Paul McCartney’s ‘Flowers In the Dirt’ Reissue to Feature Unreleased Elvis Costello Collaborations

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Paul McCartney revealed that Flowers in the Dirt, his 1989 album featuring several songs Elvis Costello co-wrote and one track he shared vocals with McCartney on, will be reissued in the United States on March 24, 2017. The release will be the first under his new pact with Capitol Records, announced in August.

The reissue, which the label said was personally supervised by Paul McCartney, will include a wealth of previously unheard demos and be available in a 2-CD special edition, on vinyl over 2 LPs and a deluxe edition with 3 CDs and a DVD plus books. Digital downloads will be made available of all tracks.

The deluxe edition will include the 13-track album remastered at Abbey Road Studios and two added discs with 18 bonus tracks of previously unreleased demos, both the original and 1988 demo versions done by McCartney and Elvis Costello for the album of “The Lovers That Never Were,” “Tommy’s Coming Home,” “Twenty Five Fingers,” “So Like Candy,” “You Want Her Too,” “That Day Is Done,” “Don’t Be Careless Love,” “My Brave Face” and “Playboy to a Man.” The reissue announcement was highly anticipated because McCartney and Costello co-wrote “My Brave Face” (his last top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 until his Kanye West collaboration, “Only One,” charted in 2015), “You Want Her Too,” “Don’t Be Careless Love” and “That Day Is Done” on the original album.

“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 statement released today. “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.”

McCartney said that Costello had also suggested he play his original Hofner bass for the sessions. He termed that “unusual because I had sort of parked it. I had thought I had outgrown it. I started playing it again and never really looked back. It’s great that Elvis encouraged me to take it out.”

An additional 16 tracks will be available only through download. These will include singles B-sides, club remixes of songs such as “This One,” “Ou Est Le Soleil?” and “Party Party” and cassette demos for “I Don’t Want to Confess,” “Shallow Grave” and Mistress and Maid.”

The DVD in the deluxe edition will feature all of the music videos from the album, the Put it There documentary and three newly edited pieces of unseen archive material. Also included will be a 112 page essay book on the making of the album, a 32-page notebook of McCartney’s handwritten lyrics and notes, a 64-page book of photos with the images from the music videos for “This One,” and a 32-page catalog from Linda McCartney’s Flowers in the Dirt London exhibition from 1989.

Flowers In the Dirt Track Listings

SPECIAL EDITION (3CD/1DVD)

DISC 1:

1. My Brave Face (2017 Remaster)

2. Rough Ride (2017 Remaster)

3. You Want Her Too (2017 Remaster)

4. Distractions (2017 Remaster)

5. We Got Married (2017 Remaster)

6. Put It There (2017 Remaster)

7. Figure Of Eight (2017 Remaster)

8. This One (2017 Remaster)

9. Don’t Be Careless Love (2017 Remaster)

10. That Day Is Done (2017 Remaster)

11. How Many People (2017 Remaster)

12. Motor Of Love (2017 Remaster)

13. Où Est Le Soleil? (2017 Remaster)

DISC 2:

1. The Lovers That Never Were (Original Demo)

2. Tommy’s Coming Home (Original Demo)

3. Twenty Fine Fingers (Original Demo)

4. So Like Candy (Original Demo)

5. You Want Her Too (Original Demo)

6. That Day Is Done (Original Demo)

7. Don’t Be Careless Love (Original Demo)

8. My Brave Face (Original Demo)

9. Playboy To A Man (Original Demo)

DISC 3:

1. The Lovers That Never Were (1988 Demo)

2. Tommy’s Coming Home (1988 Demo)

3. Twenty Fine Fingers (1988 Demo)

4. So Like Candy (1988 Demo)

5. You Want Her Too (1988 Demo)

6. That Day Is Done (1988 Demo)

7. Don’t Be Careless Love (1988 Demo)

8. My Brave Face (1988 Demo)

9. Playboy To A Man (1988 Demo)

DVD

Music Videos:

1. My Brave Face

2. My Brave Face (Version 2)

3. This One (Version 1)

4. This One (Version 2)

5. Figure Of Eight

6. Party Party

7. Où Est Le Soleil?

8. Put It There

9. Distractions

10. We Got Married

Creating Flowers in the Dirt:

1. Paul And Elvis

2. Buds In The Studio

3. The Making Of ‘This One’

(The Dean Chamberlain One)

Put it There:

1. Put It There Documentary

DOWNLOAD ONLY:

Original B-sides, remixes and single edits:

1. Back On My Feet

2. Flying To My Home

3. The First Stone

4. Good Sign

5. This One (Club Lovejoys Mix)

6. Figure Of Eight (12” Bob Clearmountain Mix)

7. Loveliest Thing

8. Où Est Le Soleil? (12” Mix)

9. Où Est Le Soleil? (Tub Dub Mix)

10. Où Est Le Soleil? (7” Mix)

11. Où Est Le Soleil? (Instrumental)

12. Party Party (Original Mix)

13. Party Party (Club Mix)

Cassette demos:

1. I Don’t Want To Confess

2. Shallow Grave

3. Mistress And Maid

SPECIAL EDITION (2CD)

DISC 1:

1. My Brave Face (2017 Remaster)

2. Rough Ride (2017 Remaster)

3. You Want Her Too (2017 Remaster)

4. Distractions (2017 Remaster)

5. We Got Married (2017 Remaster)

6. Put It There (2017 Remaster)

7. Figure Of Eight (2017 Remaster)

8. This One (2017 Remaster)

9. Don’t Be Careless Love (2017 Remaster)

10. That Day Is Done (2017 Remaster)

11. How Many People (2017 Remaster)

12. Motor Of Love (2017 Remaster)

13. Où Est Le Soleil? (2017 Remaster)

DISC 2:

1. The Lovers That Never Were (Original Demo)

2. Tommy’s Coming Home (Original Demo)

3. Twenty Fine Fingers (Original Demo)

4. So Like Candy (Original Demo)

5. You Want Her Too (Original Demo)

6. That Day Is Done (Original Demo)

7. Don’t Be Careless Love (Original Demo)

8. My Brave Face (Original Demo)

9. Playboy To A Man (Original Demo)

VINYL (2LP)

Side 1:

1. My Brave Face (2017 Remaster)

2. Rough Ride (2017 Remaster)

3. You Want Her Too (2017 Remaster)

4. Distractions (2017 Remaster)

5. We Got Married (2017 Remaster)

6. Put It There (2017 Remaster)

7. Figure Of Eight (2017 Remaster)

8. This One (2017 Remaster)

9. Don’t Be Careless Love (2017 Remaster)

10. That Day Is Done (2017 Remaster)

11. How Many People (2017 Remaster)

12. Motor Of Love (2017 Remaster)

13. Où Est Le Soleil? (2017 Remaster) (**not on vinyl, this track will be available with the accompanying digital download).

Side 2:

1. The Lovers That Never Were (Original Demo)

2. Tommy’s Coming Home (Original Demo)

3. Twenty Fine Fingers (Original Demo)

4. So Like Candy (Original Demo)

5. You Want Her Too (Original Demo)

6. That Day Is Done (Original Demo)

7. Don’t Be Careless Love (Original Demo)

8. My Brave Face (Original Demo)

9. Playboy To A Man (Original Demo)

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