Paul McCartney Preps Huge Reissue With Rare Elvis Costello Demos
Paul McCartney will reissue his 1989 album, Flowers In the Dirt, with a slew of rare demos with Elvis Costello and never-before-seen video footage March 24th via MPL/Capitol/UMe. The release will be the 10th installment in McCartney’s archive collection, available in three different formats: A three CD/1 DVD set, a two CD set and a double vinyl LP.
All three editions will include a remastered version of the album and a set of McCartney and Costello’s original and previously unreleased demos. Those include early versions of the four songs Costello contributed to Flowers In the Dirt (“My Brave Face,” “You Want Her Too,” “Don’t Be Careless Love” and “That Day is Done”), plus “The Lovers That Never Were,” which ended up on McCartney’s follow-up Off the Ground, and “Playboy to a Man” and “So Like Candy,” which appeared on Costello’s 1991 LP Mighty Like a Rose. The other two demos, “Twenty Fine Fingers” and “Tommy’s Coming Home,” have been bootlegged, but never officially released.
The three CD/1 DVD set of Flowers In the Dirt will also come with an extra set of demos from 1988, as well as a download that includes b-sides, song remixes, single edits and three unheard cassette demos, “Don’t Want to Confess,” “Shallow Grave” and “Mistress and Maid.” The DVD will include three new short films featuring never-before-seen footage from the writing and recording sessions, plus music videos and the documentary, Put It There, originally released on VHS in 1989. Some footage is available to see in a short teaser for the Flowers In the Dirt reissue.
Capping off the four disc deluxe edition will be three books. A 32-page notebook that collects McCartney’s handwritten lyrics and notes, plus a catalog of Linda McCartney’s Flowers in the Dirt photo exhibit; a 64-page book featuring stills from the music video for “The One;” and a 112-page book that delves into the making of Flowers In the Dirt with interviews from McCartney, Costello and other contributors.
Flowers In the Dirt Reissue Track Lists
Three CD/1 DVD
1. “My Brave Face” (2017 Remaster)
2. “Rough Ride” (2017 Remaster)
3. “You Want Her” Too (2017 Remaster)
4. “Distractions” (2017 Remaster)
5. “We Got Married” (2017 Remaster)