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Paul McCartney to Reissue 4 Albums this Month

Paul McCartney will release four reissues of previous albums on May 18 via MPL Capitol. Thrillington, Chaos and Creation in The Backyard, NEW, and Wings Greatest will be released on CD and vinyl. Limited edition, color-coded vinyl pressings will also be available for collectors. Each vinyl LP will be accompanied by a download card.


Ultimate Classic Rock asserts that Thrillington is likely be the most popular among CD and vinyl collectors because of its backstory. In 1971, McCartney made a lounge-jazz instrumental of his LP Ram. He used the pen name Percy “Thrills” Thrillington, and wrote a story in the liner notes about a UK-based socialite who became friends with himself. Rumors circulated that Thrillington was actually McCartney. He later admitted it was him in 1989.

Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

Chaos and Creation in the Backyard is the 13th solo album made by McCartney. The album is notable for McCartney playing multiple instruments, similar to his 1970 self-titled album McCartney and the 1980 McCartney II album. Chaos and Creation in the Backyard features “Fine Line” and “Jenny Wren,” which helped the album debut at no. 6 in the Billboard chart.

Chaos and Creation in the Backyard materialized thanks to the help of producer Nigel Godrich, who is most famous for his work with Radiohead and Beck. McCartney acknowledges Godrich in an interview, stating that the producer played a huge role in the album’s direction.

“He wanted to keep it really simple, really straight, really direct and very me,” McCartney said. “Instead of ‘let’s get modern; let’s get gimmicky’ or ‘let’s do this because it’s the latest groove”.

Paul McCartney at Amway Center in Orlando

NEW was praised by Rolling Stone as “energized and full of joyous rock & roll invention.” McCartney’s musicianship is ever-present in NEW. The album featured McCartney for what he is, a singer and multi-instrumentalist, which John Lennon acknowledged when he was alive.

“Paul was one of the most innovative bass players that ever played bass, and half the stuff that’s going on now is directly ripped off from his Beatles period,” said John Lennon in 1980. “…he is a great musician who plays the bass like few other people could play it.”

McCartney wrote some of the most iconic and important songs of the 20th century. “Yesterday” has been played by over 2,000 artists making it one of the most covered songs in the history of music. Lottoland states that “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”, which McCartney co-wrote with Lennon, helped start the musical revolution of the 60s. Bob Dylan was particularly impressed with “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”, saying that “(The Beatles) were doing things nobody was doing. Their chords were outrageous, just outrageous, and their harmonies made it all valid.” Yet McCartney is still full of fresh ideas, and NEW is proof that he can still be as influential as he was when he wrote “Yesterday” and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”.

Wings Greatest

In 1978, McCartney compiled an album called Wings Greatest. Four of the 12 tracks that made this compilation, including “Another Day”, “Junior’s Farm”, “Hi, Hi, Hi” and “Mull of Kintyre” were extra tracks added for the reissue.

McCartney and the Wings were able to produce many hits in the late 70s, but he kept the album down to a single disc for commercial reasons. Several hit singles were not included in the Wings Greatest. Not a single song was selected from 1975’s Venus and Mars including Billboard chart number 1 “Listen to What the Man Said”. Wings Greatest is noted for being McCartney’s first official retrospective release after The Beatles split.

For McCartney fans these albums are essential collectors items. McCartney continues to perform and tour the world and shows no sign of letting up. In 2013, we reported on his “spectacular” Out There concert tour. While there are no tour dates set for 2018 yet, it won’t be long before he is back on stage.

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