Flowers In The Dirt
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Vinyl, Import, Special Edition, 24 March 2017
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 31.9 x 31.7 x 0.99 cm; 699.95 Grams
- Manufacturer : CAPITOL
- Manufacturer reference : 0602557244168
- Original Release Date : 2017
- Run time : 2 hours and 44 minutes
- Label : CAPITOL
- ASIN : B01MQVEEVA
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: 19,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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One of the most critically acclaimed albums of the eighties, nominated for both BRIT and Grammy Awards, Flowers In The Dirt saw Paul McCartney team up with Elvis Costello to cowrite a third of the album ('My Brave Face', 'You Want Her Too', 'Don't Be Careless Love' and 'That Day is Done') as well as boasting production credits from producers such as Mitchell Froom, Trevor Horn, David Foster, Steve Lipson, Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney himself. Pink Floyd guitar legend David Gilmour makes an appearance on 'We Got Married' and George Martin s string arrangement on 'Put It There' is amongst the many album highlights. 2 Disc 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Edition in gatefold package. Includes the newly remastered album, 9 unreleased acoustic demos. Mastered at Abbey Road Studios. Downloadable MP3 audio of all tracks
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I'm not quite sure what McCartney's own attitude to 'Flowers in the Dirt' is. Hardly anything from it made the cut into his recent 'Pure McCartney' 'Best of' collection (in contrast with 'Flaming Pie') and yet it contains some really strong material.
Interesting too that this re-release has had such mixed reviews (see the reviews from March 2017).
First, I'd say that it's a very good album, nicely remixed. It's in the lower half of his top ten best albums since the Beatles. Highlights for me would be 'Distractions', 'We Got Married' and 'My Brave Face'. His collaborations with Elvis Costello were strong.
Second, I really enjoyed the second disc. It's got some obscurities, but I'd single out the bare bones demo of 'So Like Candy' (which ended up on a Costello solo album) as being particularly worth the purchase. McCartney's voice is better than Costello's basically, and they share the vocals here where on the Costello version, Elvis takes the lead, to the detriment of the song. Add to the fact that the bare bones instrumentation, I think, works better than the fully produced version and you've got a bit of a classic.
I gather it's been on Youtube for years, but I hadn't heard it before now. In an interview from 2013, Costello said this:
"One day I hope the demo versions of the [McCartney/ Costello collaboration] songs we wrote will come out. They are the best versions by far, because they have the charm and immediacy. There’s a raw, unadorned version of “The Lovers That Never Were” that is one of the great vocal performances of Paul’s entire career. And that’s really saying something. When he did it, I was standing next to him and I thought, “Jesus Christ, he’s singing this so great!”
Well, here it is.
Others have complained that this is meagre pickings: no trace of, for example 'Back on my Feet', which is an excellent B-side of the era, but I guess these are available elsewhere for those with a mind to it.
This reissue set me back to this album, and I thought the extra disc was great.
Sadly Paul McCartney has a history of mean spirited releases like this. Witness for example the "bonus tracks" on several Japanese releases through the years as opposed to the UK. I've been a fan since 1963. I've more than paid my dues already.
The remastered CDs & vinyl are an improvement on previous releases.
The bonus disc is OK, nothing vital or that I have repeatedly listened to (but nice to have). Recommended.