MPL and the Concord Music Group are pleased to announce the re-release of Paul McCartney & Wings’ iconic Band on the Run on November 2nd, 2010. Heralded as one of the greatest albums of all time, the GRAMMY winning, smash # 1 album – originally released December of 1973 – yielded the immortal title track and world-wide hit “Jet” becoming Wings’ most successful and celebrated album ever.
Paul McCartney personally supervised all aspects of the Band on the Run reissue. The remastering work was done at Abbey Road using the same team who recently remastered the complete Beatles’ catalog.
Band on the Run will be available in a variety of formats originating with the single disc digitally remastered, essential 9-track standard edition. The 3 disc (2CD, 1 DVD) special edition features nine bonus audio tracks (including the top 10 smash “Helen Wheels”), rare footage of the McCartneys in Lagos and behind-the-scenes at the famous album cover shoot, original Band on the Run promotional video clips, the One Hand Clapping television special (highlighted by studio performances filmed at Abbey Road in 1974) all with beautifully enhanced packaging. Collectors will be especially thrilled by the 4 disc (3CD, 1 DVD) deluxe edition which adds an extraordinary 120-page hard bound book containing many unseen and unpublished photos by Linda McCartney and Clive Arrowsmith, album and single artwork, downloadable hi-res audio versions of the remastered album and bonus audio tracks, a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 Paul and expanded track by track information for all four discs. The deluxe edition also includes a special Band on the Run audio documentary (originally produced for the 25th Anniversary edition.) The original remastered album and bonus audio content will also be issued in a 2 disc 180gm audiophile vinyl edition that comes with an MP3 download of all 18 tracks. Lastly, the standard and deluxe versions of Band on the Run will be available digitally worldwide.
The musical achievement of Band on the Run is nearly matched by the amazing story behind its creation. Intrigued with recording abroad in the summer of 1973, McCartney searched for a list of studios around the world. Spotting one in the remote location of Lagos, Nigeria, he became enthralled with the idea of recording in Africa. Days before departure, lead guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell quit the band leaving the entire project to the three core members, Paul, his wife Linda McCartney and band-member Denny Laine (along with recording engineer Geoff Emerick). Recorded in August and September of 1973 (with further work done at AIR Studios in London in October 1973), they persevered through a tumultuous, yet creatively invigorating 2 month recording process battling difficult studio conditions, oppressive heat and a dangerous mugging at knife point. The thieves made off with the demo tapes (among other valuables), forcing the band to record the entire album from memory.
Band on the Run triumphed both critically and commercially. The album topped the US album chart 3 separate times, won a Grammy and went on to sell more than 7 million copies. Upon the release of Band on the Run, then Rolling Stone reviewer Jon Landau famously gushed, “The finest record yet released by any of the four musicians who were once called The Beatles.”
Paul is currently playing five songs from the album on his ‘Up and Coming Tour’. Live favorites over the last 8 years of touring have included “Jet”, “Band on the Run” and “Let Me Roll It”. In 2008 when Paul played a free outdoor show to over 500,000 people in Kiev, a Ukrainian poll listed “Mrs Vandebilt” as their all time favorite Paul McCartney song. It’s been included in the set ever since. At the start of this tour Paul added “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five” to the set.
Band on the Run marks the first release from the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, an ambitious reissue program that encompasses 40 years of cherished, classic material from the most successful songwriter and recording artist in music history. It’s also the initial physical release of the recently announced agreement between McCartney’s MPL and Concord Music Group to globally market and distribute McCartney’s venerated solo and Wings catalog.
BAND ON THE RUN TRACKLIST:
1. Band on the Run
4. Mrs Vandebilt
5. Let Me Roll It
7. No Words
8. Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)
9. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
Bonus Audio Tracks
1. Helen Wheels
2. Country Dreamer
3. Bluebird [from One Hand Clapping]
4. Jet [from One Hand Clapping]
5. Let Me Roll It [from One Hand Clapping]
6. Band on the Run [from One Hand Clapping]
7. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five [from One Hand Clapping]
8. Country Dreamer [from One Hand Clapping]
9. Zoo Gang
Remastered documentary disc originally produced for the 25th Anniversary release of Band on the Run. Featuring interview contributions from Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Denny Laine, Geoff Emerick, Tony Visconti, Al Coury, Clive Arrowsmith, James Coburn, John Conteh, Kenny Lynch, Michael Parkinson, Christopher Lee, Clement Freud, and Dustin Hoffman.
1. Band on the Run Music Video
2. Mamunia Music Video
3. Album Promo
Featuring Band on the Run, Mrs Vandebilt, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five, Bluebird
4. Helen Wheels Music Video
5. Wings In Lagos
6. Osterley Park
7. One Hand Clapping
Voyageur Press has joined forces with Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot — renowned Chicago rock journalists, critics, and co-hosts of the nationally syndicated public radio program Sound Opinions — for the new book, THE BEATLES VS. THE ROLLING STONES: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Rivalry. This lovingly assembled tome — the first that compares and contrasts two of rock’s most successful and legendary acts — arrives on October 15th, 2010. The 194-page volume, illustrated throughout with rare photography and memorabilia, and a uniquely designed “flicker” image alternating the Beatles and Stones on the cover, follows more than two dozen topics of debate, with cases being made both for the lads from Liverpool and rock’s proto-bad boys. From the Cavern and Crawdaddy clubs through head-to-head comparisons of specific albums (e.g., Exile on Main St. or The White Album?), members’ roles within the bands, the Svengali-like managers, influential producers, musical influences, movies, and more, this is the book that dares confront the topics over which fans have clashed for almost 50 years.
Both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones have been household names since the 1960s, and continue to thrive to this day. Dropping classic albums such as Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Beggar’s Banquet, Revolver, and Let It Bleed one after another, the Beatles and the Stones duked it out not only on the charts, but in the hearts of rock fans worldwide. Few rock bands can be listed as more influential than these acts, as they not only broke ground musically, but also affected fashion, politics, and even how we view society in general.
From the beginning to the end of THE BEATLES vs. THE ROLLING STONES: SOUND OPINIONS ON THE GREAT ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RIVALRY, readers will be engrossed in a thought-provoking and extensive analysis of what made each of these groups so special, original and enduring. No “stone” is left unturned, as both authors have teamed to assemble a must-read book. And with the Beatles being the best-selling rock band of all time in album sales and the Rolling Stones ranked as the top-grossing live band of all time, it’s bound to be one fierce battle!
In addition to the THE BEATLES vs. THE ROLLING STONES, Voyageur Press will be issuing another volume in their ongoing “Illustrated History” series this fall, Phil Sutcliffe’s AC/DC: The Ultimate Illustrated History. These titles join a trio of releases from last year, Jon Bream’s NEIL DIAMOND IS FOREVER: The Illustrated Story of the Man and His Music , Phil Sutcliffe’s QUEEN: The Crown Kings of Rock, and Jim DeRogatis’ THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: An Illustrated Historyof A Walk on the Wild Side. All are jam-packed with photos, artifacts, and comprehensive histories of each artist.
ABOUT VOYAGEUR PRESS:
Since 1972, Voyageur Press has published high-quality books and calendars in a variety of subjects, including nature and science, regional interest and travel, American heritage and country life, crafts, sports, and more.
ABOUT JIM DeROGATIS & GREG KOT:
Jim DeRogatis is a full-time lecturer in the English Department at Columbia College Chicago and the co-host of Sound Opinions. He spent 15 years as the pop music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, continues to blog about music at Vocalo.org, and is the author of several books about music and culture, including Velvet Underground (Voyageur Press) and Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs.
Greg Kot has been the Chicago Tribune’s rock music critic since 1990. He co-hosts the nationally syndicated rock ‘n’ roll talk show Sound Opinions (soundopinions.org) on public radio and is the author of Wilco: Learning How to Die and Ripped: The Digital Music Revolution.
For more information on these and other Voyageur titles, go to www.voyageurpress.com.
By Jim DeRogatis & Greg Kot
9.5 x 11.125
192 pages, 150 color photos & 250 b/w photos
$35.00 US · £20.00 UK · $39.00 Canada
ISBN-13/ISBN-10: 978-0-7603-3813-1 / 752748338135
Pub Date: October 15, 2010
Ringo Starr was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night. Ringo with Ben Harper and Relentless7 as his backup band performed “I Wanna Be Your Man”, “Walk With You”, “The Other Side of Liverpool”, and “With A Little Help From My Friends” (with Fallon!). Ringo also sat down for an interview and answered fan submitted video questions. Watch the videos below:
“I Wanna Be Your Man”
“Walk With You”
“The Other Side of Liverpool”/”With A Little Help From My Friends”
Ringo Starr Interview
Ringo Answers Fan Questions
Twenty nine years ago today, John Lennon was killed outside of his New York apartment. On October 2nd, 2001, a tribute concert was held at Radio City Music Hall. Come Together: A Night for John Lennon’s Words and Music was hosted by Kevin Spacey and featured performances from Dave Matthews, Cyndi Lauper, Stone Temple Pilots and more. Here’s Stone Temple Pilots rendition of the Beatles’ classic “Revolution.” If you like the performance, you can pick up the DVD on Amazon. RIP John.
(photo credit: Lennon Photo Archive)
We love giving away free gifts to our readers. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be giving away some TRULY AWESOME presents. We kick it off today with a really cool Beatles Holiday Poster. (Click on the image to enlarge). You’re really going to want to win this for yourself. Sure, you could probably give it to someone important in your life but you’d rather keep it yourself. In fact, we don’t even wanna give this away. We wanna keep it.. but we’re not greedy (much). Enough talking, email us your name and we’ll email you back if you win! (U.S. entries only, sorry!)
Beatlemania is rampant once again! With Fab Four items topping many holiday gift lists, I hope youâ€™ll consider including the new Beatles Box of VisionÂ® in your Holiday Gift Guide. Officially licensed by Apple Corps Ltd., The Beatles Box of Vision is the perfect companion to the digitally re-mastered Beatles catalog, which was released 09/09/09. â€œIâ€™d consider the Box of Vision a must for Beatles fans who want the full experience of exploring this amazing music all over again,â€ said Los Angeles Times pop music writer Randy Lewis. Heralded as â€œdazzlingâ€ by Associated Press, the collection includes:
- The Box Of Vision storage book, a unique and elegant way to organize and display
all 32 discs of The Beatlesâ€™ core catalog.
- The first LP-size book with all The Beatlesâ€™ LP artwork (almost 200 pages), brilliantly
restored in brand new art prints.
- The â€œCatalography,â€ a new, full color discography with photos, text and track-listings
â€“ the first-ever side-by-side presentation of the UK albums and their US counterparts.
Millions of Beatles CDs will be sold by yearâ€™s end â€“ and The Beatles Box of Vision is a great way to store them– and alongside the original, full-size LP artwork. Rather than guess which CDs friends or family still need, why not surprise them with an ingenious system that allows them to safely store and display these treasured albums? The two exclusive accompanying books are extraordinary additions to any Beatles collection and give families a fun way to learn more about the music â€“ and more about each other in the process.
Journalist Fred Mills shared his experience with blurt-online.com readers, acknowledging: â€œas luscious a piece of Beatles swag Box of Vision isâ€¦it took my young son to drive home one of the central reasons it exists in the first place. With a simple, â€˜Can we listen to some Beatles and look at that book tonight?â€™, he helped me recover, if just for a moment, the same sense of wonderment and awe I must have felt back in the days when I was buying Beatles records at the local five-and-dime and playing them to death on my battered old Magnavox drop-down record changer.â€
The 7,200-copy, limited first edition of The Beatles Box of Vision has already sold out but the second printing of The Beatles Box of Vision is ready to ship and can be purchased online at http://www.BoxOfVision.com
Jay-Z has his eleventh #1 album in a row. The Blueprint 3 sold 476,000 copies. The Beatles’ reissues combined to sell 626,000 copies. Abbey Road sold the best with 74,000 copies. Check out the rest of the top 10 below along with The Beatles figures
1. Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3 (476,000) BUY ON ITUNES, AMAZON MP3, CD
2. Miley Cyrus – The Time Of Our Lives (120,000) Go to Wal-Mart to buy it.
3. Whitney Houston – I Look To You (88,000) BUY ON ITUNES, AMAZON MP3, CD
4. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. 2 (68,000) BUY ON ITUNES, AMAZON MP3, CD
5. Brooks and Dunn – #1s … And Then Some (55,000) BUY ON ITUNES, AMAZON MP3, CD
6. Trey Songz – Ready (45,000) BUY ON ITUNES, AMAZON MP3, CD
7. Black Eyed Peas – The E.N.D. (44,000) BUY ON ITUNES, AMAZON MP3, CD
8. Boys Like Girls – Love Drunk (41,000) BUY ON ITUNES, AMAZON MP3, CD
9. Kings of Leon – Only By The Night (40,000) BUY ON ITUNES, AMAZON MP3, CD
10. Taylor Swift – Fearless (33,000) BUY ON ITUNES, AMAZON MP3, CD
15. The Beatles – The Beatles in Stereo Box Set (26,000) BUY THE BOX SET
20. The Beatles – The Beatles in Mono Box Set (12,000) BUY THE BOX SET
The Beatles reissues
Abbey Road (89,000) CD
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (74,000) CD
The White Album (60,000) CD
Rubber Soul (58,000) CD
Revolver (46,000) CD
Help! (39,000) CD
Let It Be (32,000) CD
Past Masters Vols. I and II (31,000) CD
Magical Mystery Tour (30,000) CD
A Hard Day’s Night (29,000) CD
The Beatles in Stereo Box Set (26,000) BUY THE BOX SET
Please Please Me (23,000) CD
With the Beatles (22,000) CD
Beatles For Sale (21,000) CD
Yellow Submarine (14,000) CD
The Beatles in Mono Box Set (12,000) BUY THE BOX SET
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Sept. 13) totaled 6.70 million units, up 7% compared to the sum last week (6.29 million) and down 2% compared to the same sales week of 2008 (6.84 million). Year to date album sales stand at 244.1 million, down 14% compared to the same total at this point last year (284.4 million).