McCartney Archive Series Wish list
Amongst the plethora of new Beatles and solo-Beatles releases, the McCartney releases are being given a facelift, courtesy of his new Concorde label, and they have selected Band on The Run to spearhead the upcoming McCartney Archive Series. The album is due out November 2nd (Nov 1st in the UK), and the promotional machine has started it’s countdown by releasing one of the short films off the accompanying DVD, and the second episode of the podcast has been made available on McCartney’s official Band On The Run site.
The album will be made available in four physical formats, as a single CD with no bonus tracks (even omitting “Helen Wheels“, which was on the original american album back in 1973 and ever after on the US re-releases), as a 2CD+1DVD, as a Deluxe edition with 3CD’s, one DVD and a hardcover book and as a double vinyl album.
Word is, the “One Hand Clapping” film is complete, apart from the omission of the song “Suicide”. The picture quality is good, but the audio is a bit murky. I guess “Suicide” has been snipped out and held over for inclusion on the “McCartney” volume of the series. But we should be happy to get so much of the “One Hand Clapping” film, because Concorde originally thought that they should just include the “Band on the Run”-songs from the film. Had it not been for one McCartney fan who was involved in the project, that’s what would have happened.
WogBlog is sincerely hoping that the “Band On The Run” release will set the standard for the series, we are hoping that all the upcoming new McCartney remasters will follow the same pattern. If they do, what should we expect? Here’s our wish list for bonus material on a few of the upcoming albums in the series:
– McCartney (1970): the DVD should include a new documentary, “The Making of McCartney”, featuring clips of “Suicide” from the One Hand Clapping film (1974), as well as the “Maybe I’m Amazed” original promo clip (1970), “Every Night” and “Hot As Sun” from the Kampuchea concert (1979), “That Would Be Something” and “Junk” from MTV Unplugged (1991) and “Teddy Boy” from Let It Be (1969). Bonus tracks on CD 2should include “Indeed I Do”, “Rode All Night”, “Sunshine, Sometime”, “When The Wind Is Blowing”, “Every Night (take 1)” and others.
– Ram (1971): The DVD should have a new “the making of Ram” documentary, featuring the promo films for “3 Legs” and “Heart of the Country”, “Eat At Home” and “Smile Away” live clips from the Wings 1972 concerts, “Too Many People” from The Space Within US DVD and “Ram On” from the current tour. Among the bonus tracks: the full “Brung To Ewe By” EP, “Another Day” and “Oh Woman Oh Why”. A second CD should hold the Ram mono mix.
– Wings Wild Life (1971) The bonus DVD should have the ICA rehearsals film as well as concert footage from the 1972 “Wings Over Europe” tour (as seen in the “Paul McCartney Special” VHS film, mis-labeled as 1973 footage). The hardcover book should reprint the 1972 tour programme and add studio session photos, alternate photos from the photo session for the front cover as well as photos from the “Wings Over Europe” tour. A nice touch would be to include the yellow “Wings Over Europe” poster, which accompanied some copies of the LP sold during the tour.
– Red Rose Speedway (1973) should be the double album it was originally planned to be, the bonus DVD should contain both the “James Paul McCartney” TV special as well as the unreleased “Bruce McMouse Show“.
– Venus and Mars (1975) should be accompanied by a DVD with the new “Making of” documentary, featuring footage from New Orleans as well as the promo clips for “Letting Go” and “Venus and Mars/Rockshow”, the pool table album promo plus songs from the Melbourne concert that was televised in Japan at the time.
– At the Speed of Sound (1976) should have the “Wings Over The World” TV documentary on DVD.
– Wings Over America (1976) Bonus DVD: the complete theatrical version of “Rockshow” in a new transfer. ‘Nuff said!
– London Town (1977) Bonus DVD with whatever home video footage from the recording sessions McCartney can muster, the promos for “London Town”, “With A Little Luck” and “I’ve Had Enough“, video for “Mull of Kintyre” and footage from the studio (as seen in the “South Bank Show“).
– Back To The Egg (1979) with bonus DVD: the “Back To The Egg” TV special, the unreleased full length “Rockestra” film and the full length Wings and Rockestra parts of the “Rock For Kampuchea” concert film.
Yes, we’re dreaming. Feel free to add to these and expand your dreams to the rest of the McCartney catalogue if you like, in the comments section.