Paul McCartney & Concord Music partnership to reissue back catalogue

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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MPL Communications and Concord Music announced a new partnership to globally market and distribute Paul McCartney’s solo and Wings catalogue. The first effort of this partnership would be the re-release of “Band On The Run” in November 2010.

Paul McCartney had previously worked with Concord Music on his 2007 album “Memory Almost Full” and his live album “Good Evening New York City“.

This partnership ends the business relationship with EMI, which had owned the rights to most of McCartney’s music till February 2010.

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 catalogue campaign. I’m always looking for new ways and opportunities to get my music to people and Concord share this passion.

Paul McCartney

From BusinessWire, April 20, 2010:

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Paul McCartney’s MPL and Concord Music Group, one of the world’s leading independent music companies today announced an historic agreement to globally market and distribute McCartney’s venerated solo and Wings catalog, which encompass 40 years of cherished, classic material from the most successful songwriter and recording artist in music history. Indeed, the music legend has sold an astonishing 100 million solo singles and 700 million albums world-wide in his unparalleled career. The announcement coincides with the 40th anniversary of McCartney, his fabled first solo album released April, 1970.

This exclusive global arrangement, will cover both physical and digital distribution of McCartney’s treasured post Beatles catalog including landmark solo albums such as McCartneyRamMcCartney IITug Of WarPipes of PeaceGive My Regards To Broad StreetPress To PlayFlowers in the DirtOff the GroundFlaming PieDriving RainChaos and Creation in the BackyardMemory Almost Full, and Good Evening New York City. The classic Wings albums include WildlifeRed Rose SpeedwayBand On The RunVenus and MarsWings At The Speed of SoundWings Over AmericaLondon Town and Back To The Egg. The catalog also includes the inventive, highly regarded albums recorded under the McCartney pseudonyms Percy “Thrills” Thrillington, The Fireman and Twin Freaks.

The indispensible and remarkably enduring collection of songs represented in McCartney’s post 1970 collected works include the gems “Maybe I’m Amazed”, “Another Day”, “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”, “My Love”, “Live & Let Die”, “Band On The Run”, “Jet”, “Listen To What The Man Said”, “Silly Love Songs”, “Let ‘Em In”, “With A Little Luck”, “Mull Of Kintyre”, “Coming Up”, “Ebony and Ivory”, “Say Say Say”, “No More Lonely Nights”, “My Brave Face”, “Hope Of Deliverance”, “Fine Line”, and “Dance Tonight” among many others.

McCartney fans can look forward to an ambitious and rewarding reissue program beginning in August of 2010 with Band On The Run; Paul McCartney & Wings’ classic #1 album from 1973 that spawned the immortal title song as well as the smash hit “Jet”. It will be available in a variety of configurations, including a special collector’s multi-disc edition with remastered audio, enhanced packaging and rare bonus content.

In 2007 Concord Records and Starbucks partnered to form Hear Music whose inaugural release was Paul McCartney’s highly successful, critically acclaimed album Memory Almost Full. The McCartney-Concord relationship has since blossomed to include the 2009 release of McCartney’s historic multi-disc live CD/DVD Good Evening New York City and now this landmark multi-year global marketing and distribution partnership.

“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,” stated McCartney. “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 share this passion.”

“Working with Paul McCartney, the MPL team and this tremendous catalog is an unbelievable honor,” stated Glen Barros, Concord Music Group President and CEO. “To so many of us here at Concord and to millions of people all over the world, Paul’s music has formed a big part of ‘life’s soundtrack’. So to now be a part of representing this amazing body of work is nothing short of a dream come true.”

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