Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Paul McCartney has reached an agreement to reissue his post-Beatles catalog (solo, and with Wings) through Concord Music Group. The arrangement signals McCartney’s departure from his struggling former label, EMI. The new agreement does not affect EMI’s business relationship with the Beatles.
The first reissue under the Concord imprint will be Wings’ classic 1973 album, Band on the Run. The remastered disc, scheduled to hit stores in August, will feature enhanced packaging and rare bonus tracks. According to ConcordMusicGroup.com, fans “can expect both physical and digital distribution of gems from solo offerings like McCartney, Ram, Pipes of Peace, Give My Regards to Broad Street, and Flaming Pie, as well as Wings landmarks such as Wildlife and Red Rose Speedway. In addition, the re-releases will include stuff done under McCartney's pseudonyms: Percy ‘Thrills’ Thrillington, The Fireman and Twin Freaks.”
McCartney’s 2007 album, Memory Almost Full, and his 2009 CD/DVD, Good Evening New York City, were both distributed under Concord’s Hear Music imprint.
In a statement, McCartney said: “"Since the release of Memory Almost Full in 2007, I've had a good working relationship with Concord and enjoyed our mutual love of music. I'm looking forward to continuing this relationship with the new catalog campaign. I'm always looking for new ways and opportunities to get my music to people, and Concord shares this passion."