Next McCartney reissues to be released this month
Steve Marinucci, Paul McCartney Examiner August 9, 2011
The next two Paul McCartney reissues are right around the corner -- Aug. 23, to be exact. Out on that date in newly remastered versions will be "Run Devil Run" and "Driving Rain," according to an informed source.
There will be no special or deluxe editions with these reissues. "Run Devil Run" will not include "Fabulous," the non-album track that was released on a CD single following the album's release.
"Run Devil Run," originally released in 1998, was a back-to-the-roots project for the former Beatle. The track list was made up of songs that he grew up with and influenced him. They included covers of Gene Vincent's "Blue Jean Bop", Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up" and "I Got Stung," Ricky Nelson's "Lonesome Town" and Chuck Berry's "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man." He also included three originals: "Run Devil Run," "What It Is" and "Try Not To Cry." Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour was among the band members playing on the album. To promote the album, he returned to the Cavern in Liverpool for a one-off live show. It was produced by Chris Thomas and McCartney.
The cover of Paul McCartney's "Run Devil Run" album.
Credits: Concord Music
"Driving Rain" was released in 2001, shortly after meeting Heather Mills, whom he later married. Several of the songs were inspired by her. The album also contains "Freedom," written about his experience on Sept. 11, 2001, when he witnessed the attack on the World Trade Center while on the runway at New York's Kennedy Airport. The story behind "Freedom" will be included in a Showtime documentary running in September. Musicians on this album include Abe Laboriel Jr. and Rusty Anderson from his current touring band, Eric Clapton and son James McCartney. The album was produced by David Kahne.
The two reissues are the fourth and fifth in a series of reissues of McCartney's complete catalog. "Band on the Run" was first in November, followed by "McCartney" and "McCartney II" in June.