I am very excited about these releases and look forward to experiencing them all...
This Spring sees another chapter unfold in the life of Wings, the UK rock group formed by Paul McCartney after the break-up of The Beatles – and one of the most successful bands the UK has ever produced.
Wings Over America - the successful live album which documented the band’s triumphant 1976 tour across North America - will be reissued in various formats on May 27.
The four book, four disc (3CD, 1DVD) Deluxe Edition Box Set includes the two-disc Wings Over America album remastered at Abbey Road, a bonus audio disc recorded live at San Francisco’s Cow Palace, a bonus DVD containing the rarely seen 75-minute television special “Wings over the World’’ and photo gallery montage entitled “Photographer’s Pass.”
There are also four art books packaged with exclusive memorabilia, souvenirs, mementos, keepsakes and never-before-seen photos and art work from the tour. The 110-page commemorative tour book recounts the behind-the-scenes drama through dozens of live performances and backstage photos along with new interviews and liner notes from music journalist David Fricke.
The Wings Over America leatherette-bound “Tour Itinerary” contains memorabilia including printed 8x10 glossy band photos, a backstage guest pass, facsimiles of the invitation to the infamous end-of-tour party at the Harold Lloyd Estate in Beverly Hills along with Wings over America concert tickets, original album art work, tour posters, set lists, lyrics, press materials and much more.
“Look,” the box set’s book of Linda McCartney photography, features Paul and the band in their everyday life as they made their way across the country in the spring of ’76. Lastly, the set contains “The Ocean View,” a hardbound compendium of drawings and sketches by artist Humphrey Ocean that captures the band on tour.
The Wings Over America reissue (Hear Music/Concord) follows the re-release of Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney II and RAM for the Paul McCartney Archive Collection. To this point, the celebrated series, personally supervised by Paul, has been honored with the Best Historical Album GRAMMY Award for Band on the Run and most recently a Best Historical GRAMMY nomination for RAM
Released in early December 1976, Wings Over America was platinum by Christmas and #1 on Billboard's album chart by the third week of January. The famous live version of “Maybe I’m Amazed,” issued as a single in February 1977 (the studio version from McCartney, an FM-radio hit in 1970, was never available on 45) went Top Ten on Billboard’s singles chart and has since become one of Paul McCartney’s most beloved songs
Rockshow - the live concert film shot in 1975-76 on the Wings Over the World tour - will be released by Eagle Rock for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray on June 10.
Filmed at the Kingdome in Seattle, Rockshow was originally am edited version of the concert and did not premiere until November 1980 in New York and April 1981 in London. It was originally released on Betamax (later on laserdisc), but now the complete full-length concert is finally being made available, fully restored from the original 35mm film and with restored and remastered sound, including a 5.1 mix for the first time.
Eagle Rock and distributor Specticast will release the film theatrically worldwide, “one night only” on May 15 (for more details: rockshowonscreen.com). The film will be shown in more than 500 cinemas across the world. The theatrical release features an exclusive introduction by Paul McCartney. An exclusive VIP premiere screening of Rockshow, with McCartney in attendance and introducing the film, happens at BAFTA on May 15 in London.