Wings' 1973 'Band on the Run' being reissued
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MPL and Concord Music Group are reissuing Wings' 1973 classic "Band on the Run" in single and multiple-disc formats on Nov. 2. It will be the first release in the "Paul McCartney Archive Collection," which spans 40 years of the singer-songwriter's career.
The album was an out-of-the-box smash, topping charts in the U.S. -- three different times -- the U.K. and around the world. It is certified triple platinum stateside and spawned a pair of hit singles: "Jet" peaked at No. 7 in early 1974, and the title track topped the Billboard Hot 100 that spring and won a Grammy for pop group vocal.
"Helen Wheels," which wasn't included on the original album, was issued as an advance single and made the top 10 in the U.S. That song and its B-side "Country Dreamer" are among the nine bonus tracks in the two-disc and three-disc versions of the "Band on the Run" reissues. Disc 3 is a documentary DVD produced for the 25th anniversary release of the album in 1998.
A four-disc collectors edition also includes a 120-page hard-bound book with rare photos by Linda McCartney and Clive Arrowsmith, album and single artwork, downloadable hi-res audio versions of the remastered album and bonus audio tracks, a full history of the album complete with a new interview with McCartney and expanded track-by-track information for all four discs.
The original album and bonus audio also will be issued in a two-disc 180-gram vinyl edition that comes with an MP3 download of all 18 tracks. The entire package will be available for digital download worldwide.
McCartney has been playing five songs from "Band on the Run" -- the title track, "Jet," "Mrs Vandebilt," "Let Me Roll It" and "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five" -- on his current tour, including during his Hollywood Bowl show in March.