Paul McCartney has announced the reissue of 1971’s Wild Life and 1973’s Red Rose Speedway, both due on Dec. 7.
The albums, created during McCartney’s time with Wings, are part of his Archive Collection project. While both will be available separately, Wild Life via a three-CD/one-DVD set and Red Rose Speedway via a three-CD/two-DVD/one-Blu-ray set, a massive Wings 1971 – 1973 box set will also be available including both box sets and a new live album Wings Over Europe.
Of the earlier album, new exclusive content such as rough mixes, home recordings, footage of rehearsals and a 128-page book written by David Fricke, illustrating what went on behind-the-scenes of the album, will be available. For the latter, a reconstructed version of its original “double album” concept, as well as the James Paul McCartney TV Special and the never-before-seen film The Bruce McMouse Show, will be included, among other rarities. For a full listing of what’s included in the reissue, visit McCartney’s website.
“Every release in the on-going Paul McCartney Archive Collection is supervised by Paul himself, who oversees all aspects of each and every title from remastering to the curation of lost tracks, outtakes, artwork, photographs and video from his personal vaults, and much more,” explains a press release regarding the reissue process. “The result is one of the most ambitious and personal undertakings of its kind, one that encompasses more than 40 years of cherished, classic material from the most successful songwriter and recording artist in music history.”
Check out two of the tracks featured on the reissues—a minute-long home-recording of “Indeed I do” and a bonus take of “Live and Let Die”—below, along with a 1990 McCartney performance from the Paste archives.