“Tug of War” and “Pipes of Peace” archive collections announced

Thursday, July 30, 2015


On this day, the re-release of the “Tug Of War” and “Pipes Of Peace” albums, as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, was announced.

From paulmccartney.com, July 30, 2015:


Exclusive Bonus Features to Include 2015 Remixes of ‘Say Say Say’ and Entire Tug of War Album, Previously Unreleased Tracks & Demos, Never Before Seen Video Footage (Full tracklisting below…) 

MPL and the Concord Music Group are proud to announce two more landmark installments in the multiple GRAMMY-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection. On 2nd October, 2015, Paul’s early ‘80s back-to-back classics Tug of War and Pipes of Peace will receive lavish multiple configuration reissue treatment including exclusive 2015 remixes of both the entire Tug of War album and the Pipes of Peace classic collaboration with Michael Jackson ‘Say Say Say,’ a treasure trove of previously unreleased tracks and never before seen video, and much more.

Released in 1982, Tug of War  was Paul’s first album following the break-up of Wings and his third solo LP overall. Hailed upon its release as “exquisitely crafted” by The New York Times and a “masterpiece” by Rolling Stone, Tug of War  went to #1 in no less than nine countries. Tug of War yielded such classic tracks as Paul’s #1 duet with Stevie Wonder ‘Ebony and Ivory,’ the top 10 single ‘Take It Away,’ and of course ‘Here Today,’ the conversation Paul never had with the late John Lennon that remains a staple of Paul’s live set to this day. Pipes of Peace, Paul’s fourth solo album, followed in 1983 and continued Paul’s early ’80s run of platinum records.  Singles from Pipes of Peace included the title track and of course Paul and Michael Jackson’s timeless ‘Say Say Say,’ a multi-format global chart-topping smash continually cited as a landmark of that or any year–as recently as 2007, Vibe magazine rated ‘Say Say Say’ as one of the greatest duets of all time.
As with the GRAMMY-winning Band on the Run and Wings Over America Archive editions, Paul personally supervised all aspects of these releases and their various formats, which include:
Tug of War  will be issued as a 2-CD Special Edition comprised of the 2015 remix of the entire album, plus a second disc of bonus audio featuring eight previously unreleased demos of both album tracks and outtakes ‘Stop, You Don’t Know Where She Came From’ and ‘Something That Didn’t Happen,’ as well as demo and solo versions of ‘Ebony and Ivory’ and more. The Tug Of War 3-CD/1-DVD Deluxe Edition adds the original 1982 album mix and a DVD featuring original music videos for the album’s singles and the brand new 18-minute documentary ‘Fly TIA—Behind The Scenes on Take It Away’ featuring previously unseen archival footage. In keeping with the award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection standards, the Tug of War  Deluxe Edition will include a 112-page essay book and 64-page scrapbook, while the strictly limited run of 1000 Super Deluxe sets will arrive in a limited edition acrylic slipcase with five hand numbered prints of images from the Linda McCartney archive. 
The Pipes of Peace 2-CD Special Edition is made up of the original album plus a 9-track bonus disc with such exclusive gems as a 2015 remix of ‘Say Say Say’ by Spike Stent, unearthed demos of three album tracks and outtakes ‘It’s Not On’ and ‘Simple As That,’ the previously unreleased ‘Christian Bop’ and more. The 2-CD/1-DVD Pipes of Peace Deluxe Edition features a bonus video disc comprised of the original promo clips for all three of the album’s singles, plus previously unreleased clips from Paul’s film archives. The Deluxe configuration will also include a 112-page essay book and 64-page book that takes the reader behind the scenes on the ‘Pipes of Peace’ title track video shoot.
Both albums and their companion bonus audio discs will also be released as 2-LP 180-gram audiophile vinyl editions complete with gatefold sleeves and download cards. The newly remixed and mastered Tug of War and remastered Pipes of Peace will also receive standard and Hi Res digital releases, as well deluxe digital and Hi Res releases featuring all bonus audio.
Tug of War and Pipes of Peace are the newest installments in the acclaimed and ongoing Paul McCartney Archive Collection. The inaugural release in the series, the Deluxe Edition of Paul McCartney and Wings’ 1973 milestone Band on the Run, won the 2010 GRAMMY Award for Best Historical Album, while the Deluxe Edition Box Set of the 1976 classic live collection Wings Over America took the 2013 GRAMMY for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package. Previous releases in this ambitious reissue program encompassing 41 years of timeless material from the most successful songwriter and recording artist of all time include solo works McCartney and McCartney II, Paul and Linda McCartney’s RAM, and Wings’ Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound.


Tug of War
Disc 1: Remixed album

1    Tug of War (Remixed 2015) 
2    Take It Away (Remixed 2015) 
3    Somebody Who Cares (Remixed 2015) 
4    What’s That You’re Doing? (Remixed 2015)
5    Here Today (Remixed 2015)
6    Ballroom Dancing (Remixed 2015) 
7    The Pound Is Sinking (Remixed 2015) 
8    Wanderlust (Remixed 2015)
9    Get It (Remixed 2015) 
10    Be What You See (Link) (Remixed 2015) 
11    Dress Me Up As a Robber (Remixed 2015) 
12    Ebony and Ivory (Remixed 2015) 

Disc 2 – Original album

1    Tug of War 
2    Take It Away
3    Somebody Who Cares 
4    What’s That You’re Doing? 
5    Here Today
6    Ballroom Dancing 
7    The Pound Is Sinking 
8    Wanderlust
9    Get It 
10    Be What You See (Link) 
11    Dress Me Up As a Robber  
12    Ebony and Ivory 

Disc 3 – Bonus Audio

1    Stop, You Don’t Know Where She Came From [Demo] (previously unreleased)
2    Wanderlust [Demo] (previously unreleased) 
3    Ballroom Dancing [Demo] (previously unreleased) 
4    Take It Away [Demo] (previously unreleased)
5    The Pound Is Sinking [Demo] (2015 Remaster)
6    Something That Didn’t Happen [Demo] (previously unreleased) 
7    Ebony and Ivory [Demo] (previously unreleased)
8    Dress Me Up As a Robber/Robber Riff [Demo] (previously unreleased) 
9    Ebony and Ivory [Solo Version] (B-side of Ebony and Ivory 12” single)
10    Rainclouds (B-side of Ebony and Ivory 7” single)
11    I’ll Give You a Ring (B-side of Take It Away single) 

Disc 4 – Bonus Film

1    Tug of War Music Video (Version 1)
2    Tug of War Music Video (Version 2)
3    Take It Away Music Video
4    Ebony and Ivory Music Video
5    Fly TIA – Behind The Scenes on Take It Away (new 18 minute documentary using previously unreleased archive footage)

Pipes of Peace
Disc 1 – Remastered Album (Stereo)

1    Pipes of Peace
2    Say Say Say
3    The Other Me
4    Keep Under Cover
5    So Bad
6    The Man
7    Sweetest Little Show
8    Average Person
9    Hey Hey
10    Tug of Peace
11    Through Our Love

Disc 2 – Bonus Audio

1    Average Person [Demo] (previously unreleased)
2    Keep Under Cover [Demo] (previously unreleased)
3    Sweetest Little Show [Demo] (previously unreleased)
4    It’s Not On [Demo] (previously unreleased)
5    Simple As That [Demo] (previously unreleased)
6    Say Say Say [2015 Remix] (previously unreleased)
7    Ode to a Koala Bear (B-side of ‘Say Say Say’ single)
8    Twice in a Lifetime (bonus track from 1993 reissue)
9    Christian Bop (previously unreleased)

Disc 3 – DVD

1    Pipes of Peace Music Video
2    So Bad Music Video
3    Say Say Say Music Video
4    Hey Hey in Montserrat (previously unreleased home movie footage, 3mins)
5    Behind the Scenes at AIR Studios (previously unreleased 6 min edit)
6    The Man (previously unreleased home movie footage, 4mins)


Standard CD (2CD)
Deluxe CD/DVD (3CD/1DVD Box Set) + 112 page essay book and 64 page scrapbook
Super Deluxe CD/DVD (3CD/1DVD Box Set) + 112 page essay book and 64 page scrapbook + limited edition acrylic slipcase
Vinyl (2LP)

Standard Res – without Ebooklet
Standard Res – with Ebooklet
Mastered for iTunes – without Ebooklet
Hi-Res – 24but 96kHz – with Ebooklet – 

Standard Res (with or without Ebooklet)
Mastered for iTunes (with Ebooklet)
Hi-Res – 24but 96kHz (with Ebooklet)

Standard CD (2CD)
Deluxe CD/DVD (2CD/1DVD Box Set) + 112 page essay book and 64 page behind the scenes book about the music video for the song ‘Pipes in Peace’
Vinyl (2LP)

Standard Res – without Ebooklet
Standard Res – with Ebooklet
Mastered for iTunes – with Ebooklet
Hi-Res – 24but 96kHz – with Ebooklet 

Standard Res (with or without Ebooklet)
Mastered for iTunes (with Ebooklet)
Hi-Res – 24but 96kHz (with Ebooklet)


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