MPL and Concord Music Group confirmed plans to reissue Wings albums Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound as the next releases in the Paul McCartney Archive collection on September 22nd (UK) and September 23rd (US), 2014.
Both albums will be available in a variety of physical and digital formats. Starting with a 2-CD Standard Edition, the first CD will feature the original remastered album and the second CD will include bonus audio made up of material including demos and unreleased tracks. The 3-disc (2-CD, 1-DVD) Deluxe Edition will be housed in a hardback book featuring unpublished photographs, new interviews with Paul, material from Paul’s archives and expanded track-by-track information. The deluxe edition bonus DVD will be comprised of filmed material from around the time of each release, some of which has never been seen before. The albums will also be available on special gatefold vinyl editions (vinyl editions include a download card). Digitally, Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound will be made available as both standard and deluxe versions – including Mastered for iTunes and Hi-Res formats.
Wings are one of the most successful acts the UK has ever produced, achieving no less than 14 US Top 10 hits and 12 Top 10 hits in the UK. Following 1973’s Band on the Run the mid ‘70s were a commercial heyday for Wings. Venus and Mars, the band’s fourth studio album was released in May 1975 ahead of the legendary Wings Over the World tour. Preceded by the US No. 1 single "Listen to What the Man Said," Venus and Mars hit the No. 1 spot in the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic and went on to sell over 4 million copies worldwide to date. At the Speed of Sound was recorded in the midst of the same tour and released in March 1976. In the US it enjoyed the same chart success as its predecessor. Including the international smash hit single "Silly Love Songs," the album went on to become Paul’s most successful American chart album spending seven consecutive weeks at No. 1. In the UK it charted at No. 2, narrowly missing out on the top spot. Sales to date exceed 3.5 million worldwide.
As with all the Archive Collection, Paul has personally supervised all aspects of the reissues. The remastering work was done at Abbey Road by the same team who has worked on all the reissues as well as the Beatles’ catalogue. Since launching the Paul McCartney Archive Collection in 2010 Paul has received two GRAMMY Awards for the releases. In 2012, he picked up Best Historical Album for Band on the Run, and this year Wings Over America picked up an award (Best Boxed or Special Edition Package) on the same night that Paul set a personal best by picking up five awards in just one night. In 2013, RAM was nominated for Best Historical Album.
Other titles released to date in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection are Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney II, RAM and Wings Over America.
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