Paul McCartney & Wings: 2 New Reissues – Listen

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The 11th and 12th classic works from the Paul McCartney catalog to be remastered, reissued and expanded, Wings’ Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway, have been released across multiple formats on Dec. 7 via MPL/Capitol/UMe.

Both collections include previously unreleased tracks; you can hear some of them and watch the unboxing videos below.

Also set for release is the 11-disc Paul McCartney and Wings 1971-73 numbered limited edition super deluxe compilation.

First up is the four-disc (3-CD, 1-DVD) limited deluxe edition of Wild Life, the debut album from Wings, originally released December 7, 1971. Written by Paul and Linda McCartney (with the exception of a reggae cover of Mickey and Sylvia’s “Love Is Strange”), Wild Life was recorded in just over a week with the majority of tracks laid down in a single take.

Wild Life’s limited deluxe edition treatment features the full album remastered at Abbey Road plus 25 bonus audio tracks, including rough mixes of the album, original single edits, B-sides, home recordings and other previously unreleased material across three CDs. [U.K. order here.]

Watch the Wild Life unboxing video

Listen to a previously unreleased home recording of “Indeed I Do” from the collection

Paul McCartney and Wings

From the original Oct. 19 announcement: the set’s DVD features rare footage of acoustic home videos, rehearsals and more. The Wild Life deluxe package includes a 128-page book written by David Fricke telling the story behind the album, including track-by-track information and new interviews with Paul and key album personnel, a 48-page scrapbook of tour diaries, lyrics and set lists, unpublished Polaroids, lyrics, notes and memorabilia from the MPL archives. Wild Life’s download redemption card provides access to all audio in HD 24/96kHz unlimited high-resolution versions.

There’s also a 2-CD edition and 2-LP version.

Next up is a six-disc (3-CD, 2-DVD + Blu-ray) numbered limited deluxe edition of the second Wings album and first credited to Paul McCartney and Wings, Red Rose Speedway. Released in April 1973 and featuring the #1 single “My Love,” Red Rose Speedway was the first Wings album to hit #1 on the U.S. chart.

The Red Rose Speedway limited deluxe edition features three discs of audio including the original album remastered at Abbey Road, 35 bonus audio tracks, including a reconstruction of the originally conceived double album version of Red Rose Speedway, singles, B-sides, alternate mixes and previously unreleased tracks.

The 2-DVD + Blu-ray portions of the deluxe are packed with rare and previously unseen footage, including the James Paul McCartney TV Special, interviews and music videos, as well as the never-before-seen film The Bruce McMouse Show, fully restored and remixed in stereo and 5.1 surround sound. [U.K. order here.]

Watch the official unboxing video

There’s also a 2-CD edition and 2-LP version.

Related: We look back at another Wings classic, Band on the Run

The package includes a folio containing 14 replica hand-drawn original character sketches by Paul and facsimile dialogue sheets for the film, a 128-page book containing many previously unpublished images by Linda McCartney, expanded album and single artwork from the archives and story behind the album, including new interviews with Paul McCartney, and key album personnel, and track-by-track information, written by Amanda Petrusich, five replica handwritten lyric sheets and photo print, a 64-page “Wings In Morocco” photo book, all housed in a numbered outer slipcase. The Red Rose Speedway download redemption card will provide access to all audio in HD 24/96kHz unlimited high-resolution versions.

Listen to a previously unreleased live track from 1972

Finally, the 11-disc Paul McCartney and Wings 1971-73 numbered limited edition super deluxe compilation features not only the entire contents of the Wild Life 4-disc numbered limited deluxe edition and of the Red Rose Speedway 6-disc numbered limited deluxe edition, but also the exclusive live album, Wings Over Europe. This collection features 20 previously unreleased, newly mixed live tracks recorded over the course of five shows, an introduction featuring Paul recounting memories of the 1972 tour, a 96-page photo book including previously unreleased images by Linda McCartney and Captain Snap, a replica of the 1972 Wings Over Europe tour program, and access to downloadable 24/96kHz unlimited high-resolution audio versions.

Listen to the previously unreleased live version of “The Mess” from 1972

Listen to a “group-only” take of “Live and Let Die”

McCartney’s 2018-2019 “Freshen Up” tour is well underway. Tickets are available here and here.

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  1. Ed Sullivan
    #1 Ed Sullivan 19 October, 2018, 15:43

    That’s nice, but unfortunately, Wild Life is a terrible album.

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  2. Shawn
    #2 Shawn 20 October, 2018, 12:23

    Wild Life is actually a decent album once you get past the first 2 tracks- Mumbo and Bip Bop. If Paul would have sequenced it differently and added a couple extra tracks it would have a better reputation

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  3. jaes
    #3 jaes 22 November, 2018, 20:10

    Paul has said, Linda just starting fresh in the band never want professionally. Paul fresh out of the Beatles, Mary being born . Paul was doing everything not to sound like a Beatles. Starting a new band Wings out hard to start from scratch. After all he’s only human. I’ll give him a break. Wild Life was a new born baby with many hits to follow. Amen

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