TVD Celebrates
the Paul McCartney Archive Collection:
Band on the Run

TVD is delighted to have been selected by the team behind the Paul McCartney Archive Collection to exclusively spotlight the meticulous work Paul has personally supervised with the reissue series from his back catalog—all newly remastered at Abbey Road Studios.

In the spirit of the season, the entire Paul McCartney Archive Collection to date, as well as 2012’s Kisses on the Bottom will be available to TVD readers through a series of special giveaways during the month of December, courtesy of Sir Paul and his team. We’ll be selecting five winners for each 180 gram vinyl reissue package.

We return to our giveaways this week with the very first remaster from the Archive Collection, 1973’s Band on the Run. 

Our friends at Popmatters noted in their 2010 review of the reissue, “The 2010 Band on the Run reissue is the first release in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, and the remastered sound is superb. The sound on the previous, 25th Anniversary, remaster was pretty good, but this is noticeably superior.

McCartney personally supervised the process, working with the same team who did the recent remastering of the Beatles’ catalog at Abbey Road…the sound is somehow deeper and rounder than on the 25th Anniversary Edition. Comparing the two side by side, there’s a slightly thin sound to some tracks on the previous discs, a sense of narrowness or confinement. There’s a greater depth to the Archive set, particularly to the bass lines, because this is McCartney, after all.”

Originally released in 1973, this was Paul McCartney & Wings’ most successful release. This Grammy Award winning album featured 3 Top 10 hits and reached the #1 position on Billboard’s Top Album Chart.

• Two disc 180 gram audiophile vinyl edition remastered at Abbey Road Studios
• Includes rare & previously unreleased tracks plus the smash single “Helen Wheels”
• Downloadable audio of the original album and bonus tracks included
• Collector’s poster included

Remastered Album:
Band on the Run
Mrs. Vandebilt
Let Me Roll It
No Words
Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five

Bonus Audio Tracks
Helen Wheels
Country Dreamer
Bluebird (from One Hand Clapping)
Jet (from One Hand Clapping)
Let Me Roll It (from One Hand Clapping)
Band on the Run (from One Hand Clapping)
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five (from One Hand Clapping)
Country Dreamer (from One Hand Clapping) Zoo Gang

Enter to win Band on the Run from the Paul McCartney Archive Collection by telling us in the comments below what this LP has meant to you over the years—briefly!—and why perhaps your well-worn LP could use a remastered upgrade.

Each contest among this special series will last a full calendar week. Five entrants with a North American mailing address will be selected on 12/26.

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  • Ashley

    This is my most favorite Paul McCartney album of all time. I love the sound. I love the story the music tells. It’s a beautiful and compelling concept album. I’d love to add this incredible piece of work to my vinyl collection.

  • TiaRaeeee

    I couldn’t bare to part with my favorite Paul McCartney record even after I stupidly scratched it. So I made it into a record bowl. I definitely need a new one.

  • bonoedgey

    Sir Paul was on fire with this bad boy.  I would love to replace my worn out album with this new one. Thanks again for having this contest for us fans VinylDistrict.

  • frontparlour

    Band on the Run as an LP is one of the many links back to my mother and her friends, and to her cousins too. I had plenty of background on the Beatles as a child, but with the help of so many family and friends – with Band on the Run as the album to seal the deal – I became convinced that Wings was every bit as good as the Beatles. Being able to hear Band on the Run on remastered vinyl would be the ultimate postcard by proxy from my family back to me, as I am 3,000 miles away from them all and will not be able to see them this Christmas.

  • xtianDC

    Another stellar entry in the Macca cannon…and one that seems to be finally getting its full due beyond the title track. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five is a monster track!

  • Mischievous

    This was the first album I purchased with my own money and I have owned it in 8-track, cassette, CD, SACD, but I would love it on vinyl now that I bought a player.

  • steveinlouisville

    I have the US Apple and the 25th anniversary vinyl copies of this.  Nineteen-Hundred-Eighty-Five has always been a favorite song since first spinning my father’s vinyl as a 8 or 9 year old, and the vinyl reminds me of my dad’s love for music.  Would love to get this new version on vinyl for the “One Hand Clapping” tracks!

  • yensidslr

    I truly grew up with the Beatles…I was 11 when they first arrived in NY and Beatlemania swept the US. Band On The Run was a turning point disc not only for Paul , but also for myself…I was taking on a family… moving out into a new world and opening new doors. He continues to be the music of my life…