Paul McCartney to reissue early ‘80s albums
Paul McCartney is to reissue his 1980s albums Tug Of War and Pipes Of Peace on October 2, the first of his solo albums made after Wings split in 1980.
Released in 1982, Tug Of War features the chart-topping Stevie Wonder duet Ebony And Ivory and the Top 10 single Take It Away. It also includes Here Today, the imaginary conversation McCartney wished he’d had with John Lennon before his murder in 1980, which remains a staple of McCartney’s live show.
The whole album has been remixed, while extras on the bonus disc include the previously-unreleased songs Something That Didn’t Happen and Stop You Don’t Know Where She Came From, the B-sides Rainclouds and I’ll Give You A Ring, McCartney’s solo version of Ebony And Ivory and six demos of Tug Of War album tracks. A deluxe edition adds a DVD featuring a new 18-minute documentary on the making of Take It Away, plus the videos for Take It Away, Ebony And Ivory and Tug Of War. It also adds a 112-page essay and 64-page scrapbook.
A super-deluxe edition, limited to 1,000 copies, adds five numbered prints of photos taken by Linda McCartney.
Pipes Of Peace, released in 1983, includes McCartney’s duet with Michael Jackson, Say Say Say. Extras include the previously unreleased songs Christian Bop, It’s Not On and Simple As That, Say Say Say’s B-side Ode To A Koala Bear, a new remix of Say Say Say by Mark Spike Stent, Twice In A Lifetime from the album’s 10th anniversary reissue and demos of three album tracks. The deluxe edition adds a DVD featuring the videos of Say Say Say, Pipes Of Peace and So Bad Music plus 13 minutes of home movie footage Air Studios and Montserrat as well as an essay and scrapbook similar to Tug Of War. There is no super-deluxe edition of Pipes Of Peace.
Both albums with their bonus discs will be available on heavyweight gatefold double vinyl with download codes.
The albums are the latest in McCartney’s Archive Collection series of reissues, which began with his 1970 debut solo album. However, it isn’t yet clear why the series has skipped from Wings At The Speed Of Sound to Tug Of War, missing out Wings’ final albums London Town and Back To The Egg.