Paul McCartney and Wings’ Band on the Run 50th Anniversary Edition on the way.
Featuring Previously Unreleased “Underdubbed” Mixes Due out February 2nd , 2024. Here are ALL the details: 

50 years to the week of its original release, MPL and UMe announce the expanded 50th
anniversary edition of Paul McCartney & Wings’ iconic “Band on the Run”, due February 2nd,
2024 which includes what Paul calls “an Underdub”.

A fixture of all-time greatest album lists for decades, the multiple GRAMMY-winning #1 smash was originally released in December of 1973, featuring the iconic cover photo featuring James Coburn. The immortal title track, worldwide hit ‘Jet,’’ the wistful ‘Bluebird,’ long-time live staple ‘Let Me Roll It,’ the multi-faceted ‘Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)’ and climactic closer ‘Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five,’ Band on the Run is undoubtedly Wings’ most successful and celebrated release ever. Experience the 50th anniversary edition of “Band on the Run”.

The 50th anniversary edition of “Band on the Run” will be available in a variety of formats, beginning with the essential 1-LP. This special vinyl edition was cut at half-speed using a high-resolution transfer of the original master tapes from 1973 by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, London. The single vinyl album configuration mirrors the US tracklist, which features the song ‘Helen Wheels’ and includes a Linda McCartney Polaroid poster.

The 2-lp vinyl edition features the original US album, remastered at half speed, and a second LP titled “Underdubbed” Mixes Edition, housed in a premium slipcase. This set also includes two Linda McCartney Polaroid posters.

A 2CD format will feature the original US album, “underdubbed” mixes, and a double-sided fold-out Polaroid poster taken by Linda McCartney. Band on the Run (Underdubbed) will also be released digitally. Speaking about the “underdubbed” version, Paul said, “This is Band on the Run in a way you’ve never heard before”.

When you are making a song and putting on additional parts, like an extra guitar, that’s an overdub. Well, this version of the album is the opposite, underdubbed.”

Band on the Run (Underdubbed) presents Band on the Run’s nine classic songs for the first time without any orchestral overdubs, available digitally. The previously unreleasedough mixes were created by Geoff Emerick, assisted by Pete Swettenham at AIR Studios, on October 14th, 1973.

Geoff Emerick, Beatles Recording Engineer being interviewed by Beatle Brunch host Joe Johnson in 2018 at Abbey Road on The River.

The track-list, newly ordered as detailed below, mirrors the original analog tapes discovered in the MPL archives.

Finally, Band on the Run will also be available in Dolby ATMOS for the first time, newly mixed by Giles Martin and Steve Orchard.

Of the countless classic albums Paul McCartney has released throughout his illustrious career, Wings’ “Band on the Run” holds a place of particularly high esteem. The album not only delivered on the promise of “Wild Life” and “Red Rose Speedway” but also consolidated Wings’ status as standard bearers of ‘70s rock ’n’ roll. As the soundtrack for a decade defined by the rock radio playlists it dominated, “Band on the Run” would set the bar not only for Paul’s future efforts but also for generations of arena rock stars.

By the summer of 1973, Paul had a fresh batch of songs earmarked for a new album.
Looking through a list of EMI’s international studios, he chose Lagos, Nigeria, to be the
location of its recording, becoming enthralled with the idea of recording in Africa. Just days
before departure, lead guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell quit the band.

Wings were now, suddenly, a trio. Paul, his wife Linda, and lead guitarist Denny
Laine, below.

Also recruited to record the album was Grammy-winning recording engineer Geoff Emerick, who toiled in the Lagos studio’s relatively rudimentary conditions, working up the new songs over two months. But all was nearly cancelled when disaster struck one night when Paul and Linda were robbed at knifepoint while walking home from a friend’s. The thieves made off with a cassette of home demo recordings of the songs but Paul was able to remember the songs as he’d just recently written them.

Noted for its suite-like structure of three distinct movements, the title track ‘Band on the Run’ was not an obvious pop hit, but it would top the US Billboard Hot 100 and propel its parent album back up the charts, becoming a #1 smash in both the US and UK, returning to the top spot  twice more in America, and becoming the best-selling studio album of 1974 in Australia,,Canada, and the UK.

 

Band on the Run has only grown in stature over the years. After scooping two Grammy
Awards in 1975, the Deluxe Edition of “Band on the Run” was awarded a third in
2012—followed by the album’s induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013. It is
considered the definitive Wings album and a firm fan favorite as new generations discover its genius.

It took until 2010 for ‘Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five’ to be performed live, but
now, as Paul’s solo career continues unabated, it is a regular presence in his live sets.
Paul is currently performing songs from Band on the Run and across his unparalleled
catalog at shows on his acclaimed “Got Back” tour. First launching in February 2022, Paul
completed 16 huge gigs across the US before performing what the NY Times described as           the “best gig ever” with his history-making headline set at Glastonbury in June 2022, a show that also saw Paul team with Dave Grohl for a special duet of ‘Band on the Run.’

⁠Pre-order ⁠Band on the Run 50th Anniversary Edition here!

The most recent leg of the tour has seen Paul return to Australia for his first live performances there in six years. Recently Paul performed in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  Paul will complete further concerts in São Paulo, Curitiba, and Rio De Janeiro.

2 LP / 2CD Track list
Disc One – Band on the Run
1. Band on the Run
2. Jet
3. Bluebird
4. Mrs. Vandebilt
5. Let Me Roll It
6. Mamunia
7. No Words
8. Helen Wheels
9. Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)
10. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five

Disc Two Band on the Run (Underdubbed Mixes)
1. Band on the Run
2. Mamunia
3. No Words
4. Jet
5. Bluebird
6. Mrs. Vandebilt
7. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
8. Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)
9. Let Me Roll It

1LP Band on the Run
1. Band on the Run
2. Jet

3. Bluebird
4. Mrs. Vandebilt
5. Let Me Roll it
6. Mamunia
7. No Words
8. Helen Wheels
9. Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)
10. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five

Digital Formats

Band on the Run (Underdubbed Mixes)
1. Band on the Run
2. Mamunia
3. No Words
4. Jet
5. Bluebird
6. Mrs. Vandebilt
7. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
8. Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)
9. Let Me Roll It
Band on the Run will also be available to stream in Dolby ATMOS.

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