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Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello to Release Special Edition ‘Flowers’ Cassette for Record Store Day

By JOHN DALY

With the Flowers In The Dirt Archive Collection edition’s March 24th release date via  MPL/Capitol/UMe fast approaching, Paul McCartney has confirmed a very special Record Store Day exclusive.

To commemorate Record Store Day this April 22, a limited edition three-song cassette of Paul and Elvis Costello’s Flowers In The Dirt demos will be made available at participating RSD stores.

The limited edition cassette-only release will be the first time these recordings — “I Don’t Want To Confess,” “Shallow Grave” and “Mistress And Maid” — will be made available in the same form as when Paul and Elvis first cut them directly to tape.

“The demos are red hot off the skillet and that’s why we wanted to include them on this boxed set,” McCartney said. “What’s great about these songs is that they’ve just been written. So there’s nothing more hot off the skillet as I say. So that was the kind of great instant thing about them.  I hadn’t listened to them in ages but when I did I knew we had to put them out. We made a little tape of them and sent them to Elvis, who loved them too. We said we should put out an EP or something and now the moment’s finally arrived.”

For information on formats, track listings, preorders etc., go to Paul McCartney’s blog.

For a list of Record Store Day participants, see the Record Store Day website.

U.S. EXCLUSIVE: Paul McCartney Releases Never-Before-Seen Photos for ‘Flowers’ Re-Release

Photos by LINDA MCCARTNEY, Story By DONNA BALANCIA

With a month to go until the release of the reissue of Paul McCartney’s classic album Flowers In The Dirt (the 10th installment of the GRAMMY Award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection) – Paul has released some photographs taken by Linda McCartney during the recording of the album.

George Martin and Paul McCartney – Photo by Linda McCartney

The photographs show Paul working with Elvis Costello, who he collaborated with on four of the tracks featured on the album (“My Brave Face,” “You Want Her Too,” “Don’t Be Careless Love” and “That Day Is Done”) as well as a shared moment with The Beatles producer George Martin, who did the string arrangement for “Put It There.”

The majority of the album was recorded at Paul’s Hog Hill Mill studio in East Sussex in the UK. This is also where some of the tracks were written with Costello.

Collaboration – Photo by Linda McCartney

Recalling working with Elvis, Paul said: “I was looking for someone to work with, trying to think of something imaginative to do and one day my manager said ‘Do you fancy writing with Elvis Costello? It might be a great thing’.  I said ‘Yeah’.

“He (Elvis) came down to my studio and we sat opposite each other with our guitars because I had said to him early on that this is how I’d written with John, with me being left handed and him being right handed, it was almost like looking in a mirror.  We did virtually what John and I did which was just make up a song a day.”

Paul McCartney – Photo by Linda McCartney

Those who pre-order the album digitally from today will get Instant Grat tracks – previously unreleased original demo versions of My Brave Face and That Day Is Done – both recorded at one of the early writing sessions.

“Because we were working above the studio, we’d just go downstairs and make the record, just the two of us singing exactly what we had made up,” Paul said.  “So there were a few recordings that haven’t been released.  We keep saying to each other that they’re good because they are raw, it’s hot off the skillet.”

Paul McCartney – Photo by Linda McCartney

The reissue of Flowers In The Dirt is available from March 24th.

PRE-ORDERS: Super Deluxe (3CD/1DVD), Special Edition (2CD), Vinyl (2LP)

I saw Paul McCartney – Photo by Linda McCartney

 

Paul at the microphone – Photo by Linda McCartney


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