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Latest Macca Archive Release.
Reviewed in Australia on 3 April 2021
This review refers to the 3CD 2DVD deluxe edition...
The team behind the Paul McCartney archive series have pulled out all stops for Flaming Pie with no less than 6 different media combos. This particular instalment is everything that preceded and more but why this album has been singled out for special treatment is beyond me. In fact the archive collection is fast becoming an exercise in how much Macca can charge the punters with ever increasing retail price points. Thanks to Amazon’s amazing deals I was able to grab the deluxe set at what I would call a reasonable price point considering the rrp is way north of what I paid. There is also a super deluxe set available which combines this set with the vinyl box, adds an exclusive record and a Linda McCartney fine art folio. That edition retails north of A$700!
And it’s the price (even for this deluxe set) that is leaving a yucky taste. How much are you prepared to pay for selections from one album’s timeline? The pack ins with these archive editions are nicely reprinted original documents, lyrics and photos along with some informative essays and sometimes personal recollections from Macca himself. All the extras are nice but when the audio content (which is why we’re really here right) is lacking there’s only so much extra fluff and tatt you can look at.
The album is one of Paul’s better efforts from the 90’s and as it was the last project Linda was involved with it’s probably one of his faves. If it’s one of your faves I can thoroughly recommend this latest instalment of the archive collection. I’ve knocked off a star for the high retail cost balanced by value for money. 3 and a half stars.
“I don’t care...I’m a man on a Flaming Pie”