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McCartney Moves His Music Catalog to New Label

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  • By: Mike Kovacich

Re-packaging and Re-releasing Vintage McCartney Solo Material

Mike KovacichBy Mike Kovacich

When Paul McCartney parted ways with EMI in 2007 after a 45-year partnership and opted to release his new albums elsewhere, the existing vast catalog of solo material remained with EMI. That is no longer the case as McCartney has decided to end all ties with EMI and move his entire collection of solo material to a smaller label, One Little Indian, giving them the rights to repackage and rerelease some of his most prized records.

The London-based label last year released Electric Arguments, the third album from his experimental project The Fireman, a collaboration with producer YOUTH.

And the veteran rocker was so pleased with their work, he has allowed them to oversee the reissue of a selection of his studio recordings since going it alone in 1970. A source told the Sun: “Paul has been unimpressed with EMI for quite some time now.

 “He’s really enjoyed working with One Little Indian on his Fireman project, so didn’t think twice about giving them the responsibility of handling his solo catalogue too.”


Last Updated: 06/11/09 13:27

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by Fan of McCartney : Norwegian Wood June 13, 2009 3:15 PM EDT (Guest)  click to register
Just correcting myself here: And if they did NOT; Let`s say hi hi hi, etc ... Don`t want to be misunderstood. At least not more than neccesary. I`m not the best in writing English. But it`s fun too. Challenging. ; )
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by Fan of McCartney : Norwegian Wood June 13, 2009 11:30 AM EDT (Guest)  click to register
I don`t know what static means. In musical terms. On a master tape. Sounds to me like generic or something. But I have a static off. A brush, to wipe static and dust off my vinyl records. : ) I`m looking forward to those albums. I really do. I know people who don`t care for McCartney`s solo albums at all. Except for "Band on the Run" maybe. They think he was best in The Beatles. But I don`t agree. His solo-career has been going on for forty years and probably are more uneven, but hey, that`s life. I would love to meet a person who never did anything wrong through that amount of time. And if they did; let`s say hi hi hi to the most boring person on earth. : )McCartney can do it all. No limits. A musical genius. Ok, time to stop babbling to myself. : )
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by Lazarus_2 : Wollongong, Australia June 13, 2009 2:40 AM EDT (Guest)  click to register
Put back the static onto the albums, like the master tapes had... Static is musical..
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by Fan of original : Norwegian Wood June 12, 2009 9:25 AM EDT (Guest)  click to register
Yes. I totally agree with Paul. Keep things tidy. : )
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by Paul : Little Rock, AR, USA June 12, 2009 9:13 AM EDT (Guest)  click to register
I`d say re-release the original albums with (only) the original tracks, add two or three compilation albums to ensure that non-album tracks like "Junior`s Farm" and "Once Upon a Long Ago" are always available, and release a boxed set to include tracks, like "Country Dreamer" and "Tough on a Tightrope", which are primarily of interest to hard core fans.
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by Paul : Little Rock, AR, USA June 12, 2009 9:08 AM EDT (Guest)  click to register
I agree that the bonus tracks tend to destroy the flow of most albums. All of McCartney`s albums are musically and lyrically conceptual, generally structured with an introduction, several songs to develop the theme, and ending with a climax/finale. Tacking more tracks on the end, no matter how good, makes for an uneven listen. The original ten track Press to Play LP is among my favorites. But adding three session tracks onto the end for the CD issue seemed very counterproductive. The original CD release of the Beatles catalogue, with essentially unaltered (UK version) albums, plus the two Past Masters volumes was the best way to re-release their music.
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by Fan of original : Norwegian Wood June 11, 2009 8:29 PM EDT (Guest)  click to register
Save the bonus tracks for a box set. That`s my wish. The albums are good enough to stand on their own merits. There`s no need of extension. And some of them like "Back To The egg" and "Press To Play" are so diverse and varied musically, that songs added to the original LP versions, just makes them seem uneven and out of focus. Sometimes; less is more. But hey, that`s my opinion. : )
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by Fan of original conc : Norwegian Wood June 11, 2009 8:14 PM EDT (Guest)  click to register
If they do, I hope they put the b-sides and bonus tracks on a second disc. I`m not very fond of bonus tracks as a part of the original abum. It ruins the autencity. When Bowie released his entire catalog in 1999, he dumped the bonus tracks from the earlier releases and that made me very happy. In the early 2000`s he released some anniversary editions of some of his albums and made a second disc with demo version, b-sides and obscure stuff. That made me very happy too. : )
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by Robert Woelfel : Fort Myers, Florida June 11, 2009 6:08 PM EDT (Guest)  click to register
It`ll be great to see these classic albums get the treatment they deserve. Let`s hope they`ll include all the obscure b-sides as bonus tracks.
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by Kenny Mann : Hendersonville, USA June 11, 2009 2:17 PM EDT (Guest)  click to register
This is good news, and I hope Paul comes to Nashville, Tennessee on tour soon. This city would go crazy for a Beatle to perform here.
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The London-based label released released Electric Arguments, the third album from his experimental project The Fireman, a collaboration with producer YOUTH, last year.