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McCartney Catalog To Be Reissued by Concord Music Group

Paul McCartney Partners with Concord Music Group for Exclusive Global Marketing and Distribution of Revered Solo and Wings Catalog
 
Multi-album rollout begins with August release of ‘73’s classic Band On The Run featuring remastered audio, enhanced packaging and rare bonus content
 

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - (Business Wire) Paul McCartney’s MPL and Concord Music Group, one of the world’s leading independent music companies today announced an historic agreement to globally market and distribute McCartney’s venerated solo and Wings catalog, which encompass 40 years of cherished, classic material from the most successful songwriter and recording artist in music history. Indeed, the music legend has sold an astonishing 100 million solo singles and 700 million albums world-wide in his unparalleled career. The announcement coincides with the 40th anniversary of McCartney, his fabled first solo album released April, 1970.

This exclusive global arrangement, will cover both physical and digital distribution of McCartney’s treasured post Beatles catalog including landmark solo albums such as McCartney, Ram, McCartney II, Tug Of War, Pipes of Peace, Give My Regards To Broad Street, Press To Play, Flowers in the Dirt, Off the Ground, Flaming Pie, Driving Rain, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Memory Almost Full, and Good Evening New York City. The classic Wings albums include Wildlife, Red Rose Speedway, Band On The Run, Venus and Mars, Wings At The Speed of Sound, Wings Over America, London Town and Back To The Egg. The catalog also includes the inventive, highly regarded albums recorded under the McCartney pseudonyms Percy “Thrills” Thrillington, The Fireman and Twin Freaks.

The indispensible and remarkably enduring collection of songs represented in McCartney’s post 1970 collected works include the gems “Maybe I’m Amazed”, “Another Day”, “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”, “My Love”, “Live & Let Die”, “Band On The Run”, “Jet”, “Listen To What The Man Said”, “Silly Love Songs”, “Let ‘Em In”, “With A Little Luck”, “Mull Of Kintyre”, “Coming Up”, “Ebony and Ivory”, “Say Say Say”, “No More Lonely Nights”, “My Brave Face”, “Hope Of Deliverance”, “Fine Line”, and “Dance Tonight” among many others.

McCartney fans can look forward to an ambitious and rewarding reissue program beginning in August of 2010 with Band On The Run; Paul McCartney & Wings’ classic #1 album from 1973 that spawned the immortal title song as well as the smash hit “Jet”. It will be available in a variety of configurations, including a special collector’s multi-disc edition with remastered audio, enhanced packaging and rare bonus content.

In 2007 Concord Records and Starbucks partnered to form Hear Music whose inaugural release was Paul McCartney’s highly successful, critically acclaimed album Memory Almost Full. The McCartney-Concord relationship has since blossomed to include the 2009 release of McCartney’s historic multi-disc live CD/DVD Good Evening New York City and now this landmark multi-year global marketing and distribution partnership.

"Since the release of Memory Almost Full in 2007 I have had a good working relationship with Concord and enjoyed our mutual love of music,” stated McCartney. “I'm looking forward to continuing this relationship with the new catalog campaign. I'm always looking for new ways and opportunities to get my music to people and Concord share this passion."

“Working with Paul McCartney, the MPL team and this tremendous catalog is an unbelievable honor,” stated Glen Barros, Concord Music Group President and CEO. “To so many of us here at Concord and to millions of people all over the world, Paul’s music has formed a big part of ‘life’s soundtrack’. So to now be a part of representing this amazing body of work is nothing short of a dream come true.”

About Concord Music Group:

Concord Music Group is one of the largest independent record and music publishing companies in the world and owner of a rich and historically significant catalog of recordings. Concord Music Group’s legendary family of labels includes Concord Records, Concord Jazz, Fantasy, Stax, Milestone, Riverside, Specialty, Telarc, Peak, Heads Up, Prestige and most recent acquisition, famed American roots label Rounder Records, further strengthening Concord’s independent leadership position. They include titles from some of the most admired and enduring names in music, including Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, Rosemary Clooney, George Shearing and Mel Torme. The group’s current roster of world-class artists includes: Alison Krauss, Chick Corea, Kurt Elling, Robert Plant, Christian Scott, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sergio Mendes, Béla Fleck, Alejandro Escovedo, Esperanza Spalding, Macy Gray and Angie Stone. In 2007, Concord partnered with Starbucks Entertainment to form Hear Music, an innovative record label rooted in quality, authenticity and passion. Hear Music works directly with artists, both emerging and established, to bring quality music to the widest possible audience, in both Starbucks locations and traditional music retailers worldwide. Hear Music has released records from Paul McCartney, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello and Playing For Change.

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by Karen Cooley : Knoxville TN USA November 28, 2010 7:12 PM EST (Guest)  click to register
I`d give anything to find my lost cassettes of Back to the Egg, Londontown, Venus & Mars, Red Rose Speedway - quality doesn`t matter, I miss the songs! Amazon & Ebay have them but they are, to me, outrageously expensive. We do have a used CD store where I got his 1st album McCartney in perfect condition for 92 cents, Ram $6.95, Wing Span $12. It is very exciting to hear the Wings catalog will be available again. The only way I`d pay Amazon`s prices is if Paul came to my living room. I have a sinking feeling the new catalog will still be beyond my means. But it is great news, and we all hope for the best.
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by grimjim : gothenburg/sweden April 29, 2010 4:30 AM EDT (Guest)  click to register
I can´t wait to hear a remaster of Wings Over America! It´s been over 20 years since that cd came out and by todays standards it sounds awful. My wish is for the albums to come out in digipack with one cd - remixed and remastered and the other cd filled with unreleased stuff and liveshows. Think about a WIld Life cd with new sparkling sound and a whole 1972 liveshow as a bonusdisc! :D
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by Nowhere Fan : Norwegian Wood April 28, 2010 1:25 PM EDT (Guest)  click to register
It seems to me more like some business decision rather than any musical one. McCartney is looking for new ways to sell records. I`m not too fond of it personally. I lost my job in a record store some years ago because the store had to close down. With big artists like McCartney, moving away from the record store to sell more records elsewhere, it doens`t make it easier for the good old record shop to survive. I`m not very fond of bying records at gas stations and coffee shops. I like to go to a place where people sell records because they are interested in music and like to chat about it. Well, well, those days are numbered. I`m sorry to say. : )
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by Jeff : Suffolk April 24, 2010 10:54 AM EDT (Guest)  click to register
It`s not a matter of whether Capitol/EMI let McCartney go. Unless there is some juicy back office contractual gossip, he simply left the company. It`s like having a fling to test the waters and liking it and eventually leaving your spouse. The irony is that although EMI is in financial trouble their chart action in the US especially has been better than it has been in years and there are doing it with a smaller staff, uncertainty and under crushing debt. I think McCartney took the caffeinated plunge in 2007 with Starbucks/Concord when the demise of a leading record retainer, Tower, went out of business. Whether this had been brewing for sometime or this simply pushed him into bolting is only something McCartney knows. Starbucks it seems provided a brick and mortar place to buy physical product. I’m not sure how often artists really think these things out. For example when AC/DC released their Black Ice CD exclusively through WalMarts saying the only big cities like NYC had r
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by Daniel Sinclair : Strongsville / United States April 22, 2010 1:56 PM EDT (Guest)  click to register
I would love to hear Venus and Mars with a proper remix or the very least a good remaster. I was never satisfied with the sound quality to an otherwise great album
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Paul McCartney Partners with Concord Music Group for Exclusive Global Marketing and Distribution of Revered Solo and Wings Catalog Multi-album rollout begins with August release of ‘73’s classic Band On The Run featuring remastered audio, enhanced packaging and rare bonus content