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Solo McCartney back catalogue to be released digitally.

The press release has come out and EMI has spoken.  From the looks of it all, they are going to ride the PR buzz of a new McCartney album and release his entire solo back catalog.  I am not so much interested in downloading the beast, but I am jumping for joy that I can get the CD’s in a remastered format.  Maybe they will include some outtakes and those elusive B-sides that I never got my hands on.

The news is more symbolic than anything else and is the closest thing to getting the Beatles catalog online. I mean really…what people really want is the Beatles catalog on iTunes, not the Paul McCartney catalog, although it’s a nice afterthough. This announcement feels like nothing more that a bridge to that grail of all grails. Iit will be nice, and a relief, when the Beatles catalog is finally available sonically the way it was meant to be heard.  Although, let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth.  This is better than the alternative….nothing at all.

Here is the press release straight from EMI’s own mouth. 

Here’s what we’ve read. 

EMI Music has retained Paul McCartney’s solo catalogue and is preparing a comprehensive re-launch, including new digital campaigns as well as physical re-releases.  This means that, for the very first time, McCartney and Wings albums will be made available across all digital platforms – more details to be announced shortly.

This amazing catalogue stretches from Paul’s first solo album McCartney through his releases with Wings to his latest critically-acclaimed studio album Chaos And Creation In The Backyard. Within these albums lies a breathtaking list of singles including Band On The Run, My Love, Let ‘Em In, and Jet.

Tony Wadsworth, chairman & CEO, EMI Music UK said, “Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles catalogue, spanning four decades, is one of the great treasures of popular music. EMI is proud to be introducing Paul’s music to the digital marketplace.”

Paul McCartney recently received the Album of the Year award at the Classical Brit Awards for his classical album Ecce Cor Meum.

Paul McCartney releases his next studio album Memory Almost Full on 4th June 2007.

Source: EMI


2 Responses

  1. My dream would be that single versions (and 12″ singles too) of several songs would be on the remastered discs. For example, the 45 mixes of “Only Love Remains” and “It’s Not True” were so much better than the Press To Play album mixes.

  2. i agree with whom has written this news,i completely agree!!because,although it’s a good news,we’d like to listen even, but i think above all, The Beatles albums!not just Mccartney’s!!!Mccartney had a long background above all in The Beatles,and even if some songs are signed up by Lennon-Mccartney,they were just written by only Mccartney!so,why don’t put in this catologue some of his most big success written at the Beatles time that even if they belong to him,they are always Beatles songs?!it could be an idea…………..

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