Paul McCartney’s Archive Collection: Flowers in the dirt
|Inlay card from preview boxed sets.|
The inlay card in review boxed sets for the upcoming new Paul McCartney’s Archive Collection series releases, “Tug of War” and “Pipes of Peace” was, for both boxes this one.
So, “Flowers in the Dirt” will be out on it’s own, and not released simultaneously with another one from the series. Which prompts the question, will this be the final release in the series? It’s likely the release will be scheduled for next year, 2016 and the series was going to end that year, according to the original plan. Standalone releases have been “Band On The Run”, “Ram” and “Wings Over America”, the ones that came in pairs were “McCartney” with “McCartney II”, and “Wings: Venus and Mars” with “Wings: At The Speed of Sound”.
In a recent interview with BBC’s Radio 2 on Saturday (currently available here), Paul talked about Wings: “Wings were getting a bad rap at that time [the Seventies] because it was post-Beatles, and anything you did or I did that was solo was stood up against The Beatles. So you tend to go along with that, and I went along with a bit of that thinking ‘well it’s never gonna be that good but I’ll do it because I love doing it’.”
“And then you listen to it back and think ‘this is better than I thought it was’. So that’s great to do, to really listen back and think ‘I’m glad I did that, glad I kept going’, because you know if I listened to the critics I might have given up.”
Then what happened to the Wings albums “Wild Life”, “Red Rose Speedway”, “London Town” and “Back To The Egg”? It’s this writer’s hope that the series will continue so that expanded versions of these albums will get the treatment they deserve. “Wild Life” ought to include the film from the ICA rehearsals prior to the 1972 tour, “Red Rose” should be expanded to the double album it was originally conceived as and the DVD should include the “James Paul McCartney” TV special, and “Back To The Egg” could include a live Wings concert from their last ever tour, as well as a DVD with the “Back To The Egg” TV Special.
We also have a soft spot for “Press To Play”. There, I said it.