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Paul McCartney Announces Expanded Reissue of ‘Flowers in the Dirt’

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Paul McCartney has announced an expanded reissue of Flowers in the Dirt, the 1989 album that featured songwriting collaborations with Elvis Costello that went to No. 1 in the U.K.

This newly remastered version, due on March 24, will be available in several formats, including two-CD, two-LP and a three-CD/DVD deluxe edition that features previously unreleased demos, unseen archival video, a notebook of McCartney’s handwritten lyrics and notes, unpublished images from Linda McCartney and a 112-page hardcover book documenting the making of the album. The deluxe edition also includes digital downloads of a trio of unheard cassette demos. A complete track listing of this edition’s extras is below.

“The demos are red-hot off the skillet and that’s why we wanted to include them on this boxed set,” McCartney said in a press release. “What’s great about these songs is that they’ve just been written. So, there’s nothing more hot off the skillet, as I say. So, that was the kind of great instant thing about them. I hadn’t listened to them in ages, but when I did I knew we had to put them out. We made a little tape of them and sent them to Elvis, who loved them too. We said we should put out an EP or something, and now the moment’s finally arrived.”

Costello contributed to a third of the album, including the No. 25 U.S. hit “My Brave Face.” David Gilmour guested on “We Got Married,” while former Beatles producer George Martin added strings to “Put It There.” Flowers in the Dirt is the 10th installment in McCartney’s Grammy-winning Archive Collection.

Paul McCartney, ‘Flowers in the Dirt: Deluxe Edition’ Bonus Tracks
DISC 2 (original demos):
“The Lovers That Never Were”
“Tommy’s Coming Home”
“Twenty Fine Fingers”
“So Like Candy”
“You Want Her Too”
“That Day Is Done”
“Don’t Be Careless Love”
“My Brave Face”
“Playboy to a Man”

DISC 3 (1988 demos):
“The Lovers That Never Were”
“Tommy’s Coming Home”
“Twenty Fine Fingers”
“So Like Candy”
“You Want Her Too”
“That Day Is Done”
“Don’t Be Careless Love”
“My Brave Face”
“Playboy to a Man”

DVD (music videos):
“My Brave Face”
“My Brave Face” (Version 2)
“This One” (Version 1)
“This One” (Version 2)
“Figure Of Eight”
“Party Party”
“Où Est Le Soleil?”
“Put It There”
“We Got Married”
Documentary: “Creating Flowers in the Dirt”
Documentary: “Put It There”

DOWNLOAD ONLY (Original B-sides, remixes and single edits):
“Back on My Feet”
“Flying to My Home”
“The First Stone”
“Good Sign”
“This One” (Club Lovejoys Mix)
“Figure of Eight” (12” Bob Clearmountain Mix)
“Loveliest Thing”
“Où Est Le Soleil?” (12” Mix)
“Où Est Le Soleil?” (Tub Dub Mix)
“Où Est Le Soleil?” (7” Mix)
“Où Est Le Soleil?” (Instrumental)
“Party Party” (Original Mix)
“Party Party” (Club Mix)
“I Don’t Want to Confess” (Cassette Demo)
“Shallow Grave” (Cassette Demo)
“Mistress and Maid” (Cassette Demo)

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