Paul McCartney has announced plans to release an ‘Archived Collection’ for his Flowers in the Dirt, due in 2017. The original album is to be remastered and rereleased on CD, vinyl, and in a deluxe edition box set.
The deluxe edition is to include never before heard demos of songs recorded by McCartney with Elvis Costello, who collaborated with McCartney in the original release. The box set also promises a 32 page notebook of handwritten notes from McCartney, a 112 page book documenting the creation process of the album, a catalogue of Linda McCartney’s 1989 photo exhibition Flowers in the Dirt, as well as archival footage of the album’s creation.
McCartney in a press release said of the album “The demos are red hot off the skillet and that’s why we wanted to include them on this boxed set. What’s great about these songs is that they’ve just been written. So there’s nothing more hot off the skillet as I say. So that was the kind of great instant thing about them. I hadn’t listened to them in ages but when I did I knew we had to put them out. We made a little tape of them and sent them to Elvis, who loved them too. We said we should put out an EP or something and now the moment’s finally arrived.”
The reissue of Flowers in the Dirt is due March 24, 2017. McCartney’s most recent compilation, Pure McCartney was released this past June.