Paul McCartney publicly announced the release of the reissues of his “Tug of War” and “Pipes of Peace” albums on July 30 by Concord Music. But as of July 31, because of an unexplained delay in listing the necessary links widely online, fans who want to order them have had to delay their plans. They are available through McCartney’s website but just about nowhere else. You can see all those various configurations in the slideshow on this page.
What’s widely available of this writing are standard resolution digital downloads of the two Special Edition sets on Amazon and iTunes. The 23-track CD of “Tug of War,” on both Amazon and iTunes, combines the original 12-track “Tug of War” album that has been newly remixed for the reissue and the 11 unreleased bonus tracks. The bonus tracks include several demos, including those for “Ballroom Dancing,” “The Pound Is Sinking,” “Something That Didn’t Happen,” “Dress Me Up As a Robber/Robber Riff,” “Take It Away,” “Wanderlust” and “Stop, You Don’t Know Where She Came From.” Also included are three songs released only on singles: “Rainclouds,” “I’ll Give You a Ring” and the solo version of “Ebony and Ivory.”
The 20-track digital “Pipes of Peace” features the 11-track original album in remastered form, plus 10 unreleased demos and tracks, such as “Average Person (demo),” “Sweetest Little Show (demo),” “It’s Not On (demo)” “Simple As That (demo)” and “Keep Under Cover (demo). Also featured are remixes of a couple of singles tracks, including “Say Say Say” with Michael Jackson, plus the unreleased “Christian Bop.” A digital booklet comes with ordering each full CD.
Pre-orders for individual digital downloads for any of the tracks on “Tug of War” and “Pipes of Peace” packages are also available. If you can’t wait, the individual title tracks “Tug of War” (remixed) and “Pipes of Peace” (remastered) can be purchased right now in advance of their respective albums for $1.29 each on both services. They can be bought individually or they come with pre-order of the Special Edition albums.
Pre-orders of the other announced configurations, which you can see in the slideshow, should be available shortly. “Tug Of War” is getting lots of TLC. It will be available in a Special Edition double CD, a Deluxe Edition that will have three CDs and one DVD, a 112-page essay book and a 64-page scrapbook, and a Super Deluxe Edition with everything from the Deluxe Edition housed in a acrylic slipcase with five 8×10 inch hand-numbered Linda McCartney photo prints. A vinyl version will come with an mp3 download card. The limited edition Super Deluxe pre-order link on McCartney’s website for $149.98 already shows it’s out of stock one day after the announcement. The deluxe “Tug of War” and “Pipes of Peace” are shown for $64.98, though they should be cheaper with more dealers listing them.
“Pipes of Peace,” meanwhile, will also include a Special Edition two-CD set, a Deluxe with two CDs and one DVD, and two-LP vinyl (with downloads). And digital downloads for both albums will be available in both standard and high definition.
Links for the “Tug of War” reissue popped up quietly on Amazon a few days before the official announcement. But they were taken down after fans took notice of them, which generated a lot of discussion about the album in advance of yesterday’s press release. There’s been no word from Concord Music, McCartney’s label, as to when the rest of the links for the other configurations will go up.
Links for the “Tug of War” reissue popped up quietly on Amazon a few days before the official announcement. But they were taken down after fans took notice of them, which generated a lot of discussion about the album in advance of yesterday’s press release.
(Update: These links were added shortly after this was published: “Tug of War” Special Edition, Deluxe Edition (digital), Deluxe Edition with books. “Pipes of Peace” Deluxe Edition with books, Special Edition, Deluxe Edition digital.)