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
Band on the Run
Let Me Roll It
Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
Bonus Audio Tracks
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.