Unreleased collection of Paul McCartney demos available this spring
The collection of Flowers in the Dirt demos from McCartney and Elvis Costello will be released to commemorate Record Store Day on April 22.
The Hot Press Newsdesk
30 Mar 2017
In honour of Record Store Day this year, Capitol Records has opened the archives and dug up three demo tracks from Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello. This will be the first time these three songs: "I Don’t Want To Confess", "Shallow Grave" and "Mistress And Maid" will be available in their raw format, as they were when McCartney and Costello cut them to tape themselves.
As McCartney says about the demos himself, “The demos are red hot off the skillet and that’s why we wanted to include them on this boxed set. 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.”
The songs will be available in old-school cassette form at local record stores participating in Record Store Day. They will also be available in digital format, but only along with a purchase of the Deluxe Edition of Flowers in the Dirt, which will be the tenth release in the Grammy-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection.
Watch a preview video for the release below.