “Got Back” tour. The series are depicting the label design of “Wings Over America” minus the writing, a sticker for the promotion of “Venus & Mars” and the labels of the two rumoured upcoming archival releases.
The series has been going on in a slow pace, it’s been twelve years since the initial release of “Band On The Run” in 2010 and so far 14 albums of the original titles and one special new album have been released. A few of them have been released in pairs, but still as separate boxed sets. A special, very limited edition in 2018 featured an additional title, which concentrated on Wings tour of Europe in 1972. That giant boxed set also included the “Wild Life” and Red Rose Speedway” boxed sets inside the package.
Apart from the inclusion of a new mix of Paul’s solo “Tug Of War” album, remixing have been avoided – unlike the ongoing John Lennon “Ultimate mixes” series. With “Tug Of War” you also got the original 1982 mix in the boxed set. Here are the releases so far:
“Band on the Run” – 1 November 2010
“McCartney” and “McCartney II” – 13 June 2011
“Ram” – 21 May 2012
“Wings over America” – 27 May 2013
“Venus and Mars” and “Wings at the Speed of Sound” – 23 September 2014
“Tug of War” and “Pipes of Peace” – 2 October 2015
“Flowers in the Dirt” – 24 March 2017
“Wild Life” and “Red Rose Speedway” – 7 December 2018
“Wings 1971-73” contained a special new release: “Wings Over Europe”, included in the box were also the “Wild Life” and “Red Rose Speedway” boxed sets – 7 December 2018
“Flaming Pie” – 31 July 2020
As always, people are discussing what they want in the DeLuxe boxed sets from the upcoming releases. There’s especially a lot which could have been included with that final Wings album, “Back To The Egg”, as there were a lot of stuff going on back then, audio- and videowise.
The TV Special which essentially was a string of music videos for songs from “Back To The Egg” and the preceding single, “Goodnight Tonight” is one thing, but people are so hoping for a full Wings concert film from the December tour of 1979 in Great Britain. Or at least a concert CD. Another thing that was never out, was a documentary Paul commissioned from KeefCo about the making of the two Rockestra tracks. Someone managed to smuggle that film out on a VHS bootleg back in the day in crap quality, and these days it can be found on YouTube. Footage from the documentary was used to create a music video for “Rockestra Theme”, which was included on the 2001 Wingspan DVD release.